I created this postcard for the Yahoo group "All Things Tim" - Wish You Were Here swap. I used Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress inks for the background and Vintage Photo for the edges. The background behind the word Voyage is Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo. The stamps are from Classics #1 by Stampers Anonymous and the heart is Tim's Movers and Shapers Mini Hearts die covered with Barn Door ink and his washi tape. The photo is from my trip to Italy a few years ago (where I still have not finished uploading my photos to this blog!). I can't wait to see what other post cards I will get in return!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Betty and I arrived in Florence and naturally got lost as soon as we exited the train station on the wrong side! It was so hot (100+) that by the time we got to Hotel Alessandra I was ready to pass out! Our first stop was to buy the Florence Card which allowed us to skip the long lines at the Uffizi Gallery and free rides on city buses. It is only a few minutes walk from our hotel to the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio so off we went! Next to the art gallery is the Piazza della Signoria with an amazing collection of statuary, including a copy of Michelangelo's David.
|Ponte Vecchio at night|
|Borgo SS Apostoli where Hotel Alessandra is located|
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Day 5: Last day in Rome (insert frowny face here!) Borghese Gallery, Piazza della Popolo, Spanish Steps, Capuchin Crypt, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Trevi Fountain. If you are going to the Borghese Gallery, you MUST have a reservation before you go as it is usually sold out during the summer. Betty and I took a bus to where I thought the gallery was located but no....I only had 1/2 the name of the stop right and we ended up near the British Embassy about a 10 minute walk away! That doesn't seem like much time but when you don't know where you are and have a specific entrance time you can't miss, you start to panic! We asked the guards at the embassy where we were and how to get to where we wanted to go, thinking that naturally they spoke english...but they were Italian soldiers and only spoke some english but it was enough for us to get on our way. (odd, wot?)
Overlooking the "Twins" and St. Peter's Basilica
Piazza della Popolo with Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto (the "Twins") and Ramesses II obelisk
One of the things that I wanted to in Rome was to find the sculptures and fountains that were in the movie "Angels and Demons". Santa Maria del Popolo is located in this piazza and has several Bernini sculptures shown in the movie - naturally, the church was closed when we got there and wouldn't open for another 4 hours. We continued on our walking journey past the Spanish Steps to another church named Santa Maria (della Immacolata Concezione) where there are Capuchin Crypts below that have bones displayed as art. We then walked to another church in the movie, Santa Maria della Vittoria, to find Bernini's Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. We finished the day at the Trevi Fountain where we each made a wish of course!
Ecstasy of Saint Teresa
Trevi Fountain at dusk just as the lights came on!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Day 4: Vatican City, Castel Sant'Angelo, Cistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica. I always thought that the Cistine Chapel was located in St. Peter's Basilica - nope - it is in a different building with the Vatican Museums in between! Another piece of amazing religious art NOT in St. Peter's is the Last Supper. That is located in a little church in Milan...who knew?! We finished the day by visiting Santa Maria Maddalena, the church directly across the piazza from our hotel. This was one of my favorite churches! We had dinner outside in the piazza; bad pizza but good conversation with fellow guests from Melbourne.
We walked to Vatican City through Old Rome - beautiful but hot!
The bridge of angels to the Castel Sant'Angelo
One of the angels on the bridge
A fragment of a fresco in the Vatican Museums
A sculpture in the Vatican Museums
Michaelangelo's Pieta in St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica
Baldacchino in St. Peter's
St. Peter's Basilica
Santa Maria Maddalena - this church is located directly across from our hotel...our morning view at breakfast!
I lit a candle for my mom here.