The Christmas season in Florence

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It’s here! The city is geared up for Christmas.

 

The tree was placed, awaiting the lights.  It was lit up on the evening of 8 December.

And, later:

 

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The fancy stores and hotels have lovely decorations:

 

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I feel like the creche scene at San Lorenzo is always a bit sad.

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I love the way the statue of justice is reflected on the wall to the left:

 

I like the simple, natural decorations the best. Below this church uses garlands of evergreens and citrus:

 

 

 

A local charity had a bazaar the other weekend and I spotted this Santa Claus there.  Can you tell that Santa Claus is not a natural part of the Italian holiday of Natale?  I think it is obvious. There were some kids around, but no one wanted to sit on his lap!

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The extreme November rains

Italy has been getting drenched. Venice is underwater. Florence is soaked and the city’s 2 rivers show the extent. These pictures were all taken this afternoon.

UPDATE: 20 November: https://www.theflorentine.net/news/2019/11/flooding-tuscany-florence/?fbclid=IwAR2hELiei0_Sk_5ukX7cDlNuaAqT_qiViMwFDFZfe5Z2546RgxhqpuDYNEg

First, the torrente Mugnone, which is the little river that runs in front of my apartment.  Most of the time it resembles a creek more than a river. But not now!  It is higher and running faster than I have ever seen it.

 

 

 

And then there is the Arno!  It is very full and moving swiftly. Standing on the Santa Trinita Bridge today, it felt eerie: it makes you think of the 1966 flood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UPDATE on 18 November: