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Thursday Doors: April 21, 2016

My Favorite Door in Manarola, Cinque Terre, italy

My Favorite Door in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

The View of All that Quirkiness, Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

The View of All that Quirkiness, Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Today for Thursday Doors we are in Manarola, one of the five villages in Cinque Terre, Italy. We stayed at the tippy top of this small village and would walk down everyday to the harbor or train station. These are some of the doors I observed along the way! My favorite is the first Pale Blue Shutter Door! Quite quirky, don’t you think? That entire building was quirky from the porthole windows to the cement gate pass through! What about that wrought iron railing made up of different finds? I liked the curly ques placed at the top of the cement arbor too. The walkway was narrow so I could get up close and personal to study all the finds near this door!

More Sea Blue to Add a Touch of Contrast

More Sea Blue to Add a Touch of Contrast

Here a Touch of Green Goes a Long Way

Here a Touch of Green Goes a Long Way

Why Not Add a Bit of Red to Draw Your Eye?

Why Not Add a Bit of Red to Draw Your Eye?

Manarola may be the oldest of the villages in the Cinque Terre, with the cornerstone of the church, San Lorenzo, dating to 1338. The name Manarola is a form of the latin worlds “magna rota” which means “large wheel” in reference to the mill wheel in the village.

The Teeny Tiny Church Door of San Lorenzo

The Teeny Tiny Church Door of San Lorenzo Church

Notice the bell above the church? As part of the history of the church, we learned that at one time the priest liked to ring the bell a lot, to remind the villagers to come to Mass. The villagers pleaded with him to stop all the ringing, day and night, to no avail. The priest was found murdered in the church and the bell no longer tolls! No one was ever prosecuted for the murder either!

A Door With A Lot Going On Above It

A Door With A Lot Going On Above It

In the picture above one could jump out the window, scoot across the walkway and be gone on the next roof!

A Stroll Along Narrow Walkways Through the Village

A Stroll Along Narrow Walkways Through the Village

Most of the residents in Manarola are involved with the fishing or wine-making industry. The local wine, Sciacchetrà, is well known, and the high quality wine of the region was noted in Roman writings!  The only way to get around the five villages is by train, boat or the hiking trails in the hills and vineyards above the towns, which makes up the Cinque Terre National Park. To read another post about Manarola look Here. You can collect charms that represent each village in the Cinque Terre, to make a bracelet or necklace. To find out how to get the Cinque Terre Charms look Here!

What’s your favorite Door ?

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

Guest Blog: The Jazziest Tram in Rome

TramJazz Rome, Italy

TramJazz Rome, Italy

Doing tons of research about “things to do in Rome” I came across TramJazz.  This is typically only a little fun-fest known to locals.  Extensive research pays off.  TramJazz is basically what it sounds like.  It’s a “tram” that features “jazz” music accompanied by a traditional Italian 4-course meal.  There are different types of jazz music featured, but on the night I was able to attend with a friend, it was, “Wonderful World”, a tribute to Louis Armstrong.   When booking, you get a choice of sharing a table of four or sitting at a table of two.  We chose to sit at a table of four.  The TramJazz departs Piazza di Porta Maggiore at 9pm.  The tram is really a trolley car that is on a cable track.  When you arrive, they check your reservation and then show you to your table on the tram.  The tram seats 22 guests.  There are 3 servers and a 2-piece band.  Upon being seated we were greeted by our table mates. They were a cute Italian couple that didn’t speak any English!!!  Our server brought us wine and our first course.  The menu was in Italian only, and the tram had very little lighting, so seeing what we were being served was a bit of a challenge.  This was tough for me because I am a very picky eater.  The first course was a type of black licorice bread with sausage, ricotta cheese and honey.  The tram started on its journey.  It was night time so seeing the city all lit up was really nice.  The jazz musicians could only play music when the tram was stopped.  After traveling for about 20 minutes the tram came to a stop in front of the National Museum.  The jazz musicians began playing.  They played 4 to 5 songs while we were stopped.  We also were served our second course.  It was Eggplant Parmesan with tomato sauce.  We knew it had to be really good because all of the Italian people on the tram were licking their plates.  The tram was back on the move.  It took us through the “old city” and landed at The Colosseum.  We were able to get out here and take a few pictures.  The jazz music continued, as well.  We were served our next course when the tram started moving again.  This time we received Broccoli Lasagna, another homemade dish, using the freshest ingredients.  The last course was my favorite, it was Citrus Gelato! YUM!  We also were given unlimited wine the entire night!!!!  The tram was now back at Piazza di Porta Maggiore and we were off the tram and headed back to our hotel.  It was about a 3-hour ride.  The music was absolutely fantastic and definitely a fun thing to experience.  I mean, how many people can say they listened to Louis Armstrong on a Trolley through Roma?  

