Friday, June 19, 2009

Spring 2009 Travel-Gnomes, Caravaggio, Roman ruins etc.

I have been traveling again and have lots of photos, but have not had the time to sort them and put them together in any coherent way, so I thought I'd just do a quick update and hope to get to the photos still before another trip.

 

In May we flew to Frankfurt, Germany, spent a night then flew to Wrocław, Poland, where we spent 2 1/2 days, then back to Frankfurt and from there to Rome, for a week. It was our first trip to Rome and we tried to do it all. But our real mission there was to see as many paintings by Caravaggio as we could. We were pretty successful there. We did see 24, which is almost all that are on view to the public.  One or two were on tour, so we missed those and there is a ceiling he painted, which is in a house that is only open one day a month. I couldn't find out this information before we left home. It turns out the house was open on the day we arrived, but we didn't know it then. When we got there the next day we found out we had missed it. We will try again some day. It is the only ceiling Caravaggio painted.

 

In Wrocław, I walked around the botanical garden one day, which was full of blooming flowers. It's a gorgeous garden.  And then I picked up a brochure telling me approximately where some of the little bronze gnomes can be found and I walked around looking for those. Here's a picture of one of them.  I photographed 20-some, but those photos aren't on-line yet.

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I took lots of pictures in Rome. Rome was hot (upper 80's) and crowded with way too many vehicles for comfort or safety, but we had a great time walking around, occasionally riding the subway, eating Italian food, visiting churches, museums and trying to find parks. Rome has a dearth of parks, but we did find two to walk around in.  (I got spoiled in Paris with all the gorgeous parks there.)

This page on my website has links to some of the walks we took and some of my pictures. I'll add more when I get a chance.

 

Here's a photo of Rome as a teaser.

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I really need to find some time to organize these.