Sunday, October 19, 2014

Traveling Through Italy and Paris - Florence

Dear Reader, this post will my thoughts and impressions of Florence, Italy.  There is a back story as to why my trip began in Venice.  I was supposed to spend a week in Orvieto taking a class related to creating a travel journal; however, I could not afford the cost of an 18 day trip in Europe and so I sadly send an email to the teacher stating that I would not be able to join them.  She replied and suggested that I consider joining the group in Florence and take that part of the journey.  That was something I could save for and afford so that is what I did.

I would meet the group of friends on Sept. 20th.  I was able to get a really good deal on my plane fare, the caveat was that  had to travel on Sept 18th by myself.  Hmm I thought this will be interesting spending a day in Florence by myself.  There were days when I was extremely nervous about this solitary adventure.  I have traveled alone before, but only to places where English was the main language.  I worried if I would be able to handle everything.  I have a translator on my phone so I could always look up words (that was comforting).  So with my Smart Phone I took off.  There were some changes as my connecting flight through Paris was cancelled due to a strike by the Pilots of Air France.  I flew Air Berlin to make connections through Dusseldorf, Germany.

Dusseldorf Airport

Sitting in the Dusseldorf Airport waiting for my connecting flight

Watching TV in German at the Airport

The flight from Dusseldorf was on a plane that is called a Hopper, it is a Propeller Jet.  Since I had never been on a propeller plane before, I was a little taken aback when I saw it.  The ride was pretty nice until we neared  Florence.  There was an unexpected hail storm and we could not land.  The pilot came on and said that he had been advised that it was too dangerous to land so we had to fly around for awhile.  What???????  It was truly interesting.  We landed after about 30 minutes and I made my way through immigration, got a stamp from Germany in my passport, and found a cab.  So far so good.

Arrived at the hotel, left my luggage in the room and went out to explore.

Remnants of Hail Storm in Florence - Sept. 19th

Candy Store in Florence

Tower connected to the Duomo (Cathedral) in Florence

Duomo in the Public Square in Florence

Out side of the Academia Galleria in Florence

Mother with Child in Museum

Beautiful depiction of Jesus on the Cross

Carousel on the way to the Uffizi Museum  so quaint and beautiful

Arno River in Florence

 Uffizi Museum - Botticelli painting

Another take your breath away painting

First paintings I saw when I entered the Uffizi, unexpected, simple and touching

I was so touched by the art 

Ceiling in hallway on the 2nd floor of the Uffizi

Mesmerizing, it is amazing that many painters were also sculptors

I think this is the gift shop door, but not sure  Just liked the decal

Items from Church

A portion of the stole of the Bishop

There are times when pictures tell that story and there is no need for additional words.  I had the opportunity to visit paper stores and buy wonderful paper, Purchased art from a street artist that made me smile, and enjoyed the beauty of the city.  One thing I have learned is that at this point of my travel journey I want to not do touristy things, but get an apartment for a week or two and immerse myself in the actual life of the place.

Next week - Venice, Murano and Burano.  Until then.....pilgrim


More About Me? said...

This is such a great memory. Thank you for sharing with us. I think we are stronger than we think we are. What an experience. Loved seeing all your pictures.

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

dearest Glenda... I loved seeing your Florence pictures. Your conclusion about wanting to get an apartment and spend some more time living the life, breathing in the city... I felt the same way looking back at the end of our journey. Although I absolutely loved our trip and am glad to experience the city hopping. I realized the beauty of slowing down to savor a specific location.

Glenda Hoagland said...

Traci, I do not know why it is so strong in my spirit, maybe from following Mary Ann Moss, but I think about all the fun we could have as a group with an apartment as our base and luxuriating in the city or cities of our choice. Love to you

Michele Unger said...

What an amazing time you had! Your photos are beautiful. I love seeing this trip through your eyes and your words.


JackieP Neal said...

What beautiful photos- oh the art!! Do you still recall it vividly in your memories? To see such great works by such great masters- this is a dream I long for! Thank you so much for sharing your adventure,Glenda ! xo

Glenda Hoagland said...

Jackie, I still have vivid memories of Florence and the trip as a whole. Pictures make it so much better and I really think that I am going to make a book with them, something I have not done before.

Gail said...

Glenda, thanks for sharing. Great pics. I am so glad you were able to make the second part of the trip. I know how much you were looking forward to the Italy and Paris trip with Tracie and everyone.
An adventure alone in a big foreign city!!! are far braver than I am. You go girl!
God bless you. I love you mucho. Gail