Our Walking Tour of Florence, The Birthplace of the Renaissance



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Our Walking Tour of Florence, The Birthplace of the Renaissance

florence, italy across river arno

Who wouldn’t want to visit Florence to look upon some of the most famous sculptures in the world:  Michelangelo’s sculpture David, Bartolomeo Ammannati’s Fountain of Neptune, and Donatello’s heraldic lions?  The artistic and architectural heritage of Florence goes far beyond those sculptures and led to this city, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, being called the birthplace of The Renaissance. Read more

The Wondrous Il Duomo di Firenze in Florence, Italy



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The Wondrous Il Duomo di Firenze in Florence, Italy

il duomo di firenze, florence cathedral, florence, italy

The day that Bob and I headed out to explore Florence, we were anxious to discover everyone’s fascination with the highly renowned Florence Cathedral, in Italian known as the Il Duomo di Firenze. After arriving in the city, we did not go directly to Piazza del Duomo but instead heightened our anticipation by viewing many other sights in the city.

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The Ponte Vecchio in the beautiful city of Florence



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The Ponte Vecchio in the beautiful city of Florence

ponte vecchio and river arno in florence, italy

Of particular interest to both Bob and me when we visited Florence, Italy, was the famed medieval stone bridge known as Ponte Vecchio. Read more

St. John’s, Newfoundland is a Feast for the Eyes



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St. John’s, Newfoundland is a Feast for the Eyes

an image of a ship docked in St. John's harbour, Newfoundland, Canada

Maritime weather might be foggy and rainy, more likely freezing with severe Nor’westers and dastardly blizzards in winter, but everyone agrees that St. John’s, Newfoundland is a feast for the eyes despite the climactic conditions.  Colourful facades light up any day no matter the time of year. Read more

Chateau de la Bourdaisiere A Magnificent French Castle



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Chateau de la Bourdaisiere A Magnificent French Castle

An image of the main entrance gate to Chateau de la Bourdaisiere in the Loire Valley, France.

One of my hopes on our trip to France was to spend a night in a “real” castle like Chateau de la Bourdaisiere.  By happenstance we learned about this castle, when we came upon a little tourist information booth along a country road in the Loire Valley, and it happened to be staffed by an English-speaking young woman.  Read more

Touring The Palace of Versailles – A Monument to Royal Grandeur



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Touring The Palace of Versailles – A Monument to Royal Grandeur

An image of the Royal Courtyard at the Palace of Versailles in France.

After spending a few days exploring the streets and life of downtown Paris, Bob and I were anxious to leave the hubbub of the city behind.  The  Palace of Versailles was our next destination and is actually located in a suburb of Paris.  It is a massive complex…800 hectares of gardens, buildings, water fountains and even a man-made lake called the Grand Canal.  For both Bob and me, it was a given that we would visit the Palace of Versailles considering its history and what happened there before and during the French Revolution. Read more

Arc de Triomphe One Of The Great Things To See In Paris



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Arc de Triomphe One Of The Great Things To See In Paris

An image of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.

Without a doubt, we have all seen endless pictures of the Arc de Triomphe,  in Paris, France.  Similarly, it is probably one of the most popular sights to be both visited and filmed in Paris.  But I have got to tell you that, when Bob and I emerged onto the surface from Le Métro subway stop, the sheer enormity of the Arc de Triomphe and its ownership of the landscape literally brought tears to my eyes.  Standing across the street from it, I just stood there amazed, very moved, and in awe. Read more

We loved visiting Paris in the Spring



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We loved visiting Paris in the Spring

Paris downtown - hazy morning

There are few places on the planet that Bob and I have visited that can compare to Paris In The Spring.  And even as our picture illustrates, it does get cloudy in that City of Light, but still, it is a city where time seems to stand still, and as you walk its streets, hills and riverside, the past and present seem to meld into one. Read more