Thursday, 12 November 2009

IDSS @ 2009 Part 5 : Florence

It has been a busy week, really don’t like the feeling of everything pile up, the snow ball just keeps rolling bigger and bigger. I guess if I choose to take a rest, thing will stay hang up half way. I think I better stop complaining and keep working!!

The only free day during the 3 weeks programs, and Florence was the destination we choose to spent the day. Florence is the capital city of the region of Tuscany. This city is well known as the birth place of Italian Renaissance movement, The city itself is a piece of art and not to mention thousands of collections, especially those kept in the famous Uffizi Art Gallery. Taking the earliest train, arrived at the gallery before the opening time and we still have to spent 45 minutes in line. But trust me, it was worth waiting. The Birth of Venus, Primavera, Venus of Urbino, and all other master piece of Renaissance painter will keep one hours inside the gallery. The biggest unsatisfactory about the gallery is the protecting glasses seal on top of the art works. Often find my own reflection on top of the painting that make the viewing unpleasant and sometimes annoying.

The best part of visiting Florence is the to walk along the River Arno, which cut through the city, admiring the beautiful houses lined up along the river. And there is one particular unique bridge, The Ponte Vecchio, with multitude of shop built along the edges.

There also plenty of church to visit here, which make decision making so difficult for one day trip in the city. We end up in Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial place of some of the famous illustrious Italians, including Michelangelo and Galileo.

We missed Santa Maria Cathedral and end up climbing up the Giotto’s bell tower next to the cathedral in rain. Holding an umbrella on top of the tower was definitely an unforgettable experience.

Again I think I should make thing short and let the pictures talk :)

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