Amy’s “A Window with a View,” challenge this week has summoned some wonderful memories of exploring new places and finding unexpected visual treasures. Since the “dust” still hasn’t settled from our road trip to the Southern United States earlier this week, I pulled a few favorite shots from my archives.
View from the Museo della Misericordia, Firenze
Things changed, people changed, and the world went rolling along right outside the window.~Nicholas Sparks
On a whim, I looked out this second-floor window when we were visiting the Museo della Misericordia in Florence earlier this year. Imagine my surprise when I saw this unobstructed view of the Duomo, Baptistry, and the throngs of visitors in the Piazza del Duomo under a moody sky.
View from the Borghese Palace, Roma
Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.~Edith Wharton
One summer afternoon, we were visiting the Borghese Palace in Rome when I looked out the window at this gorgeous courtyard. I love the colors of the buildings and the sky, and the wonderful majestic architecture.
View of Piazza Beccaria, Florence
What light through yonder window breaks?~William Shakespeare
The light in Florence is remarkably intense, highlighting the city’s natural beauty. In this shot, you can see the sun setting in Piazza Beccaria, the focal point of Santa Croce, a neighborhood just outside the historic center of the city. This triumphal arch was first opened in 1865, and marks the site of the medieval gate of Porta alla Croce. Among the shops that rim the piazza, there is a wonderful gelato place, Gelateria De’ Medici, which is our favorite in town, so you’ll often find us here.
Dali in the Window, Instituto Cervantes, Chicago
You are your state of mind. Your state of mind creates your view, or your window, on life.~Frederick Lenz
One frigid night in Chicago, I glanced up at this second floor window of the Instituto Cervantes. Guess who was peering down at me from the second floor window? I still smile every time I see Salvador Dali staring at the pedestrians on Ohio Street.
Oxford University in the Window
I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking. It is all like an opera.~William Butler Yeats
This next photo was a complete surprise. We were visiting the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford to see Robert Streater’s amazing painted ceiling. On a whim, we climbed the stairs to the roof and were treated to this wonderful view of Oxford University through the window.
Amy’s wonderful theme this week has given me a chance to re-visit these times of delight, wonder and discovery. Thank you, Amy! These moments are some of the unexpected treasures of traveling.
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