If I had to sum up Venice in a few words they would be: expensive, a maze, grumpy Italians, touristy and a place that has to be seen at least once before it sinks into the ocean. Really though, it is a beautiful little city. The canals, the gondola drivers, the architectures are amazing and so different than anywhere else. Definitely a MUST see in Italy.
From atop Piazza Michelangelo, looking out over red-topped stone and brick structures, it feels as if the renaissance is at its height and all of the famous artists are busy working on their masterpieces that would go on to shake the world for centuries to come. Even though those days are long since gone, still to this day, when the sun dips below the horizon, the feverish work of great artists in the making still pulses in the orange glow of this historic city. Some of the greatest artists equipped with chisels, brushes and pure genius changed the way we see the world in these cobble stone streets of the city of Florence.
During our time in Italy Joe and I stayed five days in the Tuscany region. This part of the country boasted a beauty I have never experienced anywhere else. Cobble stone streets, hundreds of years old cathedrals around every corner, long standing art history, the mountains & rolling hills, the vineyards, the food… Ah, our […]
Pisa is a small city near Florence best known for its freestanding bell tower affectionately called The Leaning Tower Of Pisa. This tower was built to ring the bells for the beautiful cathedral that stands beside it. The tower, whose construction began in 1173, was engineered improperly for the soft soil it sits on causing the tower to slowly sink on one side. The construction continued bit by bit for almost 200 years! Construction on the tower started some 300 years before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue – that gives you a little time perspective – this thing is ancient! Recently the tower was straitened a few degrees and stabilized to insure that it will stay around for years to come. Megan and I felt like Pisa would be a huge tourist trap but if we were in the Tuscany region how could we not stop by and see the tower, I mean come on, it’s Pisa.
bliss: blɪs/ noun – perfect happiness Italy is bliss. It’s the only word I can come up with to try to adequately describe the way I feel here. The scenery, the architecture, the endless art and sculptures, the cathedrals & churches, the language, the Vespas, the gelato, the food, oh my stars the food. Fresh […]