On the Road in Rome

The fountain at the end of the street. I arrived tired and a bit cranky, but a nap and a lovely dinner restored me. I am excited to be in Rome for four days. My last visit was in 2001, shortly after 9/11.

On The Road Again: Vado in Italia

Ponte Vecchio, 1990, Florence, Italy

On Tuesday, I am off to Italy for five weeks. After a few days in Rome, I will be spending four weeks in Florence studying Italian language and culture. The picture above was taken in 1990, the first time I visited Florence—actually the first time I visited Italy. I was traveling with a friend on a Eurail Pass. We did six cities in six countries in two weeks. This was long before the internet—when you could travel without reservations and let the tourist offices in the train stations find you a hotel. Florence was my favorite place. I loved the architecture, the art, the smell of antiquity, the age of the city. I returned several times, but I haven’t visited Florence for about 18 years. I am excited to be spending time living in this fabulous place for a month. The course, for Seniors 50+, is offered through the Istituto Michelangelo, an Italian language school in Florence. If any fellow bloggers happen to be traveling through Florence in October, let me know. We could meet for coffee or gelato.

 

 

Color Your World: Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna, and Cadet Blue

Two Cars and a Canal

 

Vintage Car, Havana Cuba

Havana Burnt Orange

Canal, Venice, Italy

Venice Burnt Sienna

Cadet Blue Car, Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad Cuba Cadet Blue

 

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Eggplant Artichokes

Fiesole Artichokes

Eggplant colored artichokes, Farmer’s Market, Venice, Italy

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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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Time Squared: Catching Up on Week One

Life and Times

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