Saturday, July 23, 2016

Piazza Navona - Rome Italy


 Piazza Navona - Rome Italy
The beautiful Piazza Navona is most famous for it's three fountains.
The Fountain of the Four Rivers, The Fountain of Neptune, and The Fountain del Moro.
Piazza Navona - Rome Italy 
Every visit to Rome I spend hours in Piazza Navona enjoying prosecco and the beautiful sculptures of the fountains.
Piazza Navona - Rome Italy 
Piazza Navona - Rome Italy 
Piazza Navona - Rome Italy 
The Piazza is a favorite gathering place for locals and tourists. In the Piazza music fills the air, street performers entertain, artists sell their works, and restaurants and bars cater to it's visitors.
Piazza Navona - Rome Italy
Sant'Agnese in Agone (also called Sant'Agnese in Piazza Navona)

Piazza Navona - Rome Italy

Piazza Navona - Rome Italy 
Piazza Navona - Rome Italy 
Piazza Navona - Rome Italy 
Piazza Navona - Rome Italy 
The Piazza changes colors from sunrise to sunset and again at night so be sure to visit Piazza Navona at different times of the day and night to experience this living art.
Piazza Navona - Rome Italy 
Piazza Navona - Rome Italy 
Piazza Navona - Rome Italy 
Piazza Navona - Rome Italy 
Piazza Navona - Rome Italy

Monday, March 21, 2016

Lunch in Trastevere at Bruno alla Lungaretta - Rome Italy

Lunch in Trastevere at Bruno alla Lungaretta - Rome Italy
Trastevere has so many great restaurants to choose from and on this trip I ate at more than one in this neighborhood of Rome. On this afternoon we stopped in at for lunch at Bruno alla Lungaretta.
Lunch in Trastevere at Bruno alla Lungaretta - Rome Italy
The food was delicious! 
Lunch in Trastevere at Bruno alla Lungaretta - Rome Italy 
Lunch in Trastevere at Bruno alla Lungaretta - Rome Italy
Locals filled the restaurant making it a great atmosphere to eat and people watch. 
Lunch in Trastevere at Bruno alla Lungaretta - Rome Italy


Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy

The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
One of my favorite museums in Rome is the beautiful Borghese Gallery. This museum is a must see when you visit Rome. The collection was gathered by Cardinal Scipione. He was a lover of art and the entire Gallery is living proof of his passion to collect the most beautiful works in Italy.
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
Tickets to enter the museum must be purchased in advance. I recommend that you order online in advance of your visit to Rome because reservations are limited and the Gallery sells out daily.
It's also a good idea to purchase the audio guide to really give you a great experience when you tour the museum and see the beautiful works of the masters. 
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
The entire museum is decorated from floor to ceiling. Here beautiful murals tell stories in one of the main halls. 
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
Statues, paintings, mosaics, and many other works of art await you around every corner. 
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy 
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy 
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy 
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
Pauline Bonaparte, Napoleon's sister forever immortalized in marble.
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
The Rape of Proserpine by Bernini is one of the collections most famous statues. The ability to produce this beauty from a solid block of marble is amazing. Bernini was a true genius.
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
This is stone. Unbelievable.
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
The Rape of Proserpine by Bernini.
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
The Rape of Proserpine by Bernini.
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
The Rape of Proserpine by Bernini.
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
The Rape of Proserpine by Bernini.
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
Apollo and Daphne by Bernini.
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
Apollo and Daphne by Bernini.
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
Apollo and Daphne by Bernini.
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
The gallery hosts many works from the famous Italian painter Caravaggio.
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
Self portrait of Bernini.
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
The gallery is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
The Galleria Borghese - Rome Italy
Filled with so much beauty...






Friday, February 19, 2016

The Mirror Hotel - Barcelona

The Mirror Hotel - Barcelona
This was my second visit to Barcelona and I chose the Mirror Hotel because I had stayed here on my prior trip and I was so pleased with my accommodations. The Mirror is ultra-modern and decorated in mirrors and white decor. The hotel is clean and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I also like that the hotel was very quiet and comfortable.
The Mirror Hotel is located in a great neighborhood and within walking distance of La Rambla and other sites. Just down the street from the hotel are coffee shops and restaurants.
I will definitely stay here again next time. 
The Mirror Hotel - Barcelona 
The Mirror Hotel - Barcelona 
The Mirror Hotel - Barcelona 
The Mirror Hotel - Barcelona 
The Mirror Hotel - Barcelona 
The Mirror Hotel - Barcelona 
The Mirror Hotel - Barcelona 
The Mirror Hotel - Barcelona