day in a feminine city

As Henry James said in his Italian Hours:

‘It is the most feminine of cities. It speaks to you with that same soft low voice which is such an excellent thing in a woman. Other cities beside it are great swearing and shuffling rowdies. Florence has an immortal soul. You look into her grey eyes…so studious, so sensitive, so human.’

He wasn’t always so positive. For example:

‘Today Florence loves herself in dusty boulevards and elegant residential areas. A medieval city, with the effect of some precious page of antique text swallowed up in a marginal commentary that smacks of the style of the newspaper.’

My suspicion is that a few of you are going to find something humourous to say about one or both of those quotes, but I’m going to let my photos of this glorious day in Florence do the talking for me. Here you are:

red morning on the roofs of Florence
and the Duomo makes her entrance
the Ponte Vecchio viewed from the Uffizi Gallery
Palazzo Vecchio again from the Uffizi Gallery
hanging meat
Basilica of Santa Croce
late afternoon shot of the Duomo
courtyard of San Lorenzo
the Ponte Vecchio at dusk
goodnight dear lady


  1. I asked for pics and I got them! Thank you. Well, I realize it likely wasn’t solely for my benefit. Beautiful indeed. I hope everyone clicks on each one to really enjoy them. Please travel lots more.

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