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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Florence - Day 1

There's two good things about our place in Florence - its a 5 minute walk from the station and a minute from the Central Market.

We meet our hostess at the door and it's then a four flight climb to our apartment - we're going to get fit on those steps!

After settling in we scurry off to get to the market before it closes. You won't believe how I've been craving the ability to be able to cook my own food and Paalo has been looking forward to having me cook his dinner ;)

Needless to say it's an assault on the senses and accompanied by the pack horse Paalo, we certainly stock up.

shopping

As soon as we are back in the apartment we spread out our goodies - yes, possibly a bit excessive but it was all too good.

taleggio buffalo mozzarella Italian butter

Taleggio, real buffalo mozzarella and Italian butter

cherry tomatoes and baby potatoes salami mortadella

the best cherry tomatoes and baby potatoes, real milano salami and D.O.P mortadella....

and then there's the real Parma

parma

I think we're going to enjoy ourselves here.

In the afternoon we decided to explore a bit of the area and headed off towards the Galleria dell'Accademia. Originally planned as more of a scouting exercise, we were most pleased to discover the absence of any queue. We decided to take advantage of the situation and entered.

There's no photography allowed inside - it's amusing to the many ways people try to take sneaky photos. It's amazing how they now know how to turn off the flash, funny they never seem to manage that at the places that don't allow flash photography.

The major attraction here is Michelangelo's David - it's positioned behind thick safety glass after a hammer attack back in 1991 which managed to damage a toe. A side effect of that attack was that they finally could analyse the marble and found it came from near Carrara, until then they didn't have a clue.

It was odd seeing something so recognisable up close and then realising there are things about the statue you never picked up in the photos. You never noticed the objects held in his curled fingers or the way the sling sits upon his back.

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