A Day in the Mountains

A drive to the mountains near where I live seemed like a good adventure over the weekend.  After an hour of driving I started to see hills that soon turned into mountains.  When I got off the highway there was an entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The morning was getting more and more interesting!  I decided to drive on it for a while and every couple of miles there was a lookout point.  I stopped, got out of the car and took a good look at the mountains.  It became breezy as the road ascended and I needed to wear a sweater as I looked out to see these panoramic views.

Since I also enjoy flowers I thought that these wildflowers were a charming part of the landscape.  The events of this day produced some wonderful memories.

Blue RIdge

Simply Gelato

Over the past three years I’ve written so much about gelato that I had to check my previous posts to make sure I was using an original title! Gelato is a treat I look forward to when I go to Italy and I found a new flavor in Parma called Parmigianino that was light and fluffy.  When I get gelato I usually choose two flavors so I can sample something different as well as picking one of my favorites.  It is fun to walk and enjoy the scenery with a refreshing gelato.  I’m not the only one who does that either – I saw lots of people walking with their gelato cones and cups!

gelato

I decided to continue with this theme so here are some of the signs I saw as well as actual gelato.  These pictures make me want to go back to Italy as soon as possible.

Spring Flowers

Wherever I went in Italy I saw flowers.  There were flowers on terraces, flowers in wall planters, on sidewalks and in gardens.  When I looked up I could see flower boxes full of red and pink geraniums as well as petunias.  The colors were so cheerful that they transformed many terraces into bright and eye-catching spaces.  It was exciting to see so many flowers in bloom and one garden I visited in Milan was full of people having their pictures taken among the flowers.

Spring is a perfect time to see the new flowers and simply enjoy their fresh beauty.

Italy

 

A Ferry Ride on Lake Como

I decided to take a ferry on Lake Como to get a different view of the area.  After boarding I found a seat under a canopy so I could be in the shade.  My plan was to take lots of pictures while enjoying the view.  There were several stops along the way, but I stayed on the ferry and ended up back in Como.

Although it was crowded the ferry was quiet except for the sound of the motor.  The scenery kept changing and I could see both sides of the lake.  When the ferry made stops along the way people got off and new people came on board.  Most everyone was taking pictures in my section, especially when there was an outstanding view.  It was an ideal introduction to Lake Como.

Lake Como

A Day in Portofino

I’m back from Italy and after unpacking and adjusting (again) to the change in time zones I’ve uploaded my pictures to the computer.  I haven’t reviewed all of them yet but I took over 1700!  For now I thought some pictures of Portofino might be a good place to start.

Portofino

During the morning it was both windy and rainy and the ferry service to Portofino was called off.  However, there was a shuttle bus from Santa Margherita Ligure and I decided to take that instead.  Later that morning the weather improved dramatically and it ended up being a beautiful day.  By the way, the bus was full of people with backpacks and it was a challenge staying upright as the bus went around all the curves in the road.  I was happy when we arrived and these were my first impressions of Portofino.

It was a perfect time to take a walk, buy a gelato, and then find a bench to simply admire the scenery.  Sometimes I wish days like this didn’t have to end.

Portifino

A Beach Weekend

After spending a weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I can still remember the first view of the ocean and hearing the sound of the waves.   Add a bright blue sky and a light breeze and it was just about perfect.  As I walked toward the beach I saw seagulls, sand dunes and people walking their dogs.  This was a great start to the weekend.

Myrtle Beach

But on Saturday the weather changed and it was gray and rainy most of the day.  I didn’t mind because it gave the beach a dreamy appearance.  I decided to spend time looking for seashells as souvenirs.  I also went to a nearby public sculpture garden to see some beautiful flowers and scenery.

Late Saturday afternoon the rain stopped and it was time to enjoy another view of the sand, water and the sky.

Myrtle Beach

This was a weekend of interesting contrasts.

Intricate

When I was in Washington, D.C. a few months ago the Dome of the Capitol building was under renovation.  There was a lot of scaffolding so I only took a few pictures.  However when I saw this scene in the Reflecting Pool I thought it was much more interesting!  Here is how it looked from the water.

reflection

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Travel theme: Trees

I just got back from a weekend at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  I spent most of Saturday at a public garden and did a lot of walking to see the flowers, fountains and sculptures.  It was cloudy and even rained during the afternoon.  This is one of the things you can’t control when you travel!  I had an umbrella and was still able to get lots of pictures.  There were so many impressive trees and I thought I’d share some of the pictures.  One of the guides at the garden explained that many of the trees are over two hundred years old.  They had a lot of character as well as a stately appearance.  I also liked some of the smaller, younger trees because they were fresh and decorative.

Tree

 

These trees look dramatic in the rain.

tree

 

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At the Park

This past weekend I visited a park on a perfect spring day.  I followed some tree-lined paths where I saw flowering dogwoods as well as fresh new leaves on the trees.  There were lots of other people out walking as well as families enjoying picnics in shady areas.  I even discovered a waterfall along the way.  It was delightful to simply follow a trail and admire the sights.

At the park

It’s really spring!

Virginia

 

Travel theme: Outdoors

One of the most interesting places that I’ve spent time outdoors is Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  When I was there it was a lovely day in May and warm enough not to need a jacket.  Gatlinburg is a great place for walking and some of the things I remember seeing include a bridge, a bench, and flowers, both in a garden and in the mountains.  Speaking of mountains I went on a gondola ride for a panoramic view of the area.  This was a time when being outside was a wonderful experience and it also reminds me why I like spring so much!

 

Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg

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