The oldest books I have ever seen…

Library, Montefalco, Umbria, Italy

I am not kidding, I visited an ancient manuscripts library in Montefalco recently on a blog trip. I was a guest of Umbria on the blog and the region of Umbria and we stopped in Montefalco for a few hours before heading to the Arnaldo-Caprai winner for lunch and wine tasting. These books are as old as writing from my understanding, date back a thousand years. And they let us touch them. There was no special glass, no special lights. They were just sitting on bookshelves for anyone to come along and take a look at them.

Library, Montefalco, Umbria, Italy

My question is, what does this mean about modern technology and what we consider not ancient, but old, manuscripts that universities and libraries in the states keep locked up and protected. Are they really as fragile as we think? Either way, I enjoyed taking some photos.

Library, Montefalco, Umbria, Italy Library, Montefalco, Umbria, Italy

DISCLAIMER: I did not touch any of these books, as I was afraid I might turn to dust by doing so!

Library, Montefalco, Umbria, Italy

Interesting Links

Umbria on the Blog, Umbria Italy

Although I was a guest of Umbria on the blog and the region of Umbria, all of the thoughts, opinions, and bad jokes are my own.

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A Talented Artist and his Inspiring Medieval Town

What better place to live as an artist then where the art is an everyday living breathing culture. Sure Paris and New York, anywhere that has big art museums and theatre in the park and fantastic art schools. That’s NOT what I am referring too. I am referring to the art of craft. The medieval town of Bevagna, tucked away in the beautiful region of Umbria is in itself a museum. The town offers the ancient arts & crafts that have long since been replaced by machines and new technologies. Arts & crafts that don’t mean felt and boogley eyes and puffy paint.

Luigi Frappi Studio, Benvagna, Umbria, Italy

This amazing town where people live and go about their daily business is in itself a museum. It offers an artist studio where colors are still hand-made, the paper shop where you can actually see the process of hand making paper, and the candle maker where you can even make your own candle. What better place to be and be inspired in, then to be surrounded by the love of what one does. The well-known artist, or little-known if you are not into art, Luigi Frappi lives in this amazing and beautiful town.

Luigi Frappi Studio, Benvagna, Umbria, Italy

Recently, while a guest of the region of Umbria and hosted by Umbria on the blog, I had the great opportunity to wander through this town, but the most magical moment was when Luigi caught up with us on the street and invite us back to his studio. Upon entering the building, we followed this huge staircase up to his door. The flat has these tall ceilings which makes fantastic space for all the artwork. From floor to ceiling of still life and landscapes. It was truly beautiful. However, with that said, not really my type of artwork. I casually was standing by the back door peering through the windows when Luigi must have caught my glance and immediately came over and opened the doors for me and invited me out onto his rooftop terrace. This was where I fell in love with Luigi’s art work. Outside wasn’t the painting of the watermelon slice in 20 sizes, it was full of 3D art and modern abstract pieces. One of my favorites was a wall hanging with three motherboards painted black. This piece had so many thoughts running through my head.

Luigi Frappi Studio, Benvagna, Umbria, Italy

It was so spectacular of Luigi to invite us into his studio. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend stopping by and catching his exhibit or seeing his art work.

Interesting Links

Luigi Frappi, Artist

Umbria on the Blog, Umbria Italy

Although I was a guest of Umbria on the blog and the region of Umbria and Luigi Frappi, all of the thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Rest and Relaxation in Florence

Florence, Italy

Everyone travel’s a bit differently. I like to be on the go, but I also like to have a bit of downtime in my travels. I recently attended a Travel Bloggers Unite conference in Umbria, Italy. Between 2 blog trips and a conference, I was exhausted! Nine days of full on go, go, go! It was a fantastic conference preceded by a great time in Rome and followed by being treated like royalty throughout Umbria. By the time I made it to Florence all I wanted was some down time. And down time is what I got! It never occurred to me how exhausted I would be by the time I got there. Fortunately Florence is a great city to relax in. Sure there is loads of stuff to see and do, and I did a fair bit of walking and seeing. But I didn’t visit any museums, no city tours, no wine tasting. Just me and my camera. I wandered the beautiful streets of Florence, hiked up to watch the sunset from Piazzale Michelangiolo, and relaxed in my great apartment with the amazing view!

Florence, Italy

A big thanks to House Trip for helping to organize my stay while in Florence. I had a beautiful apartment, with an amazing roof top view of the city. A full one bedroom with a living room, kitchen and dining room. The bed was so comfy and I slept so well, that I ended up taking 2 naps! Of course I was only in Florence for a limited time, so I couldn’t waste away all my time sleeping and relaxing on my veranda overlooking the beautiful city, but I sure did spend a fair amount of time there. The owner of the apartment, Eleonora, couldn’t have been sweeter. She was so friendly and welcoming. I enjoyed her list of must see, do’s and eats while in her home city! I ate at a restaurant she recommended, I ate at her favorite gelato shop, and I even walked a few streets on both sides of the city that she had mapped out for me.

Florence, Italy

Although House Trip did sponsor my lodging, the thoughts and opinions are all my own.

Interesting Links:

House Trip, Apartments in Florence and worldwide

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The colors of a Roman Market

Markets and Photography seem to go hand in hand. At least inside my head! I love the colors and the smells and atmosphere of fresh food markets. I was recently in Rome and thanks to House Trip for hosting me in Rome, and Context Travel for arranging our market tour followed by our cooking lesson with Eleonora. I had an amazing tour of a locals market in Rome. Our wonderful guide, Eleonora Baldwin took us on a tour through the Mercato Trionfale, the market where Roman’s do their shopping! Afterwards we had a cooking lesson and enjoyed a big group lunch, to read more about that read my Living & Eating Like a Local…in Rome blog!

Fruit’s & Veggie’s

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

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Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

Cheese

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture, Cheese

Meat

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

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Fish

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

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Prepared Food

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

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Packaged Food (and don’t forget the wine!)

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

All opinions in this post are my own.

Interesting Links:

House Trip, Apartments in Rome and worldwide

Context Travel, Tours in Rome and worldwide

Eleonora Baldwin, Italian Culinary Adventures

Mercato Trionfale, Roman Market Place

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Travel Roulette #42: Evening – My entry 5/12/2012

This weeks theme, Evening, is hosted by Sam & Sarah at Travel Food Bliss. My image was taken in Perugia, Italy; just before dinner as the sun was slowly setting. Taken in April 2012 while attending the Travel Bloggers Unite Conference held in Umbria, Italy.

Evening in Perugia, Italy

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Beautiful & Ancient Rome… sites to be seen!

Rome is a big busy city. Full of important people, university students, the girl next door. You get the idea. But what makes this city stand out, is it’s history. Yes, all cities have a history, but Rome has ruins spread through their city. Ruins that date back to civilizations most of us know little about. Everywhere you look you see old, older, and oldest. It’s pretty amazing if you ask me.

I have seen the sites of Rome, and they are magnificent. During the day there are tourists buzzing everywhere, and at night, they shine like something from another world. Sadly we encounter quiet a bit of rain the night I had hoped to go out and do some long exposures, and my time was limited to wander and take pictures. But I wanted to showcase some of the beauty Rome has to offer in my favorite, black and white!

Arco di Costantino, Rome, Italy
Arco di Costantino, Rome, Italy

Foro Romano, Rome, Italy
Foro Romano, Rome, Italy

The Pantheon, Rome, Italy
The Pantheon, Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Colosseum, Rome, Italy

St. Peters Basilica, Vatican City
St. Peters Basilica, Vatican City

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