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Europe Trip Summer 2009 Highlights - Katie & Daniel Peckham Photo 48 of 113
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The famed medieval Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge). It used to be the bridge that all the butcher shops were on, and the butchers badly polluted the Arno River throwing their scraps into it. At some point, a mayor made himself popular by banishing the butchers and putting gold and jewelry shops in their place, which both cleaned up the river and upped the social rank of the clientele. Today it is notable for two reasons: it is still lined with shops, as most bridges used to be in medieval times; and it is also the only bridge in Florence not destroyed by the Nazis in WWII.

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The famed medieval Ponte Vecchio ("Old Bridge"). It used to be the bridge that all the butcher shops were on, and the butchers badly polluted the Arno River throwing their scraps into it. At some point, a mayor made himself popular by banishing the butchers and putting gold and jewelry shops in their place, which both cleaned up the river and upped the social rank of the clientele. Today it is notable for two reasons: it is still lined with shops, as most bridges used to be in medieval times; and it is also the only bridge in Florence not destroyed by the Nazis in WWII.

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9/3/2009 11:58am

Taken by Daniel Peckham with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II

ISO 200 | f 8 | 1/500 sec | 35mm

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