Thursday, June 12, 2014


We set out for Florence very late.  I was trying to get Jessica out of her room.  I did manage to turn off her computer and get her to eat some breakfast.  Her mood was better when we left the house.  Nicole, Sarah, Mom and I went to Florence.  Jürgen stayed with the boys and Jessica.  They went swimming, and out for a 2 hour drive.  We went to see an art exhibit at the Palazzo Vecchio.  It was Michelangelo and Jackson Pollick.  I found the location very beautiful, but the exhibit disappointing.  They had about 12 unfinished statues by Michelangelo, and only 3 or 4 paintings by Pollick.  After the exhibit we had a long lunch in an outdoor café.  It was ok.  Not nearly as good as our lunch in Rome.  But the fresh lemon aid was great!  And as we left it began to rain.  We went into a very small church to pray.  You could not take pictures.  That is really too bad.  It was very old and beautiful.  There was incents burning.  It was very sweet and lovely.  Nothing too strong.  And we prayed for my brother in law and sister.  They we went towards the Duomo .  We got pretty wet waiting to go in.  But it was worth the trouble.  I would have loved to climb to the top of the dome, but my Mom would not have been able to do this.  She looked tired, and we headed back to the car.  We could not get a taxi, so we spent our money on ice-cream.  And I had planned on going to see a garden.  But we could not find the garden and it was raining hard!  We decided to just go home.

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