Austrian Universities take their holidays seriously and the two-week mid-semester Easter Break begins this week at the University of Innsbruck. This is the best opportunity we have to do a bit of traveling beyond the Tirol and we are currently in Florence, Italy attempting to get cultured.
One of the major attractions is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiora, known more widely as the "Duomo." Pretty incredible place inside and out.
One can climb up through the Duomo, which is a sort of Roman Catholic Via Ferrata. No harness needed, but the 500 stairs and narrow passageways add to the medieval feel.
My idea of culture is weissbier and gröstl at a gasthaus in the Tirol, but I have to admit that Michelangelo's David is absolutely incredible to see in person.
Florence is also well known for food and yesterday Andrea and I tested the hypothesis that you can't eat too much gelato or drink too much wine. We stumbled across the shop below, which apparently is blissfully unaware of Utah's archaic liquor laws.
It's not the high season here yet, but the crowds have been overwhelming. People packed everywhere on the streets.
Today we walked into the hills above town for a few miles to get away from it all. It has been raining on and off all day, but we got a break as we returned to town with a beautiful view.
It is my understanding that the Steenburgh effect continues to treat you well, with 50+ inches at Alta this week. A GoFundMe account will be created soon to permanently fund my residence in Europe.