Well friends. Yesterday marked week seven of this trip. I still haven’t gotten any better at planning in advance. Eating healthier foods. Or drinking less wine. But I HAVE gotten better at opening my eyes to the every day beauty that surrounds us. Enjoying each and every moment because who ever knows if I’ll get the opportunity to come back to these magical places. Seeing the good in the world. Feeling comfortable in my own skin. Making friends everywhere I go. Oh and knowing when to put on the comfy walking shoes. Even if it doesn’t go with the outfit. Seven weeks down, who knows how much longer to go....
And now for some real views of Noto. This baroque pearl was built from scratch on a new location after a devastating earthquake hit Eastern Sicily in 1693, destroying around 70 cities and killing 60,000 people. New Noto was constructed closer to the Ionian sea in a late Baroque style typical for Sicily and is now protected by UNESCO.
More pics will follow to the left, to the left.
Is the stress of the holidays starting to make you think about spring travels or summer vacations? Maybe you are still looking for the perfect travel gift for someone special in your life? If so, Rome may be the destination you are dreaming of.
Architects known to have worked on the design of St. Peter's Basilica include Donato Bramante, Raphael, Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Michelangelo, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, Giacomo della Porta, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Michelangelo, the architect responsible for designing the main dome of the Basilica, was also a sculptor and a painter, who became one the greatest artists of his time. The high domed ceiling is ornately decorated with painted stucco depictions of Christ, several saints, and numerous other heavenly hosts. Gilt trim borders each image and creates an awe-inspiring grandeur
throughout the entire space. The use of grandiose designs and decorations is common throughout Baroque architecture; it facilitates the desired overwhelming effect felt by the viewer. Artist or no artist if you see St. Peter Basilica’s Ceilings you can’t help but marvel!
I’d love to help you plan your trip to Rome so be sure to pick up the phone and call me or send me an email. .
Starbucks in Italy? Yea or Nay?
Years before he became CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz visited Milan and fell in love with the city’s coffee bars. Now, with more than 28,000 stores in 78 countries, Starbucks has finally returned to Milan, opening its first ltalian location in a former post office on Via Cordusio. Not just an ordinary Starbucks, the glamorous new emporium is a Reserve Roastery, offering an immersive coffee experience where visitors can watch beans being roasted, sample Reserve brews, or have coffee or tea-based cocktails on the mezzanine.
Florencja mnie prześladuje. Mam teraz do niej bliżej, więc może w końcu tam wrócę. A póki co, nie ogarnęła mnie jeszcze przedświąteczna gorączka, bo jesteśmy tylko we czwórkę i nie zapowiadam żadnych kulinarnych rewolucji. A zapomniałam wspomnieć o tym, że na blogu pojawił się nowy wpis, który niestety czytało niewiele osób. W ubiegłym roku podobna liczba lajków posta dawała mi o jakieś 70% czytelników więcej, teraz zaś nastał czas kiepski dla blogerów i nie wiem doprawdy, jak temu zaradzić. Płacić za reklamę nie mam zamiaru, bo skoro na blogu nie zarabiam, to po co mam dokładać do interesu?
The bridges of Venice number more than 400, and they can’t all be as grand as the Rialto or the Bridge of Sighs. These may be the “honourable mentions” of Venice bridges, but I still think they’re lovely in a more unassuming way. The last picture in the series is taken from inside the Bridge of Sighs. •