Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shadow Shot Sunday


Wandering around Rome's Trastevere 
neighborhood on a sunny spring day—
bougainvillea (and shadows) everywhere.

[To see more Sunday shadows, go here.]

Saturday, June 24, 2017

letting in the light


The church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva
opened its doors very early one 

morning last month for part of
series of special musical performances 
(check it out if you understand Italian)—this 
one started at 5:30 a.m.!

[Linking back to The Weekend in Black and White,
Shadow Shot Sunday, and inSPIREd Sunday.]
 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Weekend Reflections


Hanging out in the Piazza di Grillo, 
in Rome, just steps from Trajan's
Market and the Forum of Augustus. Always 
grateful for a sunny Roman day
(and a nice clean car!).

[To see more Weekend Reflections,
visit James's meme.]

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Well, hello Dolly!


I visited the town of Piermont (on the
Hudson in New York) last weekend,
and found this notice posted
in the window of the local grocery store.
Don't know if there were any
takers—would you have been tempted? 

[Linking back to signs, signs.]

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ABC Wednesday—X is for "what I see"


Seen in the crypt of the basilica of
San Miniato al Monte, in Florence: You
probably see crosses (very old ones,
as this church was begun in 1013 and the
interior has changed hardly at
all since it was first built).
I, however, choose to see X's—
or at least today I do.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

summer bounty


More goodness from the greenmarket:
I bought two quarts and there
wasn't a single bad berry in the lot—
every one was perfect.

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday
and Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, June 19, 2017

eat your beets


I understand that the more colorful
your diet is, the more healthful
it is.  And just look at these beautiful
beets!  Are you a fan?

Linking back to Macro Monday.] 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


Don't forget to look up—especially when
you're visiting a church in Italy.
This is Santa Maria in Portico in Campitelli,
in Rome (which I also featured here).

[To see more churches from
around the world, go here.]

Saturday, June 17, 2017

pink lilies


"The rose does best as a rose.
Lilies make the best lilies. And look!
You—the best you around!"
—Rumi

[Linking back to Pink Saturday at
How Sweet the Sound.]

Friday, June 16, 2017

Weekend Reflections


It's the graceful resident heron at the
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, coming
in for a landing in the
Japanese Hill and Pond Garden.
(There are also ducks, turtles, carp and
goldfish, and
at least one bunny.)

[To see more weekend reflections,
visit James's meme.] 


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"summer"


'Tis the season—for fresh summer peas!
(One of the things I didn't care for
when I was a kid, but I've definitely
gotten past that.)
[To see more of the Thursday Photo
Challenge, visit Dale's meme.]

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ABC Wednesday—W is for "wanderlust"


This blog is 9 years old today (!).  I think
a lot of us have become a bit
"blogged out"—I know I don't always visit 

my friends' blogs as faithfully as I
used to.  But I still enjoy feeding 
this one
(especially when I'm able to 
collect
photos for it from far afield—and I have

definitely not lost my wanderlust).  And, of 
course,  I'm still very grateful for all the 
wonderful friends I've made because of it.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Who buys this stuff?


While I've been tossing my old dingy,
stretched-out white tees, this
shop in Rome's high-rent district would
have sold them for anywhere from
70 to 140 euros!

[Linking back to Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, June 12, 2017

art in Venice


I love to visit Venice when the Biennale
is taking place.  Even if you don't attend the 
exhibition itself, you'll find random art
installations all around the city
—a good reminder to always look up.

[Linking back to Blue Monday
at Magical Mystery Teacher.]

Sunday, June 11, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


As ornate as most Italian churches are,
their sacristy is usually a haven of
somber simplicity.  This one is in the church
of San Giacomo dell'Orio, in Venice.


[To see more churches from
around the world, go here.]

Saturday, June 10, 2017

the weekend in black and white


This is the dome of the church of
Santa Maria in Portico in Campitelli,
located in the neighborhood
of Sant'Angelo (also the site of the
former Jewish ghetto).    


