Different eyes-It took seeing this photo of my sister’s to make me slow down on our walks through the city and appreciate anew some of the sights I see frequently and some of the details I had never noticed.
Gnomon, revisited-Today, I attended a summer solstice event at Santa Maria del Fiore (aka the Duomo)—the observation of the transit of the sun on the meridian plane, a phrase I don't understand any better than I did when I attended Lo Gnomone a couple of years ago!
Random notes from Italy-One of the interesting transportation facets of Florence is that you don’t hail cabs, but you do hail buses. For cabs, you typically either telephone for a cab or go to a taxi stand. You don’t really hail a bus, since you can’t just stop one in the street, but if you see your bus … Continue reading Random notes from Italy
Christmas lights-One of our Christmas rituals growing up was to pile into the car and take a drive through nearby neighborhoods to look at the Christmas lights. One of our favorite displays was on a small manmade lake. The houses surrounding it were on a slight elevation above the lake and the homeowners decorated from the backs of their … Continue reading Christmas lights
Gnomon-Another great day in the Duomo! Today I attended an observation of the transit of the sun on the meridian plane (I’ll have to study more to understand that fully!). What happens is that on a few days in June, the sun’s rays are channeled through a bushing under one of the windows of the … Continue reading Gnomon
A Duomo day, part 2-It was raining when I woke up this morning and as I walked from my bus stop to the Piazza del Duomo, I told myself that this was a sign that I did not have to climb the bell tower. This was a relief since my calf muscles were aching from the climb of the … Continue reading A Duomo day, part 2
A Duomo day, part 1-During the many years I lived in Boston, one of my favorite places was The Brattle Theatre, which showed second-run and classic films. I got to see some of my favorite movies on the big screen that I had previously seen only on television, like “Singing in the Rain” and “Rear Window.” The problem was … Continue reading A Duomo day, part 1
Duty done-I’ve done my duty and visited the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David. While appreciating the magnificence and symbolism of the statue, I was underwhelmed. (I don’t think it’s because I’d seen so many representations of it beforehand; other artworks have blown me away when I finally saw them in person after seeing them in pictures.) More interesting to me was … Continue reading Duty done
Olio nuovo-One of the highlights of the year in Italy is when the new olive oil arrives in stores. This oil is from one of my favorite places in the area of Porciano – Toscana Twist. This is where we go to buy wine and breadsticks, taking our own empty bottles to be filled with wine … Continue reading Olio nuovo