Mustard yellow soft chairs, mmm … (day 5)

February 21, 2013 § 2 Comments

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Bus 12 or 13 to Piazzale Michelangelo? Nah, that shouldn’t be necessary? I haven’t had a Firenze map the days I’ve been here, I read the map before I left Norway and that has seemed to do. I knew I should start walking the Via Bardi so I took my chance. And it was real easy. The piazza is a parkinglot but with an exeptional view! But don’t even begin to think that the replica of David here is the same as seeing the real one in Accademia!
On my way to Santa Maria del Fiore (to climb the dome of Brunelleschi) I accidently met Dante. I didn’t know much of him before but I’ve found that I like him.
The plan was to visit Galleria d’arte Moderna this afternoon, but another thing I accidently stumbled across was an old theatre, Odeon, showing movies with original sound. Enough walking for today. Those mustard yellow soft chairs suited me just fine. Promised Land with Matt Damon and Francis McDormand.

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To be greeted with ‘salve’ (day 3)

February 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

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I walked around the little town of Fiesole today, past villas and a primary school, kindergarden and churches. A man greeted me with “salve”. That is the first time I’ve heard it so I think I just smiled to him, wasn’t really sure what to replay. But it was nice, much nicer than “ciao” and also more polite as I now understand. And the lunch.. what a fantastic lunch (at La Reggia).
I popped by Galleria Accademia after, the queue took only ten minutes and it surprised me a bit how impressive it actually was to see David.
Now my feet hurt and I’m glad the opera at St.Marks is only around the corner.

Firenze, my love (day 2)

February 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

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I am focused on getting the most out of the sunshine these first days because the rain will come. So today I’ve walked the giardinos (gardens) Bardi and Boboli. Great views and beautifully designed. I’ve seen the porcelain museum on top of Boboli and Medici costume museum in Palazzo Pitti at the bottom (entrance). I was close to desperate for a power adapter so I found a really small shop close to the Duomo (I had googled it), and I studied the Duomo and the doors of Ghiberti more closely. I’ve walked three of the bridges several times and had a glass of beautiful chardonnay at The Golden View Bar looking at Ponte Vecchio.
The Song of Solomon 4,7 describes it well: Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.

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