[To see more b/w images,
visit Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, June 9, 2017

Weekend Reflections


Early morning in the church of
Santa Maria sopra Minerva—btw, just
out of the frame on the right . . .




is Michelangelo's statue of
Il Redentore (the Redeemer).

[To see more Weekend Reflections,
visit James's meme.]

Thursday, June 8, 2017

It's a sign


Appreciated the kind invitation, but I wasn't
tempted—I was on my way to lunch
at my fave place in Trastevere (which serves up
good Roman food like Mamma makes).

[Linking back to signs, signs.]

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ABC Wednesday—V is for "Venice"


Trust me, it is totally worth getting
up at 0-dark-thirty to have
Piazza San Marco all to yourself!
(And there are even fewer pigeons now
that you're not supposed 
to feed them.) 

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

snacks in Venice


Stopping in at one of my fave places in Venice
(I
 first came here 46 years ago!) for
an ombra bianco or a spritz con Aperol
and some tasty cicchetti.

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday
and Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, June 5, 2017

ambulanza


Hope never to find out what it's like
to ride an ambulance in Venice.
But if they're needed, they're lined up
beside the Civil Hospital and
ready to go.

[Linking back to Monday Mellow Yellows.]

Sunday, June 4, 2017

San Giovanni Battista in Fiorentina


Had visited this church before, and was
back for an amazing concert.
This wonderful shadow was just a bonus.


It was compliments of the
statues on either side of
the façade—and one cheeky bird.


[Linking back to inSPIREd Sunday
and Shadow Shot Sunday.]

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Where is everyone?


Here's a (surprisingly) empty shot
of the cloister at the church of
Santa Croce, in Florence.

[Linking back to The Weekend in Black and White
and to Shadow Shot Sunday.]

Friday, June 2, 2017

Weekend Reflections


The Roman church reflected here
(like many others) is hiding
in plain sight on a quiet street, between
ordinary buildings.  This one is
Sant'Antonio dei Portoghese. (I went to

an organ concert here—the sound 
reverberated off the walls and 
filled this little jewel box of a church 
with beautiful music.)

[To see more Weekend Reflections,
visit James's meme.]

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"storm"


Looking back as we approached JFK this past Monday
(8+ hours from very sunny Rome)—and
 coming
through that dense ceiling
 of clouds was one bumpy ride!
Welcome back to reality.


[To see more of the Thursday Photo
Challenge, visit Dale's meme.

Also linking back to Skywatch Friday.]

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

ABC Wednesday—U is for Uffizi


In the same gallery at the Uffizi as Botticelli's
original Birth of Venus is this "hands on"
version for the visually impaired.  I've never seen
anything like this before—have you?

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

a cup o' giovanni

Tuesday

I don't drink espresso, but if I did . . .
these were for sale at the
market in the Campo de' Fiore,
in Rome.

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday
and Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, May 29, 2017

the blue hour


My favorite time of day, and it
was
extra special on this early evening up
on the Capitoline Hill.  I'm leaving
today—'til next time, Roma!


[Linking back to Blue Monday.]

Sunday, May 28, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


Here's the church of Sant' Agnese in Agone,
in the Piazza Navona; its main
architect was Borromini, arch-rival of
Bernini, who created the Four Rivers fountain
(built around an obelisk brought to Rome
by the emperor Caracalla) directly in front of the church.  
It's said that Bernini sculpted his figure depicting
the Nile with its head covered, as though
 hiding from Borromini's looming church façade,
but in fact the fountain predates the
façade by quite a few years.

[To see more churches from around the world, go here.]
 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


Part of a structure that's thousands of 

years old set against one that's
not yet 100 years old (and 

that vehicle that I probably should have
photoshopped out)—this is Rome.

[To see more b/w images, visit
Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, May 26, 2017

Rome in the rain


I was here in Rome once in November,
when the weather was a bit,
shall we say, dramatic here on the
Ponte Vittorio Emanuele.  I'm posting
this
 ahead and hoping that it's
bright
 and sunny while I'm here now.
(Either way, it's beautiful!)

