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Fri Jul 5, 2013, 09:29 AM

Florence: A few pictures from yesterday...

Unfortunately, I was forbidden to take any picture inside, so I missed photographing Michelangelo's David, among other statues...

This is a famous palace where the young Michelangelo first lived when he was learning his craft:


I don't recall the name of this square, but these buildings are often photographed:


And this is a detail of the above picture:



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Reply Florence: A few pictures from yesterday... (Original post)
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 OP
femmocrat Jul 2013 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #2
Sanity Claws Jul 2013 #3
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #4
libodem Jul 2013 #5
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #6
libodem Jul 2013 #7
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #8
monmouth3 Jul 2013 #9
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #10
monmouth3 Jul 2013 #11
WCGreen Jul 2013 #12
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #14
WCGreen Jul 2013 #16
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #23
Phentex Jul 2013 #13
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #15
Solly Mack Jul 2013 #17
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #24
denbot Jul 2013 #18
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #25
EdwardSmith74 Jul 2013 #19
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #26
Manifestor_of_Light Jul 2013 #20
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #27
Manifestor_of_Light Jul 2013 #32
Lionel Mandrake Jul 2013 #35
Manifestor_of_Light Jul 2013 #36
LeftofObama Jul 2013 #21
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #29
Earth_First Jul 2013 #22
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #31
Tuesday Afternoon Jul 2013 #28
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #30
greatauntoftriplets Jul 2013 #33
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2013 #34

Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 09:39 AM

1. Beautiful!

Notice the security cameras on the windows of the academy!

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 09:42 AM

2. Thank you, my dear femmocrat!

Omigod, I hadn't noticed those!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 09:57 AM

3. Piazza del Duomo?

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 09:59 AM

4. That sounds about right, my dear Sanity Claws!

I am terrible about remembering the names of places!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 10:07 AM

5. Stately buildings

Nice photograghy!

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Response to libodem (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 10:19 AM

6. Thanks so much, my dear libodem!

It's always nice when the pics turn out...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #6)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 10:29 AM

7. Hope you are having

The time of your life!

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Response to libodem (Reply #7)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 10:36 AM

8. It is a very good trip...........but strenuous!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 11:01 AM

9. Beautiful pics CalPeg and hasn't the weather been wonderful for you..n/t

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #9)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 11:38 AM

10. Thank you my dear monmouth3!

We're in Lucca now, and it has been quite muggy and warm...

But sunny!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #10)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 11:40 AM

11. Since I live in Florida, that's pretty much my every day....LOL...n/t

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 12:24 PM

12. I read a deatailed book about how and why that dome was built..

It was a new design and it was really a triumph for man over God...

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #12)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 12:27 PM

14. Do you remember the name of it?

It sounds really interesting...

It was stunning to see all those buildings there, all together.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #14)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 12:36 PM

16. Here it is....

Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
by Ross King (Author)
155 customer reviews
Hardcover
from $6.38


PPublication date
Editorial Reviews
Amazon.com Review
Filippo Brunelleschi's design for the dome of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence remains one of the most towering achievements of Renaissance architecture. Completed in 1436, the dome remains a remarkable feat of design and engineering. Its span of more than 140 feet exceeds St Paul's in London and St Peter's in Rome, and even outdoes the Capitol in Washington, D.C., making it the largest dome ever constructed using bricks and mortar. The story of its creation and its brilliant but "hot-tempered" creator is told in Ross King's delightful Brunelleschi's Dome.
Both dome and architect offer King plenty of rich material. The story of the dome goes back to 1296, when work began on the cathedral, but it was only in 1420, when Brunelleschi won a competition over his bitter rival Lorenzo Ghiberti to design the daunting cupola, that work began in earnest. King weaves an engrossing tale from the political intrigue, personal jealousies, dramatic setbacks, and sheer inventive brilliance that led to the paranoid Filippo, "who was so proud of his inventions and so fearful of plagiarism," finally seeing his dome completed only months before his death. King argues that it was Brunelleschi's improvised brilliance in solving the problem of suspending the enormous cupola in bricks and mortar (painstakingly detailed with precise illustrations) that led him to "succeed in performing an engineering feat whose structural daring was without parallel." He tells a compelling, informed story, ranging from discussions of the construction of the bricks, mortar, and marble that made up the dome, to its subsequent use as a scientific instrument by the Florentine astronomer Paolo Toscanelli. --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
Walker was the hardcover publisher of Dava Sobel's sleeper smash, Longitude, and Mark Kurlansky's steady-seller Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World. This brief, secondary source-based account is clearly aimed at the same lay science-cum-adventure readership. British novelist King (previously unpublished in the U.S.) compiles an elementary introduction to the story of how and why Renaissance Italian architect Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446) designed and oversaw the construction of the enormous dome of Florence's Santa Maria del Fiore cathedralAdesigning its curves so that they needed no supporting framework during construction: a major Renaissance architectural innovation. Illustrated with 26 b&w period prints, the book contains 19 chapters, some very brief. Although the result is fast moving and accessible, King overdoes the simplicity to the point that the book appears unwittingly as if it was intended for young adults. (Donatello, Leonardo and Michelangelo, for example, "took a dim view of marriage and women.") This book feels miles away from its actual characters, lacking the kind of dramatic flourish that would bring it fully to life. Despite direct quotes from letters and period accounts, the "would have," "may have" and "must have" sentences pile up. Still, the focus on the dome, its attendant social and architectural problems, and the solutions improvised by Brunelleschi provide enough inherent tension to carry readers along. (Oct. 23)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #16)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 04:31 PM

