Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Beautiful Firenze

Hi Everyone,
Here I am in Florence - a really dreamy city. Everything was just so beautiful and I was just so lucky to have days like this. As I write Florence is under snow! I only got home last Wednesday so how amazing for the weather to flip completely and cover the city in white!

This first shot is probably what everyone imagines when they think of Florence. It was such a wonderful sight and I sat here with bread and cheese and olives and tomatoes. Yes it was cold so I sat on my bag!

Here you can see the Arno river and the bridges that cross it at regular intervals.

The famous Ponte Vecchio. this shot was taken from out of the window of the Uffizi Gallery

The river Arno in the evening light. Photos are bever quite the same as being there but this does revive memories of a lovely still evening.

I awoke early on my first morning in Florence and decided to climb the bell tower of the Duomo Cathedral known as Giotto's Tower. Small windows in the tower revealed little slices of the city that were just so inspiring.

The Duomo Cathedral, flanked by the tower and the building in front is the Baptistery - I was less than a minute walk from here and came to look at it at least once a day. The quality of the light would keep changing the hue of the marble and I, like thousands before me, was quite mesmerised by it.

Detail of the Duomo as I climbed the tower.

Walking around town there were 2 things I could do in abundance, shop and eat!

The Merry go Round at night.

Jewellery shops along the Ponte Vecchio at dusk.

Detail on the Baptistery doors.

Climbing up out of the city.

Sculptures abound in the city and these were located at the Duomo museum.

A beautiful day - I sat here for ages watching nothing and everything.

This is just a small sampling of the 982 photos I took over the week but if ever you get to go to Europe, be sure to make Florence the top of your list. I simply can hardly wait to return!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays dear friends,
I wish you all a creative 2010
Love Elizabeth