I got to spend 11 days in Rome, and enjoyed exploring around the vast city that has been home to so much civilization and culture.
Rome has everything from quiet gardens around the Villa Borghese…
…and ancient ruins from the Roman Empire…
…to modern iconic Italian vespas, political flags, accordions, music….
There are so many facets of Rome, an ancient place where so much history and so many influences have left their mark. I can’t wait to share more photos of some different aspects of the city. : )
I got to spend one Saturday in Florence, Italy – a city steeped in the history of art, music, politics, and Italian culture.
In the pedestrian streets around Florence’s famous art galleries, every square foot is filled with musicians and souvenir reproductions of famous paintings for sale….
Walking through the city, there are pops of color and ornate architectural details all around you. You’re embraced by the legacy of inspiration that once surrounded da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Donatello, and so many other artists….
There’s something surreal to the changes of colors in the city throughout the day. In the early, misty morning, Florence’s famous bridge, the Ponte Vecchi, was cool and indistinct….
…but by the warmer afternoon, the shops and walls along the bridge had changed into their famous palette of warm yellows, greens, and oranges….
Florence had a very Italian feel, and it was awe-inspiring to be in the birthplace of so many famous works of art. : )
So, I’ve been absent from the blog the past week or so due to a health crisis in my family.
My mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer exactly 2 weeks ago, and she’s already begun the fight.
The doctor has a lot of confidence in his treatment plan, and my mom has made it well through 2 rounds of chemotherapy so far. Luckily, my dad’s workplace is helping out by giving him the chance to go with my mom for the treatment every week and by providing meals every day.
So far, it seems to be going well.
This has been a big health scare for all of us – my mom had little to no symptoms, no risk factors, and no family history.
It came out of nowhere and caught us all by surprise. Ovarian cancer is hard to catch in the early stages, and we never expected anything so serious to be wrong.
Please be diligent with your health care.
For information on ovarian cancer + how to reduce your risk, check out the info on Dr. Oz’s site: “Ovarian Cancer: Stopping a Secret Killer.”