A Snow Day

The snow began to fall during the night and by morning this was the scene in my yard. So just for today my only traveling consists of walking to the back door and seeing this.  I haven’t noticed any birds and the only sound is that of snow sliding off branches to the ground.  I’m not sure how much snow has fallen but I can see it stacked on the post and the bird feeder.  Later on I will probably look at my books about Italy and do some daydreaming, but for now it is enough to be indoors, look at the snowy scene and make plans to go outside this afternoon to shovel the driveway!

snow

Here is the same scene in color and then in black and white.

Next month should bring warmer weather…

snow

More Travel Adventures Ahead

Since it is the middle of winter I think that now is a good time to look forward to future travel adventures to help get through the cold, snowy days of February.  Even in Virginia there is snow and ice and I can’t wait until it’s spring and time for a visit to Italy in May.  This time I’ll be in northern Italy and going to Lake Como, Milan, and the Cinque Terre, among other places.  Traveling to Italy is something I enjoy so much and the time spent planning is really fun.  I’m going to get travel books and guides from the library and check for information at the local bookstores too.  I also like to read travel blogs that have stories and pictures from Italy.  I’m always interested in learning more since my mother’s family is from Italy and somehow it seems very familiar to me.  I’m also looking forward to discovering new places to find my favorite treat, gelato.  That is something that never disappoints!  It will be wonderful to add to my knowledge of Italy as well as interesting travel experiences and my collection of pictures.  Here are some places in northern Italy that I’ve been and hope to see again.

Milan

Italy

Italy

Travel theme: Details

When I was in Avignon, France, I saw this sign and decided that I should try to see as many of these places as possible.

Avignon

The first place I went was to the Palais des Papes that was full of interesting rooms, nooks, and details on display.  Here is some of what I saw.

 

Later I decided to visit some of the shops in the same area.  I liked the brightly colored fabrics and all the lavender items for sale.  I purchased quite a few of the soaps and sachets to take home as souvenirs.  These pictures include important shopping details!

You can find more details here.

 

Travel theme: Doorways

I am always looking for interesting doors when I travel.  For this theme I’m focusing on some of the doors that I admired in Orvieto, Italy.  There were so many different types of doors that I decided to take these pictures so I wouldn’t forget them.  Sometimes doors seem to tell a story and with a little imagination that story can become quite dramatic.  As you can see some are simple, some are decorative and I’ve included one that was important to me because it was the door to a gelato shop which is a favorite destination of mine while I’m in Italy!

 

I also noticed this while I was walking in Orvieto.

Orvieto

To see more doors look here.

A Winter Walk

This is my second winter in Virginia and there has been a lot of sunshine during the month of January.  I saw a little snow one morning but it was gone by the afternoon.  Since the weather has been so mild I thought that I’d return to Colonial Williamsburg for a winter walk.  I’ve now been there all four seasons and it is a nice place to see in January.  There was even some greenery and I noticed plants growing in a sort of greenhouse.  Most of the people out walking wore light jackets and I was comfortable with my winter coat and a hat.  I started out wearing mittens but I kept taking them off to take pictures until I realized that I didn’t need them after all!

If you’d like to join me on this walk this is what we’ll see:

In a few days it’ll be February and then it will almost be spring!

Williamsburg

Here is more about Jo’s Monday Walk.

Serenity

I have always enjoyed visiting Venice and one of the reasons is that once I move away from the crowds there are some very peaceful sights to be seen.  I like to go off the main path and when I do I’ve found places like this.

VeniceIt was very quiet except for the sound of a boat passing by.  There were no people around and it was a wonderful experience.

VeniceAs I continued walking a found a scene that combines several of my favorite things – water, a bridge, and fresh, crisp laundry hanging from the windows.  Although I didn’t see anyone it shows that even in Venice people are doing everyday tasks but in an artistic way!

Find more serene pictures here.

Shadowed

When I visited Hoover Dam in Nevada it was a late afternoon in November.  Although the sun was still out things were becoming shadowy, which added to the drama of the scenery.  I had the opportunity to stand on an observation deck with an unobstructed view of the dam.  It was so massive that I just stood and stared at it for a long time.  This picture shows the shadow of the bypass bridge against the dam.  After that I walked on the sidewalk toward Lake Mead and I could see shadows forming there too.  Here is some of what I saw.

Hoover Dam

More shadows can be found here.

Travel theme: Sparkle

I was in Barcelona in the spring on a particularly bright day with blue sky showing behind some fluffy clouds.  I took a long walk along La Rambla and ended up by the water.  The Rambla de Mar was ahead and I continued my walk.  There was a sidewalk where I saw a large sign describing the area.  As I looked around there were many rows of boats in the sparkling water.  It seemed to me that the water and the blue sky were exceptionally bright that day.  It was a peaceful scene.

Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona

Look here for more sparkle.

Flowers for all Seasons

I’ve been thinking about this year and all the opportunities that I’ve had to see flowers while traveling.  It seems that each season features colorful and unique flowers.  Here are some of my favorites from the spring, summer, fall and winter.  It’s a nice way to remember the year!  I’m looking forward to the year ahead with new opportunities to travel as well as time to enjoy being near home.

I’ve noticed that spring and summer flowers are both bright and dainty:

Here are some interesting autumn and winter flowers:

I wish you a very Happy New Year!

Travel theme: Golden

I was in Washington, D.C. over the weekend and it was a festive time for a visit.  I did a lot of walking and saw several of the Smithsonian museums and ended up at the Botanic Garden.  The displays were so colorful and inviting so I stayed quite a while so I wouldn’t miss anything.  Along with flowers there were replicas of many buildings that were gold in appearance.  The garden was full of visitors from all over the world, but it was possible to find places to stand and simply enjoy being there.

I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas!