Gardens & being annoyed
07.11.2015 - 07.11.2015 20 °C
Writing this on a fast train on the way to Naples then Pompei for a couple of nights - very exciting!
I realised I hadn't yet seen the main gardens of Florence, and as it was such a gorgeous day, I thought this was just about my last opportunity.
Like I say, gorgeous day!
I also wanted to see the studio of Clet Abraham, the artist who "re-imagines" street signs, especially around Florence, like this one:
His studio is across the other side of the Arno, and it was open - and he was there, as luck would have it! I did take a photo with him in it, along with the sign that's just outside the studio door, but just after this my camera packed it in, with a "lens error". In checking into it on the net, turns out that's the end of my camera! So all photos for the day were taken with my phone. Later in the day I bought a new one, but unfortunately I lost all the photos I had taken that morning, because I had to reformat the memory card to use in the new camera. Still, I can go back before I head home & take the pics again - hopefully Clet will still be there!
He has gone a bit commercial, which is slightly disappointing considering he's quite the rebel, from the authorities' points of view! You can buy a calendar, and stickers with his art on them, as well as "rescued" signs - one with an arrow that has become Pinocchio's nose was 700 euros! So it stayed there...
I started with the Boboli Gardens, which are behind the Pitti Palace. The autumn colours are great against the blue sky, and the view of Florence from there is spectacular of course! Won't go into too much detail - you can probably work most of it out for yourselves.
You may be sick and tired of gorgeous views, but I'm not, so here's another one!
Then I headed to the Bardini Gardens, which are not as old because they had fallen into disrepair and an owner a couple of hundred years ago fixed them up, so they aren't in the Renaissance style. There's a sculpture exhibit of Helga Vockenhuber's work throughout the gardens, mostly of amazingly detailed heads and flowers on the slopes. They contrast nicely with the older statuary.
The views from there are fabulous too!
Behind the giant head on the right, there was a young couple snogging - Italian, no doubt!
In the distance, in the centre-ish right, you can see the facade of the church of San Miniato al Monte - you may remember it from a few weeks ago.