We drove from Venice to Florence and spent Nov 5-9 there at an apartment belonging to a family we met in Anghiari. Florence was intense, our first big city, so many sites and people and traffic, but it was a perfect step in Sophie’s homeschool Renaissance studies. Having been to the birthplace of Michelangelo and seen Piero Della Francesco’s paintings in SanSepolcro and Monterchi and warmed up in Arezzo at the Vasari exhibit, we were now in the birthplace of the Renaissance, the political and historical elements fusing with the artistic. Sophie’s interest in the art and architecture often seems to outlast that of her parents. She’s really into it. We ingest much gelato and caffe doppio to try to keep up with her and the babies. Our visits included the Church of San Lorenzo, the Medici church designed by Brunelleschi and worked on by Michelangelo for four years; the Medici palace; the palazzo Medici Riccardi; the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo’s David; the tombs of the Medici; the Duomo; and of course the Uffizi gallery. The babies loved the great big bathtub, size of a small room, in the apartment, as well as the old carousel in the Piazza Della Repubblica. Ola and William continued to make us friends with museum guards, waitpeople, locals, and Japanese tourists who repeatedly ignore their tourguides to take pictures of them.
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