Aaaah, Murano—I'm so not into the
tchotchkes, but the chandeliers . . .
I can't go into an Italian church without lighting
a candle—or taking a picture. I found beauty in all
of these: the candles in the Gesuiti in Venice,
|the gilded ceiling of the basilica San Marco,|
the dome of St. Peter's in Rome,
Titian's Assumption over the altar in
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice,
We did a day trip to Siena and caught the
highlights, starting with the beautiful, detailed Duomo
and the Piazza del Campo, where they run the Palio.
|This is a hillside city—|
Took these shots in Murano (the man who
delivers the all-important bubble wrap),
Venice (a guy who's very much at home on his boat),
Florence (a waiter with a great face),
They're trying to stop couples from doing this
on the Ponte Vecchio, so the lovers have moved
a bit upstream to the Ponte alla Grazie to keep
the tradition going (you write your names on the
lock and toss the key in the water).
Hey, you can do a lot in 9 hours, especially if you and your
big bro are the two speediest people on the planet.Here's a sampling: Buzz through the Vatican,
|check out your fellow tourists (and a random |
gladiator) in front of the Pantheon,
toss a coin (to guarantee a return to Roma)into the Trevi Fountain,
So you go to the market (which we did in Venice,
because we had an apartment with a great kitchen)
and buy fresh fish (I ask them to fillet it)
|or chicken (I ask them to take the head off --!!) |
|and maybe zucchini blossoms (fabulous fried in a light |
batter, then sprinkled with just a tiny bit of sugar).