Every day in Florence seemed like a special day. Our last days in the Oltrarno (the Florence neighborhood south of the Arno River), we rambled through the neighborhood as if we were trying to walk every street and take in every sight. Who knew if we would ever return?
We always have our cameras with us, snapping away at whatever treasured memento we see. Somehow we usually overlook the “big picture” photos in favor of smaller, observed details. That has its drawbacks, but our photos of a place definitely record our point of view.
Often those photos are stand-alone photos, not really belonging to any group. We call them “orphans.” We think that putting this little collection of “orphan” photos together gives a true impression of our daily Oltrarno walks
We’ve never been anywhere with so many wonderful specialty shops. However, photographing those shops proved almost impossible. Lighting in the windows killed almost every photo we took and that was disappointing.
Sometimes our walks lasted so long that we needed a little “snack” to tide us over. We discovered the charming little wine bar, Le Volpi e L’uva, tucked away on a side street near the Pitti Palace.
We loved our month-long stay in Florence – half in the Oltrarno area. Our photos will be wonderful reminders not just of the big museums, the majestic churches and rich artwork. We’ll remember fondly little shops, the out-of-the-way wine bar, and the theatre just down the street.