etc. were beheaded - saw the famous [underlined]ravens[/underlined] out on the grass & heard the stories from our excellent guide & lecturer about them. Bus again & on to [underlined]St. Paul's Cathedral[/underlined]. Wonderful - but owing to restoration we were unable to see it all - lovely & huge but nothing to compare with most of the marvellous structures we have seen on the continent. Exterior is really very, very fine. Saw the two chapels the one of the royal family I might say (the stall of the [underlined]King & Prince of Wales[/underlined] - the lovely new chapel of [underlined]Earl Kitchener[/underlined] - the artists corner where [underlined]Landseer[/underlined] - [underlined]Reynolds Benjamin West[/underlined] & other great painters are buried - also the tomb of [underlined]Sir Christopher Wren[/underlined]. Out again & passed many important places - [underlined]Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese[/underlined]-[underlined]1667[/underlined][underlined]Clock Tavern[/underlined] - immortalized by [underlined]Tennyson[/underlined]
or cathedral on the hill. Saw an original [underlined]della Robbia[/underlined] in the little chapel & many other interesting sights. The women with their raffia baskets & hats were very picturesque. Saw the house & cemetery where [underlined]Browning[/underlined] lived & was buried. We came home & went into the magnificent & colossal [underlined]Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore[/underlined] & [underlined]The Campanile[/underlined] & then over to [underlined]The Baptistery[/underlined] to see [underlined]Ghiberti's[/underlined] miraculous doors. Oh! how I had always longed to see them & how wonderful in detail they are. The ceiling of the interior was all done in mosaic. Florence is a dream - a perfect one. We went down to the [underlined]Ponte Vecchio[/underlined] in evening & looked through every shop there. How clever the little district is all ?[underlined]laid[/underlined]? out & the shops on this bridge - so interesting.
[underlined]Tussaud[/underlined] & [underlined]Sleeping Beauty (she is breathing too)[/underlined]
- [deleted]y[/deleted] "The Old Curiousity Shops" - & many other interesting sights. Went down alone to have my steamship ticket looked over - to hunt for a bag - to get tickets to Scotland & also to purchase a few extras. After dinner we went to [underlined]Mdme Tussauds[/underlined]- the famous collection of wax figures. Really this was terribly amusing. Never will I forget the perfect realism of the [underlined]Pope's face[/underlined]& that of dear [underlined]William Shakespeare[/underlined] - he was perfect in his [underlined]boyishness[/underlined]to me. I was amazed more than I even expected at such a well arranged & appointed display. Have never seen anything to equal it. The entire present [underlined]Royal Family[/underlined] [deleted]are[/deleted] is seen here - famous literary menmen of history & the [underlined]world war[/underlined]- the [underlined]kings & queens[/underlined] (Henry VIII again) our own dear [underlined]Presidents[/underlined] (some of them) [underlined]Mdme.[/underlined] [up arrow]
July 24. We went off to the hat market today early & such a sight - here one could buy lovely felt hats & all sorts of handwork. Perfectly lovely products of Florence. Walked down to Coppino's again in the Ponte Vecchio but have been unable to purchase a ring to suit. Bought a fascinating silver chain for my arm & like it. Had luncheon at one & then I was off to the [underlined]Academy[/underlined] to see [underlined]David[/underlined]the original by Michelangelo & many of his unfinished pieces. Sat for a long time studying the wonderful marbles - what a man he was & what he has left to the world & man. From here to the [underlined]Annunziata[/underlined] & then back [underlined]St. Marc[/underlined] & over to the [underlined]Riccardi Palace[/underlined] & then to [underlined]S. Maria Novella[/underlined] & then ([underlined]then again[/underlined]) to the lovely [underlined]Chapelle des Medicis[/underlined] where here I found the originals
of Michelangelo that I've wanted so very long to see. The chapel itself was a perfect ensemble of marbles. Perfect. Sketched a bit in the [underlined]Ponte Vecchio[/underlined] & then to dinner. Sketched a while afterwards & then walked a while & now very, very tired & sleepy. Hope the mosquitos will not eat me alive tonite.
July 25. Up pretty early & went right over to [underlined]the Santa Croce[/underlined] & have viewed the tombs of Michelangelo - [underlined]L. da Vinci[/underlined] & many other famous & noted men. From here I sketched a bit & then home & out to the [underlined]Bargello[/underlined] & saw [underlined]Mercury[/underlined] - the original - the marvellous [underlined]della Robbias[/underlined] & many of [underlined]Donatello's[/underlined] & [underlined]Michelangelo's[/underlined] originals. The head of [underlined]Dante[/underlined] - rather