My 5th photo in this series is from Firenze or Florence if you prefer. We first visited the city for our honeymoon, so it is a special place for us. This photo was taken on our second visit in 2015 and shows the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore as visitors often first glimpse it – along narrow streets hemmed in by small shops and dwellings…

Our Son was with us on this trip and it was interesting to see how much of the city he recognised. Although he had never visited before there were many landmarks he recognised instantly or after a short period of thought, with an occasional prompt from me. How did he do that? Well.. He and I have both played the game Assassins Creed II which features an exquisitely detailed 15th century modelling of Firenze. Much of the city is still as it was when Leonardo Da Vinci and Michaelangelo were alive – especially the many churches and the Ponte Vecchio. In the game you can climb up to the top of the Dome and the Campanile – Now Alasdair has done it for real too 🙂

I’m a bit of a prisoner in my own home at the moment and likely to remain so for the next couple of weeks. Alasdair is doing his GCSE exams and I think it’s important that one of us is there when he comes home so he has someone to talk to. All of which precludes more than a casual stroll down the road to the pasture for photography 😦 The upside is that I’m having to revisit my archive looking for shots for some of the challenges and some works that haven’t been published before are seeing the light of day as a result. Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is a case in point. I took a lot of photos when we went on holiday to Florence in 2015 and many have never been published beyond viewing on the pc by the family. Here are three shots from that set.

A flattened arch forms the roof of London City Airport DLR Station…

The dome of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore high above the city of Firenze – there’s also the green dome of the Great Synagogue visible in the distance…

And here is a detail shot of one of the side domes of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. The architecture of the church contains lots of arches and quite a few half-circles!..