I would meet the group of friends on Sept. 20th. I was able to get a really good deal on my plane fare, the caveat was that had to travel on Sept 18th by myself. Hmm I thought this will be interesting spending a day in Florence by myself. There were days when I was extremely nervous about this solitary adventure. I have traveled alone before, but only to places where English was the main language. I worried if I would be able to handle everything. I have a translator on my phone so I could always look up words (that was comforting). So with my Smart Phone I took off. There were some changes as my connecting flight through Paris was cancelled due to a strike by the Pilots of Air France. I flew Air Berlin to make connections through Dusseldorf, Germany.
|Sitting in the Dusseldorf Airport waiting for my connecting flight|
|Watching TV in German at the Airport|
Arrived at the hotel, left my luggage in the room and went out to explore.
|Remnants of Hail Storm in Florence - Sept. 19th|
|Candy Store in Florence|
|Tower connected to the Duomo (Cathedral) in Florence|
|Duomo in the Public Square in Florence|
|Out side of the Academia Galleria in Florence|
|Mother with Child in Museum|
|Beautiful depiction of Jesus on the Cross|
|Carousel on the way to the Uffizi Museum so quaint and beautiful|
|Arno River in Florence|
|Uffizi Museum - Botticelli painting|
|Another take your breath away painting|
|First paintings I saw when I entered the Uffizi, unexpected, simple and touching|
|I was so touched by the art|
|Ceiling in hallway on the 2nd floor of the Uffizi|
|Mesmerizing, it is amazing that many painters were also sculptors|
|I think this is the gift shop door, but not sure Just liked the decal|
|Items from Church|
|A portion of the stole of the Bishop|
There are times when pictures tell that story and there is no need for additional words. I had the opportunity to visit paper stores and buy wonderful paper, Purchased art from a street artist that made me smile, and enjoyed the beauty of the city. One thing I have learned is that at this point of my travel journey I want to not do touristy things, but get an apartment for a week or two and immerse myself in the actual life of the place.
Next week - Venice, Murano and Burano. Until then.....pilgrim