Just lovely evening ambiance in the city square the view to the right of my hotel, right into the square: The Duomo Florence was much cleaner(a far cry from all the cigarette butts covering Rome), calmer because of less crowds, and has such beautiful layers of history. It was once the center of medieval Europe and is the birthplace of the Renaissance. Visiting the Uffizi gallery can be just as overwhelming as the Louvre in Paris, though much smaller. Just for a list of the great works there http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uffizi_Gallery My second time here; definitely a favorite place.
Confession: I don’t watch the Olympics. But don’t take it personally; I never turn on my tv to watch anything, really. BUT, there are very few better examples of discipline. I greatly admire the characters of people participating, their focus and patience with themselves in order to achieve the goal. Very few of us live our lives toward such mastership. The pic was taken in Edinburgh, Scotland at the end of my Europe trip.
Walk walk walk everywhere… Swiss Guards @ Vatican; they are all over Europe, seem to have to monopoly on elite safety measures :/ old ruins, original Roman road
It is not just dining; it’s an experience. It is not just tasting, but engaging all your senses. Participating is not what you expect, utensils and applications are not typical. This is not one plate, fork and knife comfort food. This is multiple tiny surprises that culminate into anticipated pleasure. There is no monotony; there is anxiousness and excitement. The end result is like leaving a play of many acts or a gallery of gorgeous paintings, thus resulting in an appreciation for art and a new pleasure found. The added benefit is not being hungry. The more expensive a meal is, the more hands have touched every component of the plate. There is so much attention to detail and delicate … Read More