Six word Saturday

Saying goodbye to Six Word Saturday

And where better to finish with a flourish than Florence?  I hope I’ve taken you on a beautiful journey, but my philosophy here has always been to please myself.  And doing just that has given me many hours of pleasure.

Cate has announced that she will be ending Six Word Saturday on 1st April, April Fool’s Day. I’m pretty sure that it’s not a trick, because my lovely friend Debbie at Travel with Intent has volunteered to take it over on April 8th.  Since I won’t be around then, I thought I’d say my farewells now. Come and celebrate with me?  There’s gelato!

There doesn’t seem to be anything that Florence can’t offer.  All the sculpture and art you could want.  Architecture that dreams are made of. Gardens and vistas to sooth your soul.  Food and wine to indulge your palate.  Have I missed anything?  Well, maybe a little desultory window shopping. I even found a cookery school in the Mercato Centrale!  Click on the gallery for a closer look?

And as I ambled back to my hotel on Via Nazionale, this little beauty!

Sad to see her go, but I wish Cate the very best of luck.  I know it’s not easy running a challenge, but if anyone can then it’s Debbie.  The lass has energy to burn.  As for me, I’m off to my lovely Algarve tomorrow. Time to relax and wind down a little.

Meanwhile I’ve scheduled a Jo’s Monday walk for next Monday. Have a great weekend and I hope to see you then.


  1. Jo, you certainly have shared the most amazing photos of Florence with us. While it might have been cold on your trip, you didn’t have to fight the crowds making for a wonderful trip and great photographs that aren’t filled with strangers. 🙂

  2. A wonderful finale to your 6WS, Jo! A pictorial celebration of Florence and wow, the last photograph is stunning and I love how it was just on your way back to the hotel! Only in amazing Florence. 😀

    1. I’ll have to hunt some down here in the Algarve, Dianne 🙂 🙂 (just arrived to a might thunderstorm and I’m still smiling) I will probably still carry on the six words with Debbie. I only discovered yesterday that she was keeping it going.

  3. Love reading your post and seeing your photos, Jo. I, too, feel like to visit the place… I’ll carry your writings/photos with me.
    >> … but my philosophy here has always been to please myself.
    Ha ha ha.. all this time, I thought you did for me 😉 Seriously, I love you more after knowing this…
    Have a wonderful day.

  4. A shame the fountain challenge has ended, that is one weird and crazy fountain! Have a great time in the Algarve and take some time to actually relax with that hubby of yours. I’m off to lose myself in the bedrooms for a few days of painting, though I might just sneak in a visit to a nursery as there are a couple of plants I want to buy… see you later alligator 😀

  5. Oooh, Official Photographer! I hope that went exceedingly well. That would worry me silly – I’d forget to put a card in my camera, or something stupid like that.
    I can see that Florence was a perfect place for you – I can really feel your enjoyment.
    i hope you have a relaxing time in the Algarve. Enjoy and I look forward to your return (and a glimpse of the 100th celebrations)

    1. It was a bit of a nightmare, Debs! A camera I’d never seen before, quick read of the instructions and hope for the best. 😦 I don’t think I even want to see the results but the lovely lady had a great night. I think you’re right- Florence suited me very well 🙂 Almost forgotten how it feels to be in the Algarve… 🙂

  6. You do end the first manifestation of six word Saturday with a Florentine flourish! It’s lovely to see all your joys encapsulated in one post. Relax in the Algarve, without any more crises. I’ll enjoy your return as much as you enjoy your adventures in your second home. I left a hug on the doorstep. Did you get it?

    1. Just scooped it up as I came through the door 🙂 🙂 A 100th birthday party is exhausting if you’re the photographer, but the centogenarian was still full of fun 🙂 🙂 Packed and good to go, at a silly time of morning, Meg. Love you, darlin!

  7. sai a cosa servivano quegli anelli di ferro attaccati al muro? per legarvi i cavalli! pensa si potesse farlo per parcheggiare le macchine ha ha
    immagini favolose Giovanna, hai fotografato ogni particolare
    felice sabato

  8. Well you’ve certainly pleased me – as if you could do anything else! There are some odd metal things, the fountain that’s a cockerel with a demon thingy, and what are the rings, one with a dragon, somewhere to tie your horse? Have a good time tonight, I’m sure your photos will be fab, I’ve never met a centenarian lady. Perhaps you ‘ll have a rest this afternoon in preparation for your overnight endurance test 🙂 Enjoy, I’ll miss you x:-)x

    1. A horse or a prisoner, I suspect, Gilly. They were a bit rough and tough in those days 😦 I did have a bit of a sit in the garden, watching the washing dry 🙂 🙂 Absolutely gorgeous today! Believe it’s raining in the Algarve tomorrow so we might just dive back into bed 🙂 Take care of yourself. I should be around a bit. Hugs darlin!

  9. Jo Dear, just to say a big thank you for your lovely articles about our beloved Florence (and all the photos as well). You can not imagine how we miss that place after all those years. Have a wonderful relaxing me-me-time in your beloved Algarve.stay well and safe and hopefully we will “meet up” here again before too long. Big hug from India, Carina

  10. Florence. So beautiful. The weather, architecture and my oh my, you had gelato, Jo. Good to hear you pleased yourself. Inner happiness and peace is very important 🙂 Have a safe trip and see you soon…and more photos from you 😛

    1. I don’t think my poor camera is ready for the Algarve, Mabel. It needs a rest too 🙂 🙂 Till we start walking again, of course 🙂 Thanks a lot, hon! Enjoy your weekend!

  11. I wish you a very happy stay in Algarve!
    What’s better than a lonely nature , after so many manmade treasures and Art….
    Thank you a lot for your reportages about Florence ,sometimes I felt as if I were there with you ….!
    A big hug , my dear JO, have the best of time and … THANK YOU for all!

    1. Thanks, Anna! It’s been hectic but wonderful so I am looking forward to a little ‘down’ time- till my feet start walking again, of course! 🙂 🙂 Hugs right back to you.

      1. Thanks, hon! Full on day today- print boarding passes, zumba and then I’m ‘official’ photographer at a 100th birthday party. Catching the plane early morning and the clock goes forward! Be there before I know it 🙂

  12. Well this gorgeous post is making me very happy except the bit about Cate……going to miss her Six Words but isn’t Debbie amazing 😀

    Enjoy the party today, don’t break the camera though!

    1. I’m trying not to think about it, Becky! (the camera 🙂 ) Got collywobbles in my stomache. Radiant sunshine here today. Just off to print my boarding passes and then a lovely walk through the blossomy park to zumba. 🙂 🙂

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