Thursday, June 28, 2012

AlphabeThursday - F is for Florence



Our day trip to Florence was great - I could have spent a week there!  The Uffizi Gallery was breathtaking; the building held so many beautiful 15th century pieces of art!  I wasn't all that interested in the portraits hanging in the major hallways, so I spent most of my time in the individual "Gallery" rooms.

Birth of the Paper Goddess
There were four good-sized rooms for just Botticelli's art.  I started to cry a few times looking at his work - it's so beautiful.  "Birth of Venus" has to be a favorite of mine.  It was painted around 1485 for Giovanni and Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici and has been at the Uffizi since 1815.


If you're in Italy, you shouldn't miss going to the Uffizi.  We didn't call ahead for tickets, but it wasn't too bad; we only stood in line for about an hour.  I tried to stay away from the masses as best as I could, moving around each rooms several times to get good views.  This was one time I enjoyed just looking at the art; I knew I wouldn't remember all the history that went with it.


There were loads of people around the museums and in the piazza, so we took a walk and tried to get away from the crowds in the late afternoon.  We found a neighborhood park and this merry-go-round.  Isn't it cute?  

Here's my journal entry from that day:
Friday, May 25 - Florence
We set out early to Florence which is about 1½ hours north from the house.  Drove to the outskirts of Florence and parked, then took a tram into the city.  When we got to the Uffizi we queued (stood in line) for about an hour.  Then walked around the galleries for a few hours.  We all went and had a very nice lunch, then had dessert at the best gelato shop in Italy, or so it was said.  On the way to lunch I saw the paper store I wanted to visit, Il Papiro.  I went there after we ate and bought a sheet of marbled paper, an eraser and some ink.  Mitch and Nicki went to the Academia and the rest of us walked around the Duomo Piazzo and window shopped.  I found a second franchise of Il Papiro and got another sheet of paper. 
Handwrapped Florentine Marbled Paper Beads
Thinking back, I  should have bought more than two sheets of paper in Florence, but didn't want to seem overindulgent!  I think if I was by myself, I would have spent much more time in the stores and picked out more sheets!  I've hand rolled some of my marbled paper - they're in my Etsy shop now.  

Don't forget to come by and visit other AlphabeThursday posts in Ms. Jenny's class, ...off on my tangent...


20 comments:

Jackie/Jake said...

I bought cards in that same store in Florence, thanks for the memories.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

So exciting that you were shown how they marble their papers! I think I would have bought a bunch -- your beads are beautiful!

Cathy Kennedy said...

I can only see the world through the eyes of others. Not a bad escape for me and it the trip is totally free! ^.^ Great 'F' post!!

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Sue said...

No one journals quite like you do. Your relatives that come after you are in for a rare treat!

=)

Erika said...

I think I would have had a suitcase of things I purchased--forget about my clothes!

Rose said...

I always enjoy reading your travel posts! I know what you mean about not wanting to take a ton of time for personal shopping with other people. I spend a lot more of beads when I'm by myself!

BeadedTail said...

I enjoy reading about your trip! If you want to go back to Florence for more paper or anything, I'll go with you! :)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Great page and great new beads! You'll have to make a special piece for yourself with some of those beads :)

Splendid Little Stars said...

Oh how I would love to go to Florence!
love your journal page!

Kathleen said...

What fun! I felt the same way in the Louvre when I was there (a very long time ago!). Beautiful paper and great beads!!!

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Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Loved this post and your journal, Deb! Florence is one of my favorite cities in Italy and I've been fortunate to have visited it a few times and spend a week there exploring the Ufizi and the Galleria dell Accademia, where many of Micahelangelo's sculptures are housed, including David. I know in my dreams I could spend a year living there! Except for the incessant noisy vespas I felt like I was in visiting the Renaissance.

Karen S. said...

I had a feeling you'd have a fabulous F post....with all your sight-seeing!

Jo said...

fabulous journalling page ... and that paper, oh it looks so yummy!!!

Rita said...

I was unsure what your beads were and so I popped over to your Etsy shop. Very interesting items you have made. But, I think the beads would be very tedious to make.

Thanks for visiting my Alphabe-Thursday post this week.

Theresa said...

O you lucky girl! Can only fantasize about how fabulous this trip was! Ciao!

Andy David said...

Hello.
Fascinating post! The paper beads are awesome too! Thanks for sharing.

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Emille said...

Now that sound what I would do on a vacation day! Ah Florence, haven't gotten to that city yet! And...finally realized you had an Etsy shop!

Jenny said...

I really enjoy experiencing how you see things.

You have such an artists eye in how you perceive and how you portray.

Thank you.

Your links are always fantastic...and I feel priviledged to share them.

A+

anitamombanita said...

Totally agree with you on the Uffizzi...not to be missed!

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