Yesterday I walked all over Rome and Vatican City which was interesting and educational. Today I toured Flirence and it was spiritual, grounding, and peaceful. When I entered the Croce Cathedral I just wanted to stay for awhile. I felt so calm and welcome. Like I was at the right pkace at the right time. Just outside the cathedral was a monument of Florence Nightingale. It had a great impact, bringing tears to my eyes. All day our tour guide told us about Michaelangelo, DaVinci, and Galileo, geniuses from Florence. I was disappointed he did not mention Florence Nightingale who was born there. Like the the Renaissance figures before her she changed the lives of generations of people, still making a difference today. She is a wonderful example to me of courage and doing the right thing no matter what. It is hard to explain exactly why being in her city of birth was so important to me. So far Florence has been my favorite stop, not so much because of what I saw there, but because of how I felt there.