Looking Back

I was going through my 2017 photos to try and pick a favorite but don’t really have one. I just have photos that mainly bring back good memories. I picked out over 20 but may have to spread it out over several posts.

We went to the States in January. We visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona,

and Sante Fe in New Mexico,

and the White Sands Monument in New Mexico.

We went to the Maldives for my birthday.

A trip to Venice with a lot of Spritzs to drink.

We did part of the Camino de Santiago in May where I took this photo of a cow at dawn. It was very difficult for me, my first and last time, but Maurice is ready for more.

We went to England to watch some tennis and made a stop in London while there.

I spent the rest of the year in the States, mostly with my mother but visiting with my children before coming home in December.

I don’t know if this is my favorite photo but I do love the optical illusion of this building in hilly Montmartre.

I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year for 2018. Thanks for making me a part of your lives.

More From Venice

As usual, I have many photos so I want to share them. Venice is so full of photo ops.

The famous Realto Bridge was teaming with people.

So many lovely courtyards and gardens, most of which are private.

Wouldn’t you love to sit here along the canal and have a drink? It was in front of a hotel in the Carnaggio area of Venice which have way fewer tourists. Even at this time of year Venice was crowded but not like it will be this summer.

An unusual and bit crooked statue on the side of a building where the famous Italian artist, Tinoretto, once lived, also in Carnaggio.

Drying laundry when you don’t have a back yard line.

Evening light on a canal.

Three Days, Two Nights

We had a chance to be with friends for a short time (Two nights, three days) in Venice. It’s not long enough but no way was I turning it down. As always, it was fabulous.

Of course I took photos of many canals and bridges.

Obligatory shot of gondolas with their blue tarps.

One of several Spritzs made of Aperol, an orange liquor, Proseco and a bit of carbonated water. So pretty, so tasty, and such a part of Italy.

I’m usually not a fan of Italian pastries but these were exceptionally light and tender and, of course, chocolate.

The only bridge in Venice with three arches.

Madonnas are everywhere and I thought this one was especially charming, especially with the flowers.

Another madonna on the corner of a wall.

This and That in Venice

Here are a few more photos from our fabulous week in Venice. We had such a great, relaxing time.

Huge, gorgeous painting by Titan of the assumption of Mary in the Frari Church. There was another one there by him too.

These were for sale in an interesting shop. They were used to show perspective buyers a dress in a miniature size. They were called “French Puppets”.

A dog dressed up for Carnival.

A very loud party was going on behind our apartment in a lighted courtyard. If you look closely you will see a guy on stilts outside the door. He was checking invitations-so I wasn’t able to sneak in and get a look.

The gorgeous ceiling of the Academia Museum.

A statue being renovated in a museum. I’m glad they let us watch.

An old painting showing Carnival in times past. You can see a really elaborate boat for royalty and people dressed in costume. I love seeing things like this showing life as it once was.

Just an iconic look at another canal and bridge in a part of Venice not visited much.

Rialto Market

Next to the arched, famous Rialto bridge in Venice you will find a huge market operating every day. Some of it is in a covered building, some in shops, some in outdoor malls. It was great to walk around looking at the offerings. We bought some things too to cook at our apartment.

A look at part of the covered market where a lot of fish was for sale.

Artichoke bottoms ready to cook.

These little artichoke hearts were ready to cook too. I’ve seen recipes using them before but they are very labor intensive to get to this state. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them ready to go in Paris.

Octopus if you are interested. Too rubbery for me.

After the market, we stopped at a little place and had, what else, a spritz, while standing outside. Luckily, it was a beautiful day.

Italian Food and Drink

I love Italian food. I try and make a few dishes of my own when I cook but they never taste as good. We had some great lasagne with about twelve layers of pasta, very thin, and not a lot of sauce as I tend to do. So good.

This is fritelle, a pastry that is only made during carnival. It is either plain or filled with cream or custard.

Here are two with bites taken. I ate quite a few while there.

We had a cocktail called a Spritz every day. It’s made with an orange liqueur, prosecco-an Italian champagne, and soda. It tastes like Italy to me.

Maurice had beer one time at a little place and it came out in this cute glass boot.

There is a boat on one canal selling fruit and vegetables.

Pretty pasta for sale in a window.