27.10.2015 - 28.10.2015 17 °C
Since my classes have moved to the afternoons, I'm finding it hard to get moving in the morning - time to set the alarm again, I think! This is my excuse for not having done much to write about!
Yesterday I decided to take a look at the synagogue, as a departure from the Christian architecture that dominates Florence. It sure stands out in the vista of Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo - it's the one with the green-domed roof
They don't let you in with a bag or camera, so I decided to wait till another day. When I do go in, they don't allow any photos at all, so I won't be able to show you anything that you can't find on the internet. But it's pretty, so here it is from the outside:
For some reason, there were some armed guards right by the fence too, but no idea what they were there for
On the way to the Sinagogue (Italian spelling), I came across a flea market of second hand goods
I found a treasure-trove of old postcards and records (yes, LPs and singles!) - bought some postcards but didn't want to try to deal with records in my luggage!
Near the market is a flower seller, which looked really pretty in the dowdy neighbourhood
You're probably wondering how the Italian classes are doing. Although the grammar is really hard, and full of exceptions, especially when conjugating verbs, it's getting easier to understand when the teacher speaks and to have a bit of a conversation. I know my tenses and conjugations are all over the place, but the main point right now is to be understood so I guess I'm getting there - though far, far away from being fluent!
It has been raining a lot today, so I thought it would be nice to show you what a wet evening in Florence looks like (my camera isn't top of the range, so night shots leave a little to be desired, sorry), so here goes:
In the next couple of days I want to climb up to the top of the Duomo dome in the morning, It's supposed to be fine on Friday, so will aim for then. On Saturday, I'm planning to go to Lucca and Pisa so should have some good stuff for you then.