Saturday, October 16, 2010

Out of the city

DSCN1505 DSCN1499 We were ready to drive out of the city and head to what we heard is beautiful countryside.   Cathy and I were great back seat drivers…..oohing and ahhing at every turn either because of the “fast turns” that brought on stomach distress or because of the beauty that surrounded us.

                          My sister Cathy loving the view of TUSCANY.IMG_1274 IMG_1175 IMG_1259

We stayed in the heart of Florence….so we could walk everywhere…and walk we did!!! Georgeous architecture filled with history, art and a fun marketplace……

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Florence is often known as the “Jewel of the Renaissance; a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the richest and wealthiest cities of the time.  The centre of the city is contained in medieval walls that were built in the 14th century to defend the city.

 

The best-known site and crowning architectural jewel of Florence is the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore, known

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This cathedral is by far thee most beautiful structure I have ever seen anywhere.   We stood in awe looking at and photographing the intricate craftsmanship and beauty!

The historic center of the city is split by the Arno River.  It is spanned by eight bridges….the most central and most celebrated is the Ponte Vecchio  (Old Bridge)  It is lined with overhanging jewelry stores….very unique!   We didn’t buy any jewelry (can you imagine????) however, I met this watercolorist, Amor Dekhis painting at the bridge and purchased a painting he had just completed…of the bridge.  DSCN1593 DSCN1598 DSCN1600

2 comments:

Amy Jo @ The Little Moments said...

What a great purchase that will always remind you of your trip, plus support a local artist. Just your style!

Anonymous said...

Did you hang this yet?? And speaking of jewelry, I can't believe we didn't buy any either..what's wrong with us??