Stumble Bumble


If I’d known then what I know now I’d have gotten all the bees in the image.
This is a plaque on the bottom of the Ferdinando I statue in the piazza Santissima Annunziata, Florence.
The circle of bees facing the queen represent the industrious Florentines ruled by the grand duke.

Apparently local legend says it’s impossible to count the bees using only your eyes, no pointing or touching you cheaters. Good fortunes is said to find the person that can count the correct number whereas bad fortune follows those that are a bit sneaky in how they came to the correct number. You’ve been warned!

Turns out I did grab all the bees in a photo. Good luck counting and remember no cheating.


Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence

Stadio Artemio Franchi-Edit

Back to Florence for a wee walk around the Viola’s stadium you can see the name above, three photos stitched together.
When it was first opened it was named after a Florentine fascist Giovanni Berta although it was also nicknamed “Comunale”
Opened in 1931 construction was completed in 1932 the architect Pier Luigi Nervi was also the man behind the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.

Stadio Artemio Franchi

Tower of Marathon

Above the 230 foot Tower of Marathon. The stadium itself is built entirely of reinforced concrete. A decent looking stadium although it looks like they’re hoping to move to a brand new stadium. The Italian football season kicked off whilst we were in Florence I was hoping for an opening home match but Fiorentina travelled away to the San Siro and Inter.

Stadio Artemio Franchi

Nice to cross another Italian stadium of the list could have included Sienna’s ground but didn’t even bother to check its location, I was bit gutted when I found out it was basically across the road from where the buses stop.

Just kicking down the cobblestones…

DSC_0180-EditPiazza del Duomo

A few weeks back I had been reading up on some photographers and ended up going through loads of photographs taken by Gianni Berengo Gardin. In one interview I read that he said something along the lines of shoot everything with a wide angle, so I decided to take only one lens. An old rabbit eared 28mm slapped on the Nikon, at the last minute I chucked in a zoom lens too for any hard to reach architecture but mainly shot with the 28.

Ponte Vecchio
Florence Streets
Via del Trebbio

The shot above because I love Italian signage as I was taking the shot I could hear a Vespa coming up from the right so carried on firing and hoped I could get it bang smack in the middle. Close!

Fotoautomatica machines are all over Florence and I assumed they were all over Italy but no they are just for the good people and tourists of Florence.
I thought they were a pretty cool relic of bygone days so fired of a shot of this one. By the time I lifted the camera everyone was in the photo, I think it works well though. Should have used the booth. Aaaaaagh!

Via Santa Monica
Chiesa di San Cristoforo

A wee breather in the Siena while a guide takes a group through the streets. Looking at the Exif this was shot with the zoom lens.

Bologna Or Bust
Bologna Or Bust

Bussing our way to Pisa and quickly snapped off these two chaps hitching back home, sure they made it eventually. Below a street performer outside the Uffizi nowhere near in focus but looks good in the black darkness, I’ll get it sharp when I go back.