Fun Times Traveling Europe with My Family

“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell a story. Make some light.” – Kate DiCamillo I am a firm believer in writing our own stories. Life is story and story is life, and life is easy in our comfort zones. Stepping out of our normal routinesContinue reading “Fun Times Traveling Europe with My Family”

Unforgettable Italy: Hiking, Polenta, Lake Como, and the Italian Alps

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir A few weeks ago, I had theContinue reading “Unforgettable Italy: Hiking, Polenta, Lake Como, and the Italian Alps”

Darkness, Perspective, and Light

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’sContinue reading “Darkness, Perspective, and Light”

Art and Sculpture in the Veneto, Italy: a Photojournal

The best artist has that thought alone Which is contained within the marble shell; The sculptor’s hand can only break the spell To free the figures slumbering in the stone. – Michelangelo In Europe, art is everywhere — in the architecture, in paintings and frescoes, in statues and sculptures, even in the arrangement of cobblestonesContinue reading “Art and Sculpture in the Veneto, Italy: a Photojournal”

10 Favorite Photos of Venice, Italy

 “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad   When my family and I moved toContinue reading “10 Favorite Photos of Venice, Italy”

My Latest Oil Painting, of Positano, Italy

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”- Pablo Picasso In 2012, my family and I drove south from Prague, over the Alps, through Tuscany, past Rome and Naples, and found the most beautiful place along the Amalfi Coast of Italy. We spent a week there in a tiny town called Praiano, in aContinue reading “My Latest Oil Painting, of Positano, Italy”

A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen” -Leonardo da Vinci     Ten Years of Oil Painting on Canvas Just over ten years ago, I bought my first handful of oil paint tubes, trio of brushes, and a big white canvas. I didn’tContinue reading “A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas”

Italy and The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay

Books and travel, the only things you can buy that make you richer. If there is one place in the world that I’ve written most often about, it is Italy. I love Italy, from the top to the bottom, through its musical language to the art which appears everywhere. And, if you’ve read some ofContinue reading “Italy and The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay”

The Italian Alps: Scenes from Chestnut Forests and Stone Villages

“Schilpario was one of the last villages to the north, which lay in the shadow of the Pizzo Camino, one of the highest peaks in the Alps, where the snow did not melt, even in summer. So high in the cliffs, the people looked down on the clouds, which moved through the valley below likeContinue reading “The Italian Alps: Scenes from Chestnut Forests and Stone Villages”

10 Favorite Places to Visit in Italy

“From the dome of St. Peter’s one can see every notable object in Rome… He can see a panorama that is varied, extensive, beautiful to the eye, and more illustrious in history than any other in Europe.” -Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, 1869   The Great Love Affair with Italy Out of the twenty-six countriesContinue reading “10 Favorite Places to Visit in Italy”