WPC: Windows to the World

Looking out hotel window in Vienna, Austria.

Looking out the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

Looking out old castle in Salzburg, Austria.

Looking at a window in Nice, France.

She wishes she could be out there, having fun. Nice, France.

Looking out window at Hotel Caruso in beautiful Ravello, Italy.

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

Travel Theme: Neutral

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Photo taken at Villa Cinfroni, Ravello, Italy.

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Photo taken in Siena, Italy.

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Photo taken in Burgundy, France.

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Detail of the Colosseum, Rome, Italy.

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Photo taken in Santa Monica, California, US.

In this week’s Travel Theme: Neutral Ailsa asks us to break out some neutral tones and create our own version of this week’s travel theme.

Travel Theme: Frame

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is Frame. Here are some of mine.

Travel Theme: Trees

Happy Arbor Day! It seems very fitting that Ailsa, at Where’s My Backpack, chose Trees as this week’s travel theme. Here are some of my favorite trees.

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2. Giant Fig Tree. Almost 100 years old, its house is a park in Beverly Hills, CA.DSC_0433_edited-1

3. Umbrella Tree, Ravello, Italy._DSC0294_edited-1

4. Australian Tea Tree. One of my favorites at Palisades Park, Santa Monica, CA._DSC1207_edited-1

5. Rosewood Tree. This huge beauty from S. Africa lives in our backyard here in LA, dwarfing everything around it.DSC_0197_edited-1

Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird

This week’s challenge is Early Bird. That’s a difficult one for me because I’m always late so the whole concept of early bird escapes me. I am also a night owl, who can never bring myself to wake up in time to see the sunrise. Unless I’m jet lagged, of course, which was the case when I took these photographs from my hotel room balcony in Ravello, Italy.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

This week’s theme is Reward. Several reward images came to mind when I first read the challenge. Here they are.

1. Arriving at this paradise after a long trip…

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Ravello, Italy.

2. Getting some “gelato” after hours of sightseeing anywhere in Italy.

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Venice, Italy.

3. Getting lots of tips after playing the piano on the street all day.

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Venice Beach boardwalk, Los Angeles, CA.

4. Getting a yummy treat for being a good dog!IMG_8775

5. Ordering a great sushi meal on a Sunday evening, when you don’t feel like cooking or going out to eat. IMG_7845

Italy’s Amalfi Coast I: Ravello

2014 was the year of Italy. We were there in April visiting Rome, Venice, Florence and several places in Tuscany, and this past October, we were back in Italy for a wedding and visited several small towns along the beautiful Amalfi Coast (Ravello, Amalfi, and Positano) and others along the Campania region (Capri, Pompeii, Sorrento, and Napoli).

On this post I’m sharing photos of Ravello, a medieval village located on a hilltop overlooking the Amalfi Coast, where my niece’s wedding took place. Ravello is a place to relax, take in the beauty of the sea and those amazing Italian skies of intense blue with beautiful white clouds, to walk around the lovely gardens of the Viilas Rufolo and Cimbrone and enjoy the most stunning views of the Amalfi Coast.