As you’ve seen in previous blogs, my world of Osteria was heavily influenced by my crazy obsession with Ancient Rome (and Greece, to a lesser extent). And while I may not be a fashion maven myself, I have taken a few style tips from those historical Roman men and women and applied them to my … Continue reading It’s What All the Osterians Are Wearing These Days
Hello Bloglandia! I have a confession: I'm a bit of a history junkie especially when it comes to a few of my "darling" time periods, one of which is Ancient Rome. For those of you out there who HATED history in school, I know the very notion of enjoying anything historical is akin to enjoying … Continue reading Arranged Marriages & Battles for Power: The History That Inspired Domna
...would smell like baguettes, bacon, or French fries. No, I haven't gotten on the Alternative Facts bandwagon by coming up with some Alternative Shakespeare. Although maybe some of my social media followers have. What in the world am I rambling about? My new piece of colored pencil art, of course. Starting Out by Having Fun After … Continue reading A Rose by Any Other Name…
I'm about at the end of our relaxing time in Orvieto, but no stop to this hilltop Italian town would be complete without a trip to its Duomo. The official name of this impressive building is Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, so you'll understand if I just stick to "Duomo." From the side, with its black and white stripes, the … Continue reading My, What a Big Duomo You Have -Orvieto, Italy
After last week's side trip to the Oregon Zoo, it's time to get back on track with The Vacation. After our arrival in Orvieto and finally getting some much needed sleep (and cheap wine) it was time to explore up, down, and all around this hilltop town. This post is a bit long and quite … Continue reading Orvieto, Italy: Up, Down, and All Around
Before we jump into the next part of The Vacation tale, let me take a moment to do a little self-promoting and to offer my readers an excellent bargain. For today only (26 November 2016) Fine Art America is offering free shipping to ANY destination in the world (even Antarctica!) on ANY product. Yes, even … Continue reading Welcome to Orvieto!
Before abandoning my trip reports last week to go on a political tirade, Mr. Husband and I were still roaming the streets of Florence, Italy. And as you'll recall, that roaming was done in a complete daze due not to cheap Italian wine, but to insomnia. Well, let's just say our mental states weren't improving as … Continue reading Forget Florence…I’m Outta Here!
The last time Mr. Husband and I were in Italy, we wandered across the Ponte Vecchio to see the Pitti Palace facade, but didn't have time to go in. When we returned from that trip I read a bit about the Boboli Gardens and had an I-could-have-had-a-V-8 moment when I realized what I missed. So, this time … Continue reading It’s a Pity About Pitti Palace
Before I begin this post, some of you may have been wondering why last week's post didn't include photos of Mr. Husband's Dome and Campanile climb in Florence. Um, to be honest, I was being a bit lazy and didn't feel like wrangling the SD card from his camera. But the motivation bug bit me today … Continue reading Giving Italy the Finger…and Thumb