Sunday, May 26, 2013

Travels of La Madrina

I am la madrina -- the godmother.  And because I am la madrina, I traveled to Florence last week/weekend to participate in the first communion celebration of my Italian godson. The multi-day event was filled with family time and meals, time in the church, and music and dancing.  My girlfriend and her family live overseas and though we talk on the phone, I hadn't seen my godson in years.  I spent as much time as I could catching up and piling on memories to last me a while.

HOWEVER, on Saturday morning I found myself with a two open hours during which I dashed about Florence like a mad woman.  Here are some pictures from my "tour":

The Duomo -- it's like nothing you've ever seen before.  It's unfathomable to me that this incredible structure was completed in the 1400s.  If you'd like to read about some of the politics, intrigue, and architectural genius behind the Duomo, check out the book Brunelleschi's Dome by Ross King.

It's so much larger that you'd think --

The details on the buildings are remarkable -- look all those small sculptures!

The building is dramatic, even all sooty:

It was market day and I wished I had time to spend in a kitchen with all the glorious produce.

The beautiful Santa Croce is the Italian version of Westminster Abbey; all sorts of famous people are buried there, including Dante and Michelangelo.  It's been undergoing renovations to restore the tremendous frescos in the interior.

Oh, and the stained glass windows....!!

Some of the tombs on the ground were delineated by some rather surprising elements.

And here's Michelangelo's final resting place:

I think Florence is a remarkable city and any time spent there is a treat.  I feel blessed to have been able to go there, and to see my girlfriend and spend time with her family.


Karen L R said...

Fabulous! What a gorgeous place. And to spend time with friends and family, that is the best. Thanks for sharing your travels here.

Terry Jarrard-Dimond said...

Italy is delicious!

Cindy Green said...

We were just in Florence last month - I fell in love with it! How great to have such close friends living there! Can't wait to hear more about it!