I was just going through some old photos for a project and ran across this one of my husband watching the action around the base of the Michelangelo’s original Renaissance marble statue, David, housed in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence. The O.G. sculpture dates from the early 16th century and is seventeen feet tall. He was carved from single block of marble from the quarries in Carrara in Tuscany. We visited Italy in 2017.
In March, we went to Italy and had a grand adventure. Our son was born on Pi Day, and we took Italotreno, the high-speed train, from Rome to Florence for the day to celebrate. Florence is the Tuscan region’s capital, and the first site to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was home to artists like Michelangelo, Giotto and Vasari.
I was raised protestant, but my mother’s best friend was the director of her CCD class in my little hometown’s only Catholic church. On Christmas Eve, her kids were in my Baptist Church’s Christmas Pageant, and then we all loaded in the car and drove across town for the Children’s Christmas Eve Mass at her church. When I got married, we had the ceremony rehearsal at my church the night before, then headed over to her church for the rehearsal dinner … since we could have wine. 🙂 So when we went to Italy in March 2017, I knew we would have to go to the Vatican for Joan. I read about private audiences with the Pope–and I like this Pope. He’s very human and relatable. So I faxed the Vatican, and they faxed me back. We got a front row seat to the Pope mobile. Bam! What a day!