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How geochemistry tells about climate and environments

A tourist in Florence

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The birth of Venus - Sandro Botticelli c. 1486

The birth of Venus – Sandro Botticelli c. 1486

After four days of Goldschmidt 2013 my brain had reached geochemistry saturation state, so I figured it was time for some tourism. Earlier this week I had only ventured into the city in the early morning, and I only now realised how peacefully quiet it had been. Florence is a virtual ants nest of tourists and the people trying to sell them things; not my favourite habitat.

I did manage to get a ticket for the Uffizi Gallery without too much queueing and spent a while looking at beautiful and some famous paintings such as “The birth of Venus and four portraits by the Dutch 17th century master Rembrandt van Rijn. Of course I had to see the Museo Galileo as well. Lots of fascinating scientific instruments, globes, clocks and what have you. Too bad they didn’t sell any replicas in the museum shop.

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