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I'm getting into the architecture...

Today started out just like yesterday with an early morning run before class. It was just as invigorating and enjoyable as yesterday. It is funny to watch Italians wake up and move. They are very spastic with their movement (which I know is ironic to some for me to say) because they fly up and down streets, with no apparent thought in mind. And they do not slow down when you are in front of them.

Lecture was this morning and it was really hard to stay awake. But I gutted it out and afterwards, I began a slow walk toward the Accademia. It was surprisingly small museum and the only thing really in it is Michelangelo's David sculpture. Unlike most other hyped up art works, this one was very impressive and almost breath-taking in person.
It is huge! All that you learn about it in class cannot truly be understood until you are underneath it. We also looked at the history of musical instruments in the museum, which was pretty interesting, and I looked at some religious artwork which I found very fascinating.

I grabbed lunch with a few friends at a "snack bar" and enjoyed some pizza on the steps of the Florence Cathedral. We again had a few hours before our next appointment, so I spent some more time in districts that I had not been before. The weather was beautiful and it felt great to be in the sun. I ventured into smaller back streets, which are just as lively and more interesting than the well traveled main streets where the tourists are. I again admired the architecture of housing and rooftop gardens while walking in and out shops while eating gelato.
Wandering the back streets...
This is seriously awesome.

The next visit we had was at the Santa Maria del Carmine. I thoroughly enjoyed this. It was a beautiful church that was covered in art work. We did have to watch a standard presentation about the artwork before we went in. While interesting, the room was dark, cool, and it was after lunch- you do the math. But I was inspired by Masaccio's work- again something I had always seen in classes, but never in person.

After this, I went with a few from my "group" (my group are the friends that I've made since coming on this trip. we are very diverse, but tend to want to do the same things- they are all a lot of fun) to see if it was a good to climb the Duomo (dome) of the Florence Cathedral. Well, it was not. Though the line looked reasonable, it didn't move so we opted to go back tomorrow morning in between lectures since it is apparently shorter lines in the morning.


I was exhausted so I took a two hour nap (didn't mean to sleep that long- must have needed it!) but before I went in to the hotel, I discovered a bread shop and bakery just down the street. It was so great, that I went back for more. I seriously love bread and could eat it all day.

After my nap, I met my group for dinner. It sounds really funny, but we were craving Chinese (I miss Chinese Buddha) so we went to a restaurant nearby. It was really cheap too! The food was pretty good, but I will be back to Italian tomorrow.

Tonight, we went out to American bar and it was alright. Though nice to be surrounded by Americans for a change, it was just like Brickstore back in Atlanta. The group went to a club, but I decided to come back to the hotel. It was just nice to get out of the hotel and be out at night, even if I didn't do much.
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Im getting into the architecture.…
I'm getting into the architecture…
Wandering the back streets...
Wandering the back streets...
All kinds of vendors!
All kinds of vendors!
Chapel Visit
Chapel Visit
Chapel
Chapel
Masaccio Paintings
Masaccio Paintings
Going out at night!
Going out at night!
Florence
photo by: monky