Palazzo Pitti – Florence

04/25/2017

      Palazzo Pitti (or Pitti Palace ), and its surrounding Boboli Gardens, is one of my favorite spots in the entrancing city of Florence. If you love art or history, then you have come to the right place. The city itself captures the imagination. From the gothic Basilica of Santa Croce, to the Piazza della Signoria, where you can marvel at a copy of Michelangelo’s David, Florence has that magical quality of  taking you back in time. Sitting at an outdoor cafe, or restaurant, the various imposing statues that line the Piazza are overshadowed by the impressive Palazzo Vecchio. The Medici family’s influence over the city is everywhere you look. Their love of the arts during their reign over Florence has made it the place to be to view some of the most renowned works of art.
The way to Pitti Palace is full of wonders as well. My favorite route is through Piazzale degli Uffizi. The courtyard of this museum holds statues of Michiavelli, Da Vinci and Galileo, to name but a few. Once past the courtyard, the adjacent street leads directly to Ponte Vecchio. Overcrowded most days by visiting tourists, the old stone covered bridge, lined with shops, crosses over the Arno river.
Pitti Palace is a short walk along the road that meets the bridge. The galleries housed within the palace contain over five hundred Renaissance paintings, sculptures and artifacts. I could spend days strolling through them. At the other end of the entrance, an arched doorway leads out to the newer constructed courtyard, from where the gardens are accessed.
The gardens themselves are a wonder. With their many sculptures dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries, one can get lost in the walkways bordered by immaculately trimmed hedges. You cannot go a few steps before finding something to stop and admire.
But, it was the courtyard leading to the gardens with its many archways that inspired me to make it the entrance to the world I am creating. I needed a site for the council governing over the paranormal races and what better place than in Florence. The palace offered me the perfect venue to create an underground network, one that none but those governed by the council are aware of.
It is still a work in progress. Keep following for more insights on the developing story.

 

London Eye

04/18/2017

     And here I am on the London Eye with the Palace of Westminster in the background. Our trip was an unbelievable adventure. Aside from London, we visited Stonehenge, Bath, Leeds, Dover, Canterbury, Greenwich and Oxford. We visited Warwick, Windsor and Leeds Castle, as well as the Tower of London. My favorite though was a stop in the town of Lacock where we enjoyed the best fish and chips at the George Inn . During our visit, we were pleasantly surprised to see the picture below of  a Harry Potter scene which was filmed just around the corner from the inn.
For our next visit, which we are looking forward to, we want to see more of the countryside. Maybe venture further into Ireland, Wales and Scotland. There is so much to see and enjoy in these beautiful countries. Any suggestions on what we should include in our itinerary?

 

Ischia, Italy

 

04/05/2017

     I have always been fascinated by history and what it can teach us. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. I have many favorite places, but none compare to the many captivating ones from my visit to Italy. You cannot turn a corner without being caught up in the splendor around you. From Rome with its Trevi fountain, Spanish steps and Villa Borghese gardens, to Verona with the romantic setting of Juliet’s house, Italy is infused with history. The people, the food , the wine make the country unforgettable.
     Taking the imagery and trying to transform it into words is a daunting task.  I find when I am writing of the places, it is useful to have pictures to help me. Below is Casa Rosa, a house built by an American colonel, JC Mackowen, around 1898. A civil war veteran, lover of archaeology, he built the house using different architectural styles. The entrance has a Greek inscription translated as: “Greetings, citizen of the land of idleness”.
     It is one of my favorites on the island. If you are ever there, search it out. I am sure you will love it just as much as I do.
     Wish you all a great day! Enjoy life to the fullest.

 

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