Florence - A Tuscan Late Summer

Trip Start Aug 12, 2012
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Trip End Sep 26, 2012


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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Florence, a city that was once the capital of Italy (well for 5 years anyway). But then again if we talk about talent, whether artistic or scientific, Florence has the lot. Leonardo, Galileo to name just two. Galileo made his first observations of the solar system on a hill above Florence and on these observations he was the principal supporter of the theory of copernicus, that the earth revolved around the sun, not the other way round.

Michelangelo designed many things, including a church in Florence that he called his “beloved” (well that’s what the tour guide said anyway). Either way if you add all the artists, architects, craftsmen, engineers and scientists together, many of these came from Florence.

So is Florence a beautiful city? Not really,not compared with Paris. It’s beauty lies more in the setting and the countryside. It’s a Tuscan city, built on a reputation for food. From a biased point of view much if not more, of Australian produce would be fresher and tastier. As we sat at a table in the restaurant La Terrazza del Principe, in the hills of Florence, the atmosphere, the surroundings and the time (dusk) as well as the elegantly laid table all promised great things. The dishes did not deliver, but we're good. The service is one thing that is done extraordinarily well in Florence. Waiters do not walk, they run, dash or hurtle from table to table.

But enough about food. We managed to do the The Big Red Bus as well as a day tour of Tuscany including Pisa, an unpronounceable city as well as Siena. We met and lunched with some Australians, walked a lot and arrived home to fall breathless into bed that night. A full day tour from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm! Wow, who says the oldies can't cut the mustard anymore!

Enjoy the photos, I’ll try and add a few captions later. One thing I can’ do with the iPad app is arrange the photos in order and iPad’s touch screen prevents you from dragging and dropping. I have tried to title the photos with numbers so that you can figure out progressions and associations. Good luck and enjoy.


Galileo Galilei (Italian pronunciation: [ɡaliˈlɛːo ɡaliˈlɛi]; 15 February 1564[4] – 8 January 1642),[5] was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations and support for Copernicanism. Galileo has been called the "father of modern observational astronomy",[6] the "father of modern physics",[7] the "father of science",[7] and "the Father of Modern Science".[8]
His contributions to observational astronomy include the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honour), and the observation and analysis of sunspots. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, inventing an improved military compass and other instruments. (Wikepedia)
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Hawk Pete on

I see photo F5 (your hotel room?) has Hawthorn coloured curtains!
I also see in photo F17 the new work fleet vehicle

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