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Where in the World Wednesday: 4.20.11

Today we’re unveiling a new Packed Suitcase weekly feature… Where in the World Wednesday!
The concept is simple: 
  1. We’ll provide a riddle in the form of a haiku.
  2. If you think you know the place described, then submit your guesses in the comment section.
  3. Later this week, the answer will be posted. Whoever guesses first gets a special shout out.
Without further ado, here we go!
City split in two
    A squashed egg stands ever tall
        Red washed roofs prevail.
Where in the world are we?
Do you give up? Scroll down for the answer….

keep going…

Do you need a hint? Here’s a peek at one of this city’s most iconic landmarks:
Still stuck?

This week, we’re in FLORENCE, ITALY!

Looking for an explanation?

City split in two:Refers to the Arno River that separates Florence’s historic city center from the Oltrano artist’s district.

Map courtesy of:

A squashed egg stands ever tall:
Refers to Brunellechi‘s Duomo, the centerpiece of Florence.

Brunellechi won the right to design the Duomo project by demonstrating how to make an egg stand on a flat piece of marble… He cracked the bottom of the egg and it was able to stand upright. The design of the Duomo takes inspiration from that squashed egg!

Red washed roofs prevail:
Refers to the red, terra cotta washed roofs that coat so many of the buildings in Florence.

THANKS FOR PLAYING! See you next time!

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10 Responses to Where in the World Wednesday: 4.20.11

  1. @RoutesTourism April 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm #


  2. Packed Suitcase April 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    It's not Budapest… but good try!

    Hint: You're a bit too far north.

  3. Packed Suitcase April 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    It's not Istanbul! You're a bit too far east.

    Another hint: Both Budapest and Istanbul are on the continent of the mystery destination… so you're oh so close!

  4. Christina April 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm #


  5. @RoutesTourism April 21, 2011 at 11:15 am #


  6. Packed Suitcase April 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Nope, it's not Berlin, either! I've added a photo hint… any guesses?

  7. @RoutesTourism April 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm #


  8. @RoutesTourism April 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    ..or perhaps Tallin?

  9. Packed Suitcase April 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Oh @RoutesTourism… I want you to guess this but sadly Tallin and Split aren't the answer.

    Final clue: The country this city is in begins with “I”.


  10. @RoutesTourism April 21, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    Ahhh. One of the countries I have yet to visit. Thanks for the game and hey, this has been educational too! Have a good Easter break and see you next week!

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