Thursday, November 22, 2007

I Love My New Picturer: Florence, Italy Says So

I could hardly believe I was standing at the foot of The David. But I was. It was as if I had met some part of myself that I had kept deep inside my soul since the day I learned of this magnificent work or art...



After an hour or so (not enough) with The David, we set off for the short walk to the Duomo di Firenze - Cattedrale di S.Maria del Fiore. The Cahtedral of Saint Mary Of The Flower.

We met a family at the top of the Dome. We asked each other to take pictures. They were from Ireland. The Dad landed a three year contract teaching in Italy. Their youngest was quite good at Italian. (T-shirt art courtesy of Cindra's husband, and my friend, Tom.)



Karen and I climbed the 463 steps to the top of the Dome. If you look to the right of the bell tower, down there on the ground, that is the very spot I would stand later to take the evening shots of the piazza...



Here is a glimpse through one of the few windows on the way up to the top...








The piazza at dusk...







When we sat down to eat this, Karen brought up Don Novello's wonderful Guido Sarducci character and this bit he did once where he says, "We're gonna play a little-a game-a. It's called, 'Find-a the Pope inna the pizza.'" It was only then that I remembered that I had brought a papal prop along that I was going to set up for special pictures. Here is the result.

I couldn't find that particular Sarducci piece on YouTube, but this will do. Prepare to laugh a LAWGHT:





One of the girls caught me snapping pictures of the group as they socialized over beer and cigarettes around the corner where Karen and I sat down to find-a da Pope-a inna da pizza. She organized what turned out to be a series of group shots. It was as if they did this sort of thing every day. They look so comfortable and relaxed.



You don't go to Florence and not walk on the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge). They say it's a miracle from God that this bridge did not fall victim to World War II. A miracle, I tell you...




On the way to the hotel, we stopped at this supermercato and scored big time!...



A Thankful Hapsgiving to all.

37 Comments:

At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 3:54:00 AM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

Don't have much to say other than wow, what great pictures and what an amazing trip. Oh, I had to chuckle at Tom's t shirt in Italy. I wore one of the Rock Fish series t shirts in Guatemala, so that's at least two foreign countries his t shirts have been seen in.

 
At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 7:41:00 AM PST , Blogger lime said...

oh this is by far my favorite set of pictures from the trip so far. LOVE the piazza at duck, the colors are so vivd. and the pope, too funny. i think you should show us more pope pics.

as for paying for my sins? damn, i may be coming back as a nun just on masturbation alone!

 
At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 8:22:00 AM PST , Blogger Nessa said...

Gawpy, your picture taking machine does a good job making pictures. Your find-a the pope-a was hilarious.

I always knew nuns were former Mafiosa.

Merry Belated Turkey Holiday. Come see my gobbler.

 
At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 8:45:00 AM PST , Blogger Ps said...

Happy thanksgiving Gawpo..The pictures are lovely.
Lucky Gawpo--you got to go to Italy.

 
At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 9:17:00 AM PST , Blogger Scarlet said...

Just when I thought I saw the best of your photos. Wow! There's nothing like Italy for architecture and beauty...even las chicas, right? They looked happy to pose for you.

That first photo of David is wonderful. He's my favorite Bible character and Michelangelo created the perfect sculpted version.

BTW, I loved the Father Sarducci clip about paying for our sins...in cash! I knew some of that stuff already, but what I didn't know was that part about most nuns being former mafiosos. Interesting. ;)

 
At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 11:25:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

BWOOKIE: I love delighting you with the new picturer. We are both in the Tom T-shirt fan club.

LIMERS: Yay!!! Favorite so far. Cool. More to come. Isn't Novello just a total riot? I wish he did more.

NESSIE: That find-a da Pope has credit going to sister, Karen and Mr. Novello. Both are very funny individuals. The way he adds "I don't know iffa you know that" at the end had me doubled over."

PS: Wow! A Happy Thanksgiving all the way from India! w00t! I need to become more familiar with your feasts, holidays, celebrations.

I feel blessed for having been able to travel to the mother land. Father land? How about parent land? Yeah. That works.

Ciao, Ps! Hugs and friend-smacks all over your wonderful cheeks! G

SCARLET: Y las chicas son tantas guapissimas! (I just made that up. Hope it makes sense, lol...)

