Why do all cities in Italy have 3 or 4 names? Either it’s because their beauty leave the visitor stammering in search of the word, or because these places all have a cultural heritage dating back thousands of years. This past weekend I finally had the opportunity to visit Florence, a city filled with so much beauty it actually sickens people. A friend of mine moved there a month ago so I had a place to crash and another friend had a car for the weekend.
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My weekend was spent immersed in the outward beauty of the city. I did a lot of slow walking, visited a lot of the famous monasteries and churches, and went for an afternoon hike in the hills surrounding the city. The first photo below is of downtown Florence, taken from San Miniato al Monte.
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Visiting a friend who already has roots in a city can be one of the most rewarding things about travelling. In addition to walking, I met a lot of interesting people from a wide variety of backgrounds this weekend. Invariably talking with these people led to talking and walking. This is how I had the opportunity to take that afternoon hike.
Surrounding Florence are hills I do not know the name of but this did not matter because once there I would not have been able to speak it. Along the hike were some extremely rewarding vista’s of the city and the countryside of farmland, vineyards and olive groves that surround it.
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Each time I go to Italy I find the experience so personally rewarding that I wonder how I can keep leaving. Someday I really am liable to visit for some number of years. This time however I did leave, and I did it by learning to drive stick through the countryside. Success!
On a more technical note, I’ve continued to work on my gallery. I’ve also made an upgrade to WordPress and completed the integration of the Gallery2 software with WordPress. I haven’t yet decided on the best way to link my galleries with my blog posts, sohe gallery for my trip to Florence is here. Everything else works great though. All of these photos are pulled directly from the gallery, with titles and all. No more uploading wheeee! Anyway, the plugins are the Lightbox for WordPress for image display and the WPG2 for pulling images into WP from my galleries. This is my first experience using Lightbox, and I really like it. I’ll probably be applying it frequently.