In 1992, author Robert James Waller penned the best selling novel The Bridges of Madison County.
The book tells the story of a lonely Italian war bride (Francesca Johnson) who engages in an adulterous affair with a National Geographic photographer from Bellingham, Washington (Robert Kincaid) who has come to Madison County, Iowa in order to create a photographic essay on the covered bridges in the area.
The Bridges of Madison County was made into a 1995 film of the same title, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood as Kinkaid and co-starring Meryl Streep as Francesca.
But, Madison County, Iowa is some 5,000 miles away, as the old crow flies, from where I’m standing right now — in the Centro Storico (Historical Center) of Vicenza, Italy — and there’s not a row of corn in sight.
Actually, what’s ACROSS is a nice easy stroll around this three-river city to take in all eight of her bridges that dot the Centro Storico.
Enjoy the short video of bridges that are very, very far from Madison County — both in distance and time — but truly worthy of a National Geographic essay.
©The Palladian Traveler
Beautiful bridges Tom, and pretty pansies. I loved the book and the movie. 🙂
Thanks, Sylvia. This is the third or fourth iteration on the BRIDGES theme that I’ve sent out in response to various photo challenges. Glad you still like it. Now, you’re not calling ME a pansy are u? 🙂
Wouldn’t dream of it, Tom. 🙂
Absolutely beautiful. I’ve been to Madison County and the bridges of Vicenza win hands down. I liked the book but hated the movie. I’m not a Clint Eastwood fan.
The book/movie was the vehicle to jump-start this post. Glad you like my bridges. Sorry you’re giving a thumbs-down on the Eastwood. 🙂
Beautiful photo essay. I love old bridges. What is the music you used. My sister is a flutist and would love that.
Debussy’s petite suite, 3rd movement.
Beautifully done and I love the music.
I didn’t realize you were a Renaissance Man! Cooking, writing, photography, video editing, wine expert….wow, did I leave anything out? Love this.
I’m not from Venus.
No, I’m from Venus….you’re from Mars!
Well, wherever I’m from I’m surprising myself, too. Thanks for the Renaissance prop. Love being called that, at least once. 🙂
Now you get to experience truly beautiful bridges that sing life’s glories.
Thanks Emily. The bridges had a real nice touch to this scenic little city in the Veneto.
Had not seen this lovely compilation of the bridges of Vicenza before. Very clever analogy. Orna
Nice. Bridges are photogenic aren’t they!
Yes they are, Penny!