The Accademia Gallery

21 Oct

Today we sashayed into the Accademia Gallery. I just love the Uffuzi card – waiting in line is no way to spend your vacation. This is a much smaller showing of incredible art but no less spectacular. Of course the main course is David, so awe inspiring, imposing, and majestic. Once again no photos are allowed. Once again everyone was snapping away with their phones. Urged on by two friendly tourists who sound like they might be from the UK we braved the wrath of the staff and took a few pictures. We didn’t want to be greedy, but how can you resist a handsome man in all his glory and fame?

Notice the lighting on his face. This comes from a window. Truly a breathtaking work of art. Unfortunately the universe once again and stepped in and made it impossible for me to manipulate the few other pictures we clandestinely took.  There was another David outside in the garden and guess what? He had been “colorized”! Honest! Just like the “Wizard of Oz”. I wish I could post it, but it was one of the few that bit me in the butt. I’m hoping that when hubby wakes up he will have superior knowledge of how to correct this challenge.

In the meantime….today is Sunday. If you are family or friends please sit down before reading further. I got up at 6am! I watched the sun come up with it’s delicious fall coloring and the hush of the neighborhood. Hubby (being the brilliant man that he is) was able to capture the church bells. I think it’s only fitting that I upload them for you as they are gorgeous. This was taken from our terrace.

Church Bells – Duomo      (Right click for PC)

Hurrah! Hubby is up and rarin’ to go – but not without solving the impossible. See? I told you so! Let’s start with the colorized David:

You didn’t believe me did you? I swear I did not alter this in anyway – he’s in a different location. Oh, and once again my brilliant husband has pointed out that he took a picture of the plaque for this statue:

I’m not sure how well you can read it but the artist is Hans-Peter Feldmann.

After enjoying the Accademia we headed for the San Lorenzo Piazza and came across an amazing musician. Did you see the movie “August Rush”? It was about a small boy who played the guitar in an unusual way. Well there is more to the movie than that, and it’s very good – we recommend it! Anyway, this musician is named Mose Oliviero (and Zoe – his little dog). We hung out and listened to him for quite a while and ended up buying some CD’s. What a sweetheart, a very kind, gentle man with an abundance of talent. We got to talking with him and he has a channel on YouTube. “MrRemaggiore”. Of course we took his picture for you and also the CD sleeve.

Little Zoe is sitting next to him in his guitar case. She was adorable as well. Here’s his CD:

We continued strolling around the plaza, so many amazing shops with a plethora of goods. Lots of leather – shoes, jackets, handbags and wallets, all in every color and design you could wish for. Then we finished up with dinner at ZaZa, which was quite lovely and the service “fantastico”! The streets of Florence in the evening are so charming, gaily lit, people mingling, or rushing to some important appointment.

We are so blessed to be here and have so many varied experiences. And guess what? We’re off to have even more!

More later, Ciao! DJ*

7 Responses to “The Accademia Gallery”

  1. skycastles October 21, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Wow, that colorized David is atrocious. He looks like a very badly done rendition of drag queen David. Ugh. On a positive note, I’d love to visit Italy one day. I’m so envious of you both 🙂

    • DJ* October 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

      Isn’t that the silliest? Thanks for reading and commenting – it really inspires us. Once we get everything downloaded and edited the next post is a whole new adventure! I could so get used to this….

  2. BC October 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    Hey you two…. I am so enjoying all your posts. Brings back vivid memories of the trip with my familia in 1996, but it feels like yesterday. The excitement of each day, each new adventure, each new person you encounter on your journey, adds to the uniqueness of your trip, alone. I stood at the feet of “The David” when photo’s were allowed, and shot some angles the would make you blush. It was at a time when I only had a film camera, not digital (damn). I will share them with you when you return. Your writing should be made into a short story. You definitely have a flair. It’s like “Eat, Pray, Love”
    Can’t wait to hear more….Ciao!! BC

    • DJ* October 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

      Hey BC,
      We’re afraid to even imagine what you might have been up to! Lol! Thank you so much for following and commenting, and especially the kind words on my writing. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but was afraid, but not anymore! Plus I love this medium! More fun next post! Ciao for now!

  3. Caro G October 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    It all sounds and looks so wonderful. I loved the bells! How will you ever be able to come back?

  4. バーバリー バッグ November 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    Pretty great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing on your feed and I am hoping you write again very soon!

    • DJ* November 12, 2012 at 1:36 am #

      Thank you so much! DJ*

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