The afternoon we arrived, we spent a couple of hours hanging out with Graham and his roommates in the apartment before heading out to visit a museum, see the Duomo, eat gelato, and climb a hillside park to watch the sunset. Graham, who has taught himself how to cook while in Italy, made us a delicious Italian meal — chicken parmesan for the meat-eaters and a bready tomato soup for the vegetarians.
|quite different from Milan's Duomo|
|...but equally as impressive|
The next day, Gaby and I knocked out an impressively full day of sightseeing and museum-visiting. From Florence's Duomo to Michelangelo's David, we saw more than I would have thought possible in one day.
|Firenze at sunset|
|sunny sidewalk cafe with Gaby|
|Gaby loves crypts|
|handmade pasta at the central market!|
|my delicious lunch at the central market: some sort of bready soup with onion and kale or cabbage|
|where we got our lunch|
|Gaby's intestine sandwich|
|Florence has many, many statues (mostly of naked men)|
|creepy street "performer"|
|Gaby with every piece of art at every art museum|
|chilling with a guy at a park|
Overall thoughts on Florence: It's a charming little town, like Pamplona with better weather, better food, actual tourist attractions and a prettier river. If I weren't so obsessed with learning Spanish I'd definitely be having regrets that I hadn't studied there instead. Getting to hang out with Graham and his friends was another highlight of the visit! Having such a limited social circle in Pamplona has gotten old quickly, so it was nice to make new friends — especially with other UNC students who I could connect with easily. I'm looking forward to seeing them back in Chapel Hill!
|with Jorge and Graham in Michelangelo Park above Florence|
|dinner with the UNC kids in Florence!|
|veg lasagna with garbanzos in olive oil|