A tourist in Florence

Aug 30, 2013 No Comments by 2139 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.


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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