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Monday Window: Montisi, Italy

 Montisi, Italy

Montisi, Italy

Is this a window of a house or a prison?

 Montisi, Italy

Montisi, Italy

This window is in a small park. Is it for puppet shows? There are always interesting windows to look for!

For more photos of windows, by fellow bloggers, just look at Monday Window!

Thursday Doors: The Medici Family

A Medici Door, Florence, Italy

A Medici Door, Florence, Italy

Here we are in Italy, this time in Florence, seeing fantastic doors!

A Medici Door, Florence, Italy

A Medici Door, Florence, Italy

The Medici Family was an Italian banking family, and political dynasty that produced three Popes of the Catholic Church, and two Queens of France. The family ruled Tuscany from 1513 until 1737. We find their symbols,(balls) first displayed on their crest, then prominently displayed on buildings all over Florence and Tuscany, which were financed by Medici money. Some say the balls represented coins, others say medicinal pills that recalled the family’s origins as doctors or apothecaries. This door represents everything that the Medici family represented: the Popes, the Queens, The Dynasty! Balls, balls, and more balls!

A Medici Door, Florence, Italy

A Medici Ball, Florence, Italy

Here is another interesting door! This one can be found at one of the churches sponsored by the Medici family. Do you know what this door was used for? The poor would knock on the door and receive scraps of food!

A Medici Door, Florence, Italy

A Medici Door, Florence, Italy

A Medici Door at the Duomo, Florence, Italy

A Medici Door at the Duomo, Florence, Italy

A Medici Door, Florence, Italy

A Medici Door, Florence, Italy

A Medici Door, Florence, Italy

A Medici Door, Florence, Italy

I hope you have enjoyed our walk through Florence today seeing some of the Medici Doors! If you go to Tuscany be on the lookout for them!

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? See you next week!

 

 

 

Thursday Doors: May 19th, 2016

A Stroll Through Orvieto, Italy

A Stroll Through Orvieto, Italy

The Doors of Orvieto, Italy

The Doors of Orvieto, Italy

The Doors of Orvieto, Italy

The Doors of Orvieto, Italy

Orvieto, Italy is a dream come true.  From the train it is hardly noticed as one flies by from Rome to Florence. But getting off the train at Orvieto is well worth it. The location of the city rises above the almost-vertical faces of tuff cliffs that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone called Tufa. Renting one of the nicest apartments we’ve ever had in Europe we arrived during their biggest festival of the year, Festa del Corpus Domini. Our hostess thought that was the reason we were there. We didn’t know anything about it, and thought how fortunate we were to be there for the festival. This Etruscan town is also noted for it’s woodworking and many doors feature their hand made pieces of art.  One thing you will never forget is the fragrance of jasmine from the vines that sweep across the door entrances or along many of the walls!  Enjoy!

The Swags of Jasmine Over the Doors in Orvieto, Italy

The Swags of Jasmine Over the Doors in Orvieto, Italy

The Main Shopping Area in Orvieto, Italy

The Main Shopping Area in Orvieto, Italy

The Main Shopping Area in Orvieto, Italy

The Main Shopping Area in Orvieto, Italy

Streets of Orvieto, Italy

Streets of Orvieto, Italy

I made a video presenting some of the doors of Orvieto and the spectacular surroundings

The Streets of Orvieto, Italy

There is also an underground city underneath Orvieto. Many of the homes of the noble families had a means of escape from the elevated city during times of siege, through secret escape tunnels carved in the soft rock. There was also an underground well dug to supply the town with water.

Underground Orvieto, Italy

Underground Orvieto, Italy

The Duomo or Cathedral of Orvieto, was built on the main square of the town starting in the 12th century for Pope Hadrian IV. It is huge! The side walls are made of horizontal stripes of dark green and white marble! How about that for a door? Look at the size of the people in comparison!

The Duomo in Orvieto, Italy

The Duomo in Orvieto, Italy

Here is the part of town where the people live!

Streets of Orvieto, italy

Streets of Orvieto, Italy

Streets of Orvieto, Italy

Streets of Orvieto, Italy

Visiting Orvieto is a good way to experience Italy without all the bustle. There are several museums tracing the history of the town, fine eating, shops with well made, hand-made goods, and lovely people! Orvieto is a great place to stop! To find out more about Orvieto check out my other blog posts and videos featuring the Festa del Corpus Domini and things to do in Orvieto!

I hope you enjoyed our walk through Orvieto! 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? See you next week!

 

 

 

 

One Word Photo Challenge: Bulbs

A Bulb in Rome!

Bulbs in Rome!

This photo has everything I love; Rome, a Porch, the Terre Cotta Peach Color, an Icon, old pale blue Shutters, Flowers, a mix of old and new……..And the bulbs of Light!!

Look here to participate the One Word Photo Challenge presented by Jennifer Nicole Wells!

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, 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?

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Manatee

 

 

Gardener's Cottage at Ashford Castle, Ireland

Gardener’s Cottage at Ashford Castle, Ireland

I have never seen a Manatee. But, I do know it is also called a sea cow.

Since I don’t have a photo of the Manatee, here is the lovely gardener’s cottage at Ashford Castle in Ireland. Instead of having a Manatee, you could have a Cup a Tea here! It has a nice shade of gray in the stone, plaster, and shingles, and I loved the trim of green! Green and Gray for Ireland!

Crayola added Manatee, the grayish color, to their line in 1998.

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

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