Sweet European Indulgences

Desserts To Satisfy the Sweet Tooth

While traveling alone in Europe, I’ve often found some restaurants aren’t thrilled with single diners, expecting the customer to order just one dish and a glass of wine. I have had a couple of unpleasant experiences and have actually  been refused a table in Siena and Florence, Italy. Though I haven’t encountered this problem so much in recent years, I do try to order a full meal at dinner, including a dessert. Considering some of the desserts I’ve had, this isn’t really a chore. A collection of some of my sweet indulgences the last few years.

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Tournament Ready

Knights In Shining Armor

Armor and weapons from the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy, is on display at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California. The exhibit, “Knights in Armor,” runs through January 13, 2019. The Museo Stibbert ‘s collection of more than 50,000 items includes over 16,000 pieces of  armor and weaponry focusing on European, Japanese and Islamic armor from the 15th to 19th centuries. The collection belonged to Frederick Stibbert, an avid collector of armor and art, who was born in Florence in 1838. When Stibbert died in 1906, he willed his museum and collection to the municipality of Florence.

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Winter White

French countrysidenear Rochepot, March 1, 2018.

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Relics of a Teenage Bishop and Cardinal

When the Blessed Pierre of Luxemberg died in 1387 at the age of 17, he had already been made a pseuocardinal by the Antipope Clement VII. He was living at the papal court in Avingnon at the time and died from anorexia and fever due to the harsh lifestyle he demanded of himself. He was beatified in 1547. Some of his relics are displayed in Avignon’s lovely Basilica of St. Pierre (the original St. Peter).

Did you know there are three classes of relics. A first class relic is a body part, such as a bone or a heart, or an item related to the passion, such as a piece of the cross. A second class relic is something used by a saint, such as Pierre of Luxumberg’s cardinal garb, seen in the first photo above. A third class relic is something, usually a piece of cloth, that has touched a first or second class relic. It is difficult to determine the classes of the relics in the small reliquaries in the second photo.




Waiting for Charity, Barcelona, Spain

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Can We Go Home Yet?

Waiting for them to finish, Strasbourg, France

Children of a group of street performers, Strasbourg, France.

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