"Memoir isn’t the summary of a life; it’s a window into a life, very much like a photograph in its selective composition. It may look like a casual and even random calling up of bygone events. It’s not; it’s a deliberate construction."
~ William Zinsser
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Photos, to me, are as important as words. A flash of a memory, they easily recall a bygone event. I take thousands of photos every month. These are just a few.
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The Chianti Region is west and south of Florence in Tuscany. Beautiful vineyards, olive groves, cypress trees, and fields of sunflowers flow through this beautiful region.
The trabocchi are the old fishing huts that line the Adriatic Coast in Abruzzo. Many are still in operation today as restaurants.
Off the Venetian coast, Burano is home to colorful residences and lace-making.
Bread and olives
Sulmona at Night
Known as the most beautiful of the 5 villages in the Cinque Terre, Vernazza suffered much damage during a 2011 flood. The town has recovered since.
Frosty Morning in Abruzzo
Old Town Stockholm from the newer town.
Pettorano sul Gizio
The hills that surround Pettorano are dotted with vineyards and olive groves.
To paint their homes, owners must get permission from city hall which will tell the the colors they must use.
Fresh Sea Urchins
Mike and I watched as fishermen brought the sea urchins to a park on the dock & sold them to customers who ate them right then and there.
The name "Big Ben" refers to the tower and clock that stand at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London.
Burano is an archipelago of four islands connected by bridges.
A loaf of bread, a glass of wine
People-watching in Piazza Maggiore in Bologna.
Pizza e vino
Known as the "green heart" of Italy, Umbria is the only land-locked region in Italy.
Pettorano sul Gizio, Italy
Located about 170 km from Rome, Pettorano sul Gizio is a small hill town in L'Aquila Province. The town was home to the carbonari—charcoal makers—and celebrate the work these men did with a polenta festival every January. Pettorano is the birthplace of my grandparents.
Riomaggiore is the southern-most town of the Cinque Terre.
I love doors and wonder who put them up, how long they've been around, what lurks behind them. They have many stories to tell.
A town in SE France, Avignon was home of the Catholic Church and its popes from 1309-77. Ramparts surround the historic center, and the Palais du Papes looks down on the city from a hill just inside the rampart.
I love these flowers, and since I can never remember the name, I call them the "spiky pink cactus flowers." It works.
A gondolier in Venice must pass a number of tests before he/she can man a gondola.
Canal in Bologna
Bologna used to have a lot of canals that residents used to transport goods and necessities. Today only one still exists in the historic center.
Rocca Calascio is the highest fortress (rocca) in the Apeninnes. Built from the 10-13th centuries, the fortress was destroyed by an earthquake in 1461 and never restored.
Roofs of Bologna
Bologna is called "The Red" for its red buildings and roofs and the fact that it is the birthplace of the liberal left. The University of Bologna is the oldest in the world (The Learned), and the food is reportedly the best in Italy (The Fat).
Bike in Bologna
Named for the engineer—Gustave Eiffel— who designed and build it, the Eiffel Tower opened in 1889. Originally not beloved by Parisians, the tower is now one of the most recognized and beloved international monuments.
On the Adriatic coast, Pescara is the largest city in the Abruzzo Region. Visitors can rent umbrellas to protect them from the hot sun. Usuallly, the umbrellas have material covering the spokes.
Castrovalva is a small town in the hills near Anversa Degli Abruzzi. Permanent residents number around 20 although many people own vacation homes there.
This railroad trestle is near the James River in Richmond, VA.
Flowers on the road outside of Pettorano
This view of the Strip is from the High Roller looking southwest.
Mojitos are the favorite drink in Madrid.
Vinegars made in Paris.
There are 40 km of porticoes in Bologna, and the longest one is more than 3,400 meters long.
Table and chairs sit outside an Italian restaurant in Avignon.
A rainy morning in Spoleto