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People in Florence

Now that the sun has come out in Scotland, it feels like the right time to look back at our trip to Italy last year and do some more blog posts.  We spent a few days in that beautiful city Florence and a post on the art and architecture will follow.  But I thought I’d start with the people – we like street photography and Florence is full of people – you can’t move without tripping over tourists doing selfies or snapping each other with tablets.  However, we tried to focus on the people who live and work in Florence. for instance, this doorman outside a posh hotel.

The Doorman, Florence. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni. #Italy #Italia #Florence #Firenze #Tuscany #Tuscany #Florentine #Fiorentia #City #Urban #European #Door #Man #Uniform

The priest with his traditional robes somewhat at odds with the modern technology in his hands.

Priestly Communications, Florence. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni. #Italy #Italia #Florence #Firenze #Tuscany #Tuscany #Florentine #Fiorentia #City #Urban #European #Priest #Clergy #Religious #Communication #Mobile #Phone #Using

The local gent on his way for a ristretto with his daily paper.

A Certain Style, Florence. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni. #Italy #Italia #Florence #Firenze #Tuscany #Tuscany #Florentine #Fiorentia #City #Urban #European

Locals cycling round the many, many tourists

The Cyclist, Florence. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni. #Italy #Italia #Florence #Firenze #Tuscany #Tuscany #Florentine #Fiorentia #City #Urban #European

Or stopping to answer that vital text.

Flowery Bike. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni. #Italy #Italia #Florence #Firenze #Tuscany #Tuscany #Florentine #Fiorentia #City #Urban #European

Or pedestrians taking that important call.

Anomated. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni. #Italy #Italia #Florence #Firenze #Tuscany #Tuscany #Florentine #Fiorentia #City #Urban #European

Or just sitting reading a book.

Man And Bird. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni. #Italy #Italia #Florence #Firenze #Tuscany #Tuscany #Florentine #Fiorentia #City #Urban #European

People live their lives despite the bustle of the visitors all around them.

A Quiet Moment. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni. #Italy #Italia #Florence #Firenze #Tuscany #Tuscany #Florentine #Fiorentia #City #Urban #European

And even manage to find quiet routes away from the hurly burly.

Arched Alleyway, Florence. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni. #Italy #Italia #Florence #Firenze #Tuscany #Tuscany #Florentine #Fiorentia #City #Urban #European

Having said all that, a post on people in Florence can’t ignore the tourists – and it’s hard to photography some of the main sights without tourists in shot.  The replica of Michelangelo’s David outside the  Palazzo Vecchio is impossible to photograph without visitors passing by so I embraced them as part of the shot.

David. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni. #Italy #Italia #Florence #Firenze #Tuscany #Tuscany #Florentine #Fiorentia #City #Urban #European

And you cannot avoid the crowds outside the Uffiizi if you want to visit its treasures.

At The Office. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni. #Italy #Italia #Florence #Firenze #Tuscany #Tuscany #Florentine #Fiorentia #City #Urban #European

We loved the Loggia dei Lanzi with its outdoor gallery of statues  as did this couple.

Admiration. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni. #Italy #Italia #Florence #Firenze #Tuscany #Tuscany #Florentine #Fiorentia #City #Urban #European

Florence is a beautiful city and we were so fortunate to have the chance to visit – and we look forward to sharing more photos in future posts.

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Venice People – locals and visitors

I’m sure there is a time when Venice is quiet but we have yet to discover it.  So we embraced the people – visitors and locals alike; after all, it’s hard to complain about tourists when you are one yourself although I can understand the local No Grandi Navi campaign to reduce the enormous cruise ships which cause damage with their wake and whose clients spend little time and money in Venice but because they travel in large groups make certain areas very congested.

A Walk Through The Colonnade, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Locals can be spotted – usually ducking down the quiet side routes.

Pylones 2, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Or having a quick fag before service starts.

Framed, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

I like the symmetry of Paul’s shot with the tiny figure just slightly out of line with the centre.

At The End Of The Portico, St Marks Square, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

This shot of Paul’s has caught the light showing the texture of the worn tiles.

Worn Surfaces, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Piazza San Marco with the Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bell Tower is a massive draw for tourists and you can spend hours people watching there – with your camera to hand, obviously.

Let’s Go There. Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

This guy was snapping away turning round in a full circle.

Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

The Piazza is a great (if expensive) place to stop for a drink – we couldn’t bring ourselves to spend that amount of money on a coffee but were glad others did.

Smoking, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Thankfully, you don’t need to use the cafes to have a seat with a view on Piazza San Marco.

In The Sun, St. Marks Square, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

I love reflection shots although I generally try to avoid being part of the picture but failed here.  The shot also has Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and a local fisherman.

Reflection, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Still, I prefer to snap Paul!

Telephoto Lens, Venice.Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

We were supposed to be looking at art here but I loved the light coming in through the windows of the Ca’ d’Oro Museum as Paul appeared at the top of the stairs.

Light at the Ca’ d’Oro Museum, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Again I like the light on this one as these Italian ladies were sharing a photo on a mobile phone in the sun.

Gather Round, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Venice is a wonderful city and if you can pick a quiet time, so much the better.  Otherwise, our advice is skirt around the centre especially 11-3.30 when the cruisers are ashore.  We’ll be back!

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Venice Canal-life

We can’t really do a series of blog posts on Venice without doing one focused on canals, gondole and gondoliers. Not that all those navigating upright are gondoliers.  This elderly gent was a cool guy with one hand on the oar while holding his pose.

Everyday Commuting, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Everyday Commuting, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Or adjusting his shades.

Everyday Life, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Everyday Life, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

We resisted the lure of the gondola trip but everywhere we looked, there were gondole full of tourists.

Into The Darkness, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Into The Darkness, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

It could get a tad congested at junctions.

Just Like Picadilly Circus, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Just Like Picadilly Circus, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Paul got some close-ups with the tele-focus.

Gondolier Portrait, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Gondolier Portrait, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

A very determined looking gondolier.

Gondolier Portrait, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Gondolier Portrait, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

I’m not sure I’d want to be steered around by someone born to fight but possible useful at those busy junctions.

Gondolier Portrait, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Gondolier Portrait, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Photographer crouching down and captured with reflection…

Getting The Shot, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Getting The Shot, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Of course, boats are not just for tourists – all goods brought into Venice have to come by boat.

Delivery, Venice Style. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Delivery, Venice Style. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

And locals (and a few canny tourists) use the traghetto which are plain gondole used to ferry folk across the Grand Canal which costs €2 for visitors and can save a lot of walking.

Traghetto, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Traghetto, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

The quieter side of Venice, Cannaregio, feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the San Marco or San Polo – it’s well worth a wander and there’s a great restaurant with live music over there, Il Paradiso Perduto, and a lovely little wine bar Vino Vera we can strongly recomment.

The Runner, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
The Runner, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

 

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Venice by Night

Our Italian trip started with a few nights in Venice.  We had spent a week here 4 years previously but that was BP – Before Photography (or at least what photography has become for us – shooting in raw, looking beyond the obvious, envisaging the world in black and white).  So, unsurprisingly, we took a lot of photos.  This blog post focuses on Venice by night.

We have to start with a fairly classic view.  We stayed in a pensione opposite the Santo Stefano church, a short walk from this bridge which attracts many tourists snapping away whether with mobile phones on selfie sticks or full frame cameras; it is a beautiful spot with domes of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the distance.

Classic Grand Canal by Night, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Classic Grand Canal by Night, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

The bridge is itself lit with these rather rickety-looking lights which had a slightly sinister tinge when you are passing over the deserted bridge late at night.

The Light On The Bridge, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Light On The Bridge, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Once back over the bridge, the Campo Santo Stefano is a popular hangout with restaurants and the best Gelateria we found in Venice, the Paolin.  Perhaps that’s why so many families lingered in the square – this one playing with toy lights.

Playing with lights, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Playing with lights, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

This stall outside our pensione sold such toys along with all sorts of other vital supplies – even at night, Italians might need to buy some sun glasses.

The Salesman, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Salesman, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Despite being main thoroughfares, canals are generally unlit beyond the light which reflects from the buildings and narrow lanes between the buildings.  This makes for interesting reflections.

Shadows on the canal, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Shadows on the canal, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Or darkness which sets the architecture off beautifully.

Lighting Up The Darkness, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Lighting Up The Darkness, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

As everywhere, smokers can be found lurking in dark corners.

The Cigarette, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Cigarette, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

There was an event at the local theatre which looked like a graduation party with everyone done up to the nines – this group were being waved off by their parents at the start of their evening.

Looking Up, Vencie. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Looking Up, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Venice by day – and many more – to follow.