Windows from the Past

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The little square window is one of twelve in the the studio at 19 via dei Macci where first Billy Manfredi, then Robert, lived in the 1970’s. It was the attic of a 12th century church in the leather tanning district of Florence – meant to be safe from the plague because of the fumes from leather making process.

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The church of San Remigio, built originally in about 1000, a stopping place for pilgrims on their way to Rome.

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In the Bargello, sisters play some sort of game.

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Also in the Bargello, windows are reflected in a splendid plate.

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Such a dull overcast day in the Uffizi

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and San Marco.

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We enter the 20th century…

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ponder renting a room

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or eating dinner.

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A room with a view.

Florence

I first went to Florence in 1971 –  a very long time ago. It’s where Robert and I met in 1973. We lived there for a while and have been back countless times since.

Here is a collection of photos taken in late October and early November this year.

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A stormy day in Fiesole

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and a persimmon tree whose fruits had been left unharvested.

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Also in Fiesole, pumpkins and chestnuts.

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Fish in the green water of the large fountain in the Boboli Gardens

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and more fish on a porcelain plate in the museum at the top of the garden.

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Such elegant plates…

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and as for the view!

When I win a million billion pounds in some lottery I will live in this valley.

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or walk down to the Ponte Vecchio

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and look at the river.

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I could live in a very simple cell

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as long as they sometimes let me out to eat doughnuts.