The Nagasawa family trip to Italy and France:  June 12 - 30, 2008




June 12  Fly to Rome June 21 Fly to Marseilles
June 13 Arrive in Rome June 22 Drive to Les Barcares
June 14 Rome June 23 Sigean Animal Reserve
June 15 Assisi, drive to Venice June 24 Priory of Serrabona
June 16 Venice June 25 Collioure
June 17 Drive to Florence June 26 Relax in Claira
June 18 Florence, drive to Siena & Orvieto June 27 Drive to Barcelona
June 19 Orvieto, drive to Rome June 28 Relax in Claira
June 20 Rome June 29 Drive to Marseilles
    June 30 Fly back to Boston

(the links are the days in purple; click on them to see pictures)


June 17, 2008:


Then it was off to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance.  Here is the city, situated on the Arno River.  The big cathedral behind John is the Duomo del Santa Maria del Fiore.


We walked down to the city from our campsite.  The old city wall is in the background.  We ate a delicious lunch at a restaurant just inside this gate.  Something they do with the tomato sauce...mmmm....


This is the inside of the cathedral (duomo) from someone else's camera. 


Michaelangelo painted the "Last Judgment" inside the dome.


Just outside the cathedral is a gelato place called Grom.  Florence is reputed to have the best gelato in Italy.  This gelato was awesome.  Once again, this got the kids really excited.  Check out Grom's done-up website!


And in the Accademia is Michaelangelo's David.  We never made it to the museum, but I cheated and found this picture on the web.  Check out the detail of David's face!

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