23. Wow, thank you, Chris...

I look forward to reading it. Funny thing: I've read, and enjoyed both the other books mentioned here: Longitude, and Cod: A Bio...

I think this book will be just the ticket for me too.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 12:27 PM

13. Lovely!

Love the close up details!

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Response to Phentex (Reply #13)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 12:31 PM

15. Thank you, my dear Phentex!

I really wanted to show those.......they are gorgeous and fascinating.

You can't tell from the pictures, but it was very hot and humid, and the crowds were too much. But it was worth it!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 01:52 PM

17. Your photos reflect that you're having a lovely time!

Thank you, CP, for sharing your adventures with us.

I've been enjoying the photos.

Sorry for not saying so sooner.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #17)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 04:32 PM

24. No worries, my dear Solly Mack!

It's been fun sharing the pictures. As well as fun taking them...

I'm glad you're enjoying them!

Thanks for coming by.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 02:57 PM

18. That is so pretty Miss CP

Have you and the Mr. been sampling the local cuisine? If I ever get back to Europe, I think food will be as important as site seeing. Or maybe I should put this thing down and have lunch..

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Response to denbot (Reply #18)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 04:34 PM

25. Aw, thank you, my dear denbot!

We have indeed been sampling the local cuisine, and it's variable and very good.

The food is very important....

And do have lunch!


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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 03:27 PM

19. I wonder how he felt about the security cameras.

 

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Response to EdwardSmith74 (Reply #19)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 04:38 PM

26. Ha! I wonder too!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 03:29 PM

20. Gorgeous!!

The Florence Cathedral was one of the first examples of art & architecture in the Renaissance. The doors of the baptistery are also famous, designed by Lorenzo Ghiberti. The dome is elliptical.



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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #20)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 04:48 PM

27. Thank you, my dear Manifestor_of_Light!

I appreciate the art history so much...

I did get a picture of the doors, but it's nowhere as good as the one you posted...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #27)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 05:00 PM

32. Another cool bit of trivia:

Grace Cathedral in San Francisco has an exact replica of the doors to the baptistery in their cathedral!! I saw them and took a picture of them back in 1982 when I visited my cousin there!!

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #32)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:31 AM

35. Grace Cathedral SF has some unique stained glass windows.

One shows Albert Einstein with his famous formula E = m c^2.

Another shows John Glenn floating around in a space suit IIRC.

The late Bishop Pike of SF was an early advocate of women's rights, LGBT rights, and other then controversial policies. He kept being threatened with a trial for heresy.

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Response to Lionel Mandrake (Reply #35)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:48 PM

36. I remember Bishop Pike!!

He died in the desert. Tragic.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 04:13 PM

21. Gorgeous pics, CP!

How long will you be in Italy? What kind of food have you had there? Ooooooh! One more question! Do they have a Pizza Hut there?

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Response to LeftofObama (Reply #21)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 04:50 PM

29. Thank you, my dear LeftofObama!

We'll be heading home the day after tomorrow...

NO, there are no Pizza Huts in Italy!



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 04:18 PM

22. love the last one!

How long are you there for, CP?

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #22)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 04:56 PM

31. Thank you, my dear Earth_First!

I'm glad you do! It was a lucky shot...

We have tomorrow here, and Sunday we leave for home.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 04:49 PM

28. I wish I were there. thanks, Peggy

looks like you guys are having a blast!

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #28)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 04:54 PM

30. We are having a ball, my dear Tuesday Afternoon!

I hope someday you can get here too...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 08:52 PM

33. Back when I was young, I climbed the bell tower in your last two photos.

It's about nine or 10 floors and quite a climb. Once you get up there, though, the view is spectacular. I couldn't do it now. Treated myself to a gelato afterwards.

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #33)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 02:59 AM

34. Wow, good for you, my dear greatauntoftriplets!

My legs hurt just hearing about it...

I'm sure the view is amazing.

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