Follow me through Florence/Firenze...

Fifi (black leather coat) looking at the Brunelleschi Dome... wondering how did they building like this without all the modern construction equipment... Poseidon Statue in DellaSignoria Square...
The tower of the Palazzo Vecchio... The Uffizi Gallery on each side...My photo inspired this painting...Le billet to get into the Galleria Uffizi... isn't this ticket stunning...Home to Sandro Botticelli's famous "Venus on a Half Shell" as I like to call it!My sketch book drawing of Venus...
Fifi standing next to the Arno River...

Fifi paints the scene... Good shopping and ristorantes along the Arno... LOVE this man in uniform... I think our police should dress like that...
Across the the Ponte Vecchio filled with jewelry shops... We venture to the Piti Palace... The beautiful grounds featuring a HUGE bathtub...The view from the the Piti Palace grounds also known as the Boboli Gardens is AMAZING... look at Firenze from here...
I hope you liked the tour... J'adore Firenze/Florence... I would return AGAIN... the architecture, the food, the people were all DIVINE... and I believe could have a job painting on the streets of Italy...PLEASE GO VISIT PETUNIA TODAY AND SEE ALL THE FABULOUS STREET PAINTERS OF FLORENCE AND HEAR ABOUT MY PAINTING ADVENTURE IN THE TOWN SQUARE!!!

Oooooh and Merci to ALL that helped Fifi and Petunia hide away... I'm really not even sure what the latest status in about the missing Sketch Book... perhaps they have found the real thief... until I know for sure I'm off to Lucca... please join me tomorrow... the lovely Valentina of Les Cotrions has agreed to shelter us... she has found us a place to stay... FAB sites to view and delicious food to taste...

Au revoir until tomorrow... ENJOY!

Today's photos are all MINE from my trip to Florence in 1992 with my mother (she is in the photo with Poisedon and the HUGE bathtub)... a FAB trip!

35 comments:

LdyDy said...

All the photos and art are beautiful! What an inspiring place to visit! Thank you for stopping by my blog! Huggy Hugs!

The Antiques Diva™ said...

I'm loving this series! I just returned from Florence and you're keeping the memory alive!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Loving the tour, Fifi! Can't wait to see what Valentina found us for shelter...

Les Cotrions said...

Very nice post Fifi! Thanks for your mention! My blog's name is Les Cotrions...you forget the "s"!!!
See you tomorrow in Lucca!
Big hugs
Vale

Charlie said...

Fifi. your virtual trip is really taking me away, and I really needed that! Although you have had a bit of rain it certainly has not stopped you from having a fab time and getting around. So please, tell me did you buy lots of emeralds and diamonds..or just the diamonds on your new tiara? Hugs, and cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings!

Renae said...

Fifi,
Thanks for the great tour...I have never been to Italy, definitely on my list of "to dos"! Beutiful. I do recognize the picture with the bicycle....it is now in my home!
Have a great day!
Blessings...
xo

Christy said...

Lovely photos and paintings. Heading over to hear about your painting in the square now!

Renee Finberg said...

i love Florence.
i really wanted to stay and live there.

miss fifi, you should try and spend a summer (or a season)there.
xx

Amanda - Weekend Host said...

Fifi, I have just returned from my art class and I wish that my paintings looked much more like yours! Your blog is an absolute feast for the eyes. This is the first time I've visited so I'll be back again soon to spend more time perusing your pages.

Megan Coyle said...

Oh wow, what lovely pictures and fantastic paintings. Looks like you're having a blast--Italy is such a beautiful place.

Kellie ~ Ada and Darcy said...

Oh the architecture here is incredible!!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I loved Florence! It was one of my favorite cities in Italy. Your pictures and paintings capture it perfectly!
xo
Penny

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

ciao FiFi!
Firenze is waiting for you to come back...The David told me so~ just last week.

Paul Anater said...

Thanks for this trip back to Firenze Fifi. I'm with you, I wish our police officers dressed in Italian uniforms too, those of the Caribinieri in particular. Sharp-dressed cops tooling around in Alfa Romeos would be a welcome addition to any US city.

Couture Carrie said...

What an absolutely gorgeous post, FF! I adoooooore Florence and I studied Italian Renaissance art & architecture so I am completely smitten with these lovely photos and your paintings (especially the street art one!) and sketch. Thanks for sharing this!

xoxox,
CC

Frau said...

Beautiful photos and paintings, everyone should go to Florence once in their life time.

Janie's World said...

Beautiful paintings and wonderful memories. Italy is my families favorite place, my husband can't understand my love for Paris!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

What a wonderful trip you and your Mom had. Its all so wonderful.
Love it all and your paintings.

FrenchBlue said...

fifiness~
You've got me there! Thanks for sharing. I love traveling with you!
Have FUN!!!
xo's

Slices of Beauty... said...

Fab Fifi, amazing talent!

maidenshade said...

Fifi your talent is inspirational. You are one of the many bloggers who can make me utter little "oh" sounds when I see your work.

What a wonderful way to go back and keep a memory alive forever. Your chronicle will serve as a virtual book, how sweet.

xJ

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

ooohhh yes, Firenze is soooo lovely! I'd looove to go visit again! beautiful paintings!

Sabine, La Marquise des anges said...

those photos are SO gorgeous ... tahnks for this "little escape moment of the day" ..

Cafe Fashionista said...

You are so unbelievably talented. I absolutely love your work - the paintings, the sketches, the photographs. J'adore! :)

Brillante Home Decor said...

I love your posts, always with some humour and beautiful images. Looking forward to read about Milano!

Donna at Mourning Dove Cottage said...

What a fabulous tour, Fifi! Thank you. It's such a beautiful place. Love your new paintings!

Hugs,
Donna

Blondie's Journal said...

Love the way you incorporate your paintings in to the tour!! So cool. And I loved the tour~the architecture is gorgeous.

xoxo
Jane

Callie Grayson said...

Fifi, great post! It brought back many memories....that first image especially, i would walk past the Duomo daily on the way to my school! *sigh* i so miss italy!!!!

Heidi said...

I love your sketch of Venus, Fifi. I spent a good half hour just sitting and staring at her when I went to the Ufizi. Firenze is divine, did you have a room with a view?? Hx

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Fifi,

thank you for taking us on such a wonderful tour.
The Architecture is amazing and I love how everything is so old.

Your paintings are wonderful.

Hugs
Carolyn

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

FiFi, Florence and Venice are my favorite cities in all the world! Both are portals to another age and time. Your photos and paintings are wonderful. Did you rub the nose of the bronze statue of a hog in the outdoor market in Florence? If you do it means you will visit again one day!

Joyce said...

The view in the photos are beautiful and your art gorgeous!! Thanks again for a wonderful trip! xoxo

Beverly said...

I know it isn't a hot spot, but I would love a painting on our street. Right in front of my house.

A Fifi original.

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

It's been almost 25 years to the day since I was in Florence. I believe it's time to go back!

A Lady's Life said...

Love the scenery and the pictures you painted. :)

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