I spent many hours wandering the colourful cobbled streets of Florence, there is plenty to see, and this day was an eventful one. I first went to a little and historic reference library that was like something out of harry potter. It had very old books, funny ladders and winding stair cases. Then I wandered down to an old Church - the Basillica di Santa Maria. It is a very old Church and some of the paintings were done by Giotto in 1290. It has many old frescos, and also stands on the site of an even older Church, it is clearly the predecessor of the more elaborate Renaissance cathedrals. I think went to the chapel of the medicis - the Medici clan were a very powerful family from Florence, and patrons to much of the great western art of the Renaissance. The chapel was very impressive and many of the sculptures were by Michelangelo. In the crypt underneath the chapel there were some relics - human bones (allegedly saints bones) eleborately decorated with gold. Then I wandered over to the oldest pharmacy in the world, and still sells perfumes made by the Dominican friars from the convent of Santa Maria. After all this sight seeing action I decided to retire back to my own monastic cloister - my accomodation was previously a monastery!