What a Wonderful Journey
Trip Start Apr 23, 2012
32Trip End May 24, 2012
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With Dottie & Mark
From here we went down a long lane lined with statues and lots of side lanes. At the end was Neptune's Garden. A huge statue surrounded by pools, walkways lined with lemon trees, and flowering shurbs. Thia area was gated and the statues at the gates were fashioned after the grotesque school? Valerie's favorite fountain was a long line of heads. It has a special name that I can't remember, but was used for hunting birds. The water running down the fountain would attract the birds and the hunters would shoot them. Personally I think that is a terrible way to do 'sport' , but the fountain is really cool. Even without water flowing through it. We followed one of the covered paths toward our exit gate. Opps I forgot to mention the really cool sculpture of a giant head. It is a modern piece of art but the features are classic.
After exiting the garden we strolled around this area of the city. This area before the Medicis built on this south side of the Arno was not thought well of, but with the building of the Pitti Palace the people were used as the artisans who created many of the items used in the Palace. It still has many artisans living and working in the area.
We had a really good lunch ( I just can not get used to how much these people eat), saw the San Spirito ( a church), and the statue - Borgo San Jacopo. After a visit to a book shop and looking at some of the street market stalls it was time for our visit to end
A walk home, a short rest, and the three of us went to a party in an apartment right across the street from the Pitti Palace. The vestry of St. James was honoring their bookkeeper who recently retired. Lovely location, great food, and wonderful company. The apartment belongs to Horace Gipson. He ihas some amazing art and bric-a-brac in his apartment. Wonderful things to look at everywhere one looked.
And would you believe we still stopped to eat on the way home! But I had some fried zucchini blossoms. So phenomenal! On that note Good Night!