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Andrys Basten | profile | all galleries >> ITALY Photos - Tuscany photos - 2006 (partial) >> San Gimignano photos, #1 of 2 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

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San Gimignano photos, #1 of 2

This is the first page of two, the second one here.
  In San Gimignano, the Manhattan skyline of old Tuscany, I got really carried away.  The towers were fortresses, lodging and symbols of personal power ("Mine is taller than yours") and, unlike other ones, were not destroyed in the constant wars because the owners had already lost power and were considered no threat.

 Will delete some duplicates eventually.   Notice there were, that day, no huge crowds (click for NY Times article), even in May.   Very rare!
  Will add Exif data later that a stubborn pbase.com server failed to record.

EXPERIENCING ITALY -- Italy was the source of an incredible explosion of supreme art that still inspires, of course.  Being there, you can understand why.  I took lots of shots of other tourists (some from Italy itself), as I find tourist enthusiasms contagious and I identify with visitor exhaustion (and awe) from 'must see' lists or just trying to see so much wonderful stuff that's offered with the little time we have with our short vacations.  Travel partners and children sometimes look dragged around to things they are not as keen to see, and I get a kick out of that too.  And then there are the lucky residents, who are obviously enjoying their good fortune.

( For FULL SCREEN: PC's, press/toggle F11.  Mac's, maximize screen. )

Arrival, at medieval Manhattan skyline
Arrival, at medieval Manhattan skyline
There are about 14 of these standing
There are about 14 of these standing
The top of the 3rd one in previous shot
The top of the 3rd one in previous shot
A little balcony area on a tower
A little balcony area on a tower
A marketplace, near the main piazza,
A marketplace, near the main piazza,
Cell-like openings in towers
Cell-like openings in towers
These were awesome to me.  Can you tell?
These were awesome to me. Can you tell?
Wedding party at the main church
Wedding party at the main church
Well, that's how I felt there
Well, that's how I felt there
The church from further back
The church from further back
Other tourists, getting to sit down
Other tourists, getting to sit down
From my seat in the loggia in the Piazza Duomo
From my seat in the loggia in the Piazza Duomo
Enjoying the heights
Enjoying the heights
Visiting from the wedding party
Visiting from the wedding party
These folks know how to dress
These folks know how to dress
They're using the same Elph I normally use, I think.
They're using the same Elph I normally use, I think.
People in Tuscany know how to enjoy a day
People in Tuscany know how to enjoy a day
Here, people rush around less, laugh more.
Here, people rush around less, laugh more.
One on the right got carried around a lot.
One on the right got carried around a lot.
Loved these two
Loved these two
Unimpressed child.  Colorful pants, certainly.
Unimpressed child. Colorful pants, certainly.
May is warm enough to need a drink always.
May is warm enough to need a drink always.
Touristy place, but there's a reason for that
Touristy place, but there's a reason for that
Bringing something back (all of them)
Bringing something back (all of them)
Inner worlds
Inner worlds
The church via zoom from within loggia
The church via zoom from within loggia
Fresco on wall at end of loggia
Fresco on wall at end of loggia
Still sitting lazily in Piazza Duomo loggia spot
Still sitting lazily in Piazza Duomo loggia spot
Used zoom lens for this one, from same spot
Used zoom lens for this one, from same spot
At next table in cafe, a mischievous boy
At next table in cafe, a mischievous boy
Mom's had enough, could use baby's umbrella
Mom's had enough, could use baby's umbrella
Dad never stopped shooting (I should talk)
Dad never stopped shooting (I should talk)
Our outdoor cafe (inexpensive!) faced this.
Our outdoor cafe (inexpensive!) faced this.
Loved this
Loved this
And here
And here
Very wistful eyes
Very wistful eyes
The two from previous shots
The two from previous shots
That gelato was maybe not so great?
That gelato was maybe not so great?
Piazza cleaner and gelato cleaners
Piazza cleaner and gelato cleaners