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Category Archives: Europe

Nonno
Nonno, 5/22/08

It’s been a year since Sutree and I went to Italy and I still haven’t uploaded all of the photos I took. I look at them nearly every day though. I can’t wait to go back.

This is a particularly sweet memory. As we were hustling through the streets of Venice, I caught a glimpse of this butcher from the corner of my eye. I stopped and stepped back just in time to catch this tender moment.


Venetian Memory, 5/21/08

I’ve been going through my photos from our trip to Europe in the spring, trying to get prints made of some of my favorites. The first that I printed are the ones from Venice. Our trip was three weeks long and we spent three days of that in this beautiful city. I love looking at all the photos, but it’s also a little torturous. It’s really making me want to go again!

The Shrine of Saint Veronica
The Shrine of Saint Veronica, 5/17/08

This statue of Saint Veronica is found in St. Peter’s Basilica. I learned that Saint Veronica is the renowned legendary woman who, moved by the sight of Christ carrying his cross to Golgotha, gave him her kerchief to wipe his brow, after which he handed it back imprinted with the image of his face. All I can say is he must have been wearing an awful lot of makeup!

I think of all the places we visited in Europe, I was most awed by the Vatican. It is truly the most beautiful structure that I have ever seen. And the art is absolutely amazing. I think this sculpture is particularly beautiful.

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One Evening in Venice
Painting on Water, 5/23/08

This was taken on our last evening in Venice. I love the reflection on the water. It feels like a painting to me.

Inside Out
Inside Out, 5/30/08

After spending nine days in Italy we travelled to France. This photo of the Louvre in Paris was taken from inside the Louvre. One thing that was disappointing on our trip was that our tour only gave us one hour in the Louvre and we never got a chance to go back. The Louvre is huge and you could spend weeks there and still not see everything. Someday I’d like to go back and spend much more time in Paris. There was so much to see and do and we really just got a little taste.

In total, we were in Europe for 3 weeks. I took thousands of photos, literally. Since returning I have been overwhelmed with trying to catch up from the trip and have neglected this blog. I’m working on getting my Europe gallery put together. I’ll link to it here when it’s done. In the meantime, I’ll just continue to post some more individual photos.

Today we went to Firenze. In Italy, that is the name for the city we call Florence. It rained all morning so I don’t have many photos from there. We got a little wet but not too bad. After lunch it cleared up some and I had a little time to snap a few photos before heading back to our villa.

In the morning we saw the David by Michelangelo. You aren’t allowed to take photos of the real David but they have a few copies of the statue around town.

Copy of David
Copy of David

Bike and Pigeons
Bike and Pigeons

Fiume Arno River in Florence
Fiume Arno River

I’m not sure when I’ll get another post up. Tomorrow we head to Venice by train and I don’t think we have an internet connection at that hotel. But I’ll try to upload a few more photos when I can. Until then, arrivederci!

On our way to the villa we are staying in, we stopped in a really beautiful little medieval village called Orvietto. Here are just a few photos from there. The town was filled with these quaint little alleyways with lots of shops and eateries.

Orvietto Alleyway
Orvietto Alleyway

This church was really very beautiful. Later I’ll post more photos from it.

Church in Orvietto
Orivetto Church

The town is known for the colorful ceramics you see displayed on the outside of this shop.

Orvietto Shop
Orvietto Ceramics Shop

 

We’ve just spent the last three days in Rome! It’s been wonderful and I am sorry to be leaving, but tomorrow we head into Tuscany and Florence for the next part of our adventure. Unfortunately, my internet connection is not that great and I don’t have much time so I’m not going to write much. But I wanted to share a few photos while I can. I’ll have many more that I’ll upload when I return home. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these.

The Colors of Rome
The Colors of Rome

The Bernini Bristol
Our Hotel, the Bernini Bristol

A Secluded Trattoria
A Secluded Trattoria

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

Vatican
The Vatican

Marco, Christina and Vincenzo
Marco, Christina and Vincenzo, Our Fabulous Guides