All in One Morning [11|365]

At first I thought I’d keep it simple today and just post this photo of the pure blue sky and the warm colors of Bologna architecture. It’s like a geometric abstract, in a way. I think it will be my new desktop image. But then I saw this fancy Ape and couldn’t resist. I’m used to the Ape 50 van, which I often see on … Continue reading All in One Morning [11|365]

Pets and Ports [7|365]

Today was pet store day. Charlie’s favorite day! He’s always trying to get me to go in that direction and when we actually did this morning, he started pulling and practically running to get there. Having to wait for the light to change to cross the street had him almost whimpering in frustration! Poor puppy! Then, as the light changed, an actual puppy came up … Continue reading Pets and Ports [7|365]

Odds & Ends at Santa Maria Novella

First off, for those who are religious, forgive me for being a bit irreverent. None of this is meant as mocking, just my silly sense of humor. They’re all odds and ends that I found interesting during my visit to Santa Maria Novella in Florence, but they don’t really fit in any one blog post. I do have other posts I’d love to write, but … Continue reading Odds & Ends at Santa Maria Novella

Wordless Wednesday: Santa Maria Novella (Florence)

A slight cheat: The current church was begun in the early 1400s, but like many churches, it stands on the site of a previous church. The beautiful façade of the building was completed by the great architect Leon Battista Alberti in 1470 (who also studied law at the university here in Bologna). Continue reading Wordless Wednesday: Santa Maria Novella (Florence)

Urban Nature in Bologna

While there are parks and green spaces in and certainly surrounding Bologna — we can see the green hills outside the city center from our terrace — there’s not that much greenery among most of the streets and some of the piazzas. In Utrecht, we had the canal that ringed the old city center, which provided lots of green areas around the city. Plus, the … Continue reading Urban Nature in Bologna

Inspirational Women: Montessori

Today is my birthday. It’s also my parents’ wedding anniversary (I came along three years later.) It’s also International Women’s Day. So a pretty awesome day already! And this month the #DolceVitaBloggers theme is inspirational women. I’m a lifelong feminist and am inspired when I see any woman fighting against unjust restrictions or breaking out of out-dated boundaries, or just being awesome in general. I … Continue reading Inspirational Women: Montessori