The Scala Contarini del Bovolo literally means the ladder Contarini (a surname) of the snail. Standing before the palazzo, it’s not a stretch to see where the name originated. The steps were originally designed for the Contarini family, and the snail-like spiral of the steps is clear.
I’m not sure what it is, but I take a lot of pictures of doors when I travel to any European city. They are so much more creative and beautiful in their creation of doors than we are. So, when I get home, I always have these random door pictures throughout all the rest that … Continue reading
Every once in a while, my camera drags me to New York City – and I usually drag some family along so I can pretend we’re there for a show or a doctor’s appointment or something. Often, my strategy on hotels it to choose something with a pretty good location, but I don’t care about … Continue reading
If you are not going to be exploring the Greek islands, but want a bit of the Greek island feel in the heart of Athens, Anafiotika is the place to get it. Make your way to the area of Priantiou and Stratonos streets, and then start winding your way up the hillside that climbs to … Continue reading
One of the things I really value about traveling, is that we have to learn to put our “Americanness” aside. We realize that, while sometimes it does seem so, the whole world does not speak English. The concept of “keeping up with the Joneses” is entirely different in other countries. Safety regulations are wildly different. … Continue reading
I love travel books. Often, when browsing a bookstore, I find myself in front of the travel books and maps of foreign cities. The debate begins: I don’t need another travel book. I really don’t need another travel book on my shelf. Am I even ever going to go to Bucharest? …Well, I mean, look … Continue reading
It may be one of the most photographed structures in the world… but that doesn’t mean I can’t add a few of my own. I actually have no clue how many photographs I took of the Eiffel Tower while in Paris, let’s just say there are some who probably think too many. And they are … Continue reading