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Sometime ago, I came across this wonderful photoblog, Feet First which features the travelling feet of a couple (and later on, their daughter) documenting their travels. Some might consider this a cliche or somewhat cheesy but I’ve always thought that taking photos of my feet on my travels is a fun way of recording adventures and memories.

...sigh...Samsung ST500 | 3.5-5.9 27mm @ 4.9mm | 1/10s @ f/3.5 | ISO 400 | Handheld

In Prague...first day!Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/15s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

at St Peter's SquareNikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/30s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

at the Masarykovo nábřežíNikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/30s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

...in Florence, ItalyNikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 36mm | 1/25s @ f/4.2 | ISO 200 | Handheld

in Dorsoduro, VeniceSamsung ST500 | 3.5-5.9 27mm @ 5.3mm | 1/45s @ f/3.7 | ISO 80 | Handheld

in Prague...second visitNikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Travelling Feet
1. Discovering Melbourne’s Laneways, 2. by the River Seine, 3. …in Rome, Italy, 4. I’m at the King’s Castles in Bavaria!, 5. I’m at the Old Town Square in Prague!, 6. …the usual wait, 7. off to the Top End…for work, 8. …and I wait, 9. ..and wait some more

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Degraves Street, Melbourne
Degraves Street, Melbourne
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 48mm | 1/30s @ f/4.5 | ISO 400 | Handheld

Florence
Florence, Italy
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 48mm | 1/20s @ f/4.5 | ISO 200 | Handheld

San Marco District, Venice
San Marco District, Venice
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 46mm | 1/30s @ f/4.5 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Josefov (Jewish Quarter), Prague
Josefov (Jewish Quarter), Prague
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 62mm | 1/50s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Old Town, Geneva
rue de la Cité, Geneva, Switzerland
Nikon E4100 | 8.5mm | 0.002s @ f/3.3 | ISO 50 | Handheld

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A visit to Florence, in the Italian region of Tuscany and considered the birthplace of Renaissance, is definitely a must for the architecture traveller. The best and main sights of the city lies mostly on the north bank of the Arno River. Piazzale Michelangelo, from across the river, provides a sweeping view of the city’s historic centre.

Florence, Italy
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 29mm | 1/60s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Tripod

Florence viewed from Piazzale Michelangelo
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 52mm | 1/60s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Tripod

via del Monte all Croci
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 27mm | 1/20s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

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The most famous bridge in Florence and also the oldest, Ponte Vecchio (old bridge) replaced a wooden bridge which had crossed the Arno River at this spot since Roman times. Rebuilt perhaps by Neri da Fioravante (or Taddeo Gaddi, according to Giorgio Vasari) in 1335-1345, the bridge was Florence’s first bridge across the Arno River and is the only surviving bridge from Florence’s medieval days (others were destroyed in World War II). The upper side of the bridge, known as the Vasariano Corridor, was designed by Vasari to link the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace. It is currently an art gallery.

Ponte Vecchio, viewed from Piazzale Michelangelo
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 135mm | 1/80s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Tripod

Structural Design: closed-spandrel segmental stone arch bridge with three segmental arches – the main arch has a span of 30 meters and the two side arches each span 27 meters). The rise of the arches is between 3.5 and 4.4 meters and the span-to-rise ratio 5:1.
Width: 32 metres
Function: road bridge

The bridge is inhabited. In the 13th century, the sides of the bridge held food shops. But by the end of the 15th century the shops were assigned to goldsmiths and silversmiths. Presently, Ponte Vecchio is still lined with shops selling gold and silver jewelry. An opening midway across the bridge offers views of the river and shore.

Ponte Vecchio, East
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 82mm | 1/125s @ f/5.6 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Ponte Vecchio, Detail - East
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 95mm | 1/90s @ f/5.6 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Ponte Vecchio, West
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 44mm | 1/160s @ f/4.5 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Ponte Vecchio, Detail - West
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 48mm | 1/250s @ f/4.5 | ISO 200 | Handheld

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The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower (Florence Cathedral or The Duomo) is the main church of Florence. Construction began in 1296 and structurally completed in 1436.
Architectural style: Gothic-Renaissance
Design: Arnolfo di Cambio (1240-1300)
Dome: Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446)
Campanille: Giotto di Bondone (1266-1337)

Baptistery (1059-1128)
Architectural style: Florentine Romanesque

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/60s @ f/4 | ISO 400 | Handheld

The Duomo detail 1
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/250s @ f/3.8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

The basilica facade is faced with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink bordered by white.
Architectural style:19th century Gothic Revival
Architect: Emilio De Fabris (1808-1883) The original facade design was by Giotto.
The Duomo detail 3
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/750s @ f/4 | ISO 800 | Handheld

Piazza San Giovanni, Florence
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 26mm | 1/60s @ f/4 | ISO 400 | Handheld

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