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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Travelogue-Part 3 Florence





The weather was unstable..
we left Rome at the perfect time..
just before they had a tornado..

but Florence was not spared,
the river below is the 
Arno.








What is normally quite calm ...
became a sea of mocha..
these were photos that I shot on the way in to town..
in the morning..
and you can still see the green river bank on the other side..

by the time we left 
the brown water writhed from side to side of the block wall..






Our guide took us to 
Santa Croce Square
which was lovely..

and pointed out several sights
we had some time for shopping 



Santa Croce, and the square in Florence...


and then because time was short,
we headed to the Uffizi Gallery
which had been on my list of "must sees" 
from the time I was a young teenager..

two special artists 
had work in the Gallery
and



Filippo Lippi, Madonna and child with two Angels, Uffizi Gallery 


oddly enough they not only knew each other but 
they were teacher and student..

which was something I had not known.. 
Filippo Lippi
and 
Sandro Botticelli

If you have time to view my 
YouTube
channel and watch 
An Artist in Europe,
I have stories about both of these artists..







one thing I failed to mention in the video was
that I was interested in seeing the Botticelli works
specifically the 
Birth of Venus 
and 
Primavera
because most of Botticelli's Pagan works
were burned when he came under the spell of 
Savonarola
the religious zealot of the time..

known for burning more than images on 
canvas..




The halls of the Uffizi are endless and filled with statuary..




this amazing gallery was once the home of the 
Medici family, who were
bankers..
it is an impressive building...


below, the view 
of the 
Ponte Vecchio 

from inside the Uffizi...






This shot below, gives you a good idea of the enormity
of the museum..
which is on the left and the right 
and since it was a "Free" day 
all of Florence was lined up to go to the museum
as well as the tourists..
we had membership passes and 
sailed past the line,
which was 
really
fabulous...







But..
The lines inside the Museum were
unbelievably long...









and we did not have time to wait..

so I missed many things that I wanted 
to see..
but that means I will have to see them








on the return trip...








The Fleur De Lis 
or 
Giglio
in Italian
is the crest of the city of 
Florence..

and you will find it everywhere..







The roof top garden and cafe at the 
top of the Uffizi above would have been packed if 
it was not rainy and cold..
but we still enjoyed the view..










We ate pizza near the Duomo
above and had a nice lunch while the rain drenched everything and everyone..
we had a bumbersol on the ship..
but they did not allow them in the Uffizi
so we would have had to discard it..

so we bought one on the way back to 
Croce Square below..

and the rain finally stopped..















but it washed everything clean and 
made wonderful puddles in the 








old stone square..

at this point we were headed to 
Aix-En- Provence

And I will eventually show you 
those photos too..


Along with Barcelona, Mallorca and the Canary Islands..


but for now..

ciao, ciao!









7 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was SO glad you shared photos today, dear Cat, because I still can't see the videos until I get my new computer back again. Should be soon, now, because I didn't want Scott slipping and sliding to my house to deliver it.

I love the beauty of the Lippi and the Botticelli. I'm so glad many (or at least several) of his works weren't burned. It was too bad you were rushed, but I know the land of Fleur de Lis is already calling you back.

I'm really impressed with your lovely photos. They are sensational, and so atmospheric. Very impressive art and architecture in this beautiful post. Thanks for taking us along with you. I look forward to seeing the rest of the trip. Hopefully, I'll have my new computer back by then.

~*~Patty S said...

Love looking at your photos Cat!
A TORNADO !OH MY!
Glad you were safe.
oxo

Donald Digison said...

Super job with the photos and your poetic words, my dear.

Caterina Giglio said...

Gosh, E, how frustrating to get a new computer and not be able to use it... I hope it comes homes soon! Yes, it was a wonderful trip but very different from the plan, the weather changed our original plans and our port, so we were forced to take a guided tour instead of spending the day on our own.. But it was still an awesome day. Glad you enjoyed it and I will have the rest of the photos soon.. X

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Patty.. Yes.. Apparently it was quite bad and we left just before.. We were out to sea, as they say.. ­čśë❤️

Caterina Giglio said...

Thank you for your sweet comment, my darlng Don! XO

Sharmon Davidson said...

Wow, what a glorious trip you had! These photos are breath-taking, and I agree, I have always wanted to see the Ufizzi... thanks for taking us along, if only in spirit... xox