Hope you found the night time photos that we took and posted last night to yesterday's blog. Not as great as I'd liked but the ones of the churches are especially good. They're at the end of yesterday's photos.
We had a good visit with Lorenzo about his plans and how his new rental unit is progressing. He has three of them and this will be his fourth. He says he'd like to move back to England soon so that his seven year old son can experience life there for a while. Nice man and a hard worker.
At the top of the gardens is a view to the south and also a small building that houses the Porcellane Museum that was included in our ticket. Beautiful china. The view from the garden of the Porcellane Museum includes the Michelangleo Overlook and several churches.
We wanted to visit the grotto before leaving so slipped out the entrance to walk around the back of the palace to the far north end. Along the way I told Jim where I'd sat that day in 2006 when I was in Florence with my daughter Jennifer, I'd gotten ill that afternoon when we were at the top of the bell tower of the Duomo and elected not to do the gardens with her. I'd found a spot up against the wall and read my book while she raced through the Boboli Gardens by herself that day so long ago.
Soon we were at the grotto and I blindly snapped photos with a black screen because of the bright sunlight; but, after reviewing them tonight I was very pleased with the photos of the fresco on the walls.
There was a group of American Students sketching at the Grotto when we arrived. Soon we were out the gate and walking towards the apartment. It was four o'clock when we arrived home. Time for a game of cards before dinner. Nice evening...but we did hear a helicopter flying over and over and over the city for more than an hour. Wonder if we'll ever know what the problem was about.
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