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, and my time in Athens was no exception. Europeans seem to be so much more creative and beautiful in their creation of doors than we are. So, when I get home, I always … Continue reading 10 Beautiful Doors of Athens
After our time at the Acropolis, Ari (see This Post for details) walked with us over the the Arch of Hadrian and the Temple of Olympus Zeus, regaling us with stories of Greek history and current political intrigue. In previous travels, Scott and I had found to what extent much of European citizen's concept of … Continue reading Athens: Arch Hadrian, Temple Zeus
When we first arrived in Padua, it was early and quiet. Things were pretty empty but peaceful, a few tourists like us meandering. The main town square, Pratto dello Valle, is a surprise. I didn't do it justice at all with the photos I took. First, it is enormous. It is such a large space, nothing … Continue reading Padua, Italy Photography
These are from a trip I actually took several years ago, but in preparing to return to Italy, I began browsing my old pictures. The last time I was in Italy I was with my Dad and Step-mom, which as an adult is very different than those kid vacations you remember growing up. We travel … Continue reading Windows of Assissi
As we arrived at our apartment in Paris, I immediately loved the door we entered through from the street. It was big, and green, and heavy, and I just thought it was great. But then we got into the interior courtyard, and this was our interior entrance... This is one of the things … Continue reading Doors of Paris