Sunday, January 29, 2012

Florence Trip - Part 1

Whew! It took me nearly as long to upload the photos and video of this trip, as it did to go on the trip!!! But at last, I'm all finished! It was a lovely trip for the most part and I'm glad we were able to get tickets at the last minute. Still not a fan of long bus rides though, lol!

When we got off the bus, we could see the Duomo from the distance...
These are known as "kneeling windows". This style started in Florence and were quickly copied all over Europe.

We went to the museum to see Michelangelo's work, including his famous David (it's HUGE!), as well as glorious paintings and religious icons. We had a tour guide and I have to say she was sooo freaking boring and contemptuous - ugh! I just took Bella and we walked away from the group and looked at what we wanted to look at! She was going on and on about things I had had enough info about, and would whiz by things I wanted to see! Rude!! We wound up "dumping" her as soon as we left the museum and found out the meet-up time and place, to discover the city central on our own! We couldn't take photographs inside the museum, but I did buy a fabulous book!

I thought this was cool.
This was the original Medici palazzo. It looks more like a fortress on the ground floor, but that was done deliberately!
You could rent segweys!
Outside the church of San Lorenzo
City Police

The facade of this church was commissioned but never done. So that is why it looks kind of drab & ugly.

We sat on these steps and ate our picnic lunch! We had salami sticks and rosemary bread - so yummy! Then we fed the pigeons for a bit. It felt good to sit in the sunshine and just enjoy the atmosphere! There were tons and tons of market stalls starting right there at the corner and we had a fabulous time checking them all out!

This is the family crest of the Medici family.

You see this crest all over the place!!

Florence's Duomo
(or if you're Snooki from Jersey Shore, The Vatican, lol!)

The Baptistry

Bell Tower

And no, I didn't buy any. *sniff*

So breathtakingly gorgeous!!
There is ivory, rose and green marble as well as tons of sculptures and frescoes.

Not sure what this is, but it was directly opposite the Duomo.
The Savoy Hotel

LOTS more to go!
Be sure to check out Parts 2 & 3!!


April said...

WOW! So much to take in! Loved seeing every bit of it! The architecture is fantastic! So glad you had such a memorable day! It's definitely on my "must see" list!

Emily said...

Loved part one and well worth missing my friend for an entire day...

Onto parts 2 and 3 which I'm sure will be equally as good.

Bloggy Hugs

Rita said...

I enjoy these trips with you!! On to part 2...awesome!! :)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I just can't believe how much detail is in all that architecture. Fabulous, and I could stare at it all day. Just beautiful!

AliceKay said...

Beautiful. (on to Part 2)

Ann On and On... said...

You are getting to experience some of the most amazing sights that will be with you for the rest of your life. You're one lucky lady! Loved the photos!

Mary said...

Thank you sooo much for sharing these with us! They are gorgeous!

Christina said...

Amazing! I love the purple Gucci and thanks to Dr. Who statues now creep me the hell out! I especially love you were finally in a picture too.

SueAnn said...

All I can say is WOW!!! Amazing trip. I had to smile at the Savoy pics...James Bond came to mind!! Ha!

Toriz said...

Glad you had a good trip; that tourguide definately sounds annoying... I'd have gone off on my own first chance I got too!

Intense Guy said...

I think you were looking for "fascade."

Beautiful photos -- such beautiful buildings.