Saturday, 31 December 2016

Famous peen, lunch and the duomo

While one of us got the party started a little earlier than others, the rest of us took it easy because we had a pretty long day planned.

8:45am. "Just don't tell my mum"
After breakfast, and not a great nights sleep due to some slightly boisterous new neighbours, we headed over to the Galleria dell'Accademia to see the Statue of David. While there was lot of other amazing artwork there, including a bunch of unfinished statues by Michelangelo, I was surprised at how impressed and in awe I was of David. I have definitely seen some stuff over the last few weeks but I wasn't really prepared for just how awesome this thing is. Over 3 years in the making, it's easy to see why its regarded as one of the most important sculptures of all time.

Unfinished Michelangelo
The big fella
It's a boy!
Because we had missed the market restaurant yesterday, we were super keen on getting there early to make sure that it didn't happen again. And I'm glad we did. I think it was even better than the last time. Food was ridic and we ended up having about 6 courses (or more, I lost count). The old bloke who works there was in fine form again and kept bringing us plates after plates.

This meat is my everything
Dessert platter
Old m8
"I actually vomited a little bit in my mouth after my second plate of  lasagne but I didn't say anything because I wanted to keep eating"
Everyone was super stuffed after lunch and was ready for a nap except me so I went for a long walk around the city and stopped in at my old mates Brewdog for cheeky pint along the way. Couldn't have too many because we had a museum visit plus a trip to the top of the Duomo which was apparently 463 steps. Felt like more tbh. The views from up top were incredible but it was a bit windy and the OHS laws around here seem pretty lax so had to keep a close eye on the kids. Just a tiny rail before plunging to certain death.

Only about halfway up
Duomo ceiling is intense
Get a bitty hell into ya
Worth it. Stoked.
Bit high for some
Quick stop for some custom made magnum ice creams before coming home for an epic game of charades that got serious very quickly.

Currently listening to: Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow
Currently drinking: Brewdog Hoppy Xmas

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Art Art Art Art

Quick breaky of cold cuts before heading out to the see the statue of David. Except that I cooked it after getting so much excite about gelato that we ended up on the other side of town.

Couple of leccy cars on the charge

Gelato face
Didn't work out too bad though because that meant we were at the Uffizi and the line up wasn't too bad. We were planning to go there tomorrow but went today instead. One of the biggest collections in the world of renaissance art. I was pretty excited to see a few famous pieces but also found some other gear that was pretty great too.

TFW you're all ready for battle but can't find your pants
Botticelli. Heart.
Pretty good I guess
One of the only Michelangelo paintings
Caravaggio Medusa
Quick stop at the halfway point for some bevs on the terrace ceiling before finishing off the second half of the museum.

The view is ok from up here
It's all about the angle
We had planned to go back to the market restaurant for dinner but found it had closed early so will hit it up tmoz as well. Quick dinner of penis pasta before everyone was ready for bed.

Currently listening to: Method Man - Tical
Currently Brewdog - Restorative Beverage For Invalids and Convalescents


Haven't had a chance to update in a few days because have been pretty busy lording Florence. Have done a lot of walking around the city, seen a bunch of churchy stuff and had some sick meals. bHave also been to a few markets including the leather ones and we all got some florentine leather stuff to bring home.

Stoked on roast
Market tortellini. Ace.
Just about to eat pizza face
Donatello carving in the side of a building
Michelangelo's house
Z had been desperate for a run in a park somewhere so we headed up to Michelangelo Piazza where we thought there might be a park. We couldn't find the park but damn the view from up there was insane. Z found some other kid to kick a soccer ball around in the carpark for an hour while we had a couple of beers and soaked it all in.

What a view. What a beer. What a day.

Yo Dave, put on some pants bro. It's cold out.
One of the things that I've read about before but never really paid to much attention to is this weird thing that catholics call relics. Basically crazy, intricate treasures with a bit of bone from saints, priests, popes, rulers etc built into them. Its honestly one of the weirdest thing to see a sick gold statue and then when you have a closer look, there's a bloody finger in there.

Bits of fingers in this treasure. Ya bunch of catholic weirdos.
Picked our friend Rach up from the train station. Stopped in at the nearest bar for a few cheeky bevs before heading home to work out what we were going to do for dinner. Found a place a few hundred metres away on tripadvisor that had heaps of good reviews so headed down to check it out. One of the best meals we've had here so far. Rach started fading pretty hard so we all went home after dinner and me and the misso popped back out to Brewdog for a few nightcaps.

On the bevs
Deep fried pasta on a plate of ham as starter
Florentine steak
On the bevs again
Currently listening to: Radiohead - OK Computer
Currently drinking: Mikeller Hoppy Lovin Xmas

Monday, 26 December 2016

A couple more walks and a quiet xmas

Last few days have been a bit quiet. Everyone getting on everyone's nerves after spending so much time together I guess. Have still managed to squeeze a few sights in between the arguments.

This lunatic decided to wear a santa hat all day

There's some bloke going around defacing all these signs around the city and some of them are rad AF
Like this one
And this one
And this one

Did a walking tour of the sites related to the Medici family. If you don't know much about the history of Florence or the Medici family then its worth looking up as its a pretty interesting story.

There is not  a bad angle of this joint
The detail in everything is heckers
On xmas morning we had a breakfast of some cold meats and cheeses before heading out for another walking tour. This one was based more around some of the local sites, churches and where famous people either lived or are buried.

Stoked with her present of 5 euros
Every opportunity for gelato
Ninja turtle Donatello sculpture
Ninja Turtle Michelangelo's house
Monument to Dante Alighieri
Xmas desserts
I am absolutely in love with this city. The baroque, renaissance and medieval architecture is just insane. Every direction you look, there is something rad to see. Still looking forward to seeing some of the frescos, paintings and statues by some of the masters over the next few days.

Currently listening to: Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
Currently drinking: Brewdog Mashtag 16