The day it rained.
Today we awoke in our sauna-like bunks to another sunny day in Tuscany. We got up and headed for the 45 room Uffizi gallery. We found ourselves another 90 minute line to stand in (we are getting good at this...) and finally got in to see the thousands of works of art inside. It was overwhelmingly full of statues and paintings and we filed along the route while trying to avoid tour groups. We saw the fabulous 'Birth of Venus', many marble statues and busts, Caravaggios, Boticellis and the real version of the boar Allison pet yesterday. No photos allowed though, but we got this one when the guards let in a group and ended right before we got across the line...
Then we hunted down lunch and headed to climb the hill to Michelangelo's Piazza. This gave us a really great view of Florence and of some incoming storm clouds...
We headed across the river via Ponte Vecchio, a bridge comprised entirely of jewelry stores. Then we got rained on, a lot, so we hid in a cafe. We realized it hasn't rained on us in about a month! Plus, it was the first time we weren't sweating!
We thought we'd try to see David when the rain let up but apparently those in line didn't mind standing in the rain and there was still a crazy long line. So we wandered back toward our hostel when Anna ran into her sorority sister, Sera Berlacher, on the street. Small world.
We rested and dried off before heading out to look for dinner. We found some delicious pizza and followed Allison's nose to some fresh waffles and Nutella for dessert.
So, now we are back in our warm room with our 14 other roommates and are ready to head to Cremona tomorrow morning!