DAY TRIP TO ORTISEI, ITALY

June 20, 2018

The last adventure of the trip was a day trip to Ortisei, about  an hour’s bus ride going up the mountain, from Bolzano.   Very  picturesque and relaxing to explore.

The Italians love their olive oil !!!

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INTRODUZIONE to FLORENCE, Italy

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One of the many Davids in Florence.  This David stands 16 feet tall.

October 9, 2016

Florence was a quick 1 and 1/2 hours train ride from Milan and a wonderful way to spend my last full day in Italy.  Florence is all about David,  the Duomo , art and shopping.

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Of course, I also found other distractions.

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The Piazza della Signora  is home to The Fountain of Neptune which dates back to 1565.

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Art comes in all forms in the Piazzas.

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Loved this “Cupid with Dolphin”, 1470,  by Andrea Verrocchio which is on display in the……

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Palazzo Vecchio, built in 1299,  now a town hall and museum, previously  by a few hundred years, the ruling family’s palace.

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This would be an interesting piece to add to my patio.

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Florence canines  come in various colors and enjoy tourist  watching.

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The  McDonalds in Florence includes  beer in it’s choice of refreshments!

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Though this was the better shot of the Duomo in Florence..

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This shot was a more accurate depiction of the day – rainy and packed  full of tourists  bumping umbrellas with each step.

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The Duomo ( Santa Marie del Fiore/ Saint Mary of the Flowers Cathedral), Baptistery and   Giotto’s Campanile (Bell Tower) in Florence are beautiful and these dreary day photos don’t do them justice.  The Cathedral was built from 1294 – 1436,  the baptistery  built  from 1059 – 1128 and the Bell Tower  in 1359.  As you can see these buildings were built very close to each other.  Sadly, the lines for entering these  buildings were  sooooo long, allllll day long, that I was never able to see the inside.

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Despite the on-going rain, I was, however,  able to soak up the views (no pun intended) of the Ponte  Vecchio.   This “Old Bridge” spans the Arno River and was built in 1345, which replaced the prior bridge.  Small houses/workshops are built on the bridge, which was common practice in the Middle Ages.  Some of the  houses  also have extensions that hang over the river. In  1565,  Duke  Medici  built a corridor at the top of the bridge so that he would not have to walk on the crowed bridge or  with the commoners.  In 1593 Duke Ferdinand  I  replaced all of the houses/ workshops with gold smiths because they did not produce as much garbage or foul stench as the previous shopkeepers.    Today the houses on the bridge are  all  jewelry/antique  shops  and jammed  full of tourists. The Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence, even surviving WWII.

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Parting shot across the Arno River.

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(borrowed from the internet)

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GALLERIA VITTORIO EMMANELIC, in Milan

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October 5, 2016

Another stop on the tour was “The Galleria”- which is a grand gallery/glass domed shopping mall that was built between 1865 and 1877.  It is the oldest shopping mall in the world.

Yes, it does  feel  grand to walk  through the mall, even though it is full of out-of-my-budget shops and restaurants.

The photos hardly due it justice,  especially since I am trying to shoot over the  heads of  swarms of people inside.  But it gives you an idea.

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While shopping at the  Galleria, legend has it that for  good luck,  you should  stop at the  bull and spin the heel of your foot on his testicles.

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The New Galleria in Milan  With Evening Strollers

painted by  Carla Canella in 1870

 

I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist. 

~Tammy Faye Bakker

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INTRODUCTION DAY TO MILAN, ITALY

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My favorite Italian meal – Alottagelato –  with pizza on the side.

October 5, 2016

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Delizioso !  A piece of heaven in Italy.

I am now  back to  home, sweet home,  but I  still want to share with you my adventures in Italy.  My home base was Milan with its wealth of attractions  and an easy to navigate Metro system  to provide inexpensive transportation.

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Milan is  best known for it’s fashion…..

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and it’s economic capital of Italy.

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Method of  personal common transportation – tiny cars ( this one was parked on the sidewalk)  and..

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hundreds of these  “motociclo”  buzzing in, out and between  traffic  like annoying  bees.

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Food is  a very popular part of Italy — – -no simple chocolate chip cookie to be found here.

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Italian food is so popular, they make and sell magnets to show off their famous brands

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Typical Milan building facades and  adornments are quite impressive.

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Space is at a premium , and this  church, makes the most of it’s corner lot.

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Many street artists can be found at the local  ” piazza”  but  I found this “art” to be especially  unique.

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Lastly, the bird of the day, is the Hooded Crow, a common bird  found all over Europe.

“To awaken  in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.”

– Freya Stark

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