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Only open for lunch, and packed all the time, so get there early!

The day after the trip to Lucca and Pisa, we went to a place in Florence, that is famous for it’s Florentine steaks!

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At the restaurant, we met and sat with a very nice man, Victor. He lives part time in his home in Florence and part time in Florida.

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We went to the famous market in the square to pick up some fresh food —-

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We are in the Tuscany region of Italy, which is very famous for food and wine.

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We also go to the train stations to book our train tickets to the next stop in advance.  Every time we go to a train station, I go to the book store and get a reading fix…..plus the bookstores are usually air conditioned!

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Everywhere we went, there are incredible Culinary Choices — My Mom and I wish we had some of this stuff for the International Cooking Class we teach at my school!

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That evening we took a bus to see amazing views of Florence from the top of a nearby hill as the sun was setting.

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Beautiful Tuscany

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It looks like a fairy tale!

Of course, we had our gelato for the day!

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The last day, we went to the Galleria Academia.

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This is the museum that has Michaelangelo’s most famous sculpture in the world, “The David”  on exhibit.

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“The David”

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This sculpture was meant to sit on the top of a building, so some body parts are larger, like the head and hands.

Two sculptors turned down the commission to make something out of this block of marble, because it was so difficult to work with, but Michelangelo took on the challenge.

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There are other pieces of Michelangelo’s on exhibit here, too.  Remember, Florence is his birthplace.

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Many of Michelangelo’s peers have their art on exhibit here, too.

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There is also a fabulous display of musical instruments, which were used for teaching and by the students at “The Academy,” which was a school for artists and musicians.

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This one is for you Pam!

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All in all, Florence was a great place to see some fantastic history and culture, and of course, to eat and drink!

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We are off in the morning on another train, to a very watery, wet place…..in Italy……can you guess where?

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Another train station break!

Look for more posts from your Junior WorldTrek Reporter

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Keep Calm and Travel Around the World!

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