What are your local vistas? Where do you photograph when you don’t have a lot of time or are not on vacation? What about your hometown excites you? Is it the countryside, city, gardens, amusement venues? This week, tell and show us your local vistas–Anne Sandler, Slow Shutter Speed
This week, Anne has challenged us to share the places in our neighborhood that excite us, make us happy, and/or provide great photo opportunities. Be sure to visit her site to see her beautiful favorites in Sacramento.
As for me, right now I don’t have a home, so I’m going to share some favorite places where we’re staying now. Many of you know how I’ve fallen in love with Florence. So, let me share some special places in the city that inspire and excite me. (Click on any photo to enlarge it.)
Tourists often go on a whirlwind tour of Florence, visiting the top-rated places in several days–including the palaces, museums and cathedrals decorated with spectacular works of art. My favorites may be familiar to some of you, but I’ll include others that are off the beaten track.
The Basilica of Santa Croce is famous, but I decided to take a slightly different view of Dante who is immortalized there. If you look closely, you’ll see a bird coming in for a landing on Dante’s illustrious head.
A lesser-known spot in Florence is the Giardino delle Rose, with spectacular views of the city. You’ll see many locals stretched out on the grass, eating picnic lunches, and walking around the beautiful rose garden. The famous Florence skyline in the distance makes this one of my favorite inspirational spots.
In the summer, the city parks are turned into recreational areas to eat, drink, relax, and socialize. This year, one section was turned into “Cuba”–complete with places to buy mojitos, dance the rumba, or stretch out on lounge chairs near the Arno. If you look closely you can see the palm trees there were added to create a “tropical” scene. This area along the Arno is one of our favorite spots in the city.
We’re staying in the neighborhood of Santa Croce at the edge of the historic district. In this photo you can see a remnant of the fortified wall in Piazza Beccaria that once surrounded the entire city. The buildings that surround the square are over a hundred years old and tell a wonderful story of this grand and beautiful city.
I’ll end my post with a view down Borgo La Croce, the main pedestrian thoroughfare that connects Santa Croce to the main part of town. At night the restaurants and bars along the Borgo “spill out” into the street. I love the atmosphere here, where the sense of community is so strong and the art of eating, drinking, and visiting with friends is a treasured part of the local culture.
I hope you enjoyed my tour of Florence and Santa Croce–which stole my heart and has become my home. We hope you join us this week and share your local vistas. Be sure to link your post to Anne’s site.
Last week, Sofia lead us into an exploration of minimalism and maximalism. What a treat! Many of us discovered our personal preferences for one or the other, but some people enjoying using both. Next week, we have a special guest host–Sylvia Bacon, who will lead LAPC #204, so be sure to visit her site. Until then, have a safe and inspiring week, whether you’re close to home or on the road.