I hear it all the time – you are so lucky to live in (insert city here). I am not going to argue that fact. I will be the first to admit that is the absolute truth. I am not going to sit here and complain about how difficult my life is. Because most of …
Lately I’ve just felt exhausted. Weary. Tired to the very recesses of my soul. My load has been full since we’ve moved, and we’re all still trying to adjust to new schedules, new places, new languages, new cultures, new people. It’s the kind of soul weariness where all you want is some time with your …
This week, I started a French class. For anyone keeping track this is my fifth language other than English. Sounds impressive, right? English, Spanish, Russian, German, and now French – I’m like a one person United Nations! It would be impressive, if I could actually speak any of them, but right now I feel like …
Traveling from the big city of Rome to the small towns of Belgium
“For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery.” – D.H. Lawrence (writer) In June, we packed up our life once again, this time setting in Belgium. After three years living in the mayhem of Rome, it is a welcome change. Unlike Shelley, Keats, Goethe, …
What is it that creates a home when home is continuously changing? It is the sense of comfort, the material safety of being surrounded by the things and people who provide continuity from one place to another. In Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie, she remarks that “it was nice to be living in a …
In the past year, I’ve made it a point of going out on my own and exploring Rome. Sometimes I only managed one or two outings a month, and other times I’ve managed an outing each week. I’ve revisited new shows in museums and churches I’d visited in the past, and discovered many more along the …
My Relationship with Italy Lately I’ve been thinking about my relationship with Italy. For me, it was not a case of love at first sight. In fact, it’s often seemed more of a wary acceptance that has more or less developed into a comfortable coexistence. As I try to piece together my complicated relationship with this beautiful, …
March 31, 2017
A beautiful spot in Copenhagen is the Citadel Park.
The Appia Antica is one of my favorite spots in Rome. I adore hiking along the wide ancient cobblestones beneath the umbrella pines. This is one of the quaint places you’ll find along the way.
Just beyond the city of Rome, the rolling hills of Lazio will make you think you’ve entered Tuscany!
I love the Rome’s Vittoriano. I think it’s a lovely building to photograph!
The arch of Titus and spring blossoms on a lovely spring day in Rome.
I love Piazza Del Popolo – I find it to be a magical place to launch my journeys into the historic center of Rome.
The Ponte Milvio is one of my favorite pedestrian bridges in Rome. I love the history of the area, and it’s such a photogenic bridge – with fewer tourists and fewer street hawkers.
Sunset over the Ponte Flaminia – probably my favorite non-pedestrian bridge in Rome. I love the reflections of the statues in the Tiber, and catching it in the glow of the evening – pure magic!
I love the glow of the sky at sunset, and being able to see it on the Appia Antica is another magical experience.
I’m not often in the city center during the morning and evening golden hours – so catching the light and shadow of this time of day is a rare treat for me.
Here are a few of the most recent photos I’ve posted on Instagram. Most of them are various spots around Rome, with one exception – the beautiful Citadel Park in Copenhagen.
For some reason, I find that Rome is easier to capture in photographs than it is in words. Perhaps it’s the long history, or the complex character of the city and its many Riones, or maybe it’s the sheer variety of people that call the eternal city home. Whatever it is, I’ll continue to try and capture the elusive spirit of the city that I call home, for now.
Twelve days after Christmas is the Feast of the Epiphany. Though not celebrated outside of the church in the United States, this holiday is marked with special visitors in other parts of the world. Epiphany also known as Twelfth Day and Three Kings Day marks the end of the Christmas season. In Germany, Epiphany was …