They are indeed the champions.
Of the field.
Off the field.
And Boston is rightly proud of them.
A picture says a thousand words.
Above: Some pix of the streams of people heading to parade.
Above: Groups forming on the Boston Common.
These great photos of the parade itself were taken and shared by Patti Capossela.
Thank you Patti.
Friday, November 2, 2018
My 206th consecutive posting.
Time is 12.01am.
Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 68 and the rain will taper off.
Dinner alone will likely be leftovers although I have a hankering for clam chowder or tunafish. We’ll see.
Quiz Question of the Day:
What to do with 3 and a half days net time at our destinations?
The answer is often contained in the selection of the destination.
Kyoto? I want sushi and culture.
Paris? The Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.
Answer to Quiz Question:
Why did we choose that destination?
If Florence, as I have chosen for a 5-day trip in May, 2019, I’m thinking art; elegance; sophistication; food; walkability; history.
I don’t have to do any research to know that for the art aspect of the trip, the Uffizi, the Duomo, and Michelangelo’s works, scattered, will be the centerpieces of my itinerary.
But now I should begin to make some specific decisions. I’ll start my research with the Duomo, synonymous with Florence.
The Duomo is the popular nickname for the three-building complex that includes the Basilica that the dome caps, the Baptistery of St. John’s with Ghiberti’s amazing bronze door sculptures, and Giotto’s bell tower, the Campanile.
Let’s look at the Duomo.
A brief history.
Using Wikipedia to get our facts straight.
One of the three buildings on the site, Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistery being the others.
Giotto's Campanile is a free-standing campanile that is part of the complex of buildings that make up Florence Cathedral on the Piazza del Duomo in Florence, Italy.
Standing adjacent to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Baptistry of St. John, the tower is one of the showpieces of Florentine Gothic architecture with its design by Giotto, its rich sculptural decorations and its polychrome marble encrustations.
So how long will it take us to properly admire this complex?
The exteriors of three masterpieces?
Without looking more closely, at least a half-day.
On this trip, we have seven half-days, mornings and afternoons, and one of these will be spent here.
But we may need a tad more time.
Like spending the morning in appreciation and following that with a light lunch in the Piazza del Duomo and then returning to spend another hour in appreciation of the complex, returning to the Piazza for our afternoon cappuccino. An ice cream?
And to admire the huge statue of Brunelleschi sitting outside the Palazzo dei Canonici in the Piazza del Duomo, Brunelleschi looking thoughtfully up towards his greatest achievement, the dome that would forever dominate the panorama of Florence and become the iconic representation of that great city.
That will leave us a couple of hours to make a short visit to another site.
Let’s be clear.
This moment that we’ve just shared is just the start.
To enrich this half-day to its max, we will need to read a lot more.
To take a bunch of notes.
And then to move on.
We have 6 more half day excursions to read about, to add into out itinerary, and then to read about in depth.
Our next step is to book our hotel. We’ll want it located in the middle of the seven half-day events.
Of course, our evenings, which will be dominated by our four dinners, are a separate issue. For those events, we’ll wait until January when the new Red Guide Michelin is released with its up-to-date reviews of restaurants and hotels. Then we’ll select four Michelin-starred restaurants within walking distance [one hour] to our hotel and book them immediately.
And so, Good Morning, this Friday, November 2.
We’ve talked about the Red Sox Championship Parade, with a plethora of images and we talked about planning a trip, also by way of a lot of images.
Have a good day, my friends.
See you soon.