Snapshots of Florence

Florence Door

This is one of those photos that didn’t fit into my blog themes about Florence but definitely deserved to be included. I liked the door, window with its impressionistic reflection, lamp and even the dark wall, which provided contrast.

When I have finished blogging about an area, I always find I have “leftovers,” i.e. thoughts and photos I liked but didn’t fit the particular themes I was pursuing. For example, what do you do with an extra Lamb of God? They are rather hard to ignore. And then there is always an intriguing door or an interesting historical fact that begs to be told. Anyway, before I rush off to Cannes, here are a few of my “leftovers” from Florence.

Lamb of God in Florence Italy

Peggy captured this bit of Christian iconography… the Lamb of God, which represents Christ leading his flock, I guess. There was something about the perky, down the nose glance that tickled my funny bone. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson)

Balcony and outside walls in Florence.

These walls were impossible to ignore.

This close up provides detail. Check out the mythological beasts and cherubs in the paintings. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson)

This close up provides detail. Check out the mythological beasts and cherubs in the paintings. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson)

Arno River flowing through Florence, Italy.

The Arno River, running through the heart of Florence, could occupy a professional photographer for days. I am sure it has.

Florence, Italy city hall

Florence’s city hall with its beautiful clock tower. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson)

The Piazza della Repubblica with its dominating arch. The message on it reads "The ancient center of the City restored from age old squalor to new life." It's what we call urban renewal when historical treasures are bull dozed down to make way for the modern. Much was lost.

The Piazza della Repubblica with its dominating arch. The message on it reads “The ancient center of the City restored from age-old squalor to new life.” It’s what we call urban renewal where historical treasures are bulldozed down to make way for the modern. Much was lost.

Tower in Florence, Italy

Who can resist a tower? I Googled the heck out of this one but couldn’t find its name. Maybe one of my readers will help.

Cat and Mouse at Florence Christmas market

On the lighter side of things, Peggy and I visited Florence’s Christmas Market where this cat and mouse amused me. Note the mouse’s tongue.

Lion statue in Florence, Italy

Since I started my blogs on Florence with a lion, it is only appropriate that I finish with one.

NEXT BLOG: The Cannes Festival is going on now. We were there at a quieter time.

13 comments on “Snapshots of Florence

  1. Amazing pictures… I fly to Rome tomorrow and in 6 days will be in Florence, so planning to use all your posts like a tour guide! Looking forward I can see these your pictures in reality!)

  2. Another great set of photos and I too love, love that picture of the door. Imagine if that were your front door..It’s so lovely!

      • , You won’t want to go back that exact thought had just run gohutrh my mind. That is SO beautiful, all the senses immediately go on ALERT. And to think of combining the dining, beauty, business experience and ITALY.it is no doubt a winning combination.I’m not sure this will be the year for me to attend, but this experience is going on MY LIST for sure.Great great idea, great job!Anita

  3. Beautiful post! Brought back happy memories of our Tuscan summer holiday 3 years ago. I’d love to go back again to this lovely city, albeit at a cooler temperature as it was 40-42 degrees Celsius during our visit. 😉

  4. I must say – it’s hard not to be envious of you, traveling around to all of these wonderful places. Still, I wouldn’t miss these photos for anything. It crossed my mind that the perky Lamb of God has just the right expression for (ahem) a messiah in sheep’s clothing. 😉

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