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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Monday, February 21, 2011

F is for FLORENCE

Florence - one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It's full of history, art, pageantry, fabulous food, and stupendous scenery! It has been far too long since I was there and I can hardly wait to return and spend more time wandering around the streets, window shopping and buying leather goods and jewelry. I'd also love to take at least one cooking course and spend a day at the Uffizi gazing at the art. Here are some photos from my previous visit - the statue of David, flag throwers in a parade, statue in the Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo, a street artist, and a parade that happened by just as we arrived in the piazza!
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33 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous Florence, Leslie! I love the parade of old guys in yellow suits, how perfectly delightful. Thanks!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Roger Owen Green said...

love the chalk art; such great work just to disappear in the next rain.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

aka Penelope said...

Oh … your photos bring back wonderful memories of my visit to Florence, Leslie! We were not allowed to photograph the original David in the gallery … only the replica of him in the City Square. You were lucky to get that shot. :)

Cezar and Léia said...

wow how cool, we are planing a trip to Florence this year, thanks so much for sharing your pictures, I'm so anxious about visiting there!
Wonderful place, full of art, beauty...
I love David sculpture! :)
*** I hope Cezar doesn't be jealous! LOL
just kidding!
hugs
Léia

Nanka said...

Fantastic and fabulous pictures of Florence!! I have seen that street art in many countries, what a skill!!

Nancy said...

I agree Florence is a fabulous city. I'd love to go back and take my time with it.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love Florence! One of the really great visits while living in Europe!! Terrific photos and such a great post for the F Day, Leslie! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia
ABC Team

Smalltown RN said...

Wow.....I have never been to Florence...never been to Europe for that matter....thanks for taking me on a little journey.

I love the street painter...he is very talented.

Cheers,

photowannabe said...

Fine post Leslie. Oh how I wish I could travel there too. To be able to see history First-hand would be Fabulous.
You are going to have such a wonderful time revisiting Florence.

EG Wow said...

Florence, a city I hope to visit someday!

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, yes! I love the chalk artist. Great F!

Carver said...

Fascinating sequence of photos and sounds like a great place to visit.

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for showing Florence in such a way that I like to go there and see for myself!

Starnitesky said...

Florence is one place I would love to visit, fine set of photos you have here.

Joy said...

Beautiful place, and photos, long time since I've been there as well. What a treat the marching band arrived.

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Christine said...

I went to Italy 28 years ago, it never leaves your soul. I will return one day, I just know it.

Hildred and Charles said...

Wonderful, colourful post Leslie, - somehow I never thought of the David being that large - love the chalk work, too, - saw a lot of that on the streets in London.

ChrisJ said...

What a magnificent building that is. I have traveled to many countries, but never to Italy.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

One of my favorite cities, too.

Paula Scott said...

Florence! Yes! Food! Yes! Festivals! Yes! Fun! Yes!
I'll go...

Greyscale Territory said...

A fascinating series of beauitful photos of Florence! Enjoyed these!

Aksharaa said...

Thanks for the fantastic sights and the fun fotos!
I love that street artist the best:)

jabblog said...

I can see why you long to return. Florence looks beautiful.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I would love to go to Florence .. hopefully this year with my hubby .. or I need a travel partner to share with .. ♥ Looks FAB !!

Mar said...

I soooo agree, Florence is fantastic, fabulous and simply gorgeous!!
Enjoyed your pics, they brought back lovely memories.
F is for fuchsia"

Pagan Sphinx said...

Your beautiful shots of Venice make me want to go there more than ever!

My entry is at The Pagan Sphinx

Wanda said...

This was a wonderful tour of Florence. That statue of David is massive, seeing how small the people look standing below it.

Jama said...

Fantastic entry for this week's theme.

Hooked on Memes said...

Ah! Florence! I feel like I know the place because of art history courses and seeing David Rocco's program on TLN. Seeing your photos confirms my wish to visit the beautiful city.

Beverley Baird said...

Florence is one city I really would like to visit - it's on my bucket list! My daughter has been and loved it there!
Such wonderful photos!

Mona said...

so pretty place how i wish to see this place but at this time it's still impossible :) i will just enjoy your post :)

Shrinky said...

I love Italy, you have captured some great shots of Florence here, I particularly love the one of the street artist. Venice still remains my favourite city..