The Vacation of a Lifetime continued

A spectacular 12-day Mediterranean cruise! Departed from Barcelona, Spain and made stops in Cannes/Nice/Monaco/Monte Carlo Casino in France. Then on to Italy with stops in Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. Next up was Rome, Italy where we toured the Colosseum and Vatican City. Then on to the Acropolis in Athens Greece. Another stop in Mykonos, Greece for great food and ouzo. Up next was Santorini, Greece (Mamma Mia!). Our last stop was Valetta, Malta with a special trip to Mdna or Città Vecchia- the Silent City, a fortified medieval city.

Greece: Athens, the Acropolis. Mykonos. Santorini

Parthenon

The Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis, dedicated to the goddess Athena.

Parthenon Athens Greece

The Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis, dedicated to the goddess Athena

Porch of the Maidens

The Porch of the Caryatids (or Porch of the Maidens) on the north side of the Erechtheion, dedicated to Athena and Poseidon.

Beach in Greece

The Agean Sea in Mykonos, Greece. Also known as the Island of the Winds. Ornos Beaches

Mykonos Greece

Ag Ioannis or Ornos beach. Not sure which!

Santorini Greece

View of the Mykonos coast

Mykonos Monestary

Panagia Tourliani Monastery on Mykonos, Greece

Monastery Arches

Panagia Tourliani Monastery on Mykonos, Greece

Ceiling of Greek Church

Interior of the Panagia Tourliani Monastery on Mykonos, Greece

Cruise ship view atop Santorini

Pyrgos, Santorini, Greece

Monastery Bells

18th century monastery, Santorini

Greece landscape

Pyrgos, Santorini, Greece

Greece

Pyrgos, Santorini, Greece

Greece walkway

Pyrgos, Santorini, Greece

Greek architecture

18th century monastery, Santorini

Monastery walkway

18th century monastery, Santorini

Textured Walls

18th century monastery, Santorini

Monastery Interior

Interior of 18th century monastery, Santorini

Monastery candles

Candles. Interior of 18th century monastery, Santorini

Greek Butterfly

Pyrgos Village, Santorini, Greece

Greek patio

Pyrgos Village, Santorini, Greece

Mykonos

Pyrgos Village, Santorini, Greece

Mykonos Blue Door

Pyrgos Village, Santorini, Greece

Greek Flower

Venetsano’s winery, Pyrgos, Santorini, Greece

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Santorini, Greece (or Mykonos, I don’t remember exactly!)

Mediterranean View

Fira, Santorini, Greece

 

One Lovely Blog Award

I would like to thank Amy Uthus Ceramics for nominating my blog for the One Lovely Blog Award!  Amy is an artist and works with ceramics.  I recommend you check out her post Images from my project in Denmark.  

The rules of accepting this award are pretty simple to follow.  First, you must thank the person who nominated you; secondly, tell seven random things about yourself; then nominate up to fifteen other bloggers for this award, and let them know you’ve nominated them.  Ok, so here goes…

7 random things about me:

    1. I can’t carry a tune.
    2. Stories about people achieving their dreams make me all teary.
    3. Watching youtube videos about fluffy kittens and/or cute little kids is fun.
    4. I love finding images in pouffy clouds.
    5. Coloring inside the lines was always important to me.
    6. Green used to be my favorite color, but now I think I like blue better.
    7. I believe in angels.

The blogs I would like to nominate for this award are…

Meanwhile, back at the ranch.  http://veederranch.com/

Michigan in pictures.  http://michpics.wordpress.com/

This, that and whatever else I can think of.  http://thisthatandwhateverelseicanthinkof.wordpress.com/

Bill Chance.  http://billchance.org/

Sanctuary Home.  http://sanctuaryhome.wordpress.com/

rona black photography.  http://ronablackphotography.wordpress.com/

Mattie Bryant Photograpy.  http://mattiebryant.wordpress.com/

caleephtography.  http://caleephotography.wordpress.com/

Photobypawelp.  http://photobypawelp.wordpress.com/

I’m sure there are many more amazing and lovely blogs that I’ve left off my list.

Point blank hiking

Bringing a camera along on a mountain hike can be a double-edged sword.  For me, the day will either be a 1). focused hike up a rocky, mountain trail with a breathtaking vista at an alpine lake as my reward and I may or may not remember to take a picture at the top, or 2.) a photographic safari that requires stopping every five feet along the trail to get low to the ground to notice something unusual at point blank range with the lens of my camera.  They are both great reasons to get up into the mountains, to be sure.  But I can’t do both at the same time.  So yesterday, I went point blank hiking.

The signs of summer

The other day I noticed signs of summer underway…hot temps? Yes.  91 degrees in my living room (no joke).  Pavement too hot to step upon?  For sure – no more going barefoot on the driveway.  The newly planted blooms already thirsting for water?  Sadly, yes.

I see signs of a HOT summer…

Peeling paint…didn’t we just paint that last year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lawn chair dusted off and sitting in the sun…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The perfect summery strappy sandals…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And alas…the ubiquitous coals that won’t light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How will you keep your cool?

The ravishing ravage of winter

From a distance, the middle of winter can seem unsightly.  Brown, gray, wilted, withered and downright dead.

But get up close enough, and winter looks deceptively glamorous.

The vertical glamour shot:

The glamour head shot:

The cheesecake/beefcake shot:

The ubiquitous close-up shot:

And the perfect boudoir shot:

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