☀️ #7 The Blind Sightseers “Escape The Lockdown” With Distant Memories: “Firenze Walking Tour”🇮🇹

During another sublime breakfast, Sarah & i wondered if there was a walking tour around Firenze?! We now have a love of walking tours after our hugely successful one yesterday. It’s much easier for us to just follow a group instead of getting lost and wondering around aimlessly, and it’s a great way to learn the history and culture of the area.

They did do a tour and it started just after lunch. We booked on it and then decided to go for a walk to see if we could find the starting point by ourselves. It was in an area we hadn’t covered yet so we knew it was going to be a challenge…..We failed, but we found a lovely cafe! We sat outside with the sun blazing down, it was fantastic! 🙂

The image below shows me staring at the sun. Since being registered blind and having no central vision at all, i can now stare at the sun without squinting or blinking. Didn’t know it made me look this weird though, lol. 🙂

Me sat drinking coffee outside staring at the sun

We then spent a couple of hours enjoying finding new and wonderful shops, before heading back to the hotel. The reception had arranged for someone to walk us to the walking tour meeting point, fantastic! 🙂

Firenze Walking Tour…

The group met up in a different square than the one we found earlier, and gave us another one of those radio thingy’s, Yay! As the guide was talking about the square, i captured some shots!

Beautiful blue sky behind an impressive church wide impressive building with staues across the roof

One of the roof statues

Moving from the square and through some little side streets, we stopped at the “Basilica of Santa Croce” founded by Saint Francis. Sarah said “Wow, it looks like someone has iced it like a cake! It doesn’t look real”. 

Dark skies hover over the amazing Santa Croce black

Walking through the streets we were told of a local artist who’s adding figures to road signs. 

A figure looking like he's carrying the horizontal block of a no entry sign

 Continuing with more fantastic Medici family history we found ourselves in a familiar square (Piazza della Signoria).

Palazzo Vecchio

Bronze statue of Cosimo Medici

As we didn’t have lots of time to walk around and take photos, Sarah & i revisited on Day 7 to get some more interesting shots. Now it’s onwards to the river. 🙂

The River arches

When we accidentally found the river Arno during the Firenze marathon, Sarah had said that the river looks dirty, like brown sludge. But today with the sun shining bright, it glowed gold like nothing i’d seen before! 🙂

The River Arno Me  Sarah at the river Arno

Me  Sarah at Firenze river Bridge over river Arno

We continued our tour by walking through the “Piazza della Repubblica” ahh, the place with the sparkling building (see Day 1).

Firenze archway

Then finishing our tour at the Florence Cathedral (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore)Yay another amazing bell tower! 🙂

Florence Cathedral Bell Twoer

 I’ve heard of “Knocking’ on Heaven’s door” but now i was stood at “The Gates of Paradise”.

Me stood in front of the gates of Paradise

 Sarah then said “Go and stand in front of the doors of the Cathedral, we need more photos with you in them so people will know you were here”. I really don’t like this side of the lens, but this is for you guys! 🙂

Wow! Were these doors made for the Nephilim?!! 🙂

Me in front of the Florence Cathedral

Florence Cathedral 1

After this amazing tour, we felt that we could now spend a few days exploring with a little more confidence, starting with a trip to our fave coffee (and cake) place which is right next to our hotel. The cherry on top of the cake below really sums up our day. It’s been another unbelievable day that always leaves me saying “How am i here? This is like a dream! I still can’t believe i’m here?!” 

Cake

 You’ll be very pleased to know that my next post is the opening day of the exhibition! 

I’m so blessed that you’ve stuck with me on this incredible journey. God bless you. 😀 

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12 Responses to “☀️ #7 The Blind Sightseers “Escape The Lockdown” With Distant Memories: “Firenze Walking Tour”🇮🇹”

  1. Steve, enjoyed your photos and descriptions. The lighting over the river is wonderful. It is fun joining you and Sarah on your walking tour. 🙂

  2. NICE … makes me a little homesick for the old country 🙂 Thanks for taking us all along on your trip, friend!

    • Hey Heidi! I bet Germany is beautiful too, i’d love to go and visit one day!

      The pleasure is all ours, we love having you join us on our memorable journeys, thank you it makes us smile even more, if that’s possible! 😀

  3. Stunning photographs, Steve. You can’t beat Italian architecture. Sorry I’ve been absent the last couple of days … was feeling a bit down and wasn’t online much, but I’ve since given myself a kick up the backside!
    I will be dreaming of that cake tonight. :O)

    • Thanks, i know the designs made it very easy to photograph! 😀

      Sorry to hear you’ve been down for a few days…I hope my posts haven’t bored you too much?! lol 😀 Glad you’re given yourself a kick and you start to feel better soon! 🙏🏻

      When Sarah saw the cake earlier when she was reading the post to me, she wanted to go back to Florence just for that cake! It was as good as it looks. Mmmm. 😀

      • You kidding?! Your posts never bore me.
        No, I inherited clinical depression and it tears its ugly head now and again. I’ll be alright soon.

        • Awww sorry to hear about this, Lesley. I don’t want to sound too patronising(as this text can’t express how i’m saying/meaning it very well) , but i have some experience of how that feels. So i’d just like to say i’m so glad you’re feeling better today. 🙏🏻

          Oh and thanks for being apart of this group as we tour back in time through me & Sarah’s happy memories, it’s great to meet you again! 😀

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