We're leaving for Rome tomorrow -- Woohoo! My writer's block on the Florence experience is still nagging at me, and I feel compelled to make one more go of it before we begin leg 3 of our journey. Forgoing the burden of writing prose, I've decided to do this short and sweet, David Letterman style:
Top Ten Things I Learned in Florence
- Italians are better-looking than the rest of us.
- Every once in a while, the luxury of a 5 star hotel is worth working overtime to pay for.
- Medieval history, architecture and religion are now on the long list of things I wish I’d paid more attention to in school.
- Though I appreciate its importance, aesthetically speaking I don’t care much about renaissance art. With the exception of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera, I’m pretty sure if you’ve seen 200 renaissance paintings, you’ve seen them all.
- My map skills are surprisingly poor.
- I've come to believe that the systematic subjugation of women by the Christian Church must surely be the greatest human rights abuse in all of history.
- Architecture can bring inspiration to everyday life. A boring building is a wasted opportunity.
- Bicycles shouldn't be just for kids.
- The perfection of one porcini pizza may have destroyed my chances of ever enjoying a NY-style cheese slice again.
- If I'm ever stranded on a deserted island, please send a lifetime supply of homemade pasta, arrabiatta sauce, good cheese and Chianti Classico. I'll be fine, trust me.