Our first full day in Florence – and we start by breaking the law. No photos are permitted of the David – but from what I could see, the only action the “guards”, who were seated comfortably in a folding chair positioned in front of the statue, would take would be to shout “No Photos!!” when a flash went off. Still, to be on the safe side, I stood behind a tour group and did a low angle shot using the camera’s low light feature to avoid the telltale flash.

This statue is truly mesmerizing – as we entered the almost deserted museum (going first thing in the morning in November really helps avoid the notorious lines), we turned into the gallery and had a direct line of sight at the statue – literally, my breath left me. The power of seeing the statue for the first time was so overwhelming I was not aware of anything else around us – not even the studies of the Pieta as we walked by them.

Most of the rest of the day was spent at The Duomo – read the journal entry from that experience.

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