tuscan countryside

View from the walls of Monteriggioni

I’ve returned back home. My adventures over the past few weeks to California to visit my folks and some old friends, to Italy to see my sister…it’s tightened a belt on the distance between myself and the rest of the world. Made it more accessible, smaller, more manageable.

I’m exhausted and finally came down with the cold I’ve been fighting, but that’s okay. It’s a small price to pay for the amount of rejuvenation I was given. Friends who reinforced my me-ness. Family who reinforced my wholeness. A culture that reinforced my love for learning and language and art. Views that reinforced the beauty of this world we live. I’ll pay one stupid cold any day for such great returns.

I’m sure I’ll have more in-depth thoughts later on my travels, but for now, let’s be honest about what we all want: to see some pretty pictures.

Okay my friends, here you go.

 

Piazzale Michelangelo

View of Florence

P. Michaelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

Duomo

Santa Maria del Fiore

View from a wall

Tuscan Countryside

Gelato

Gelateria La Carraia

OMG a pink vespa

Pink Vespa on the streets of Florence

lotto

Scratchers Italian style

Clet

Florence Street art by Clet

local gypsy woman

Orsanmichele Florence

Florence Cemetery

Cemetery of Porte Sante

walls of florence

Original walls of Florence

lampost

Base of lamp post along the Arno River

market

Small Italian market

S. M. Novella

Detail in Santa Maria Novella

steps

Tuscan charm

firenze

Detail on the streets of Florence

scooters

Parking near Santa Croce