The miracle of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and we give a hand!



Booking.com

The miracle of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and we give a hand!

An image of the leaning tower of pisa standing beside the Pisa Cathedral in Tuscany, Italy. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

Despite our intentions of arriving at the Leaning Tower of Pisa early in the day, we found ourselves landing at the popular tourist destination alongside hundreds of fellow sightseers.  This world-famous freestanding bell tower is considered one of the most remarkable architectural structures from medieval Europe and possibly the tallest bell tower in Europe. Read more

Our visit to the Stonehenge Ruins on Salisbury Plain



Booking.com

Our visit to the Stonehenge Ruins on Salisbury Plain

An image of several stone pillars holding up lintel stones on one side of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean

After spending a few days in London, England, taking in several of the well known sights, Bob and I, with our teenaged son, escaped to the peaceful countryside just outside of Salisbury.  On a misty morning befitting a visit to the spiritually significant standing stones, we arrived to find Stonehenge hauntingly empty of anyone but ourselves. Read more

Visiting the Spanish Steps in Rome



Booking.com

Visiting the Spanish Steps in Rome

The Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

On the afternoon that Bob and I landed in Rome, Italy, we were in dire need of a stretch given the long hours of travel time from Toronto.  Our accommodation, Hotel Manfredi, was centrally located in the Old Quarter so The Spanish Steps were less than ten minutes by foot from the hotel lobby.  It seemed a likely destination given its close proximity. Read more

Reflections on our Travels to Rome



Booking.com

Reflections on our Travels to Rome

Rome Italy Skyline

In August 2015, Bob and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary so we wanted to further mark the occasion with a memorable trip.  Never having visited Italy, we figured that a jaunt to the city of Rome would be a good place to start our 3-week vacation.  After all, it is considered amongst the top ten romantic cities in the world. Read more

Chateau de la Bourdaisiere A Magnificent French Castle



Booking.com

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

Monet’s Garden, Our Tour of Giverny and the Water Pond



Booking.com

Monet’s Garden, Our Tour of Giverny and the Water Pond

Claude Monet Water Lily Pon in Giverny - Frame To Frame - Bob & Jean photo

In the small French village of Giverny, we found Monet’s Garden that he began to build and cultivate back in the 1880’s.  In 1890, the digging of his Nympheas basin was started for what would become his Water Garden.  Read more

Our walk through a world of History in Paris



Booking.com

Our walk through a world of History in Paris

La Madeleine Church at the end of Rue Royale

Bob and I began our second day in Paris, France, with a visit to the Roman Catholic church La Madeleine, which is located at the very top of rue Royale.  With its massive Corinthian columns, La Madeleine Church occupies a commanding position at the end of the street, and I remember being awed when I first caught sight of it.  This church has a very interesting history. Read more