Inside the oldest church, next to St. Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
The octagonal Baptistry, Bergamo
Facade of the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Pattina Gate outside S. Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
A view from Citta Alta, Bergamo
Lovely Varenna, Italy
Lake Como, Varenna, Italy
Crystal clear water, Varenna
St. Giorgio’s Church, Varenna
I loved this fern spilling out of a crack in the wall.
Also the name of my favorite restaurant in North Beach, it’s a small world….
Little alleyway all dolled up in Varenna, Italy
Olive Vespa, Varenna
The end of a great day at Lake Como
The Furnicular at Bergamo
Apperitivo in Citta Alta, olives, mini pizzettes and potato chips
Little vignette I sketched, Bergamo
Eric enjoys the second, fancier apperitivi
The vineyard next to Ca’Rossa B&B
This is called “Chelsea’s difficult life.”
Sunset in Bergamo
Traditonal Polenta Cake of Bergamo, so adorable. Undercover sugar bomb though.
Varenna as we leave
My sketch of Piazza Vecchia, Bergamo
Eric’s sketch of Piazza Vecchia from two different perspectives
Quick sketch of the flowers, by me!
My sketch over apperitivi!
My sketch of Varenna over lunch
Eric’s sketch of Varenna- not yet colored
My little drawing of Bergamo Polenta Cake!
Are you kidding me? This is where we stayed in Venice.
The view from our window in Venice
Frulala drink stand in Venice
Basilica di San Marco, Venice
The Doge’s Palace, Venice
St. Marks Lion and St. Theodore, side by side in Venice
Center facade of St. Marks Basilica, the Four Horses are shown
Arches, Crosses and Saints, St. Marks Basilica, Venice
Breakfast, Venice style
Glamour shot: Basilica di St. Marco
My favorite astronomical clock, Venice
Gondolas and San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
Campanile in Piazza di San Marco, Venice
Cafe views from the Campanile, Venice
The mouth of the Grand Canal, Venice
Pigeon flies over S. Marco, Venice
Long shot of Venice
The Rialto Bridge, Venice
The Docks, Venice
Inside the Glassblowers Workshop, Murano
This guy made a glass horse in about 1 minute
The Lion door knockers that I love in Venice, homage to the patron saint
Flowery glory in Murano, Italy
Double Vision: Murano Lamps and waters
Only glass flowers grow in Murano
Antique Murano chandelier- it’s fruit!
Murano glass lovebirds
Enjoying Granitas on the way to the Bianale!
The boys and their sandwiches
Entrance to the Bianale
Brett contemplates the Belgian Exhibit
As an homage to the abundance of pigeons in Venice, these faux pigeons were perched all throughout the main exhibit hall. Eerily realistic!
Eric and Brett ponder which came first…
This is some art I can get behind. Who doesn’t love rainbow bunting?
This room was all Playdoh and could be played with, altered or changed by anyone viewing the exhibition. Play time!
I was happily surprised to see some more bohemian pieces like this embroidery of a star chart
The American exhibit hall in Venice…look familiar?
Gloria in a tanning bed, American Exhibition, Bianale, Venice
The Grande Canale at sunset
Boats going about their business on the Grande Canal
Yes those red and white striped poles are for real.
Sunset over the Grande Canal, Venice
Brett, me and Eric at the docks on our last night
This ATM/Organ made, well, organ sounds each time I pressed a button! Scary and ominous!
View of canal from Campo di S.S. Giovanni e Paolo, Venice Italy
My take on the canal by S.S. Giovanni e Paolo
Close up view of the scene, canal by Campo di S.S. Giovanni e Paolo, Venice
Eric’s take on the scene
Eric and I on a bridge in Murano
Green speed boat, photo by Eric
San Maria della Salute, Venice
Eric’s take on S. Maria della Salute
My take on S. Maria della Salute, Venice
This is where we sat and sketched all afternoon.
Michaelangelo’s Pieta at the Opera ….
I liked the gaudiness of this painting, the detail and business that shout “This is important!”
This panel is the representation of “music”, I love it because he looks like a laid back beatnik strumming his guitar
I just love lions everywhere
Basilica di Santa Maria di Fiore
Sunset at Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence
The Campanile, Florence
The faux David they keep in the Piazza, the real one is safe in the museum
Ponte Vecchio- laden with locks
Ponte Vecchio at night
I loved the old medieval doors and shutters on the bridge, look at that peep hole!
Jewels! Jewels! Jewels! Try to control your inner magpie!
Breakfast, Italian style. Eric’s “Americano” espress is served with the shot in the espresso cup and a small pitcher of piping hot water to add to his liking.
