Come In and stay a while

Come In and stay a while

Monday, April 30, 2012

A Few Pennies

Thought I would drop in and say hi. I know. I have been so long in returning but here is the thing...I have decided to totally redo four rooms in my home. They are coming together slowly but surely and I hope to begin to share with you soon.
Until then, please enjoy this fun little project from A Few Pennies, a blog I was introduced to when she started following my blog. Thanks Patty!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Paris

Note: My posts this week will contain my adventures in Europe with my daughter, Madi, as we traveled with her AP European History class. I will return to design, home decor, repurposing, etc. next week...provided my jetlag has gone away and I have been able to gather my wits long enough to stop daydreaming about Europe and actually accomplish something back here at home. 
 The Eiffel Tower did not disappoint. It was as amazing as we had hoped it would be.
 We we able to travel to the top at night...A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Every hour, on the hour is sparkled. Madi was also asked to Prom at the top of the Eiffel tower and I was there to see it. It was a perfect evening.
 Other highlights in Paris included the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay.
Notre Dame
Moulin Rouge
Napoleon's grave at L'Hôtel national des Invalides
Going home...
waiting to board our plane home and Madi is already asleep. 
It was rigorous but it was a week we will never forget!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Florence

Note: My posts this week will contain my adventures in Europe with my daughter, Madi, as we traveled with her AP European History class. I will return to design, home decor, repurposing, etc. next week...provided my jetlag has gone away and I have been able to gather my wits long enough to stop daydreaming about Europe and actually accomplish something back here at home. 
 Bright and early we climbed the 275 feet to the top of Giotto's Bell Tower in Florence, Italy.
  It was an amazing view of the beautiful city of Florence.
David, oh David...although we saw the original David we were not allowed to take pictures so we had to settle for these shots outside in the square of the replica of David.
Michelangelo's final resting place...he was one of many famous people that were born, raised or moved to Florence. Dante, Giovanni, Brunelleschi, and Da Vinci all called Florence home.
 Cooking school in Florence. Does life get any better? Here Madi is preparing the noodles for the dinner we would eat.
One final stop before we head to Paris, Milan. 
Recognized as a world design and fashion capital, Madi was thrilled to pick up some new threads here when it was becoming obvious we were not going to see her luggage soon (that Air France had misplaced!) No time for worries though...Paris is calling.





Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rome

Note: My posts this week will contain my adventures in Europe with my daughter, Madi, as we traveled with her AP European History class. I will return to design, home decor, repurposing, etc. next week...provided my jetlag has gone away and I have been able to gather my wits long enough to stop daydreaming about Europe and actually accomplish something back here at home.
Our first stop in Europe was Rome.
And there we left our hearts.
First up was Piazza Navona, a famous square in Rome that held many treasures. 
 The famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi.
 Street entertainers.
 And gelato!
Ahhh...gelato.
 We also spent a half a day inside the Vatican. Here we are getting ready to enter.
 St. Peter's Basilica, amazing picture my daughter took.
 Room after room of amazing ceilings, floors, walls, tapestries, paintings, sculptures...
Vatican square being prepared for Palm Sunday.
 The Colosseum was hands down a favorite stop for both of us.
 I still can't believe I am really here...
 The Tiber River that runs through Rome.
The most famous fountain in Rome...Trevi fountain, or as the Romans say, Fontana di Trevi.