Thursday Doors, July 20: Of Hobbits and Trees and such…

It’s easy to feel extremely humbled, and quite a bit miniature, when walking through a grove of Coast Redwoods in California’s Muir Woods National Monument…especially where the Redwoods create natural doors, inviting us in for a biscuit and tea, perhaps. And in scouring my photos on my Mac, I came across a couple others that…

WPC: Usually unsual, as mosaics go

Much of Isaiah Zagar’s astoundingly creative mosaics are located here, in my city of Philadelphia – his city as well. These few photos are a nano-glimpse of his extensive, clever, never ending flow of mosaics. For The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge, Unusual    

Fly Away Home…

Every year in the springtime months, I lament the departure of our wintering birds –  the spunky cute Dark-Eyed Junco, White-Throated Sparrow,  and other winter migratory birds native to my area. Fortunately, this too means welcoming back many summer birds species as well: the Gray Catbird, Barn/Tree Swallow and Ruby-throated Hummingbird – to name just…

WPC: Triple-take Trastevere

So given the small world that it is, it only makes sense that both The Daily Post ‘s own Michelle and The Mexi Movie ‘s Manja both share in this weeks collage challenge – like, exactly share! Seems this spot in Trastevere had a way to lure in three lovely photographers 🙂 In response to The Daily Post’s…

A brief taste of Lucca Love

Lucca is the smallest portfolio of my photos, in having had only part of a day to visit. As anyone who’s been there could probably agree with, our brief stop left me stomping my feet out of frustration for wanting to see more. Alas, there’s always next time, this I am certain of!! And now,…

Il fuoco di Firenze

I will concede – Firenze is a way more cool word than the English plain old “Florence.” And furthermore, Florence was an unbelievably amazing city. I hadn’t anticipated anything other than love for it, given all that I knew about its history, architecture and art art art – many of my friends who had been…

Thursday Doors, July 6: A tale of two Italian towns

My last two hill towns of Italy left me with a sense that surely nothing could surpass them (though, my friend Manja tells me that’s just not so – I’ll have to believe her, for now 🙂 … ) Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio, the last of my Italy destinations, dished out a lovely assortment…

Please – ignore the sign and enter!

If there’s one thing that Italy does to a person who’s just visiting for the first time (most likely every time), it’s that She leaves you utterly salivating for more. Please, just a few more days to explore and enjoy and bask in that Italy glow. Even something as simple – and charming – as…

Thursday Doors June 29: Boho Trastevere

When in Rome – wind your way on whichever path you happen to be, to the Trastevere neighborhood. Our new friends Manja and Marco hit it spot on in sharing this crunchy, eclectic, and always on neighborhood with us – with plenty of history, food, friendship – and oh yes – many delightful doors mixed…

Gems of Italy: Swoon-worthy Cinque Terre, +1

When I first discovered we wouldn’t be staying in any of the five dreamy villages of the Italian Riveria region the Cinque Terre, I was a little disappointed. Levanto, a town just north of the “fifth” town, Monterosso al-Mare, isn’t technically part of the Cinque Terre. But, as our trip had gone, and how Italy…