The price of the tour is $65.00 per person and if you want to have an authentic Italian meal with the locals, enjoy jazz and want to see Rome at night, this is the tour for you!

Ryn Jarrett opened her web business, Roman Holiday Italy Travel, in 2016.  TramJazz is one of the tours she reviewed as a recommendation for Roman Holiday Italy Travel.   Please feel free to check out her business page at www.romanholidayitalytravel.com.    

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Turquoise Blue

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

Ligurian Sea off Coast of Cinque Terre, Italy

Ligurian Sea off Coast of Cinque Terre, Italy

Vernanzza, Cinque Terre, italy

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

Day 105 of the 120 Days of Crayola! Hey, we’re getting there! Today let’s look at the beautiful Turquoise Blue Ligurian Sea off the coast of Cinque Terre, Italy! The “Five Lands” are made up of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park. Over the centuries, the villagers have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea.  Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, but cars cannot reach them from the outside. This is paradise on earth!

How About a Hike Up These Stairs!

How About a Hike Up These Stairs!

The variation of house colors resulted when fishermen, doing their jobs just offshore, wanted to be able to distinguish their houses with ease!  Most of the families in the five villages make money by catching fish and selling them in the small port villages. Fish is also their main source of food.

The Trail in the Cinque Terre National Park , Cinque Terre, Italy

The Trail in the Cinque Terre National Park, Cinque Terre, Italy

Part of the trail in the Cinque Terre National Park from Riomaggiore to Manarola is called the  Via dell’ Amore or Love Walk. Here we see that locks have been placed on the fence line by romantic lovers. For more posts on beautiful Cinque Terre, just click on the tag in the list to the right!

The Love Walk, Cinque Terre, Italy

The Love Walk, Cinque Terre, Italy

Turquoise Blue was added to the Crayola lineup in 1935, but was only available in bulk until 1949, when it was added to the assortment of colors.

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

Thursday Doors: April 14, 2016

Prison Door iInside Doge's Palace

Prison Door Inside Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

Today, let’s take a peek at some of the doors in Venice, Italy. I’ve been dreaming of sunny vacations for the past couple of weeks! Venice, Italy is one of those sunny, magical, dream come true spots on earth. But, it wasn’t so sunny for those who were sent to jail from the olden days until 1930.

This prison door has two big bolt locks and the peep window also has a lock! The door is narrow and one would have to be very short or stooped to get inside the cell. The cell is very small and windowless! The prison was attached to the Doge’s Palace, (the home of the ruling duke) by a passageway called the Bridge of Sighs, aptly named because you had to walk from the Doge’s Palace, where you were sentenced by a tribunal, over to the prison. It was your last look at the world, through a thick, marble, trellised window.

Inside Looking Out from Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

Inside Looking Out from Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

 

Looking Up at the Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

Looking Up at the Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

This is the Bridge of Sighs as it looks from the outside. There is a canal between the Doge’s Palace and the Prison.

To walk around Venice you follow very narrow pathways tucked between old buildings. You walk and suddenly the path comes to a dead end at a doorway! It’s easy to get lost or disoriented.

Narrow Pathways Between the Buildings in Venice, Italy

Narrow Pathways Between the Buildings in Venice, Italy

 

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

 

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

 

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

The buildings at the main intersections have  arrows directing you to the most popular spots, so you know which way to go to the most familiar sites. Here to cross the street you look up!

Look Up to See Where You Are in Venice, Italy

Look Up to See Where You Are in Venice, Italy

The best way to get around quickly is by gondola! The doors are at water level! Just step outside your place into a gondola! For a post about my gondola experience look HERE! All the photos were taken at close up and personal gondola level!

 

The Water Level Doors in Venice, Italy

The Water Level Doors in Venice, Italy

At the end of the day treat yourself to a sit and a drink! Nothing better than being served by a gent in a white tux! I hope you enjoyed our excursion around Venice! To see all my posts on Venice just click in the tag area on Venice!

The Florian, Venice, Italy

The Florian, Venice, Italy

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Timberwolf Walkways

 

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

 

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

 

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

 

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

 

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

Timberwolfish Walkway in Montepulciano, Italy

Day 102 of the 120 Days of Crayola is here! Today’s color is Timberwolf, a gray, brown, tanish color to be sure! These unique walkways were found in Montepuciano, Italy. Montepulciano is a hilltown and these are the shortcuts through the village, from the top of the village down to the lower village. Or you could take the road which circles the village, which is much longer! A little steep you think? At least there is a handrail! This is where I attended Il Sasso, the Italian Language School, one of the most memorable times I spent in Italy!  For a short post about my experience at Il Sasso, look HERE!

