A busy day in Florence

Our first real day in Florence was very busy.  We started with a workshop this morning at the American Institute for Foreign Study, followed by lunch, and then a two-hour walking tour of the city.  We got about an hour break at home, and then we were off again for a welcome dinner hosted by the AIFS staff.  Understand that we have to walk about twenty minutes to get to and from each of these events – so the day fills up fast!  And Alpe D’Huez awaits us on our return to our apartment.  We’ll be ready for a marathon when we get home!  (At least we’ll be able to walk one!)  A bunch of pictures from today follow here:

Our tour guide and some of the students

 Palazzo Vecchio

Italian children on the Ponte Vecchio 

View from the Ponte Vecchio

The Baptistry and Il Duomo

Il Duomo

Maria, Nicholas, and Thomas on the Ponte Vecchio

A street near our apartment – check out the scooters

Another street near our apartment

Alpe D’Huez – the final twelve steps of our sixty-one step climb to our apartment. 

The AIFS Welcome Dinner with the Students at Il Teatro.  Great wine and great food!  Italian of course!

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