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Last summer – Part 1, Florence

I thought I’d share some photos from our holiday this past August. We went to Florence, Tuscany and Lyon. Both D & I studied in Lyon and it was great to see our friends, catch up and see the city again through new eyes.

Here are some of the photos we took. Some are instagrams, others are taken with my trusty tilt-shift which I love. One of my favorite things is going through old photos and remembering the adventures we had. I’ll try to write down any details that come to mind, so keep on reading if you’d like to visit these parts of Italy and France anytime soon.


There is so much history and culture at every corner in Florence that probably each stone has a story to tell. We were thinking about taking a guided tour of the city, but these were so expensive! So we ended up downloading Rick Steve’s audioguide on the iPad and we took our own tour. We loved it!

These photos were taken during our first day in Florence. The first one is of one from the Otro Arno (which means ‘the other side of the Arno river’). The other three are from the Rose Garden. The rose bushes were nothing to write home about, but the view of the city was quite something. So were the water lilies.

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The Duomo – what an impressive piece of architecture! The green and pink marble make it look like it’s a big piece of candy. We actually only visited the dome during our last full day in Florence. It was really worth it, though.

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On our way up to the top of the Dome, this is what we saw when we looked down. Colorful ants!1060 - You Me and a Photograph - Italy 2012

And these were the views of Florence from the Dome.

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Here’s the famous statue of Perseus holding Medusa’s bleeding head in his hand, and also Neptune’s Fountain in the famous Piazza della Signoria. Apparently Neptune’s face resembles that of Cosimo the 1st of the Medici family, Duke of Florence and the creator of the Uffizi (the Offices of the magistrates in the olden days, now a museum).

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The Ponte Vecchio, filled with tourists and jewelry shops.

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The view in front of the Pitti Palace.

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The Arno river and another one of its many bridges.

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The Boboli Gardens – I particularly liked the arches of greenery.

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A few Florentine vignettes – a small boutique selling maps and a fountain at Piazza Frescobaldi.

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Comments (6)

  • Beautiful! I loved Florence myself. And excellent photos. What lens did you have to make the buildings look so… model-ish? That’s a really cool effect. O_O!

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  • Lucky you! I adore Italy and Florence is wonderful. Can’t wait until I get back there one of these days.

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  • […] Subscribe Last summer – Part 2, Cinque Terre March 3, 2013 I thought I’d share some photos from our holiday this past August. We went to Florence, Tuscany and Lyon. Both D & I studied in Lyon and it was great to see our friends, catch up and see the city again through new eyes.Here are some of the photos we took. Some are instagrams, others are taken with my trusty tilt-shift (the ones with “weird” focus) which I love. One of my favorite things is going through old photos and remembering the adventures we had. I’ll try to write down any details that come to mind, so keep on reading if you’d like to visit these parts of Italy and France anytime soon. See Part 1 here.——————————————————————————————————————————————————–Cinque Terre (Five Lands) is one of my favorite places on earth. We spent a day there – we drove from Florence to Levanto where we parked the car (you cannot take a car through Cinque Terre) and then bought a whole day pass (10 euro) which gives you access to all the hiking trails in the area as well as the regional trains which pass through all five villages.This was how we scheduled our day:Levanto – (train) – Riomaggiore – (walk on Via dell’ Amore) – Manarola – (train) – Monterosso – (hike) – Vernazza – (train) – LevantoWe spent a few hours visiting Riomaggiore, Manarola and Monterosso. The hike to Vernazza is no picnic and it took us ~2.5 hours. My favorite views were of Manarola and Vernazza as you can see from the multitude of pictures I took.RiomaggioreThe azure Mediterranean seen from Via dell’ Amore Beautiful Manarola, where we had lunchMonterosso al Mare, the only one of the 5 villages with a sandy beach.From the arduous hike Monterosso-VernazzaAnd finally, gorgeous Vernazza at dusk. Posted in Photographic musings Tags: cinque terre, italy, travel « A day like a poem no commentsYour email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *Name * […]

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  • […] keep on reading if you’d like to visit these parts of Italy and France anytime soon. See Part 1 here and Part 2 […]

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  • I Love these pictures.. what kind of camera/lens/effect did you use. I am heading to the Cinque Terre in August and can’t wait

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    • Hi Elisabeth!
      I’m using a Canon 5d Mk III + 50mm f1.4 lens + 50mm tilt-shift lens (for the photos with unusual focus).
      Have fun in Cinque Terre! Don’t forget sunscreen & comfortable shoes if you plan to go trekking.

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