Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Dancing Lady

Almost every evening, I end my day in Piazza della Signoria, near the Uffizzi to listen to music. There is a man who plays the guitar, and his wife, and they sing Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, etc.

They are really very good, and the setting is beautiful with all of the statutes and the lighting, and the music reverberates through the arches and stone walls.

When Mom and Kelly visited, I took them there one evening. The weather was beautiful, with a clear night, and a cool breeze in the air. It was very crowded, but we managed to get one of the prime seats to enjoy the show.

Lots of people gather around, but this evening their was extra entertainment. Kelly and I had actually seen this woman the night before standing on the edge of the crowd, dancing and moving to the music. She was in her own world, and thoroughly enjoying it. Tonight, she had some wine and strawberries that she was eating, and had brought along some "props" for dancing.

As the music played, she decided to dance. She gathered her "props", a blue scarf, and headed to the middle of the piazza and begin to dance, twirling and swirling her scarf on her toes, moving to and fro. Everyone enjoyed watching her and someone even threw a rose to her which thrilled her to death! There was a lot of hooting and hollering and clapping when she was done. She went back and sat down to refresh herself with her wine and strawberries, but before too long, she was at it again.

Sorry the photo didn’t come out very well in the dark, but you get the gist!

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