Friday, November 1, 2013

Back from Europe and Africa

Sorry it has been a while since I have posted.

Just returned from a whirlwind trip. Beginning in Barcelona, we traveled to Tunisia, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Genoa, Villefranche, and back to Barcelona.

I saw some amazing art and architecture and added two more countries to my list (Spain and Tunisia) for a total of 35.

For highlights:
Tunisia - Carthage Roman Baths. Great site to walk around amidst the Roman ruins.
Rome - Seeing the Sistine Chapel again now that it has been cleaned, and having a private tour of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's.
Florence - Climbing the Duomo to the Cupola. See photo below. We climbed the 350 feet in 12 minutes. Fascinating.
photo by Linda

Pisa - Seeing the Leaning Tower and Bapistry at sunset
Genoa - Walking the streets and being surprised by the artwork entrances to the numerous palaces (our mcmansion equivalent.)
Villefranche, France - The winding twisty roads and houses perched on the steep hillside. The Rue Obscura was well worth a look.
Barcelona - The timed fountains at night in front of the National Art Museum.
Of course there were countless interesting things to see. Fascinating doornobs, sunlight splashing on a home in Villefranche, a painter setting up his easel in front of the Imperial Forum in Rome, the sculptures in the Piazza Navona, an old man taking out his violin along a small street in Genoa.

It was a wonderful trip. And I got to share it with my family including my nephew and 4 nieces. Perfect.

Now time to get back to my flamingo piece.

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