A tourist in Florence

Aug 30, 2013 No Comments by 1540 views
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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Goldschmidt 2013

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I’m a post-doc working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on deep-sea hydrothermal vents systems. I use stable isotope methods to disentangle the food web, and trace carbon, nitrogen and sulphur pathways, around hydrothermal vents at the Mid-Cayman Rise. My broader interests range from biomineralisation to palaeoclimatology and archaeology. I write my own blog at http://silentwitnesss.wordpress.com/ and occasionally tweet as @emmaversteegh.
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