Still catching our breath after the beauty of Pisa and Florence
Florence has us in awe, I have seen so many things I have read about in books, like the statue of David, which though beautiful, does have rather large hands! or so I thought, apparently it is in proportion according to academics,
Found a little stone bridge across the river that had all these little jewellry shops, actually on the bridge,very beautiful and very quaint, at the middle of the bridge there is a little statue, with an iron fence around it that was covered in padlocks, every available place had a padlock on it, and on the padlock were the names of lovers.. apparently its a legend that if you write your name on a lock and put it on the gate, your love will be forever, the italians are such romantics!! Every corner there is a statue, or a plaza with a little fountain. At the end of the street we are staying in there is a marble drinking fountain with three litte cherubs faces spouting water, it was built in 1300!! just spins me out! it is still in use, On the top of many buildings beautiful carved figures, mosaics, beautifully tiled rooves.
We walked to the basillica santa maria, so decorated and so big!! Ian and I walked the 315 steps to the top of the tower, the view over Florence (or firenze) was just unreal. We spent the afternoon in the Uffizia (my spelling will be off, I am doing it from memory) a huge communal place of florence, full of amazing paintings, sculptures, and items, most from the 1200's, when you are not used to anything more than 200 years old the history here can blow your mind.
Today we took the train to Pisa for the day, we intended getting a bus from the train station to the leaning tower, had a chat to an american tourist and she said it was an easy walk, so we did! The weather was just beautiful..a day in the tuscan sun! I have a sunburnt nose! It took about 20 minutes to walk the distance and we got to have a good look at life in Pisa.
The old city was again...brilliant, everything is Marble, the paths, the walls the buildings!! We spent 4 hours going through the monumental cemetary, the baptistary, and the most beautiful building I have ever seen, the cathedral. We did not climb the leaning tower, there was too much else to do and see, and to be honest, i could nt be bothered..my old legs just do not do stairs very well. We also went through the museums there, many roman artifacts, the tapestry church items were amazing.
We are continueing our quest to eat everything in sight...ha ha, Tonight it was pasta and chianti in a little lane, yummy food, brillaint service!
Off to Rome tomorrow...missing you all xxxxx