August 27, 2015

Florence, Italy

Today I have some photos to share from our stop in Florence, Italy this summer. 

This is the famous Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral commonly referred to as the Duomo.
See the tiny specks of people at the top of the cupola?
Can you believe how massive it is?

Construction on this cathedral began in 1294.
The dome was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and was added 
in the fifteenth century.

Palazzo Vecchio - the town hall of Florence.

The oldest bridge in Florence is the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River.

High end, expensive jewelry shops line both sides of the bridge so you can shop (or browse) 
as you walk across it.  I was definitely the browsing type.  I mean, who has money
to buy jewelry after paying for a trip to Europe?  Not me!

If you love art, then Florence is the place for you with its
many famous museums such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace.

At the Accademia Gallery you can see Michaelangelo's David 
which is so very impressive.

And amazingly huge!

There are many, many outdoor restaurants and cafes.
We found one that we liked so much that we went there twice.
Risotto with truffle oil - yum!

Next will be our last stop in Europe - Rome!
I also have a couple posts planned to show some special places we
 visited and then that will be it for our European vacation.
Thank goodness, right?
I hope I haven't overloaded you all with posts about our trip but
I do enjoy sharing it with you.

As always, thanks so much for visiting ~

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August 17, 2015

What Mom Does On The First Day Of School

Today was the first day of school for my kids so I did what
any self-respecting Mom does when their kids head back to school.
I made a trip to Homegoods of course!
I was just going to stay home and clean but the lure of
Homegoods only 10 minutes away just kept taunting me.

The temptation was too great so I went and came home with 
two items that I just can't seem to ever resist.

A nice sized white pitcher . . .

and a white wire basket.

For now I placed both of them on my little bench in the foyer.

Tomorrow they may end up somewhere else.  : )

Maybe I will stay home and clean tomorrow . . . maybe.

As always, thanks so much for visiting ~


August 11, 2015

European Inspired Kitchens

Our trip to Europe has inspired me to do a post on European inspired kitchens
especially since finding inspirational pictures of kitchens is one of my favorite things to do!
I hope you like these.

Roosters have been a staple in french country kitchens for a long time.
I love how they are used in a subtle way here with the pretty mural above the range
and just a couple ceramic roosters on the counter.

The use of wood, especially for ceiling beams and floors is a common element in
European kitchens.
 Notice the pretty curved piece of wood above the doorway on the left.


This kitchen also uses some beautiful, aged wood for  the countertops.

Don't you love the stone walls and floors of this kitchen?
They immediately give it a sense of age and history.

                               Farmhouse Kitchen by South West Photographers Colin Cadle Photography

I'm really liking the old fireplace in this one ~ it gives us that cozy feeling.

                                  Farmhouse Kitchen by Chester Springs Home Builders Griffiths Construction, Inc.

This kitchen is really rustic and you definitely get the feeling
that it has been around awhile.

                                  Farmhouse Kitchen by Los Angeles Photographers Peter Vitale Photography

                                  Farmhouse Kitchen by Austin General Contractors Bonterra Build | Design

                                  Farmhouse Kitchen by Minneapolis Kitchen & Bath Designers Rod Brewer

I think the touches of red with the brick, cafe curtains, and toile tablecloth look great 
in this kitchen full of character.
Don't you love all of the hanging baskets and copper pieces?

Did these kitchens inspire you?
Which one did you like the best?
It's a hard choice, I know!

As always, thanks so much for visiting ~

August 2, 2015

Rothenburg, Germany - My Favorite Stop

My favorite stop on our trip to Europe was the town
of Rothenburg in Bavaria, Germany.

Rothenburg is a medieval town originating from the 1200's.
Many of the buildings date back to that time and have been well preserved.
This picture shows part of the wall that surrounds the town.

In the center of town is the town square and the clock tower.

 Many charming shops and restaurants surround the square 
as well as many more down the narrow cobblestone streets.

I may have checked out a few of the shops . . .

. . . and tried a few of the yummy things to eat!

We stayed at the BurgGartenpalais for two nights.
It was lovely and had the best shower of all the places we stayed!  : )

After spending time in two very big and busy cities, 
it was so peaceful and relaxing to spend time here.

It truly felt like being in a fairytale with all of the
beautiful old buildings and flowers everywhere.

I loved the soft blue of this building and the pretty iron scroll work.

Up ahead you can see my hubby and son walking back
to our hotel after a little shopping.

We took the night watchman's tour which was very
entertaining and interesting.

The clock tower at dusk.

We all really loved this town and we would highly
recommend it if you are ever in Germany.

As always, thanks so much for visiting!
 ~ JoAnne

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