Just look at what this artist has produced as he stood on the sidewalk at the edge of the River Arno. Talent? Just a little bit.


The next time you hear from me, I’ll be in the Northern hemisphere, wearing a red coat. 


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Bloggers Unite for Peace


Thank you, Uncle Spike, for this initiative.

Originally posted on Uncle Spike's Adventures:

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil
is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

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We are normal, everyday hard-working people with a common hobby, blogging. We hail from far and wide. We reside in different lands, on different continents. We speak different languages, eat different foods, and are of varying ages, professions, and religious and cultural backgrounds.

We do have one thing in common…

We believe that terrorist attacks, wherever they may be perpetrated; whether in France, Tunisia, Canada, Iraq, or in Denmark, Turkey, UK, Algeria, Yemen, USA, Lebanon, or in the skies over Egypt, or in India, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Kuwait, Libya, Bangladesh, Syria, or Mali are nothing less…

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Originals, or facsimiles?

You stood in line for a long, long time with the aim of gazing at the wonder that is David, sculpted by Michelangelo.  Having achieved this goal,  you leave the Gallery dell’Accademia, and turn to your right, just to see what is a little further down this street. You may notice a doorway like this, tucked inside a colonnaded building. It is part of the University of Florence.


One of the schools housed here is that of the Academy of the Arts of Drawing.


Another is the Academy of Fine Arts and Artistic High School.


And, finally, the Faculty of Architecture.


What really attracted my attention were these terracotta semi-circles above the doors. Are they really della Robbia*, or facsimiles?




Does anyone happen to know if they are originals?

(*) della Robbia: when you are thinking of glazed terracotta, this surname can refer to Luca, who developed the technique, his nephew Andrea or great-nephew Giovanni. 

Here is an example of a work by Andrea della Robbia, which you can see on the façade of the Ospedale degli Innocenti, Piazza SS Annunziata in Florence.



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Street walking …

What is more fun on a sunny day than to come across a street performer who soon has the crowd laughing, and eager to join in his madcap activities?



This young lass apparently couldn’t believe what she saw the clown doing.


Gettin’ down and dirty (literally) to capture this moment.


Selfie with equine friend.


And, the fashion statement du jour!



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This is for Annie

In a post on her excellent blog annienc ,  Annie replied to a comment by saying ‘ I wonder what, if anything, is still inside.’ She was referring to the Chiesa Sant’ Andrea della Zirada.

I have some photos of this church which was open for an Art Biennale exhibition when I was there in May. So, just for you, Annie, I bring out the family album.

The exhibition presented 20 refrigerators  “seen as icons, which will be the subject of reflection regarding issues such as the food and its conservation , art and spirituality”. I have to admit I didn’t understand how the contents of the fridges achieved this aim! And, that’s why I’m not an art critic.


As you enter the church


Don’t ask me. Shrugs shoulders.


With this one, you could fool around with the buttons to open or close the curtain. I wonder if the buttons lasted until the exhibition closed?

This was the choir stall for the nuns. Apparently some of them were a tad, shall we say, full of the joys of life.


Here are the rest of the images I captured on that day. 

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Well, well, well

Being just a tad one-eyed about the charms of Venice, I tend to think it must be the only place in the world with pozzi (wells), such as this one found in a busy campo in that city.

The wells supplied fresh water  (*) to the local communities that surrounded campi (squares) until water was piped in from the mainland late in the 1800s.


I had to grudgingly modify my thinking when I began to notice them in many cities/towns in Italy.

Here’s one I saw when I was in Schio with one of the pesky tourists. (Schio is a town in the province of Vicenza .) I liked the doggy handles on the cover.


(*) These wells were very clever. Rainwater was caught in the campi, filtered through sand and stored in clay lined cisterns. Water was a precious commodity, the wells were closely regulated, with the lids being unlocked only twice a day.


So, when you’re in Italy, get out there and find some pozzi, please.


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Street art

Here are two offerings from the French artist Clet Abraham who has a studio in the Oltrarno, Florence. He uses removable stickers to turn street signs into a little piece of fun. Keep your eyes open and you will see some, not only in Florence, but also in other cities in Italy and France.



He was working on the repairs to the Common Man earlier this year.  This link will take you to a post with information about this piece of street art: luomo-commune-Florence

I hope it will be back in its place on the Ponte alle Grazie in the new year.



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