category archives: travel

my husband, bob, and i just returned from venice.  we had never been there before during the venice art biennale. doge’s palace | piazza san marco | venice, italy photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace dan vo | untitled diving board | 2007 slip of the tongue | punta della dogana | 2015 venice art […]

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the chelsea flower show.  it’s one of london’s most spectacular annual spring events. rhs (royal horticultural society) chelsea flower show royal hospital chelsea london, united kingdom 19-23 may 2015 and, one of the most crowded.  the exclusive members’ days are (slightly) less crowded than the public days.  so, one way to beat the crowd is […]

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eastern sicily is renowned for baroque architecture.  especially, baroque balconies. many of the medieval cities in eastern sicily, including catania, siracusa and ortigia, noto, modica, and ragusa, were relocated or rebuilt following a devastating earthquake in 1693. map of sicily areas affected by the earthquake of 1693 photo credit wikipedia palazzo biscari, considered the finest […]

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 you may be familiar with the famous mosaic tile floor of ten female athletes, nicknamed the ‘bikini girls’, from the villa romana del casale, a 4th century roman villa located near piazza armerina in central sicily.* mosaic tile floor | room of girls in bikinis (sala ragazze in bikini) | room 30 villa romana del […]

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when you go on vacation, do you ever book a room with a view? how about a room with a site? during our recent vacation, my husband, bob, and i stayed at an extraordinary hotel in southeastern sicily.  a hotel with an archaeological site.  the eremo della giubiliana, which has been an agricultural settlement since […]

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