Romanced by Florence

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  1. You have brought alive the beauty of Florence with this beautiful write up and lovely pictures .This is now my dream destination ,I wish one can see it .

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    1. That book sounds dreamy! I started reading a book in Rome about the memoirs of a British woman who lived in Florence around the WWII. Unfortunately it was hotel property and I had to abandon it when we left it. But I am keen to look it up. xx

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  2. Wondering what the jocular Italian artist wanted with your hand. Hmmm? Wonderful post about Florence. It’s always been a dream of mine to visit the Ghiberti and Pisano doors. There’s actually a replica of the Ghiberti doors here in Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills of all places. I would probably be slack-jawed myself seeing the real thing! – Neek

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    1. Hah he was just an incurable Italian 😛
      Thank you Neek! The Ghiberti door particularly dazzles you. Slack-jawed you would be alright.
      I could not access my cloud since I am in Calcutta — and that fact is annoying me because all my photos are stored there. I did have one of the doors from my previous visit. Maybe I shall post them later when I get back home. I would like to see the replica of the Ghiberti doors in the Hollywood Hills cemetery! 🙂 xx

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    1. Well that means you get to revisit it 😉 I have a horde of others left because since I am travelling for some strange reason I cannot connect to my cloud! Gah. But Florence is special. It somehow reminds me of the way I felt about Dresden, just incredible beauty to zap the senses. xx

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  3. I love the whole Renaissance feel of Florence. The artistic history here is felt deep within your bones, unlike any other Italian city I have visited, and that is why it remains quite a special place for me. Love your pics of the Duomo Arundhati. Xx

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    1. Thank you Lorelle! The Florentine school of architecture quite boggles the mind with its beauty. You are right that it stands quite apart with its Renaissance character. The Duomo always makes me go berserk. I have at least 10 shots of it from different angles! xx

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  4. Your words and photos bought the beauty of Florence back to me. Enchanting. I love the duomo photos, but the simplicity of that wooden door and it’s gorgeous shades really speaks to me. I am now getting real excited about spending time in Italy. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Tracey, you are also a lover of Italy, isn’t it? It is difficult to not fall under its spell. The food is heavenly, the people are lovely and eccentric, and the history, mamma mia! 🙂 Where do you head to next? xx

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  5. We are in Amsterdam now. I am still (and feel I will be forever more) trying to learn to drive. Our plans for this year are England (housesitting), France in May, Istanbul and a mock version of the Orient Express to get there in June, and Italy in Sept/Oct. Maybe southern India at the end of the year – or back to Amsterdam, if I haven’t passed my test by March! Where are you hoping to go? Good job you’re not in New York at the moment – I see they have temperatures way, way below zero….

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    1. What a busy year lies ahead of you! Love the sound of the line-up. Though I am curious – why would you persevere with driving lessons particularly in Amsterdam? And where in southern India will you be?
      Right now Tracey, we are wondering about how to chart the year. I want to do something fantastic like Antarctica but I am guessing the expense of it would burn a hole in our pockets and make everything else recede into the horizon. There are so many plans but up in the air. We shall have to chart it out soon!
      I will keep my fingers crossed that you pass that test with flying colours and all.
      Oh yes, my husband flies back early next week and he is quivering at the thought of thawing himself out alone in the apartment. Plus no wife to pamper him for a while is sending him into spirals of depression 😛

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      1. Poor Adi! Wow, Antarctica would be amazing. Looking forward to learning more about your plans when they’re ironed out. Jim wants me to learn to drive – he’s sick of having to do it all! And as I live here, I have to learn here. Haven’t made any plans for southern India yet – but as we’ve spent time in the north we just want to go south now. Like yours, our plans are a work in progress! Hope Adi survives on his own!

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      2. Hah survival mode kicks in. He warns me that I might return to find him passed away in one corner of the apartment.
        Adi is apprehensive of letting me behind the wheel because once I almost drove our rented car into a field with a bull in Polperro, Cornwall. He insists he shall deposit me into a driving school in NJ. I meanwhile am quietly confident of driving a truck.
        I think you better pass this test for Jim’s sake and oh I did not realise that you live in Amsterdam. What a lovely city to live in, Tracey.
        May both our plans work out with lucidity. xx

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  6. It definitely sounds like romance was in the air . . . which I am hardly surprised at considering what a simply beautiful place it is! Beautiful photography as always. You have me itching to go on a quick trip away! xx

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  8. Ah, Florence. You have done such a lovely job presenting its beauty and charm through your words and pictures. I was there in Nov. 2001 when my older son was doing a study-abroad in Florence, and in the off-season we were spared the crowds, so it was fun to see your photos with more people!

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  9. I’ve heard about Florence so many times but what I didn’t know is I would love the place already even if I only saw it on photos. The architecture looks beautiful! Those are the kind of buildings/places I’ve always wanted to go to ?

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  10. “Impossible beauty” indeed. How cleverly you put Firenze in two words.
    It is one of the few cities in the world where I could easily lose myself for a few months.
    Or years?
    🙂
    Thank you for a magnificent post.
    Grazie mille Arundhatiji. 😉

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    1. Prego Brianji. Ah, for the charm of Florence. It is difficult to escape its spell, but then who wants to? 🙂

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      1. Yup you did not ignore my end-of-the-year trip 🙂 It was in the post on ‘How to Turn One of Britain’s Best Walks Into an Adventure’. And I wrote this there:
        ‘Oh it was grand. Came back with bittersweet feelings, heaviness in the heart. Took a while to get back to the mode of life here. You realise how diverse the world is despite how connected it is.’

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      2. Got back to your post. Had missed that. I will have to check whether we still are connected. I think so. (Otherwise, I will “hitch” back to one of your previous posts…)
        Bye.

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