Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Things I Learned

Here are some of the things I learned
on my trip to Italy.

1. Women in Italy take their footwear seriously.
I'm not sure about the men. 
Seriously. . . . Seriously?

2. Ordering a margarita can bring surprising results.

3. Every meal should start with gelato,
preferably Creme Caramel, Caffe, or Bailey's
though this Limoncello was pretty good too.

4. There are service gondolas used by Venetian locals
that cost only half a Euro, a darn sight cheaper
than the tourist version. One is just past
the Rialto Bridge on the side of the market.
It just takes you from one side of the canal
to the other, but hey -- I've ridden in a gondola!

5. The after-hours tour of the Vatican museum
was worth every dime.

6. The Amalfi Coast is breath-taking.

7. Store windows in Venice are show-stoppers.

8. It's best to go to Italy with your bags already full
if you're on a budget.

9. The mosaic tile floors in Rome are simply amazing.
These are in the Vatican museum.

(This one's for you, Rebecca.)


rebecca said...

thanks for the sensory wake up,
such beauty!!! i love knowing that you have been taking it all in..recording with your electric eyes, your magnificent mind.

i am thrilled at the prospect of sumptuous eye candy strung together with your word smithing
delighting us over and over with your travel lust.

you placed my feet firmly in heaven.
thank you meri!
(you have no idea how much i needed to be transported)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

gorgeous photos!!

so nice to learn lessons first hand like that!

A.Smith said...

Oh to comeback from a place of silence and double vision to see this is like an unexpected gift! B.Loved read me the blogs every night and although he tried to describe photos and drawings you and I know that it is impossible to translate into sounds what is seeing at times only with one's spirit.

These are like beads in some magical necklace. You have no idea the memories they bring to me and what a sunshine ray in this semi gray morning. It is truly good to have you back. Hugs from here.

JC said...

Loved your photos.
I need to go to Italy ... sounds like a grand adventure.

sperlygirl said...

oh amalfi - you have my heart. so glad you enjoyed your visit!!! xx

beth said...

wow to all of it.....wow wow wow !

deb did it said...

what a wonderful tour...oh the eye candy...and I ADORE THAT WINDOW OF FLOATING SHOES!!

kendalee said...

Oh I love experiencing Italy through your eyes and thoughts. I lived there for a couple of years and this tugged at some of my heartstrings - so many memories flooding over me... mostly lovely, some bittersweet. Magical place. Thank you!