Meanwhile…back in Florence…

I am so sorry for the big lag between Italy vacation posts. Theo and I reached the end of his third quarter of homeschool, and this is always a big scramble to finish up projects, polish papers chosen for submission, and for me…scan, scan, organize, and scan. I just couldn’t fit any time to share more of Florence, until now.

Considering that homeschool kept me away from blogging, I’ll start with the Leonardo da Vinci museum, which was a little museum of reproductions and models of many of his inventions from his notebook illustrations. This was a required stop for Theo, who was doing a history book report on a biography of da Vinci, and who was also to do a model of his pyramidal parachute as a project. We joined an Italian school group also touring this very hands-on, interactive museum. We found it at the Galleria Michelangiolo, the irony of which is not lost on me.

Theo drawing water uphill.

Theo drawing water uphill.

You crank this fellow to get him drumming, but he was originally intended to march and everything.

You crank this fellow to get him drumming, but he was originally intended to march and everything.

Something tells me the Louvre isn't likely to make a spot on the wall for this painting.

Something tells me the Louvre isn’t likely to make a spot on the wall for this painting.

It’s no major attraction, but it was a fun diversion, and suitably touchable for children, which so much in museums is not. In fact, most of indoor Italy seems to be off-limits for photos, too. That will affect this series, for sure.

Theo has a very limited touring-threshold, so in general, we would go out and explore for several hours, and then return to the hotel for a break before heading out for more sights without him. As a result, it really was kind of important to have a comfortable and safe hotel room, and wi-fi. Well, truly, we all prefer good wi-fi access.

Our hotel in Florence, Residenza Johanna, was nice. It was off the main street and a few blocks’ walk from Palazzio St. Mark. While that made it convenient to the Accademia Gallery, and a science museum, it was a bit too much of a hike to everywhere else. In future, I would prefer staying closer. Our room was at the end of a hall, and had a separate sitting room with a daybed made up for Theo. It wasn’t large, but it wasn’t small, and the bathroom, which had a shower, was generous. Unfortunately, the wi-fi connection was a little weak, so Theo spent chunks of time on a sofa in the hallway, where he could stream You-tube better. The included breakfast was a lovely continental spread with perfect cappucinos. I really need some protein in the morning, though, so I confess they didn’t last me all morning. Fortunately, you can get great breakfasty croissant sandwiches and things for a nice, Hobbity mid-morning snack on something like every third street corner. 

Kicking up our heels between excursions. Theo is through the arched doorway.

Kicking up our heels between excursions. Theo is through the arched doorway.

Next time, some of what we found on our excursions.

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