I've been trying for the past couple months to get the girls to give me some specific thoughts on what they want to do in Florence, Venice and England. Eventually I just took to leaving my guidebooks laying around and commenting that one can open to any page and find something amazing...try it, I say, try and you'll see, I say...
This week, they finally looked through the books and here are some of the things that caught their eye.
Miss Ninja (my younger girl's nom du jour) wants to see the following:
- lots of art by Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael
- Botticelli's Birth of Venus
- Michelangelo's tomb in Santa Croce
- the bronze status of Neptune in the Boboli gardens
- riding a bike around the walls of Lucca
- Michelangelo's Pieta (it's the Vatican Pieta she really wants to see, but this will do...)
- climbing the Duomo, the Leaning Tower, Giotto's bell tower
- Museo Zoolologico-La Specola and Museo di Storia della Scienza
- Santa Maria della Salute
- St. Mark's Basilica
- Titian's Assumption in the Frari, plus more Titian paintings
- the replica of the doge's Bucintoro in the Naval Museum
- the Scala Contarini del Bovolo (spiral staircase)
- vaporetto rides and lots of 'em.
- Bath (as seen on Rick Steves' travel show)
- going to the British Museum to see the Rosetta Stone
- Grampy's Southwold beach hut
- any and all haunted castles and dungeons
- nature walks
- Pleasurewood Hills (amusement park very near my dad's place)
Pretty cool list for an eleven year old, I thought...
The Ginger (elder child's current nickname at school) expressed her interest in these sites:
In general: lots of art and museums
- Palazzo Mocenigo costume museum
- "Pretty pretty churches"
- Boboli Gardens
- the Uffizi
- the Accademia
- the costume museum in the Pitti Palace
- Siena (although this has pretty much been ruled out due to it being the week of Palio and we shudder at the thought of those crowds!)
- failing Siena, perhaps Cortona or Arezzo (like me, she would love to see the Piero della Francesca frescos)
- Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum
- Tower of London
- Tintern Abbey
Not so much detail here...although in The Ginger's defence, she has exams coming up so hasn't had as much free time to browse through guidebooks as Miss Ninja. But I know generally that she wants to spend lots of time looking at art in various museums (being quite a decent budding artist herself).