Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Arno River and its bridges

Arno River is located in central Italy. It passes through some popular places such as Florence and Pisa. It flows from the central towards the west into the Ligurian Sea. This river look so clam and pieceful, but it has flooding record in history and the last one was at 1966, where it took only 24 hours of rainfall to reach 190 millimetres in Florence. There are new dams built to alleviate this problem now. We were at Florence and we could see 2 of its bridges, Ponte Santa Trinita and Ponte Vecchio.

The buildings located next to the river. There's a street and walkway between them where we can walk along to admire its beauty.

There are many places of attractions near this river such as the Palazzo Vecchio, Galleria degli Uffizi, Piazza della Signoria etc.

This is Ponte Santa Trinita.

Ponte Vecchio. There are shops built along it, mostly jewelery shops. It was swept away by flood twice (1117 and 1333) and was rebuilt in 1345.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The bath book

We got this bath book from the Borders last year, whenever Tristan refuse to take bath, I will bring this book to the bathroom to attract him into the bathroom.

So far it has never failed its mission, because we keep it away from him from time to time, so that he won't feel bored with it eventually.

It's made of water prove material and has colorful tokens with alphabet on one side and pictures on the other side.

These tokens float in the water, it's fun to play with them during bath time. Tristan loves to dig them out one by one and toss them around the house.

So the end result is a missing "S" :(

It's for ages 3 and above, but the tokens are quite big, the diameter is closed to 5cm so we just introduce it to Tristan because he loves colors and alphabets. How do you like this bath book ?