The funny thing about the statue was that I had to notice on my own the leather strap, sculpted in marble of course, lying against his back. The sling he used is part of the pose, but you don't hear anything about that sling.

Yeah, how about those lies. Ten bucks a whack. Ten dollars, ten dollars, ten dollars...HA!!! Too funny.

Well, I hope you had fun earning your 14.50 for today and that you won't have to pay any back for any sins, Scarleta.

 
At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 11:29:00 AM PST , Blogger Paul said...

I, too, loved climbing to the top of the Dumo. The very narrow stairs inside the dome are a unique experience.

 
At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 11:48:00 AM PST , Blogger somewhere joe said...

I had a nun who was preincarnated as Al Capone.

Gorgeous pics, po... OMG, you were so high up in that tower that you could have shot my last assignment for me.

Isn't that JP II? Look - he's divided the Red Sauce!

 
At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 4:27:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

PAUL: I just LOVE that! This means that there is absolutely, at least one place on earth where you and I have stepped. I touched molecules of marble step that you have touched. I love that. This is an eye of the needle that makes us location brothers without a doubt. You, me and 65 billion others. But you and I know each other and that's the difference.

SOMEWHERE JOE: HA!!! Why didn't I think of that? And that preincarnation quip was also good. Did you not just roll when Novello suggested such? That right there was funny.

Divided the Red Sauce. Yeah, baby. FUH plus NAY!

 
At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 5:05:00 PM PST , Blogger Ps said...

Gawpo,I so enjoy reading what the others comment and your quips! I wiah I was half as clever!! :-)

 
At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 8:43:00 PM PST , Anonymous quilly said...

I came very close to insane jealousy -- then I remembered that I also have a Tom t-shirt. Born to Be Wild, don'tcha know.

Love the pics. Wish I were there!

 
At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 10:09:00 PM PST , Blogger Claire said...

When I look at your photos, I feel a special tug in my soul which misses its old homeland (from another life perhaps).

 
At Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 6:45:00 AM PST , Blogger Pam Aries said...

OH MY!! These are truly incredible photos! thank you so much for sharing them! Wow...! I cannot begin to imagine what a remarkable rtrip this was.My friends are in Venice this week..I am babysitting the dawg.

 
At Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 8:20:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Ps: I think this is the funnest part. It's all about the banter with the peeps. Like this one with you!!! xo, G

QUILLY: Oh, I love that one. Got it. Love it. Wear it. And Rock Bass. Another good one. I think I need to send one to Ps so she can sport one in India.

Oh, CLAIRE: Do you remember that song, "Oregon, that's my home"? I think that's the title. Came from that movie where the guy got caught smuggling drugs and got tossed into a Turkish prison. I have a great Turkish prison lesson that I use all the time. I may post it one day.

PAM AIRIES: HOOTY HOO!!! It is amazing. Your friends' dawg is a lucky what-he-is.

 
At Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 4:58:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

Ooooooh! I lve your new picturer, too!! Wowza, such amazingly cool photos.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that you found the pope inna da pizza. Dh and I frequently reference that particular skit. (It really lends itself to daily conversational possibilities more thn you might think.)

Looking at your Christmas tree in your avatar, I was gonna hassle you to do a new pic with your new picturer, and then I thought about mine, which was taken like 3 belts ago, and I decided not to bug you after all. ^_^

 
At Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 5:00:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

PS, did you lick David? I would have. I find that it's WELL worth the relatively small fine/jailtime as a tradeoff for a close encounter with good art. ^_^

 
At Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 9:24:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

CANDACIA: Ain't that new picturer just great?

You know the finda da pope inna da pizza bit? COOL! You and I are joined at the joint, I think.

I tried to change the avatar. But the last time I did the attempt, I lost my entire blog roll. Fut the wuck! I need major help.

I love your foot.

CANDACIA: I did not lick David. I imagine he would taste like vanilla. Not French vanilla, either. Italian vanilla.

