Self’s niece was so organized that we got to see three small towns around Florence, all on the same day: Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa.
Self’s favorite was Siena.
The beautiful Gothic cathedral has a magnificent interior (striped columns! Who would have thought!) but it’s the exterior self will focus on for further examples of the “ornate.”
For instance, all kinds of creatures proliferate, including a roaring lion sticking out of a buttress in the front:
Here is the facade of the Cathedral, or as the Italians refer to it, the Duomo:
For the third picture, self goes back to her archive of Florence photos. This is a shot of the loggia of the Uffizi Gallery. On Sunday afternoons, the stone benches are lined with people.
The last shot isn’t related to the Photo Challenge but is one of self’s favorite pictures from her trip.
On self’s last afternoon in Florence (a Sunday), she took a picture of this adorable creature, whose owners kept calling him “R2” which self thought was a kind of homage to R2D2 of Star Wars, until a young man told her that the dog’s name was “Artur.” Oh. How adorbs!
Self took the first two pictures when she was in Dublin, May 2014. It was her first time ever to Ireland. She walked along Grafton Street, met author Catherine Dunne for lunch at Bewley’s, then walked around St. Stephen’s Green.
The water in the lake had a sort of mineral quality that self has never seen anywhere else.
And this is a picture of Manong Freddie’s pet turtle in Bacolod. Turtles bring good luck: