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Basilica of Santa Maria Novella – Florence

I had the pleasure of visiting Florence last year (2019) and without doubt it gets added to the list of wonderful cities Italy has to offer.  Although the UK is now suffering with Covid-19, I did feel a tinge of sadness when Italy was one of the first countries in Europe  to suffer this horrendous pandemic.  Without doubt Italy is one of the best countries in the world to visit, it oozes culture, stunning architecture and wonderful open and friendly people.  Like the UK I hope and pray that this pandemic ends soon and Italy is again open for business.   Now to this post, the first great basilica, Santa Maria Novella, was founded in the thirteenth century and is simply a beautiful structure both inside and out.  During the renaissance period the church attracted the likes of Giotto, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi and Botticelli to name but a few and examples of their artistic brilliance can be witnessed throughout.

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Views of Florence

Florence is a stunning place to visit, much like all of Italy which is my favourite country to visit.

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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi – Florence

The Palazzo Medici-Riccardi  (he Renaissance Palace) was constructed in 1444 and the home of the Medici family until 50 years later when it was confiscated by the then Republican government.  In the following centuries the Palace changed hands several times and in 1814 the Riccardi family were forced to sell it to the state as they were unable to maintain the Palace due to their lavish lifestyle.   The baroque gallery with its stunning frescos is particularly impressive.

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St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

Originally the parish church of St James, the cathedral was developed over many centuries and in 1914 the Cathedral of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich was created.  More recently, a new tower, cloisters and chapels were added thanks to the Millennium project.   As a consequence the Cathedral is a sparkling combination of the old and the new.

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St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds

Whilst in Bury St Edmunds for a reunion, I thought I would spend a couple of hours taking in the local sights.  St Mary’s church was on my list and it proved to be a gem.  Although a church was established on the site nearly 900 yrs ago, St Mary’s in its present form has been around since the 15th century and it has been beautifully preserved.

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Cliveden House and Gardens, Buckinghamshire

Yet another jewel in the National Trust’s crown and most certainly the most impressive we have visited to date.  However, Cliveden House is now a hotel and therefore inaccessible, unless perhaps you are lucky enough to be in a position to afford such luxury (although there are guided tours of a few of the house’s rooms at certain times).  The grounds and gardens more than make up for this small shortfall, especially when the sun is shining.

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