Vacanza Romana

When approaching Trevi Fountain you see the exquisite Baroque design throughout the sculpted marble, but can’t help thinking when getting back to the hotel you may want to upload the films Roman Holiday, La Dolce Vita or Three Coins in the Fountain for evening diversions.

Me at the Villa Borghese off the Via Veneto in Rome, and must say the gardens are to be envied. I have come away with fabulous ideas for Heath!!!

While strolling in the historic Borghese gardens I recalled my history of Paolina Bonaparte Borghese, who reminded me so much of Alexis Colby from Dynasty. After the death of her first husband, she went about acquiring the Hôtel de Charost in Paris away from a duchess; married Camillo Borghese, the 6th Prince of Sulmona before the set mourning date her brother Napoleon felt was suitable in regards to first husband, and she continued with extra marital affairs. Does this 19th century diva have “reality tv” written all over her lifestyle? And, to see the neo-classical Canova sculpture of Venus Victrix [white marble] on the ground floor of the villa was absolutely spectacular. Can you imagine posing {nude} for Antonio Canova one of the greatest neoclassical artist of the time….sculpting you in marble?

Fun Facts about the Flavian Amphitheatre {Colosseum}

1. Latin name is Amphitheatrum Flavium. 

2. Nero’s villa {Domus Aurea} included an enormous lake, upon which emperor Vespasian attempted to remove all facets of his predecessor by building an arena for the people.

3. The shape is elliptical with a base area of six acres, and is still the largest amphitheater in the world.

4. One of the most visited sites in Italy.

So much can be accessed by staying on the Via Veneto; the American Embassy, Harry’s Bar, Villa Borghese, quaint shops and la panetteria‘s {bakeries} after a day of gallery hopping!!! A cappuccino and a treat is always the best way to recharge in the afternoon.

Remember to travel stylishly,

Summer Blues

Lately, discussions at work have been wrapped around weather, as this has been the wettest summer on record. In a meeting last week everyone in our group spoke of the wanting the effects of autumn to begin immediately so, while we waited for the workshop to begin each of us took shared favorite aspects of fall, starting with the crisp coolness in the air, along with leaves swirling across the ground, and the smell of wood wafting in the air from fireplaces.

Going through photos the other day I came across a few items which seemed to possess a most magical blue color of the season, and though we rarely saw clear skies I would like to bid summer adieu in hopes that the soon we may take long walks in the evening out under the twinkling stars.

View of the Aegean from atop a cliff in Rhodes, and photo above Washington state during flight to British Vancouver.

Photo taken of a purple iris during sunset in garden at Heath that resulted in this fabulous shade of blue.