Thursday, 29 August 2013

Confessions of a conference attendee

Day 3: 25th August (posted retrospectively)

A good long sleep has set me up well to spend the day exploring Florence. My guidebook lists 3 walking tours so I decided to do “Walking tour 1” which should take me around Florence. The walk appeared to involve following a bus route, at least initially making me think that “walking tour” was somewhat inaccurate and that the guide book was probably aimed at the majority of people, who, according to a recent newspaper article, never venture more than 500 m from their car. The walk took in the old city wall, the old city gate of Porta Romana, then up hill to Piazalle Galileo before a slow descent back into central Florence via a lovely church San Miniato al Monte – apparently a good example of Romanesque architecture and on a site that has had a church since the time of Charlemagne - and Piazzale Michelangelo with its stunning views across Florence. Then it was time for conference registration and the general initial mingling of delegates / bumping into colleagues and friends.

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