Saturday, June 18, 2011
We climbed to the top of the Duomo this morning, and I took a few pictures of Florence from above. Some of the shots are wide angle, and some are not, which accounts for the differences in scale.
These photos are interesting. I'm much more familiar with Florence as seen from street-level or shots out of windows of buildings in town. In some respects these pictures are a little disappointing, in that Florence doesn't seem as impressive from above as it does from within town. Although the architecture of the most significant buildings stands out, the sophisticated charm of many of the other buildings and the streets themselves seems diminished at this angle.
The climb up all those stairs is worth it! I thought the view was spectacular. It's been a few years since I was there: I was a junior in high school on a study trip for school. I had to do a couple of presentations while we were there (we got graded on those). One of the things I did mine on was Santa Croce where Michelangelo is buried, and you could still see the high water mark from that big flood back in 1966. Can't remember what the other thing I reported on was. That was also the trip when I discovered the joy that is gelato ;-)
Jumping in with something off topic, hope Fearless Leader doesn't mind:
Ben Bernanke at today's press conference:
"we don't have a precise read on why this slower pace of growth is persisting"
I've been calling a "double dip" for months. Where's my Nobel Prize or Princeton Chair.