A Moment of Hope #1

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

Here is a daffodil from our Pittsburgh garden. You have to have hope to plant a garden.

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A Perfect Bloom

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore Part One

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is a Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome, Italy. It is one of the Churches referred to as The Vatican Beyond the Walls. Even though it is outside the Vatican it is part of The Papal See and guarded by the famous Swiss Guard instead of the roman police.

The inside is astonishing and has one of the most beautiful ceilings in existence. It is very large with many different areas for worship and truly one of the most beautiful and accessible churches in the world.

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The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

First Amaryllis In Pittsburgh

We have grown Amaryllis in the past but have never photographed any for some reason unknown to me. We also have never had one since we returned to Pittsburgh. They are beautiful spectacular blooms. We bought this one late in the season and it is a little short but the the flowers are magnificent.

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First Amaryllis in Pittsburgh

First Amaryllis in Pittsburgh

First Amaryllis in Pittsburgh

Italian Statues Part Two

One of the great things about European cities is the collection of beautiful statues in each city. We also have beautiful outdoor sculptures in The United States but not done by Michelangelo or Donatello to name a couple of the more famous ones. The statues in Italy are amazing. Every city, every courtyard, every plaza is full of beautiful out door sculpture, some famous some not. Here are some more from out recent tour in Italy.

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Italian Sculpture

Italian Sculpture

Italian Sculpture

Italian Sculpture

Italian Statues Part One

One of the great things about European cities is the collection of beautiful statues in each city. We also have beautiful outdoor sculptures in The United States but done by Michelangelo or Donatello to name a couple of the more famous ones. The statues in Italy are amazing. Every city, every courtyard, every plaza is full of beautiful out door sculpture, some famous some not. Here are some from out recent tour in Italy.

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Italian Sculpture

Italian Sculpture

Italian Sculpture

Italian Sculpture

Italian Sculpture

Not Trevi Fountain

Last month I publish some images of the Trevi Fountain in Rome. It is truly a magnificent structure and a must see. However Rome has many beautiful fountains and I found some of the smaller ones just as enjoyable. Here are a couple of the smaller fountains including the one outside the Pantheon.

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Roman Fountains

Roman Fountains

Roman Fountains

Window Reflections on The Spanish Steps

We stopped at the top of the Spanish Steps in Rome to have lunch in a Cafe. The view was lovely but I was struck by the perfect reflections in window across from the cafe. The pizza was also memorable.

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Roman Reflections