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Thursday, August 21st, 2008
Reflections in the Arno River in Florence

Reflections in the Arno River in Florence

Sunrise over Venice was a beautiful, if brief, experience for me.  The streets were still mostly deserted as I made the leisurely 15-minute walk to the train station.  The smaller canals reflected the ancient bricks in their stillness, and arched pontes were mirrored into symmetry.  A few street sweepers were out, using what I would call witch brooms with long, wickery broom heads.

I used the train ride to do some recording for my video journal and then read up on Firenze (Florence).  I had the luxury of an entire cabin to myself, so I didn’t have to worry much about bothering other passengers as I recorded.

By the time I arrived in Firenze, I knew exactly where to go to drop off my bag for a few hours before hitting the tourist office for a free city map.  I hopped on a city bus which took me up to the hilltop Piazzale Michelangelo, where a copper duplicate of the city’s famous David statue stands watch with a commanding view of the city.  From here I made my way down the long steps of the Al Monte and followed the Arno River to Ponte Vecchio where jewelry shops line the bridge on both sides.  Originally, the bridge was (more…)