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

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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

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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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!

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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

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Travel theme: Still

When I think of this theme I remember my visit to Prince Edward Island, Canada.  During the time I was there (it was summer) the water was often calm and still.  Here are some of my favorite scenes from that trip.

still