September 5: China Visit

By Derek On September 4, 2014 Under Uncategorized

“He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.” Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo-da-Vinci

We are just back in the saddle from a two-week vacation deep into the ancient hill towns of Tuscany. Despite having two small museum-hating children in tow, we spent several days in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Built by the Medici, bankers to the Pope and the Goldman Sachs of their day, the city was host to such incredible minds as those of Petrarch, Dante, Da Vinci, Michelangelo and even Machiavelli, the patron saint of corporate intrigue. It being the month of August, all good Italians had deserted the city for their vacation and left it to hapless, sweaty tourists, such as ourselves to figure things out. Of the few shops open during the month I looked into Prada on Via de Tornabouni, which sits easily and with panache next to neighbors Gucci and Dior.

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