Florence/Firenze

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On Tuesday morning we left for Florence on the train…a shock awaited us – it was just so full of people – American tourists everywhere. We tried to see David and the Duomo, but the queues were endless, then Penny arrived on her bike… it was so wonderful to see her again … She took us down a narrow street and the crowds were gone … this city is beautiful … we tried to book tickets for the main sights, but Friday was the first available day .. so we went to see a virtual presentation on Leonardo in a church instead … a good start … then we walked with Penny … The best way to see this city … and we saw everything …  the architecture, the stunning view from the Bardini gardens, beautiful frescoes in ancient churches, hidden piazzas, the Ponte Vecchio from both sides and the Arno! Penny went back to work, and we met again at around 8.30 and took the bus to her apartment … after lots of catching up, a chat with Rose in Canada and a very good meal we crashed…. Penny went off to work again after breakfast and we took the bus to Piazza della Repubblica to meet Helen and her lovely daughter, Lynne. Lynne lives in the city and Helen is visiting from SA. It was wonderful to see them. We had

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