|The view from my hotel|
|My new friend! Can you tell we were having fun? This is|
actually on the last night but I will tell you more about it
later. The credit must go to another friend I made during
the week, so thanks for the photo.
Next to this chap was what looked like a salvage yard full of statues, not particularly carefully arranged but stuck under a covered area to keep them safe from the rain until they had a better home, well that is what it looked like
On we travelled until we reached the river. Hang on a minute, we weren't supposed to reach the river, we had gone too far, but we took photos anyway. I never really thought that Florence, or Firenze in Italian is situated amongst the hills and mountains, shows how much I know of the geography of Italy.
We retraced our steps and landed back in front of the statue of David, it couldn't be in here surely, it was one of the most famous museums in Florence. It was then we realised it was the Museum Vecchio and we were meant to be in the Palazzo Vecchio. We wondered if there was a back entrance or something, but there was nothing obvious and so we went on in
Nice ceiling heh! But still no clue yet as to where we were meant to be
Everyone should have an entrance like this shouldn't they? Finally through another doorway and we saw the signs to our conference and we headed on in.
Oh yes! Back to the river, but there was also a gellato place and my friend needed gellato, so I kept her company of course. The next day was a bit simpler as it was just a 15 minute walk down to the University where the majority of the conference was held. It was a bit nerve wracking as I was the second presentation in the first session. I had no opportunity to find out how most people did it and re-jig my presentation if needed. It was in at the deep end stuff. My talk was fine and I'm pleased I refrained from putting too much information on the slides, unlike many folks. Working in children's work for twenty years did at least teach me that less is more to keep attention and hubby's wise advice helped a lot too. I was surprised to be honest at the presentations given, as many were poorly presented and didn't make good use of powerpoint at all. My slides were static ones, no fancy transitions or anything but then I have a Mac and always worried about a Windows system messing them about and so I try to keep that aspect of it simple, but they were colourful and not bland like many. After the presentation I could relax as the hard work had been done. In fact due to the fact there was only walking to do and not lots of physical hard work, I actually felt quite refreshed.
|Duomo - 15th Century cathedral|
I also asked in another working group "How rooted in the land is European culture?" From the presentations it was easy to see that Nigerian culture is, Mexican indigenous culture is, but is European culture? Is it just food, singing and dancing? Dressing up in costume? What do you think? What is your culture? How important is place to you? Discuss! (Whoops sorry, slipping into teacher mode I think)
|Also at the Dumo|
Well being hosted by an Italian university meant we also finished with a flourish and so we were greeted at the door by two of these guys
Natty trousers heh! And as we made our way into the entrance hall where there was wine, fruit juices, hors d'oeuvres and a humongous cheese we were welcomed with a fanfare by buglers, or were they trumpeters?
We wandered around salons with impressive mirrors and furniture, although the furniture was sparse and amazing ceilings
More hors d'oeuvres and more chats with different people from the conference and finally to the dinner and we ended up in the cheap seats, in other words we ended up in the room where there was no air conditioning, whereas the majority of folks were in a bigger dining room which was somewhat cooler. Put it this way, the daytime temperature was 38C and so I have no idea how hot it was that night.
So chandeliers and infinite mirrors, just a taste of the grandeur we had to endure. After this I think the location maybe a bit of a let down for future conferences. A few other photos just to finish off
|I wanted a bag to carry my computer in, that didn't shout|
business traveller and this is what I came up with. It even had
made in Firenze on a label inside
|My other handbag started to fall apart just |
before the conference and totally gave up on
me during my stay and so it was the perfect
opportunity to buy a bag after an early finish
|The detail on the bag. I have to say at this point, I am not|
obsessed by bags, it was just I really did need one and not
one with lots of bling. Normally I hate shopping
|Our afternoon respite from the sun. Lunches were amazing too|
octopus one day and that was just a regular canteen lunch
|The streets of Florence. I did get a little lost|
but Florence isn't huge and so I found my way
to the river and then it was easy after that
|Down by the river yet again, but brutally hot walk to get to|
somewhere I knew
|One of the many plazas in Florence|
|Rainy skies over Florence|