The famous Duomo in Florence. Look at all of the different marble colors. I was so awed. I was drooling. I mean, jaw dropping drool.
Look at the detail. All of this work was on the outside of the cathedral. Where would these buildings be, if there was no religious fervor?
I think everyone who goes to Siena, takes this picture.
It looks very casual. like somebody just left their bike parked in the window, but my friend Paul took the exact same shot with the exact same bike. Talk about a Disney" scenic spot"!
Ancient decorative arts... let's see Two's Company knock these off.
Obviously, everywhere we went, we saw great works of art, in streets, cathedrals, outside castles. I think I want to learn to paint frescoes. I was a mural painter for a year, so I know how to paint vertically. I've just never painted on wet plaster.
I've wanted to go to Siena all of my life. The color by that name was my favorite in my crayon box. That's how long I've wanted to see it. Well, I saw it. It was everything I thought it would be. The rooftops, the campanile, the gelato shops. The central square has shops and cafes all around the edge. food and shopping were fantastic. I bought linen scarves in many colors. the prices were good too.
What do you do when you are visiting a world famous wine region? It didn't take us long to find out. We travelled from Florence to Siena tasting and buying red wine, and olive oil! It's so funny, because we drank all day for five days and never got drunk or had a hangover. Of course, we ate like pigs too. So, the wine was diffused.
Don't you love those green glass jugs. I wish I could find them here.
That's me chugging a glass. My friend is ordering some fantastic something to eat. This cafe is on the grounds of a castle. We were able to walk on the grounds of the castle after we ate.
Our farm table on the balcony, was always loaded with the freshest fruits and food available. We had a woman make us breakfast and dinner whenever we were home. She made squash bloosoms and new potatoes sauteed in sunflower oil. That's the only oil I like to cook with now. It turns everything golden, and is very light. We also had pasta bolognese, and she even made us coffee gelato. And, of course we drank bottles of Chianti for every course. Ok, maybe not breakfast.
This is the view from my second floor window. I looked down onto another farmhouse in the valley.
Look at the rows of vines. Glorious!
Hi, my name is Leslie and I am a happily married fun loving artistic kook. My husband and I have a cute little house in the So. Ca. foothills .We have a grown son, named Eric, and a kitty named Booboo. I am a dealer at Agoura Antique Mart, and work with Maria,( owner and fearless leader), merchandising the store. I love to decorate, paint, photograph, and collect. I hope you will like what you see in my world! Thanks for looking!