 
At Monday, November 26, 2007 at 7:14:00 AM PST , Blogger Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Papal props?
Papal props?
Who but you thinks to actually bring, Papal props to Italy for pictures?
Gawpeaux, I spit my tea, and nearly needed new trousers after reading that.
Struck the fuh-nay bone to the core.
xo
Gillian
xOlovely pics too, wish I could see it myself one day!xo

 
At Monday, November 26, 2007 at 10:32:00 AM PST , Anonymous cindra said...

Wonderful imagery and of course great photos too! You better take me next time!

 
At Monday, November 26, 2007 at 6:45:00 PM PST , Anonymous Cameron said...

Ah, molto bella Firenze!

Such wonderful sights. Really takes me back to '84 when I was there visiting while playing music in the Spoleto Festival.

Italia. So full of art, music & HEART!

I'd love to go back.

I'm glad you're having such a great time!

 
At Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 8:30:00 PM PST , Blogger Claire said...

Gawpo, where art thou?

 
At Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 4:44:00 AM PST , Blogger Bazza & Wifey said...

As a veggie, I'm not keen on the dead animals in your bottom picture, but the chees and the wine look good!. Some more great piccies (Pope on a pizza is inspired) aren't new cameras great?

 
At Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 8:51:00 AM PST , Blogger mindy said...

i love those pictures... i actually see the pope! ha!!

 
At Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 8:24:00 PM PST , Blogger Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

I had lunch with a friend of mine who is trying desprately to become a priest. They have turned him down three times in this Diocese. For what reasons only God knows...but he cheered up tremendously when I told him of your Pope Pizza Prop. I thought he was going to spit his coffee out right there!
See G, your magic touches those all over the globe!!!
xo
Gillian

 
At Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 10:24:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

BLUE TSG: Yes---PeePees. I brought them on board the plane and had some fun. PeePees will make you spit your tea every time. Caution is to be exercised near keyboards!

That made ME smile real big! xoxxoxo, G

CHEENDRUH!: Thank you so much, Dear. Great to talk to you today, if but briefly. June Bug and I had a great lunch at Coca Moco's.

CAMERON: Si! Si! Multo, multo bella, Firenze! A real eye opener for moi. I stood where you had been. I like that.

Oh, CLAIRE: If only I knew where I was these days. Man! So spread. So thin. Goin' gangbusters in every direction but the blog. Me no likey!

BAZZA: New picturers ROCK! I love mine to life. Anchovies, too.

MINDANCE: Thank you for loving what I loved to capture. I had to go to Florence to see the Pope. The most recently dead one, but hey....

BLUE TSG: Fut the wuck! The guy got turned down? Like they have too many applying? Sheesh! Send him to Oregon.

 
At Friday, November 30, 2007 at 12:24:00 PM PST , Blogger Anissa said...

I nearly peed my pants. Knee-deep in cheese. Holy Provolone!

 
At Friday, November 30, 2007 at 8:38:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

Hello Gawpo! I misseth you. Art working many hours again?

 
At Friday, November 30, 2007 at 8:58:00 PM PST , Blogger Claire said...

Aw Gawpo you are a prince among men. I guess you're so busy you haven't been able to check your email. bummer man. Hope things settle down for you in time to have a nice holiday season.

 
At Friday, November 30, 2007 at 11:22:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

ANISSIONIA: Pretty funny, huh? That crazy Pope! Holy Provalone---also very funny. I love that. I think I will use it and quote you.

CANDACIA: VERY MUCH MANY WORKING HOURS. It is making me a dull boy. Look at Anissa's cute avitar. You and I are locked in, I'm afraid.

Oh, CLAIRE: Crap! I can't find your email!!!! Can you re-send? To the Yahoo address or my work address? I will check there tomorrow. Working 12 hours overtime. Again. I need some blog time, for cryin' aloud.

GO WILD CATS!!!!!

 
At Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 3:23:00 PM PST , Blogger Cindrarella said...

Gawpo-New words are up at TGQDC! Come play with me!

Poop on your heeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaad!

NOT APPROPRIATE!

 
At Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 8:11:00 AM PST , Blogger Katie McKenna said...

beautiful pictures! :) Thank you!

 
At Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 12:25:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

CHEENDRUH!ella: Okay. I will.

And Poop on YOUR heeeeeeeaaaaaaad!!!

"that is not appropriate," says the little three year old immediately.

LA KATIE: I love when you come over here and lay some lovin' on me, Baby.

 
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