Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Florence, Ponte Vecchio -- December 6, 2006

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
And we found overselves, on the 6th, in Florence, Italy. On schedule, amazingly enough almost a week into the vacation. Luggage is still with us, "safe" in a B&B somewhere in the city center. The cameras have not been stolen and we have managed to pick up a guide book somewhere along the way...

The Ponte Vecchio is the only of Florence's bridges to have survived WWII, and in 1966, when a massive flood wiped out the shops on the bridge, the bridge itself was strong enough to withstand the roaring waters.

The Ponte Vecchio embodies the progress of humanity because it has come from carrying soldiers to battle, to open commerce, to a vast gathering place for peoples from all walks of life.

Florence is a jewel, a wonder of Italy. Of this grand city Virgil Thomson said "In Paris, you learn wit, in London you learn to crush your social rivals, and in Florence you learn poise." An poise is certainly something Florence has in abundance.

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