Capri, Italy

The Island of Capri is a ferry ride away from the seaside town of Sorrento on the Southern side of Italy where we stayed. We headed to the island bright and early on Monday with the sun just starting to warm the waters…

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We took a boat tour around the island and into the Blue Grotto, or Grotta Azzurra, a cave that shines bright blue due to the way the sunlight refracts up and through the water:

After seeing the island from around the edges, we headed up to the highest point via chair lift… my favorite part of the day!

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As you float up, you can take in views of the whole of Capri, the Bay of Naples with Mt. Vesuvius in the distance, and the bright sparkling Mediterranean water…

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From the top of Mt. Solaro, we hiked a meandering path all the way back down to the harbor. It took a few hours longer than we expected (bring lots of water if you give this a try), but the views were amazing the whole time.

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If you are in the Naples area and have time for an extra day trip, Capri is a beautiful stop. 🙂

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Gulf Coast 2k13

I like to make pictures with film. But… I always take a while getting the film developed. And when I do bring it in? It’s full of surprise, long-forgotten photos.

So now it’s December, and I love the cold. But these fresh prints have me thinking about the warmth of the beach…

 
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…with water at the perfect temperature…

 
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…and kiteflying, because the wind was just right.

 
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Hope you’re enjoying a cozy winter and dreaming of warm summer days.

Hiking along the Italian Coast

I shared a few photos from our hike through Cinque Terre, Italy here. The seaside, the views – it’s lovely. : )

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We started out early in the day by grabbing some fruit at one of the small streetside markets….

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Our hike wound along the coast of the Mediterranean through 5 towns, some vineyards, and natural cliffs. In the middle of one orchard, we came across an Italian man selling fresh lemonade to hikers….

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For lunch, we stopped in the harbor of one of the towns with some grab-and-go pizza….

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Throughout the hike, we overheard people talking in all different languages – Italian, English, German, French, and more. It was an interesting mélange of people from all different places – all come to enjoy the Italian coast….

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Everyone we passed would say “excuse me” in a different language. Scusi, permesso, entschuldigung, pardon…

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Cinque Terre is famous for its beautiful scenery and seaside hikes, but its mixture of different visitors makes for a really unique atmosphere, too. : )

One Tuesday at Cinque Terre, Italy

In April, I got to spend my spring break – 11 days – in Italy. The trip was rich with history, culture, and especially food. : )

We spent most of our time in Rome, but made this day trip out to Cinque Terre for some beautiful hiking along the Italian coast.

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This hiking area is full of sweeping views, crisp and salty Mediterranean air, seaside life…

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The main hiking trail also takes you through 5 small coastal Italian towns, where you find your way through small, winding, complex Italian alleys….

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Interesting architecture and inspiring personal touches accent the walls and streets throughout each of the towns…

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Tomorrow, I’ll be posting about some of the food we came across as well as the atmosphere of our hike! See you then. : )

Late Afternoons on the Vltava River

Late afternoon and early evening are my favorite times of day to be around the Vltava River here in Prague.

In good weather, people always come out for paddle-boat sightseeing….

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And the light slanting in at this time of day is beautiful, giving all the riverside architecture a timeless look…

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…as well as adding extra sparkle to Prague’s gilded accents…

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And the sparkle of the water as the sun sets is the finishing touch to the great atmosphere.

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What’s your favorite time of day? : )

Walking through Prague

I had a couple of days off work this week, and I spent the extra free time wandering the streets of Prague. I love taking in the city by exploring and meandering. : )

Today, I started my walk near the Vltava River….

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The restaurants along this part of the riverside have a great view of the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle.

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Later, I tried this traditional Czech/Slovak bread. It’s a good, quick snack – perfect for my walk. I loooved the taste of cinnamon.

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Then I walked up and down these streets, near the castle…

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…where I came across this bakeshop selling goodies through the window!

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Where did you walk today? : )

Welcome to Budapest

I was in Budapest early last week for business, but I also had some free time to explore the city. Budapest has a really great vibe – a laid back, happening place that’s a little reminiscent of Prague with its ornate, colorful architecture.

First things first when I explore in Europe: gelato! One popular shop had this great tulip-shaped gelato – all the flavor, twice the fab. I had the chili chocolate. : )

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10,000 Hungarian forint is about $50….

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Summers in Budapest are h-o-t! There are lots of fountains all around to give you a chance to cool off…

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And outdoor cafes are around every corner! The view at the end of this row of cafes is of St. Stephen’s Basilica, the founder-legend of Hungary and an early promoter of Christianity in the region….

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Hungary’s famous Parliament building overlooks the Danube River….

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Buda and Pest were two seperate cities on each bank of the Danube River until 1873. These photos all show the Pest side of the river; photos of the Buda side coming soon. : )