Florence Accademia Gallery

Mariah has been talking about bagels with cream cheese ever since we arrived in Europe. So we went against the grain and found a cute American bakery in Florence where she was finally able to get her bagel! I can’t lie, I really enjoyed mine too! Especially with the fresh tomato they put on top (don’t knock it till you try it.)
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Today was museum day! Butttt we only made it to 1 because of the ridiculously long lines! We waited almost 3 hours to go inside of the Accademia gallery where Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of David is. I don’t know what was going on but the lines just weren’t moving. Anyway, the gallery was worth it! Besides the marble sculpture of David, there were also many paintings and sculptures of other beautiful people. We wanted to go inside of the Florence Cathedral but they close at 5pm and we had just missed it.
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And to finish off the night, we continued to go against the grain and had some Mexican food lol! As odd as it sounds, you do get tired of pizza and pasta after a while!
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Dreamy Florence!

You know that feeling you get when you’re walking so fast, looking at the floor or straight ahead of you and you aren’t even in a rush? You’re just so used to walking at a fast pace and making sure you don’t trip on the way? I caught myself doing that today. And when I finally looked up, I realized I was in Florence. As of now, it’s been difficult to really immerse myself in the cities of Italy because of the extreme heat. And when I say extreme heat, I mean EXTREME heat (ok it probably could be worse but I’m not a fan of heat so the high 80′s with over 65% humidity, feels like the absolute worst).
But today in Florence, the weather was warm but breezy and I didn’t feel any humidity in the air. That actually allowed me to slow down and really look around. Florence is totally different from Venice. Here, you can see everything ahead of you. You see the mountains, the water, the buildings and most importantly, the sun. Majority of today, we spent walking around and soaking up our surroundings. Tomorrow will be museums and more tourist attractions.
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The beauty continues into the apartment we are staying at. We had a whole ordeal last night with the original place we booked for Florence. We had agreed upon a check in time and then all of a sudden the house owner wanted us to wait outside for 7 hours with our backpacks because he had to work. Meanwhile, we had already payed for the entire day and night at the apartment. Luckily, AirBnB is awesome and they allowed us to cancel our booking with a full refund so we spent majority of the night searching for a new place. When we arrived at this apartment, it was all worth it. It looks and feels like an old Italian apartment with high ceilings, tiled floors, big windows and best of all, art on the ceiling!
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I can truly say that Florence is by far the best city of Italy that we have visited so far! I am in love with it and I can’t wait to enjoy it even more tomorrow.

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Charming little Venice!

Traveling all over Europe makes you open your eyes to the unique characters each different country and city holds. You learn to look for slight differences like the way the windows are shaped, the colors of the buildings or the way the water surrounds the town and you start to see what makes each city, that city.
For Venice, it’s the way the whole island is shaped! When we arrived on the island, we didn’t have a plan as to what we were really doing or where we were going. We picked a direction and started walking. What I didn’t realize before we arrived was that it is filled with tiny little charming streets and you can’t see what’s on the street across from you or besides you because of the way the buildings surround each area. As you walk, you start to notice that you’re in an area that literally feels like a maze. I’ve never been anywhere like this and it was different to really have no control of what you’re about to walk into. So we allowed ourselves to get lost in this maze of an island!
Eventually we stumbled upon the main center which is a large body of water filled with boats and gondolas surrounded by beautiful buildings and people admiring it from all over the world. It was a cloudy, hot, and humid day but we tried to ignore the weather and enjoy what we were standing in, the middle of Venice!
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One sad thing about Venice that we saw, was that it appears to be sinking. I’ve read about this before but it’s different when you’re standing in the streets of this beautiful island and you look around and see how high the water levels really are. I first noticed it when we were standing by a canal and I looked down to see that the water was covering at least 3 of the steps! There was water coming onto boardwalks for the boats and the buildings seemed to be so low and close to the water. You can see damage on the sides of the buildings from the previous floods and it makes me wonder if it will really fully disappear one day.imageimage

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