ITALY

posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR

Just returned from Italy where we spent time in Florence, Sorrento and Cinque Terre.  What a beautiful country!   I get inspiration from beautiful scenery, and here are some  photos from Florence:

Florence 1View from Pazzale Michelangelo, photo by Wayne

Florence 2 (2)View from Pazzale Michelangelo, photo by Wayne

Florence 3at the Arno, photo by Wayne

Florence 4at the Arno, photo by Wayne

Arno Reflections 1Arno reflections, photo by Shelley Brucar

Arno Reflections 2Arno reflections, photo by Shelley Brucar

Arno GrafittiGrafitti everywhere!   Photo by Shelley Brucar

Duomo 1Duomo, photo by Shelley Brucar

David copyDavid copy, photo by Shelley Brucar.  You find copies of David all over Florence.  The original is at Galleria Academia where the lives are quite long if you don’t make an advance reseervation.

Tourist CrowdTourists, photo by Shelley Brucar.  Downtown Florence is overrun with tourists and very crowded.  South of the Arno is residential and much more quiet and serene.

PadlocksPadlocks,  photo by Shelley Brucar.  This is an interesting tradition in Italy, for which I have found 2 meanings.  I believe, originally, closing a padlock and throwing the key into the river was a popular tradition followed by militarymen who had completed their compulsory service.  Now however, couples write their names on padlocks, attach them to a guard rail, and throw the keys into the sea, symbolizing love forever.

Italy offers everything from big city to calm and beautiful country.  More photos from Cinque Terre,  Sorrento, Capri, Pompei and Amalfi Coast to follow.

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