This is not the real David. This is a copy in an outdoor piazza. (Not Mike Piazza, either). The real one is in this place called Galeria dell'Academia, and it is just as spectacular as everyone says it is. There is even a plaque in front of it with a sign saying something like, "Once you have seen Michelangelo's David, you never need to see another sculpture." And they're right! Everything from the definition of his calves and arms, to the bones in his feet and ankles, to the veins in his hands, to the fact that the sculpture is at least 20-25 feet tall, is just incredible. Works of art, to me, never really blow my mind. They're usually "nice" and "cool", but nothing to fawn over, with a few exceptions (M.C. Escher and Norman Rockwell come to mind). But the David was absolutely mind-blowing. Truly truly spectacular.
My friends Thiago and Pedro from Rio de Janeiro. They helped me start to learn Portugese, which I'm going to do this year, so that I can visit them in Brazil next summer. South America is the plan!
The sunset over Firenze (Florence). The river lights up like gold, as you can see. One of the best sunsets I've ever seen.
Rachael, from Oregon, with the Firenze skyline in the background. Her Spanish puts my rudimentary Spanish to shame.
St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican.
The Ponte St. Angelo, which leads to Castle St. Angelo, which you can see, which leads to the Vatican.
The BEST pizza I've ever eaten! From Napoli! Marinara, it's called, with fresh garlic and basil, extra virgin olive oil, and tomatoes. Better than New York, better even than Tony D's! It was incredible and you had to eat it with a knife and fork.
One ridiculous sculpture out of thousands in Rome.
I couldn't get the Fontana di Trevi captured on camera, so this is part of it. Truly DOMINATING a tiny piazza. Really spectacular as well. I never realized it was so enormous.
This needs no explanation.
They didn't let you go down to the underground level, which was a bummer, but I was truly awed by this monstrosity. I know that some people say that it's just like, "oh, the Collosseum, whoop-dee-doo," but the thing was built in like... 500 BC! That is pretty incredible. Okay, I'm at an internet cafe, so I have to get going. Talk to me and I'll tell you more. Italy (especially the pizza from Napoli) was amazing.