Capturing Bliss: Serenity in 14 Photos

“Share a visual moment of blissful quiet,” reads the prompt from today’s Daily Post. Serenity is at the top of my favorites list. Just saying the word makes me feel more peaceful and grounded. So to share a visual moment of blissful quiet? Yes please! I’m always on the lookout for serenity, and luckily, no matter where…

Leaving Love Notes in Florence

In the narrow cobbled streets just off via del Corso winding through Dante’s Florence, there is an unassuming stone church tucked neatly into the facade of ancient buildings. It is the Chiesa di Santa Margherita dei Cerchi, dating back to 1032 and named for the 12th century Cerchi Family. Although the plaque below identifies it as…

Say Your Prayers

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” -St. Francis of Assisi Pulling this one from the archives to send blessings to all who need comfort and peace, both near and far. —  This post first appeared on Prayers and Piazzas.

Simple, Stone, Sacred

“I never tire of going into Italian churches. The vaulted arches and triptychs, yes. But each one also has its characteristic blue dust smell, the smell of time. The codified Annunciations, Nativities, and Crucifixions dominate all churches. At the core, these all struggle with the mystery of the two elementals — birth and death.” “As…

A Church with a View

Outside, the day was steamy and still, a typical late afternoon July day in Florence. But inside, ahhhh, inside the walls of San Miniato al Monte, which have stood watch over the Florentines since 1018 from one of the city’s highest points, inside was cool and subdued. We happened to wander in at 17:30, which,…

Seaside

What a luxury to take a break from steamy sightseeing to enjoy one of the many beach clubs dotting the Italian shoreline. This one is in Puglia, where many Italians head for ferie in agosto (holidays in August). The soft, clear waters of the Adriatic Sea kiss the craggy shoreline, and at this beach club, many of…

At Sunset

I sat with the soothing waters of Sydney Cove to my left, at a table with a pretty great view, ready to enjoy my dinner of choice, snacks and shiraz. To my left, another lovely view: It didn’t take long for the sky to darken, and thankfully I turned all the way around, because I didn’t realize…

A Few of my Favorite Things: Art, Books, Religion, Music (and Ghosts)

Sydney day two featured a sprinkling of some of my favorite things, with visits to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, and the State Library of New South Wales. The day’s itinerary also included the unique experiences of a behind-the-scenes tour of the Opera House and a “ghost tour” of Sydney’s…

Photo Journal Sydney: Day One

Crossing over continents and oceans usually finds me in Italy, but this summer I have landed in Sydney, Australia for a handful of days. Join me as I get to know this lovely city a little better!   The iconic Sydney Opera House, just a short walk from my homebase for the week. Almost 20 years…

In God’s Country

The Blackfoot River, somewhere near Missoula, Montana. Here it is easy to feel the presence of God, or Spirit, or whichever higher power fills your soul. Blessings….<3