Look! This clown car is electric!
Standing guard at the cathedral in Florence….
Statue of Santa Maria del Fiore, otherwise known as The Virgin Mary or Mary of the Flowers
Ponte Vecchio by night, Photo by Eric
Another piece near the faux-David in a statue gallery, photo by Eric
Chalk art, Florence
The artist himself, working on a second piece
Our bedroom in Riomaggiore
Our kitchen, next to the bedroom
Living Room/Dining Room, view standing in the kitchen
The view from our living room, Riomaggiore
Vintage photo of Riomaggiore in the train station
View looking down at Riomaggiore from the upper part of town
Overlooking Riomaggiore and the ocean
All of Cinque Terre has that perfectly aged appeal
The terraced hills of Riomaggiore, Italy
Up at the old castle, views down into Riomaggiore
Fishing boats all lined up in Riomaggiore
At the sea cliffs in Riomaggiore, after our walk through town
I love the way these rocks look like they’ve just toppled over sideways into the sea
Eric and I starting our day at Via dell’Amore, the path between Riomaggiore and Manarola
Via dell’Amore, between Riomaggiore and Manarola
Cliffs between Riomaggiore and Manarola! Gorgeous!
View of Manarola and its train station from Via dell’Amore
View from the top of Manarola. Look at the color of that water!
Overlooking the cemetery and pre-school in Manarola
Manarola, Cinque Terre
One of the beautiful altars to the Virgin Mary that are everywhere, everywhere in Italy. This one was along a vineyards terrace wall in Manarola.
Orange buildings and terrace vineyards, Manarola, Italy
Eric at the beginning of our hike from Manarola to Corniglia
These were the views all along the hike. Not too shabby as Eric says!
Close up of the terraced hills. Walking through the vineyards was amazing.
The stairs up to Corniglia from the train station! Phew!
Views from Corniglia, Cinque Terre
Vernazza, Cinque Terre
This unassuming photos is presenting you with food nirvana.
San Franciscans: Meet the Italian version of Arizmendi’s “Chocolate Thing”
This is the view when you disembark from the train at Riomaggiore. Yes it is.
Looking down into the water from the train station at Riomaggiore
This is the water you see from the train station. Isn’t it perfect? I just wanted to dive in.
When we were walking around Vernazza we came across the vestiges of an afternoon party…
The old fortress in Vernazza at sunset
This is how you know you’re in Corniglia….
We came across these rails every so often. They must use them to cart grapes up or down the steep, steep slopes.
This is what most of our hike looked like! Beautiful!
Coming down from the cliffs into Corniglia
Vernazza by Chelsea
Vernazza by Eric
Don’t worry though! I got in the water!
Vernazza at twilight
Fun in the sun, between Manarola and Corniglia
Eric on the Spanish Steps
Behold the Spinach Arancini
Oy! That’s a lot of people! Trevi Fountain, Rome
It really is a magnificent fountain.
Sea Horses. I love that.
We did manage this sweet little picture from a kind American gentleman. He was nice enough to take it 4 times!
The Colliseum, Rome
Inside the Coliseum, behind the reproduction stage. This is where the Emperor sat!
Old Rome, New Rome
Inside the Coliseum. A reproduction stage is on the left. This is where the Emperor sat! Also, you can see the marble benches behind it. This is where the Roman Senators sat. There names were engraved on their seats!
Columns and Stones, Coliseum, Rome
Section of the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel
I think this brown scroll and criss cross pattern are beautiful.
Ceiling, Vatican Museum
Tablets from the Pagan Antiquities section, Vatican Museum
Every country within a country needs its own postal system.
Spiral Staircase, Vatican Museums, Vatican City
Mosaics in the domes of St. Peters Basilica, Vatican City
Across the dome in St. Peter’s Basilica
Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Eric keeps climbing! See how the wall is slanted? We’re next to the dome!
Pieces of the ruins are scattered throughout the walkways. This guy is casually taking a call on an almost 2,000 year old column.
Overlooking Vatican City from the top of St. Peter’s Basilica
View of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica from the roof. Some people were picnicking up here!
Vatican City gardens. I imagine the Pope taking his evening stroll here.
The statues lining the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. After we left it started to rain, here you can see half the sky is blue and half the sky is filled with storm clouds.
Inside St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Swiss Guard, Vatican City
St. Peter’s Basilica in stormy weather, Vatican City
Spotted this leaving the Vatican-I believe it was the Swiss Guards dry cleaners!
Up close and personal with cherubs, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City