Friday, December 30, 2011

Ringing in the New Year

London, England (our first time since 1992)   Happy New Year!

We only had a couple of nights in London at the end of our trip but it was a very enjoyable time. To see the clock at night while Big Ben chimes is an amazing experience. I'd love to go back.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Newport Beach, California

I want to wish all of you a wonderful and happy Christmas.  Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your friendship!


James

Friday, December 23, 2011

People in the Florence Rain

On the steps of  Santa Croce


Crossing Ponte Santa Trinita

Via degli Speziali


Walking in The Piazza della Repubblica
Florence, Italy

I've always liked rain and now I enjoy taking pictures in it. Thankfully I haven't ruined my camera yet.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

San Giorgio Maggiore at Sunset

Venice, Italy
My words and photos can't convey what a special moment this was. Vicki and I were standing on a bridge watching an incredibly beautiful sunset in Venice. A good memory that will last a lifetime. Venice is a truly enchanting place!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Torre del Mangia and The Palazzo Pubblico

Siena, Italy (The Torre/Tower del Mangia was built in the early 14th century and is connected to Palazzo Publico or Town Hall, which was built in 1297.)

Here's a good reason to look up in Siena, even when it's raining. I was in awe and it seemed like this man was too, what an amazing place! Speaking of amazing, not long after I took this picture I tried pici di cinghiale (a delicious pasta with wild boar sauce) for the first time, yum, yum! :)

This is my entry for The Weekend in Black and White.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The ArnolfoTower

Florence, Italy
The Arnolfo Tower is the top part of The Palazzo Vecchio  (Old Palace) which is the town hall of Florence. It's a very impressive building that was built between 1299 and 1304. The wires strung between the buildings in this picture hold beautiful Christmas lights. Florence is filled charming narrow streets that lead to amazing things. The streets are especially beautiful at night. I'll be sure to post some pictures (in color) in the future.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Out of the Fog

Venice, Italy (An amazing place)

"La Salute" built in 1687
 

"The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (Basilica of St. Mary of Health), commonly known simply as La Salute, is one of the largest churches of Venice and has the status of a minor basilica. It stands in a prominent position at the junction between the Grand Canal and the Bacino di San Marco on the lagoon."

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Tower Bridge at Night

London, England

We had a great trip! London was our first stop and our last stop but we stayed in Italy for most of the trip. Lots of wonderful sightseeing and the best pasta I've ever eaten! Stay tuned for more photos.