Florence: the REAL Renaissance city

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me, Chris, & Huan
 

Bongiorno from Florence! And by Florence I mean the Italy one (as much as I like Alabama). This is quite a small and beautiful city, although you will pay top dollar to stay in a hotel or shop at the expensive stores. Our hotel is a little “less nice” than some of the others we’ve stayed in, but definitely livable for a few days. The shower in the bathroom is probably the funniest. There is no tub or shower space; the showerhead overlooks a drain in the floor in the corner of the bathroom, and there is a curtain that goes around you. It gets the floor and the nearby badaille a little wet, but it ain’t too bad. The TV is broken and the fridge doesn’t shut, but the location is great, as we are in walking distance of everything.

cool church

The first night was so much fun. I decided to go out partying with the Tekes, and this happened to be the night they wanted to go out in style. We went to a club called “Central Park,” which is a really fancy, expensive, open air club that is supposedly the classiest in Florence. It was funny, a bunch of college students rolling in not quite dressed as well as the Italians, but hey, they make a lot of their money on foreign students. Anyway, drinks were 10 euro, so we decided to do VIP, each of us paying about 35 a piece to get couches in the VIP lounge and our own bottles and mixers. Not gonna lie, we were ballin’ pretty hard, and dancing in the typical eurotrash discotheque fashion was fun. I probably dropped about 50 on the night, but hey, how often are you VIP at the best club in town?

It’s a little more low key during the day, but we are pretty busy with art class.

Jeff Burns: the man, the myth, the legend
The city is so rich with art history that were doing about two museums or churches a day (and having to draw and write crap in our art journal), but otherwise we have just been chillin’ in the city, eating some great Italian food (with a stop at a gelateria afterwards of course), and doing a little shopping with the street vendors (you can’t go three steps without having some African guy try to sell you a fake purse).

The second night was amazing. A bunch of us went up to the Michelangelo Piazza for sunset, which is atop a large hill on the other side of the river from the main part of town, giving a beautiful view of the city’s skyline. We hiked up there with some wine, bread, cheese, and other good snacks and had a blast. I liked it so much that I am probably going back again tonight with another group of people. Well, that’s about it from the Renaissance city. Next stop, France!

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me, Chris, & Huan
me, Chris, & Huan
cool church
cool church
Jeff Burns: the man, the myth, the…
Jeff Burns: the man, the myth, th…
the Duomo
the Duomo
golden doors
golden doors
cool view of the city
cool view of the city
the dome in sunset
the dome in sunset
view of the sunset
view of the sunset
me & Stuart atop the city
me & Stuart atop the city
copy of David statue
copy of David statue
DX for life
DX for life
the city from afar
the city from afar
another river shot
another river shot
the Arno River
the Arno River
Duomo from the outside
Duomo from the outside
mistake that turned out cool
mistake that turned out cool
Corey and a horse
Corey and a horse
frescoes in the San Maria del Carm…
frescoes in the San Maria del Car…
Dr. Lewcock
Dr. Lewcock
our shower
our shower
above the city a 2nd night
above the city a 2nd night
Tekes on the Michelangelo
Tekes on the Michelangelo
Jake & Jeff
Jake & Jeff
above the city
above the city
Florence
photo by: monky