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Art day

Today we did the Uffizi; the word uffizi means office, and it was the office of the government of the Medicis in Firenze. They have a whole room of Botticellis, who is one of my favs. The square inside the Uffizi is packed with artists selling their wares (we bought a small watercolor of the Ponte Vecchio); we watched a mime for a while.

Mime At Uffizi

Mime At Uffizi

There are great grotesques in the Uffizi and Palazzo Pitti – grotesques are small decorative devices typically painted on a wall; they got their name from the grottoes from ancient Rome, most notably the decorations of Nero’s palace.

A very cool Grotesque - I'd like this as a tattoo someday

A very cool Grotesque - I'd like this as a tattoo someday

Then we saw the Palazzo Vechio, which was a Medici palace before the Palazzo Pitti (which is now an art gallery) was ready for habitation.

Palazzo Vecchio Ticket

Palazzo Vecchio Ticket

We ate at a little ristorante that was chock full of children. We noticed that, about half way through our time in Firenze, a large number of tours of school children started showing up in town, many of them French. Most amazing of all, at lunch Aviva actually didn’t care if we went to a church! I finished The Doors of Perception/Heaven and Hell and started The Catcher in the Rye.

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