Thursday Doors: The Beauty in Florence

For the last several weeks, I’ve missed out participating in Thursday Doors hosted by Norm Frampton.  But, this week, Norm invited us to share some beauty, especially during this difficult season, and I felt ready to join in again.

This post features doors I discovered in Florence, (incredible) Italy, during a family vacation back at the end of January.  I’ve already done several posts from Florence and this is the final one.

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Evening stroll …

Double doors …

A mish-mash from around the city …

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And, all of it shared with my favorite people …

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My son, Nathan, and daughter, Sarah!

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“To see the sun sink down, drowned on his pink and purple and golden floods, and overwhelm Florence with tides of color that make all the sharp lines dim and faint and turn the solid city to a city of dreams, is a sight to stir the coldest nature.”     Mark Twain

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Goodbye to beautiful Florence.  On to Venice next week.

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Thank you for stopping by.  I do hope you all stay safe and stay well.

If you would like to see more doors from all around the globe, visit Norm’s.

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheree says:

    Gorgeous selection

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    1. Thank you, Sheree. It was nice to relive these memories, especially during this time. Take care!

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    Thanks for sharing these. This was exactly the kind of beauty I needed this week 🙂

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    1. Oh, I’m so glad, that makes my day. Take care, Norm!

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  3. TCast says:

    Fantastic memory of a beautiful place, Brenda.

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    1. Especially now, I enjoy remembering the trip. =)

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      1. TCast says:

        Yes, especially now. I do reminisce a lot too, so sad and happy at the same time

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  4. jazzytower says:

    Nice mish-mash. Makes me want to visit Florence. Someday.

    Pat

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    1. You definitely shoud try to go, it is well worth the trip. Thank you for commenting! =)

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  5. DrJunieper says:

    Ooh, am i happy you connected with me. I have been thinking about you last few weeks, but I couldn’t remember your blog’s name, and also not your own name (so I couldn’t write you an email!). It is because you told me your husbands relatives were in italy and you would take a trip to Italy early this year. So my fear was you were stuck somewhere in Italy (since closed the borders – don’t know if it still is that way, or back open?)
    You’re writing in the beginning about “this difficult season” – are you in lockdown where you live?
    Of course California is! But here on the country side we take it with a grain of salt, as they say. Am curious how your situation is 🙂 t
    he more I see the more I regret we did not go to Florence – we were staying in Lucca, an hour away for a week.

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    1. I hope you get a chance one day to visit Florence. It is an amazing city. We are in lockdown here in Perpignan, France. We chose not to travel back to Hong Kong or the US early on and now we don’t feel safe doing so because my husband is a vulnerable person when it comes to COVID. The internal borders here are still closed. Normally, we travel by bus from our city to Barcelona and get our flight out from there. But, with the border closed we cannot. Anyway, it is okay. We are staying in. We are allowed to go outside for emergencies, to the grocery store, and for one hour to exercise one kilometer from our place. We have to carry our ID and a note saying why we are out and about. But, I haven’t been out since March 17th. Again, it’s okay so far, I’ve not gone crazy yet. It’s a scary time, but most people are taking it seriously and doing the right things which is encouraging. I’m glad you are doing well. Stay safe and take care!

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      1. DrJunieper says:

        Really hope you have a small yard? At least you won’t feel s couped up.
        My goodness, that’s a long time (March 17) . We are living with the same conditions, except for carrying the ID. Luckily we live in the forest, so there’s plenty of social distance, lol. in the nearest town (Pioneer) they take all the measures with a grain of salt. Only a few elderly wear a mask. Same here, can’t visit our son in Holland, but we keep up to date with Skype. We are thankful he got a job just before this all started in Amsterdam, while before he worked in a restaurant/bar. At first I was shocked there was an ocean between us, but have realized, they borders will eventually open again. People are not ready for staying in their own countries, or not traveling by plane.So, how do you keep yourself busy and sane? I blog, paint, knit, and still am not finished with down-sizing.

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      2. We don’t have a yard as we’re on the third floor of an apartment building. But, we have a balcony and several plants. =) It’s okay, I tell myself it won’t last forever, and there are those who have it far worse, who are sick or who have lost loved ones. The forest sounds nice. Like your son, we are separated from my daughter by the ocean. I am thankful for all the ways we can chat and see each other. This is dating me, but when I first left the US for Asia (in 1987) we only had snail mail so it makes me appreciate all the technology. I hope your son is doing well in Holland, a place I’d like to visit someday when this is over. It does sound like you are keeping busy. We try to stick to somewhat of a routine for sanity sake, within our four walls (haha). I exercise to Zumba CD’s (well as best I can – I’m no longer – well – young), I walk 26 steps from my desk to the trash can in the kitchen 20 times 3 times a day, I am writing a novel and making good progress as of late (it was going quite slowly before so that’s a positive), I haven’t blogged much as I honestly don’t know what to say. I have been a bit down about the whole situation, though lately I’ve been making strides in thinking more positively. It’s hard when so many are suffering. Anyway, enough of that, thank you for asking and it’s good to catch up!! Take care!!

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      3. DrJunieper says:

        You had some huge changes following each other rather quickly. Can imagine that in France it’s much more quiet than in Hong Kong, and than this virus on top of it. Don’t let it get you down Brenda. If you do one good thing per day for yourself, and take your walk every day, be religeous about it! Then go from there. Oh, and with blogging, one sentence underneath each image is enough. You don’t need a story! You’re worried about being dated -I can tell you stories from the seventies!!

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      4. Thank you for your encouragement! 🙂

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      5. DrJunieper says:

        Can’t remember if I mentioned, that cultural adjustment generally takes 5 years, before we have mingled and feel comfortable with the new culture (cultural issues was part of my expertise in study). So, give yourself time – you’re going to do well!

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    1. Thanks so much, a very nice thing to say, Saania! =)

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  6. lolaWi says:

    beautiful gallery of doors from Florence! i love Florence! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, Florence is a special city. =)

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