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    Wednesday
    Nov142012

    Florence

    “Better keep yourself clean and bright;
    you are the window through which you must see the world.”
    George Bernard Shaw



    sidewalk painting

    this is the off season, obviously {polizia in the trendy white hats}

    the girls in the city


    colorful street vendors

    tiny jewelry shops with buzzers to get inside

    inks and handpainted papers in a paper shop 

     

    Florence

    Florence has it all... architecture, color, texture, flavor, history, sculpture, design, street vendors, chocolates, gelato, fashion, teeny tiny jewelry shops all in a row, everything, anything. This is another round-up of photographs from our trip to Italy a few weeks ago. 

    We visited Florence as a day trip, a 1.5 hour drive from our hotel. We arrived late morning and stayed until the vendors and shops were shutting down in the dark about about 8pm. We waited in a long line to see the infamous David sculpture, now housed in a school, and in another line to see the large duomo (church).

    In the duomo, we walked up 8,324,129 steps in a warm, confined space, spiral curved stairs up, up, up, never ending stairs. It was the only time I had to use my inhaler on the trip. I was out of breath and a little freaked out. We walked back down the same number of steps and by the time we hit the street my legs and my older daughter's legs were literally shaking!

    And beautiful paper shops with handpainted papers and handmade journals. I bought myself a present of handpainted papers, just a few pages, and they were packed in a tall tube that didn't fit in the luggage. We left the bag with the papers (and some paintings we'd purchased on canvas in Venice) in the overhead bin on the flight back from Milan to JFK. And you can guess the result after weeks of emails to AA lost and found... so I had some handpainted papers for my art journals... and then I lost them.

    I've tagged the posts related to the trip with ITALY if you want to check out the photos.

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    Reader Comments (7)

    Absolutely gorgeous, and so envious! Florence is somewhere I hope to get to at some point in my life. Thanks for taking me along with this post!

    11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

    I'm heading to Florence and Venice with hubs in March! Can't wait! I'm excited to hear about the paper shops.

    11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

    amazing shots!!

    11.14.2012 | Unregistered Commentereli

    Love that you mix the normal tourist photos with the artist eye ones of colours, patterns, things, and close ups. Such an inspiring mix. Sad about the papers though, very sad.

    11.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

    mmm! Gelato! And sidewalk chalk art. I would go to Italy just for that.

    11.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStargirl

    so sad about your papers. Glad that it was not your photo disc, had a friend have hers go bad- lost 2 of 3 weeks abroad. Funny to see KODAK sign. I am a Kodak girl as many are here at home. Everyday more sad news about layoffs and bankruptcy. So hard to believe it was the Pulse of this town forever and now nothing.

    11.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

    It is a weird feeling when you realise you have no control of your legs. Mine shook after jogging a half marathon a few years ago. Love these photos. Especially the architecture photos. Beautiful shapes, texture and colours.

    How very disappointing that you lost the papers. You must be gutted about that.

    12.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

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