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Yet Another Day In Florence

Florence is one of my favorite cities in Italy.  During my most recent visit, I finally got to see the Uffizi Gallery.  The Gallery hosts a magnificent collection of Primitive and Renaissance paintings, including some universally acclaimed masterpieces of all time by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo.  Reserving tickets in advance was quite simple at the museum website.

While in Florence, I enjoyed some beautiful October weather…blue skies and warm temperatures; perfect for alfresco dining.  What more could a girl ask for?

I thought I would share some photos from my visit. 

A Rainy Day in Shanghai

I’m sure this has happened to everyone at one time or another.  You are visiting a city for only a few days and dear Mother Nature refuses to cooperate.  The skies open up and down comes the rain.  This is what happened during my time in Shanghai.  After my Yuyuan Garden visit was literally a wash out (no pun intended), I referred to my trusty guide-book for some indoor activities. Read more…

Notre-Dame Cathedral

The Notre-Dame Cathedral is a wonderful place to view artwork, admire architecture, or to spend some quality time reflecting and meditating.  I visited the  Cathedral a few times over the years; however, during my last visit, I wanted to get there early and snap some photos without throngs of tourists.  I suppose many others shared my idea because I arrived to find the entrance at the west façade filled with tourists; after all, this was Paris in July. Oh well, with my original plan squashed, I decided it was just another reason to return to this fabulous city. View Full Article

A Tour of the Musée Rodin Gardens

One of my passions in life is travel, as is recognizable from the name of my blog.  With each new journey comes a new experience; one of which is a new appreciation for art. During my first visit to Europe, I visited Amsterdam and became acquainted with the works of the Dutch Masters.  At that time I knew I wanted more and made a list of the artwork I just had to see. View Full Article

A PhotoTour of La Alhambra

Washington Irving (1783-1859) wrote “Tales of the Alhambra.”  The series of essays and short stories published in 1832, depicted his journey from Seville to Granada and chronicled his days at the Alhambra Palace.  In a recent visit to Spain, I traversed the path of Washington Irving through Andalusia from Seville to Granada, in route to the Alhambra. View Full Article

The Café Terrace at Night…Following the Footsteps of Vincent van Gogh

Amsterdam was my first point of entry in Europe, so it will always be special to me.  Each time I return, I always get a feeling of both excitement and comfort in knowing what awaits me.  Amsterdam provided me with my first taste of European culture and my few days there left me wanting more.  It was my jumping off point to a new-found indulgence in art appreciation.  My first time to Amsterdam included visits to both the Rijks Museum and the van Gogh Museum; the likes of these can be saved for another post.  During that time, it seemed the more museums I visited, the more I wanted.  One might compare this to the euphoric addiction some might have to the notorious “coffee shops” (or cannabis cafés) of Amsterdam. View Full Article

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