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Florence – the city that seduced


Ayushi‘s comment about glorious holidays got me all nostalgic about last year’s Italy visit. I never really wrote a post on the trip. Again because with so much information out there, its hard to think that I can offer anything new. But then it’s also true that everyone sees a place with their own eyes.

So here is Florence as I saw it

We spent 8 days in Florence in the heart of the beautifully rustic Tuscan countryside of Italy. Being on a budget we stayed at a tiny B&B which offered the convenience of being cheap and at a walkable distance to the train station since we traveled to the surrounding cities using Florence as the base.

And Florence is seductive to say the least. It’s old, charming and keeps a smile on your face all through.
But what I fell in love with were the people and their language. I will always remember the loud, vivacious, eager to help and happy set of people chatting away to glory in that sing-song language of theirs šŸ™‚ And they would LOVE that I’d try to converse in broken Italian with them.

It’s a modern city for the people who live there. With fast cars and hamburger joints. This wall belonged to a high school right in the middle of town.

I almost bought myself one of these. Only matters like having money and then shipping to India came in the way of my dream. I hate when that happens.

You can climb down the bridge on the side and there are these huge stone platforms extended from the bridge columns. Supposedly couples go down there at sunset for clandestine dates. Sigh..

This road leads to the famous Ponte Vecchio. If you squint really well, you could see it in this picture too. Lined alongside are shopping districts which could drive anyone crazy. I had my heart’s fill of shopping and huge scoops of gelato. Good times!

The side wall of the Santa Maria cathedral which holds the duomo.

We met a few friends of our host Gerardo and one of them had a major in film making and cinematography. However she had to work in retail because the movie business in Italy has taken a beating due to the recent recession. It’s really sad considering the beautiful movies these people make. Anyone seen Sunflower?

Well I could go on posting pictures.. but if you ever get a chance do visit Firenze as the Italians call it. I’m sure she’d mesmerize you too.

What is your most memorable city?

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13 responses

  1. Pingback: South Bombay Photographs | The Travelling Slacker

  2. Loved the pics. Especially the one with the scooters. Bother to share some info about camera settings etc??

    June 9, 2011 at 11:36 am

    • dhaami

      hi jitaditya.. thank you for commenting. the camera was a nikon d40 with a 10-24 mm lens. most of these are shot at f16, iso 200 with varying shutter speed based on light.. send me an email if you want to know about a particular photo and ill dig it up for you

      June 11, 2011 at 10:43 am

  3. Good One! Awesome photos and narration. Voted for ya! All the best bud!

    February 5, 2011 at 2:36 am

  4. R-A-J

    And in other news…. šŸ™‚

    Hey Dhaami,

    Pls promote/vote for my blog at this url:

    http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=46697

    Cheers!!
    Amazin pics, btw!!!
    šŸ™‚

    February 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    • dhaami

      Thanks Raj.. I did check out your story. Nice one šŸ™‚

      February 4, 2011 at 7:22 am

  5. Lovely images, looking forward to visit Florence soon šŸ™‚

    February 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    • dhaami

      Hi Bala! Thank you for stopping by šŸ™‚ Are you planning on visiting soon?

      February 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm

  6. pictorial presentation to the ultimate. the grace and narrative matched perfectly.
    excellent.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:28 am

    • dhaami

      Thank you ! šŸ™‚

      February 3, 2011 at 11:44 am

  7. Glad you wrote this one, after my comment! Great post. Now I’ll definitely have to visit Florence someday.
    I love the Arno bridge pic.

    I just can’t pick any one memorable city…

    January 24, 2011 at 2:18 pm

  8. Madz

    Mesmerizing pictures!!! šŸ™‚
    i liked the blue wall picture the most…

    I haven’t been to lots of places… but my memorable city is London … it was just too good to be true… šŸ˜€

    January 23, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    • dhaami

      I want to go to London too šŸ˜¦ mayb if i buy less shoes i can go šŸ™‚

      January 24, 2011 at 1:15 am

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