Cuba People to People, Day 1

The mystique and mystery of Cuba had been on the periphery of my mind since learning about the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis. For so long, I pondered the reasons why a country less than 100 miles off the coast of the U.S. was so off limits. This limitation made me want […]

Barcelona Favorites: Gaudi

Title: Casa Batllo Story: My first day in Barcelona, while exTitleploring the city on foot, my friend and I happened upon Casa Batllo, a house built by Gaudi. When I saw the facade, my first thought was, “garbage art.” It looked like Gaudi just picked up random things and put them together in the form […]

Title: Panorama Inside the Pantheon

Story: I shared with you my first reaction to seeing the Pantheon and my first glimpse at the oculus and dome.  Once I ventured beyond the door, the full beauty of the Pantheon unfurled like a budding flower. Everywhere I turned, I was amazed. This panoramic is a 360 degree view inside the Pantheon.

Title: The Pantheon Dome and Oculus

Story: After missing the opportunity to view the inside of the Pantheon on our initial visit, my friend and I returned at a time that we would know if was open. This image of the Pantheon dome and oculus was captured as we passed through the doorway

The Pantheon

Story: Our first day in Rome, my friend and I embarked on a walk around the city. By pure happenstance, we came upon the Pantheon, the “temple of all gods.” I was so giddy when we walked up to this site. As you can see, I wasn’t the only person excited to view this marvel […]

Title: Vesuvius Panorama

Story: Once of the first things my friend and I did when we arrived in Naples and checked into our hotel was go up to the rooftop deck to see the view.  It was almost indescribably beautiful.  From the deck, we had a panoramic view of the city with Mount Vesuvius in the background. This […]

​Title: Through the Gate

Story: After taking the funicular and bus to Anacapri, my friend and I walked along the main road, passing many beautiful wrought iron gates. One gate stood out because it was painted green and part of a beautiful red building. As I walked up to this gate, I could see a beautiful courtyard with a […]

Title: Isle of Capri

Story: One of the first islands I visited on my first trip to Italy was the isle of Capri. After the ferry docked, we walked down this long concrete walkway. As we approached the actual land, this beautiful port lined with colorful boats and beautiful buildings unfurled. A lady was standing on the tiny “beach” […]

Title: Sunrise in Barletta

Story: While in Barletta, my hotel was right across the street from the beach. One morning, really early, my friend and I got up and went to the beach to watch the sunrise. It was absolutely breathtaking.

Title: The Explorer

Walking through the ruins of the Colosseum, I was arrested when I saw these repeating squared doorways. Anytime I see repeating designs in structures, I am always struck by their form and function. These doorways were probably meant to support the upper level of seats and walkways. It was pure luck that I managed to […]