05 July 2013 @ 03:58 pm
In a week or so my family and I will be spending a couple of days in Italy, and to prepare for it my Mum's asked us to pick a city and discover some interesting things to do in that city. I figured, since I'll be doing it anyway, why not make an interesting post for my journal while I'm at it?

things to do in FLORENCE

01 squares of florence
Florence's beautiful squares, most especially the Piazza della Signoria, are not only great spots for an impromptu afternoon gelato or an evening stroll, they are also open-air museums, brimming with statues and fountains. Check out our list of Florence's top squares to learn which ones your family may enjoy. [source]

02 The Museo Galileo
Among the more famous of its collections is the middle finger from the right hand of Galileo Galilei, which was removed when Galileo's remains were transported to a new burial spot on April 12, 1737. The museum features many artefacts from the 15th to 19th century, mostly pioneering scientific instruments including world globes, stethoscopes, navigation instruments and telescopes with accompanying videos to the exhibits. [source]

03 Ponte Vecchio
[...] most striking feature is the multitude of shops built upon its edges, held up by stilts. The bridge also carries Vasari's elevated corridor linking the Uffizi to the Medici residence (Palazzo Pitti). [source]

04 the cathedral of florence
Florence's cathedral stands tall over the city with its magnificent Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. The cathedral named in honor of Santa Maria del Fiore is a vast Gothic structure built on the site of the 7th century church of Santa Reparata, the remains of which can be seen in the crypt. [source]

05 piazza della signoria
The sculptures in Piazza della Signoria bristle with political connotations, many of which are fiercely contradictory. The David (the original is in the Galleria dell'Accademia) by Michelangelo was placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio as a symbol of the Republic's defiance of the tyrannical Medici. [source]
05 July 2013 @ 02:27 pm
milkovich intro post
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the basics (what'cha wanna know?)
Hey! I'm Gemma and I'm eighteen years old, hopefully heading to university after the summer to study chemical engineering. I'm from the bonnie auld land of Scotland and apparently I'm really bad for using slang nobody outside of Scotland gets. I love lots of types of music but I'm really bad at listening to new artists. I read fantasy novels, but for the past couple of years I haven't read anything that wasn't fannishly produced so I'm trying to fix that.

the fandoms (otps and brotps)
teen wolf: lydia/isaac, derek/lydia, derek/isaac, danny/ethan, allison/scott/isaac
hockey rpf: jonathan toews/patrick kane, sidney crosby/evgeni malkin, brandon bollig/andrew shaw
game of thrones: arya stark/gendry waters, brienne of tarth/jaime lannister, tyrion lannister + sansa stark

the journal (I'm bad at updating)
I've had this journal since the beginning of 2013, not that you'd know. I've got a really bad habit of deleting posts when I think I've done a bad job of them which means I go through my blog and delete basically everything every couple of months. If the posts are still around though, you can expect to find me talking about: television, books, films, occasionally politics and sports as I get more confident discussing them and music. I'll also post fanfiction from time to time and other fannish endeavours.

the links (you can also find me here)
tumblr: I don't post any of my own content there, it's just for reblogging
delicious: for keeping track of fic I love, and its a pretty good indicator of my main fandoms at any given time

the tags (super duper organised)
I'm going to be the first to admit it. I have organised tags. I can't handle random tagging, it doesn't work for me: never has and never will (check my tumblr okay, I'm even organised there too). Lemme give you a rundown on how the tags work. f: denotes fandom regardless of type (i.e. f: teen wolf, f: hockey rpf, f: hemlock grove)
p: denotes pairing, organised alphabetically by last name (e.g. p: isaac lahey/scott mccall, p: patrick kane/jonathan toews)
otherwise it dissolves into: tv -- episode discussions; music -- new discoveries, album reviews; books -- readathons, reviews; life -- travel, friends, family, school;
essentially there are tag stems and from there it branches off-- it's pretty easy to follow (at least I think!)
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