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Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

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Florence 2.0
Today was a quiet day. My feet are still griping from yesterday and we're going to the Uffizi tomorrow where I know I'm going to be standing and walking and standing for hours, so I mostly stayed at the hotel today. We walked over to San Lorenzo -- a really lovely Romanesque church which was where the Medici went back when -- and looked around. No pictures were allowed inside, but I took some out in the cloister garden.

It's kind of funny -- San Lorenzo has been sort of "under construction" for about five hundred years. [bemused smile] Well, unfinished at least. Brunelleschi designed the original building but it was later enlarged and Michelangelo designed a facade for it. But then he died and no one ever got around to actually building it, so the front is very rough, just waiting to be faced with marble and whatever all decoration he'd planned. (There are some pics here which show the outside, as well as a couple of the inside and the garden.) Out front, there's even this huge stone pillar lying in a wooden cradle to one side; I don't know how long that's been there but it was sort of odd to see, especially since it's just one. There's some sort of construction going on next to the church, so I suppose the pillar might be for that instead, but they're still at the jackhammering and bulldozing level so I have no idea what they're doing.

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