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.

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Tagging Today
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.
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Quiz Question of the Day:
What to do with 3 and a half days net time at our destinations?

Hint:
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.

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, illuminated at night, showing the large red brick dome, a decorated white marble nave, and a vertical, white marble bell tower to the left.  ”The Duomo” is an accepted name for the entire complex. That bell tower was designed by Giotto, as important to the Renaissance as Picasso to modern art. Bear in mind this complex to 150 years to build and involved virtually every important artist of those centuries. Work sped up or slowed down according to funds available and the government in power.  Mountains are visible in the background and the dark, low-lying Florence in the foreground. If this doesn’t take your breath away you definitely should choose some other destination.   Petar Milošević  - Own work

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, illuminated at night, showing the large red brick dome, a decorated white marble nave, and a vertical, white marble bell tower to the left.
”The Duomo” is an accepted name for the entire complex.
That bell tower was designed by Giotto, as important to the Renaissance as Picasso to modern art.
Bear in mind this complex to 150 years to build and involved virtually every important artist of those centuries.
Work sped up or slowed down according to funds available and the government in power.

Mountains are visible in the background and the dark, low-lying Florence in the foreground.
If this doesn’t take your breath away you definitely should choose some other destination.

Petar Milošević - Own work

Visitors will certainly spend time inside the basilica. This is the interior of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore   Gryffindor  -  Image:Duomo Firenze Apr 2008 (21).JPG ,  Image:Duomo Firenze Apr 2008 (20).JPG ,  Image:Duomo Firenze Apr 2008 (17).JPG

Visitors will certainly spend time inside the basilica.
This is the interior of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Gryffindor - Image:Duomo Firenze Apr 2008 (21).JPG, Image:Duomo Firenze Apr 2008 (20).JPG, Image:Duomo Firenze Apr 2008 (17).JPG

The art of the Dome’s interior. Vasari’s fresco begun in 1568 and completed by Federico Zuccari in 1579  A visitor certainly wants to research this gigantic work so she knows the story it’s portraying. And once there, binoculars are really helpful to marvel at and enjoy the detail.  A fresco?   Fresco  is a technique of  mural painting  executed upon freshly laid, or wet  lime plaster .  Water  is used as the vehicle for the dry-powder pigment to merge with the plaster, and with the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of the wall.   Peter K Burian  - Own work

The art of the Dome’s interior.
Vasari’s fresco begun in 1568 and completed by Federico Zuccari in 1579

A visitor certainly wants to research this gigantic work so she knows the story it’s portraying.
And once there, binoculars are really helpful to marvel at and enjoy the detail.

A fresco?
Fresco is a technique of mural painting executed upon freshly laid, or wet lime plaster. Water is used as the vehicle for the dry-powder pigment to merge with the plaster, and with the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of the wall.

Peter K Burian - Own work

One of the three buildings on the site, Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistery being the others.

Baptistery of St. John next to the cathedral    Wikipedia  User:Fczarnowski  The Baptistery is most famously noted for the bronze sculpted doors by Ghiberti.

Baptistery of St. John next to the cathedral

Wikipedia
User:Fczarnowski

The Baptistery is most famously noted for the bronze sculpted doors by Ghiberti.

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Ghiberti’s bronze doors Dubbed Gates of Paradise  by Michelangelo Binoculars are even useful to view the details of the fairly close doors.  Ricardo André Frantz ( User:Tetraktys ) - taken by Ricardo André Frantz

Ghiberti’s bronze doors
Dubbed Gates of Paradise
by Michelangelo
Binoculars are even useful to view the details of the fairly close doors.

Ricardo André Frantz (User:Tetraktys) - taken by Ricardo André Frantz

The idea of these small panels showing this detail is mind boggling.

The idea of these small panels showing this detail is mind boggling.

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.

Giotto's bell tower seen from the top of the  Duomo .  Thermos - Own work

Giotto's bell tower seen from the top of the Duomo.

Thermos - Own work

So how long will it take us to properly admire this complex?
The exteriors of three masterpieces?
The interiors?

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.

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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.