[Linking back to Weekend Reflections
and Skywatch Friday.]

Thursday, May 25, 2017

signs, signs


And today we're headed to Rome.
This sign is in the Capitoline Museum,

in Rome, and has been around
for a few millennia.  I don't read Latin,
but can make out a few words:
pontifical, senate, kings, first (and I'll
guess that "Ti Clau Aug" is Tiberius
Claudius Caesar Augustus).

[To see more signs, go here.]
 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ABC Wednesday—T is for "tapestry"


This is a very small part of a very large
tapestry, which you can see if you
visit the Palazzo Vecchio, in Florence.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

deliziosa!


On to Florence today and I'm looking
forward to a meal at Osteria De' Benci—maybe
starting with a lovely tomato bruschetta,
followed by their famous spaghetti dell'ubriacone
(i.e., drunken spaghetti, so-called
because they marinate it in red wine).

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday
and Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, May 22, 2017

Burano blues


Murano glass vases have been set in
a niche on Burano.  I love the
very fresh flowers and the way the
water of the canal is reflected
on the wall.

[Linking back to Blue Monday at
Magical Mystery Teacher.]

Sunday, May 21, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


Seen from the Doge's Palace, this
is one of the domes of the
basilica San Marco.  Would love to
see what's inside those domes,
but not in the summer—it must be very
hot under all that lead.


[To see more churches from
around the world, go here.]

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


Making the trip back to Venice from the
colorful island of Burano, with
the sun sparkling on the lagoon and the
campanile of San Marco standing
sentry in the distance—so beautiful!

[To see more b/w images, visit
Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weekend Reflections


Guess where I'm going tonight! 
It's the first stop on a little
Italian pilgrimage that I hope will be
all about fun, food, and friends. 
Have scheduled blog posts and hope
you'll come by while I'm away.

[To see more Weekend Reflections,
visit James's meme.]

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"fun"


I know not everyone thinks
this is fun—but I do!
How about you?

[To see more of the Thursday Photo
Challenge, visit Dale's meme.]

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ABC Wednesday—S is for "skyline"


. . . and I think I can brag that ours

 is one of the world's best!
I took this shot of midtown Manhattan
 (with a looong lens) from a friend's
terrace in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

hangin' in


When most of the tulips in the garden
were fading fast, some cultivars
were still going strong—
including these
ruffly red and cream beauties.


[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday
and Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, May 15, 2017

bluebells


Last weekend in the garden, the bluebell wood
was in bloom—and also wisteria,
azaleas, and tree peonies.  I hardly knew where 
to look (and point my camera) first.

[Linking back to Blue Monday at
Magical Mystery Teacher.]

Sunday, May 14, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


Another image from the church of
Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, in Rome, one of
those churches you don't really see
until you're right in front of it.  Then you
go in and find this—and it isn't
even the main altar.

[To see more churches from
around the world, go here.]

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


If you go to Venice, you should pass by
the Fortuny shop late at night,
when the whole place is pitch black—
except for their beautiful silk
lamps, which they leave on all night.

[To see more b/w images, visit Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, May 12, 2017

Skywatch Friday


This is Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch at Grand Army Plaza,
just a block from my house.  It was built to
honor the Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War.
Some pretty famous folks were involved in the
 design and building of this monument—check it out here.

[To see more Skywatch pics, go here.]



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"close" (#2)


Up close and personal with the tree
peonies
 in bloom now at the botanic garden.
They blow me away every year!

[To see more of the Thursday Photo
Challenge, visit Dale's meme.]

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

ABC Wednesday—R is for "Rome"


The Eternal City: the view 
from the top of the Spanish Steps.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

where's the fire?


I don't know, but I really hope it wasn't serious,
 
considering how long it was taking 
these fire trucks to get through the midtown 
Manhattan traffic.

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday and
Our World Tuesday.]