Part II: Florence or Firenze as you have to call it once you've been.

Thursday, July 22, 2010



{Palazzo Vecchio with lots of statues including the fake David}
{the colorful Ponte Vecchio}
{more food, on the Arno, with Rick Steves to guide us along}
{Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens... those Medicis had mooooney}
We spent a lovely day in Florence after leaving Orvieto, on our way to Cinque Terre (that, however, has to wait until tomorrow... I need to keep up my readership and if I divulge all of Italy now, I know you'll all abandon me... not to mention, this is such rich blog-post information and I need to spread it out before I run out of ideas.).  Florence, or Firenze which it really seems chic to say if you've been (so I guess now I have to be a name-dropper and go with Firenze) was awesome.  I loved it.  So much art, so much history, the place was just rich with the past.  It was hot... really, really hot... but with a few sufficient airing-outs of the pits, the arm pits that is, we had a lovely day (that included a purchase of a strapless dress, hence the costume change, so that the pits could be free... they needed it.).  We climbed the clock tower just next to the Duomo, ate at Open Bar right on the Arno River with the perfect view of Ponte Vecchio, and people and statue-watched.  It was a Monday, so unfortunately the Accademia and Uffizi were closed.  I am not a huge art-buff but would have really liked to have seen the real David.  Unfortunately, that will have to wait until visit numero due (DO-ay)... and there will be one.  Indeed.  

16 comments:

  1. Wow! Is all I can say. I'm sure it was like that for you while traveling as well.

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  2. Your photos of Florence are so beautiful! Especially the third one. I went Florence years ago as a kid and your photos make me want to go back and experience it all over again.

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  3. Your photos of Florence are so beautiful! Especially the third one. I went Florence years ago as a kid and your photos make me want to go back and experience it all over again.

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  4. io amo firenze!! it's as gorgeous as i remember. glad you got a pit free dress and you enjoyed yourself. next time you will have to see david (make a reservation before you leave the usa). he's amazing.
    but it looks like you did all you could do. like i said, keep the posts coming :)

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  5. That is beautiful:) It looks very hot and your dress is very cute:)
    Such a stunning place:)

    Kisses,

    ps: I hope you had a change to enter my GIVEAWAY!!!

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  6. Florence (Firenze!) is so wonderful. When you go back one day, you definitely need to hit the Accademia nd Uffizi. There are always lines, but they're worth it. Seeing the David is INCREDIBLE. It's so much bigger than you would imagine.

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  7. I dream of going one day! at least i can live through you for now:)

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  8. I have been dreaming of Florence so much this week and imagine my happy surprise when you posted about it! Yay! I love it. A made my husband promise me to either send me or take me to Florence in the next 5 years.

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  9. Okay a few things. 1. I think you are stunning and beautiful. 2. Your blog is wonderful. and 3. After reading your, "our love story" - I am hooked. Love love love love love love love it. And ps. Thank you for the birthday wishes!

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  10. That architecture looks amazing. Living in Sydney means that spotting any building older than 150 years + is considered a historic sighting...note to self: must travel.

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  11. I love your new dress and that picture is amazing.

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  12. simply amazing...Italy is the one place I want to visit most in my lifetime. :) one day I know I will make it there. Your photographs are truly wonderful. So glad you were able to take such an amazing journey!

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  13. *sigh*... i want to go right now!! the food, the art... the food. hehe. it's all too wonderful!

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  14. OH MY GOSH!!!! Oh I longingly wish I were there.

    Rachael

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  15. Beautiful photos! Florence was my favorite city when I visited Italy (with Venice as a very close second).

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