End of week two already?!

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The entire group on top of the Duomo.

I can't believe week two is almost over. This week went by a whole lot faster than the first week. The museums and Palazzos are starting to blur together and I'm doing the best I can to differentiate them in my head! Plus it's hard when almost every church has the same paintings and same frescoes showing the same Biblical scenes. I can't tell you how many times I've seen "The Annunciation of Mary" or "The Cruxifiction of Christ" It's kind of sad because after a while they all blend together, but each fresco or painting is truly beautiful.

One of my favorite places so far have been the Brancacci Chapel in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine. These frescoes were done by Masaccio and they look so real to life. They are pure emotion. I'm always in awe of the skill these artists had over 600 years ago! Everyone always stands awestruck by the image of Adam and Eve leaving the garden.

Adam and Eve being expelled from the Garden of Eden. In the Brancacci Chapel by Masaccio.
You can just feel their pain and sorrow. It's really interesting to see the same Biblical account shown in so many different ways and to see how different artists interpret them.

On Monday night we went to the Bargello for a night of orchestral music. We enjoyed a good two hours of absolutely amazing music from a violin and piano duet. I was in band all through school and I've been around a number of good musicians, but this duo blew me away. I have never seen or heard talent like this before. It was truly an amazing night.

Tomorrow morning we head off to Milan! We're supposed to see a lot of churches and other architecturally impressive places, but I'm most excited about seeing Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper. I'm always awestruck when I'm standing inches away from a piece of art created by people such as Donatello, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Rubens or Ghiberti.

Inside the Bargello.
I just cannot conceive the fact that I'm truly seeing this masterpiece in real life. And to them stand in a structure designed by Brunelleschi, well I'm just beside myself. These works are centuries old and they still stand perfectly find as if they were built a few years ago. It's incredible.

Then on Sunday we head to Cinque Terre to hike the five villages along the coast. I've heard they can be really challenging, but I'm up for some good exercise (as if the walking and standing for 8 hours a day hasn't been enough).

I'll write again when I can find some wireless internet. 

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The entire group on top of the Duo…
The entire group on top of the Du…
Adam and Eve being expelled from t…
Adam and Eve being expelled from …
Inside the Bargello.
Inside the Bargello.
Music night at the Bargello. As yo…
Music night at the Bargello. As y…
photo by: Vikram