Timberwolf is known as Old Man Granite Gray, the color for New Hampshire in the “State Crayon Collection.”

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

 

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola: Tickle Me Pink

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

 

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

 

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

 

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

Day 101 in the Crayola Challenge and today we are tickled pink! Are we excited because it is coming to an end? What a challenge! Or are we tickled pink because we have found so many of the colors? Or are we tickled pink because we have learned so much about the history of Crayola? It doesn’t take much to Tickle Me Pink! I like lots of things, mostly simple! But, I have loved everything about this challenge! I loved sorting through the photos looking for a particular color. I loved researching the history of the colors and the Crayola (Binney &Smith’s) beginnings. I loved learning how much the crayons have influenced our learning skills!  So much to be Tickled Pink about!

My photos today were taken in Venice, Italy! Even the street lights are Pink!

Tickle Me Pink has been a Crayola color since 1993. It is also known as Pulsar Pink in the “Discovery” series, Scruffy Pink in the Hallmark “Ugly Duckling” set, Hedgehog Pink in the Hallmark “Mouse and Mole” set, Giselle’s Pink Dress in the Hallmark “Tales of the Tooth Fairy” set AND Wild Prairie Rose as the color for North Dakota in the “State Crayon Collection.” Whew that’s a lot of pink!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Tan

Doge's Death Mask, Venice, Italy

Doge’s Death Mask, Venice, Italy

Day 100 in the Crayola Challenge and we are looking for Tan? Tan????? I was hoping for something outlandish here! But Tan it is! Tan, added to Crayola in 1958, is also known as Sandy Beach in the “Discovery Series,” and Grand Canyon, the color for Arizona, in the “State Crayon Collection.”

 My photo is of a Doge Death Mask from Venice, Italy. It can be seen in the Doge’s Palace. The seat of the Doge was initiated in 726. While the Doge, or military leader, had great power he was constantly under strict surveillance. He had to wait for other officials to be present before opening dispatches from foreign powers and he was not allowed to possess any property in a foreign land. The Doge ruled for life (although some were forcibly removed from office) After the Doge’s death an inquisitori passed judgement on his acts and if anything improper was found, compensation would be taken from the Doge’s estate. I like that idea, and wish it could be applied to our government officials today!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Sunglow

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

 

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

 

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

 

Morning Light in the Doge's Palace, venice, Italy

Morning Light in the Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

 

Welcome to Day 98 in the Crayola Challenge! Today we are getting some sun and a glow! We are in Venice, Italy! What more could you ask for to get a glow? The sun is right, the colors are right and the mood is right!

Sunglow is a fluorescent color, introduced in 1990. It is known as  Bee-Utah-ful, the color for Utah in the “State Crayon Collection.”

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Sepia

Off the Beaten Path in Canada

Off the Beaten Path in Canada

 

Way off the Beaten Path in Italy

Way Off the Beaten Path in Italy

 

Lost Off the Beaten Path in Italy

Lost Off the Beaten Path in Italy

 

Sepia is light brown, like the color of dirt. I like to get off the beaten track when I traveI. I’m not into the maddening crowds! Most of the time that is a polite way of saying I’m lost! But, I’ve had some of my best adventures that way! It only gets really scarey when it gets dark and you’re still lost!

Sepia was added into the Crayola Collection in 1935, but was only available in bulk until 1939.  From 1939 until 1944 it was included in the No. 52 box, but then was not produced again until 1958, when it was returned to the No. 64 box. It was also known as Oregon Trail, the color for Oregon in the “State Crayon Collection.”

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola ChallengeDay 91!

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

 

Thursday Doors, March 31, 2016

Montisi, Italy Garden Center

Montisi, Italy Garden Center

 

Montisi, Italy Door

Montisi, Italy Door

Today for my first entry of Thursday Doors, I am presenting the doors of a garden center in Montisi, Italy! This was a long, narrow, building with several doors, where flowers and trees were lined up for viewing and sale, in this very small village in Italy! It just goes to show you doors and flowers go together, and women are women, they want a garden or patch of flowers! If you are looking for an authentic Italian, Tuscan, Hilltop Village you have come to the right place! Montisi, population 500, even offers a unique, guided map for a tour of their village! For a look at more of my favorite Italian Doors in Montisi, look Here! Enjoy!

I have over 37,000 photos in my Collections and I swear half of them are DOORS! So you will see me here a lot!

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

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