Thursday, June 30, 2011
I have come to the conclusion that I cannot pick one thing, although I may be able to narrow it down to 1 thing per area. And in order to avoid repeating my POTDs, I may be able to slant this list with the most surprising of the bests or simply a representative shot rather than the obvious.
And so, here they are, the highlights of my trip:
Trastevere - This Roman neighborhood felt so real, with real shop owners scrubbing their sidewalks and washing their store and cafe windows, and very chic people waiting to eat in tiny chic restaurants, and tons of people out in the park for Republic Day.
Buying a rosary in the rooftop gift shop of St. Peters.
Having Sunday dinner with the family.
Not only did we have a lovely balcony with a great view of the Bay of Naples, but the Settimo Cielo had the best shower, ever!
Every town and every view was sublime, but sensual overload was experienced at the ceramics factory, seeing the most beautiful, giant ceramic tables coming to life, wishing I could have one in my back yard.
Successfully buying cheese and strawberries for our picnic lunch in Anacapri.
The extent of this large city in ruins was an overwhelming experience.
Dinners at Trattoria del Moro Aronne.
Sitting in the piazza in front of the duomo with the sun shining on the facade.
Tearing through the piles of hand-sewn vintage linens at the market.
Sipping spritzes on Piazza Bra. Watching the throngs of people in Juliet's courtyard.
Seeing the throngs of people willing to stand in long lines for the chance to touch the tomb of St. Anthony.
Witnessing the crash commercialism of the church and the surroundings.
Seeing Giotto's frescoes at the Scrovegni Chapel.
The first morning boat ride, the villa on Isola Bella, the grotto and garden in the villa on Isola Bella.
Discovering Gimmelwald in the sunshine, full of flowers and gnomes and real people. Loved the little hike from Murren to Gimmelwald so much I did it twice.
Taking the long walk from our hotel to the Chateau Chillon along the lake.
Riding on the La Suisse steam paddle wheeler.
Loved this adorable village, speaking French, eating salade de chevre chaud.
The Hotel L'Oustelet was oerfectly adorable, and speaking French once again! I loved the cross-stitched door labels and the key pockets and everything that looked lovingly hand-made in the hotel.
Seeing the Matterhorn, and everyone's reaction to the Matterhorn, was awesome, but what I enjoyed the most was our hike to Zmutt.
Our hike from Muottas Muragl to Pontresina, our trip up Piz Nair, and my walking tour of Samedan, I was especially touched by seeing the beautifully tended graves in the Protestant churchyard.
I love the European politeness which demands that every person be greeted, the public transportation system that lets you get everywhere, the lifts and conveyances that make good use of the mountains, the concept of gathering in the public squares, the passegiate, taking afternoon naps, eating late multi-course dinners that end with espresso and limoncello, tiny crooked cobblestone streets, lacy-curtained windows dressed in geraniums.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
And so my photo of the day is...Tod in a pod.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
This photo was taken at Piz Nair, at 3056 meters. I am very proud of having taken the cable car up to this height. No, we didn't hike down, but we did hike down from Mogus Morghul earlier in the day, and perhaps we will do this hike next time.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
It was so good to be on solid ground, to have fresh air, and to find the lovely old hotel full of wonderful little folksy details, like fresh sunflowers.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
At only .90€ each, I was able to get 2, and use up all my small Euro change.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
With a picture of La Suisse?
Certainly, it is a beautiful boat, one that harkens back to the era of elegant travel.
Pictures of the family on La Suisse? Good idea, too bad I don't have the best pictures.
How about the thing that surprised me the most...miles and miles of terraced grape vines from the shores of the lake to the tops of the hills, looking like a wonderful patchwork of green, interrupted only by the ribbons of the roads and the railway lines, and the occasional village, complete with church steeple.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
It is not just the splendid views and abundant presence of gnomes, but Gimmelwald is a tiny village where real people farm the land, raise cows and make cheese, grow beautiful flowers among their vegetables, and decorate their village with a colorful array of flora and fauna. Once discovered, Gimmelwald is sublime.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
This is a classic shot that Tod took, of the Lauterbrunnen train station looking up toward the valley, with Staubbach Falls in the distance.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
A lot, and I will never tire of looking at them, over and over. This one was taken in Lauterbrunnen, from the path behind the cable car station at the end of town.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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Monday, June 6, 2011
Word Art by In the Making Designs courtesy of Jessica Sprague.com.
Jen Maddocks Parchment, Venerable and Tell Your Story kits, Robyn M's Kraft Party paper and tag, Karen Funk Make It Count striped paper, Jen Allyson Vintage Findings paper, Karen Funk Bloghop stitched scallop, Celeste Knight Weathered Overlay, frame from Jopke Designs Evergreen.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
The template is called ez-pz template 09 by LivE Designs. All the additional elements are from Jen Maddocks Venerable, Jen Maddocks Parchment and Anna Aspnes ArtPlay Palette Finding My Way.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
St. Peters is an impressive church inside as well as out.
All the papers and elements were from the No Pirates Allowed blog train, including designs from Jen Reed, Amelia, Shel Bell and Sherwood. Also used an associated kit from Jen Reed called Pirates Code.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Papers, brushes, work art and overlays from Anna Aspnes ArtPlay Palettes Seafoam and Find My Way, word art is Anna Aspnes Descriptive Word Transfers.
Still, worth it for the chance to see the Rafael paintings and the Sistine Chapel. While I did get a couple of non-flash decent photos of Rafael's School of Athens, and we even have a couple of cell phone shots of the Sistine Chapel, one of the most fun things was buying and sending postcards from the tiny Vatican post office.