Bellagio Bicycle

Posted on March 13, 2016. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , , |


Beautiful sights big and small in the Italian lakes!








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Olive Wood Workshop

Posted on October 11, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Poetry, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , |

Travel - Olive Wood Workshop

Hand tools

A focused lamp

A small lathe to turn wood

Half-done projects

Oh olive tree!

What a boon you are!


Rest for birds

Green oil

Roots that hold the hillside.

Dense wood

With beautiful grain

That speaks

To the craftsman’s hands.

He comes

He holds the heavy wood

and he works it.




All come from his tools

And his hands

Here in this workshop.

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Lake Como, Italy

Posted on September 30, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , , |

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Looking at Nesso, Italy across Lake Como from Brienno.  Finally, one night shot here that worked.  I was holding my breath and bracing myself against a building.  The lights on the water are in focus!

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Next morning on the terrace with Nesso across the water.  Breakfast awaits!

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Lake Orta Villa Window

Posted on September 28, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , |

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Lake Orta through a beautifully etched villa window.  It was a gem to find!

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Bellagio’s Reader in the Sun

Posted on September 22, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , , |

Travel - Bellagio BeautyEven in the touristy town of Bellagio one can find beautiful little scenes to photograph.  This is one of the things I love about travel.  I look for things I can never find at home.

Here was a young woman who found herself a spot in the sun on a step in front of an elaborate gate to read her book.  It is a magnificent setting for a simple, pleasurable act.  It was so peaceful and a scene I wanted to capture.

Travel offers me a reason to slow down and look around.  I often spend a lot of time speeding through my days with much more to do than I can possible accomplish in a day.  Taking a vacation can offer a chance to slow the pace and find the little gems in each day; perhaps an espresso sitting in a café by the water and some photographs of the beauty that surrounds.

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The Italian Lakes

Posted on September 21, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Travel | Tags: , |

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We’re just back from our trip which included the Italian Lakes Region.  These lakes are beautiful and interesting for a few reasons.  They have been important to the area for thousands of years so there is a lot of activity all around each of these lakes.  They have quintessential Italian villages dotting their shores and hillsides.  These lakes are primarily long and skinny in shape so sometimes they seem more like rivers and they have huge cliffs along their shores, some belonging to actual mountains.

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There are a multitude of activities in the lakes region.  Hang gliding is popular from the mountain tops.  Hiking and shopping also rank high.  The ferry boats are efficient, enjoyable and inexpensive for getting across the waters to explore different areas.  Bellagio lives up to its reputation as a touristy shopping paradise.  But we also found it to offer a quiet haven for a beer and an espresso at the waterfront after a stroll along its beautifully landscaped promenade.

Travel - Italian Lakes 4I love the complimentary chips and jumbo olives too!

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