Yes, you are right.
There is a very naked, very green man standing over our heads.
No, it is not the Jolly Green Giant ---though I am sure he was very jolly in his day.
This is part one of our day in Florence, Italy – or Firenze as it is known locally.
Our bus stopped here for a great panoramic view of the city, and we also got to pose with the lovely form of the bronze David, a replica of the original marble one in the museum.
Yes, we could have stayed in line all day to get a glimpse of the real one, IF we had a ticket - but when you’ve seen ONE naked statue – you’ve…well, you’ve not seen them all, but there was SO MUCH TO DO in one day that we chose instead to experience all that we could fit in, instead of waiting in line all day for one thing.
And this bronze, though a replica is every bit as impressive as his marble counterpart! There is also a replica marble statue OUTSIDE of the museum, so yes – we really had our share of “Little David” as he was soon called on our day in Florence.
We did EVERYTHING we could, and I am having a hard time figuring out how to break this day down cohesively, not to mention I’m in the midst of a beautiful Alaskan trip which has a lot of beauty to be posted as well –so Florence, you will be spit spot shoved in amongst everything else!
THIS is Florence!
You can’t miss the dome of The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. We were making a beeline there as soon as we did our panoramic view up top, and I’m glad we did this view…it was wonderful to get a glimpse at how the city is laid out.
Me in Florence. Still having pinch me moments! FIRENZE!
There were souvenir stands all around the big green Little David –if you come, watch your handbag. Gypsies are rampant. They will try to entertain you and then ask for money. Or they will just take your wallet from your pocket. And by all means, don’t hold any babies that mothers are offering for you to hold in an effort to “help them out” Because they will just help themselves to your belongings if you do!
Our fearless leader, Jim West – doing his best to ward off the villians:
Oh look, there is the other naked Little David. And others.
The woman gypsy mime was begging all of the tourists for tips. I suppose they have to make a living somehow…but gah! It was like fending off flies at a summer picnic…I’m sorry, but it was.
Back to the souvenirs….I’m sad that I couldn't fit this into my luggage, but I was already at weight limits!
Who wouldn't love a red Italian Ferrari?
We met in the square to join up with our guide who would take us on a walking tour of Florence.
Streets were narrow, but look what I see ahead!
There are so many photos – and it is hard to get everything into one shot – in fact, this place is SO HUGE, and the street space SO SMALL and the people SO MANY that there is no way it will fit into one camera shot.
So…the ever popular Quiltville Slide Show! The detail of this cathedral is magnificent. Feel free to pause the play and use the back and forward buttons so you can see all you need to see.
No, we didn’t get to go inside….you can stand in line for hours for the privilege of paying to climb the 300 something steps to the top of the dome, but again, we had ONE DAY. And the 130+ steps we climbed while in Vinci to see the view there was a quick reminder that I didn’t want to triple that to see the top of the dome.
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|The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, May 2015|
We were here on a Saturday. And WEDDINGS were happening all over the place. Horse drawn carriages carried brides and grooms through the squares and off into their new lives. We caught this cute couple on the merry go round:
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…
More Florence to come –this is posting while we are on our 12 hour train ride from Anchorage to Fairbanks…
I’ll catch you back in real time as soon as I am able!