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Arriving in Florence

Our introduction to Florence – the center of Tuscany

Background

Our first trip to Florence was part of an Italy Tour in Fall of 2017. Florence is the birthplace of Renessaince, home to some of the best museums in Italy and the largest city in Tuscany.

Getting There

We arrived to Florence from Venice via Bologna in train. The trip took about 2.5 hours. We booked the tickets months before online back in our home in Atlanta, GA, USA. Train reservations are fairly easy via the train italia website.

Below is a clip of our train passing Bologna.

Passing Bologna on the way to Florence

Galleria dell’Academia

We stayed at a Air BnB rental in Florence. The city center was a 15 min walk and the train station was a 20 min walk. We could also opt for a taxi or bus.

Our first stop next morning was Galleria dell’Academia which houses one of the most famous sculpture – Michelangelo’s David. The lines at the entrance goes around the block, so it was good we did our reservation online a week before. Below is a picture of Glenda on the reservation line as some street musicians entertain us by the sidewalk.

Here are some pictures from the museum including the sculptures – David and ‘Sabine Woman’ .

The museum’s gift shop was pretty good. And just 10 minutes walk from the Academia Gallery takes us to the historic city center. More on that in the next blog! Below is the highlight video of our visit to this world famous museum. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel or add the Tuscany Playlist in your favorites to view all the videos from tbis region.

Academia Gallery in Florence

Niagara Butterfly Conservatory

Butterfly Conservatory tour in Niagara Falls

The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is a butterfly house located approximately 5 miles north of Niagara Falls. The conservatory has over 2,000 tropical butterflies from over 60 different species. The conservatory can accommodate up to 300 visitors per hour. The conservatory imports up to 3,000 butterflies per month from world butterfly farms in Costa Rica, El Salvador, the Philippines, and Australia.

The conservatory is easily accessible via public bus line that runs from the Niagara Falls visitor center with stops at all major attractions in the city. Check out the below video for a visual tour!

“New Beginning” at Versailles

A music video of the song “New Beginning” at the Versailles gardens

We recorded the song “New Beginning” a while back as part of our “For Rose” EP (available on iTunes). Years later, the theme of the song felt like a perfect blend with the picturesque settings of the Versailles gardens and it’s ominous history lurking around. Thus, this video experiment was born. We hope you’ll enjoy!