Ah… Rome

Posted on March 1, 2014. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , , |

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This morning with a temperature of 10º F outside and steel gray skies above I trip through my pictures of Rome.

I remember walking through the streets and marveling at how it was hard to tell we were outside.  The air was so still and warm.

It was November!  It was about 65º F most days and the Italians were walking around all decked out in heavy winter wear.  Yes, boots, parkas, hats, scarves, gloves!

I could use a little Rome right about now.

178 apartments near catacombs           169 view from catacombs of priscilla

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Sistine Chapel Awe

Posted on October 24, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

109 sistine chapelThis is the Sistine Chapel from the outside.  It’s pretty plain considering the treasure inside.  I had recently read Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King.  This was right before seeing it with my own eyes and the book really brought it to life for me.  I love Ross King’s books!  I often read one right before or during a trip when I’ll be seeing the very things he is telling about.  Here is a very cool website where you can navigate your way through the whole room and inspect anything close up without the crowds:  Sistine Chapel.  Enjoy the beauty and the mesmerizing music – a great little computer escape!

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Decaying Villa

Posted on October 7, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Photography - Decaying Villa 2             Photography - Decaying Villa 1

This was a crumbling villa in the picturesque little town of Orta San Giulio, Italy.  These decaying villas are all over Italy.  This one was fun to inspect close up.  I love how the ferns have made themselves at home on the roof.  I can’t help but imagine what lives were lived in these walls.  And how could such a spectacular home right on Lake Orta stand abandoned?  Like anything, I guess, the funds to keep it up got to be too great.  I find it beautiful even in its decay.

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