This is a very appealing theme and for me the idea of travel can be as simple as going someplace that you’ve always wanted to see. Whether it is traveling to a place that you’ve read about all your life or taking the opportunity to go somewhere new, both can be equally compelling. Tuscany was a place that I had wanted to visit and when I was actually there it was an unforgettable experience. Even now when I look at this particular picture I can recall the excitement of simply being there.
The view through this doorway is one to remember…
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When I was in Florence, Italy I wanted to see the most famous places and sights of the city. As I went from one landmark to another I walked through residential areas. When I looked around I noticed something that I didn’t expect to see. I usually think of shutters as decorative, but here they were both opened and closed and it looked like they were quite versatile.
Later that day I saw this building and thought that the pattern of the shutters was eye-catching.
These pictures are among my souvenirs of Italy and just as meaningful to me as this photograph I took in Florence.
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There are many cities in Tuscany that are famous for their art and architecture. Another way to admire the beauty of the region is to be outdoors and see places like this. I think this scene could be the subject of a painting.
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I’ve been thinking about souvenirs lately. But some things don’t last and are not actual souvenirs unless I’ve taken a picture. This would include gelato. Chocolate is another thing that doesn’t last but I can only consider one irresistible treat at a time.
I spend quite a bit of time traveling during the year, and when I’m at home I like to think about places to go next. Besides planning for specific trips I make lists of important things to keep in mind. These are the some of the considerations.
I’m always looking for interesting doors when I travel, and so many from Italy are especially appealing. For instance, I thought this one from Venice wasn’t where you’d expect to see a door.
It happened to rain on the day I visited San Gimignano in Tuscany. Since this is always a possibility on a trip, I came to Italy prepared for any kind of weather. So I wore a poncho and carried an umbrella. Since it wasn’t windy, the umbrella didn’t blow inside out! When I wanted to take a picture I stood under an awning or near a building entrance. I thought the town looked pretty in the rain and I accepted it as something that happens when you travel. Continue reading