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January 2001 - Wandering around Florence

We really like "the dome" and the statues

"Our" library.  Originally a church, later converted to a sort of party headquarters for the Guelfi who built the little plaza.  Maggie at the hostel David and Hercules au naturale, i.e. in the Piazza della Signoria.  The Piazza was created when the Guelfs (see first picture) triumphed, tossed out the Ghibelline, and knocked down all their houses to create the square.  David in front of the Palazzo Vecchio and looking across the Piazza
The butt of Hercules Part of Monica's door series, seriously Two geniuses.  Leonardo da Vinci and Maggie the Doozer The Uffuzi
Machievelli, who hung out here too.  Maggie, inspired by great art, painting with her catsup at Angie's Bar The Ponte Vecchio with jewelry shops.  There were once butchers here.  Presumably their perch above the river was convenient for them.  So, convenient they were booted out.  How the shops on the Ponte Vecchio gained floorspace
The bridge up close The Italian versions of You Know What The German version Where Vespas socialize and, presumably, reproduce
Our hero.  Brunelleschi.  He built the great dome and supposedly rediscovered the vanishing point.  (That's not a joke.  According to historians, knowledge of the vanishing point disappeared in the Middle Ages.)  One would think it would be hard to misplace something like that. Hide and Seek in the hostel's front garden Carving in the hostel reception area - classy joint, eh? Fountain in the hostel's front garden.  Must be a pleasant place to sit in the summer.  No crowds this time of year, though.