Floors…beautiful floors

Now back to France and Italy. 🙂

When I’m travelling, I am always looking up at the beautiful ceilings and down at the floors.  And I was certainly captivated by some of the beautiful and painstakingly crafted floors that we saw in France and Italy.

Here is just a few:

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This one above is actually terra cotta tile, it’s a local type only found in the Lake Como area.



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I don’t know about you, but my floors are BOOORRRRIIIINNNNGGG!



Doors of Italy

Today is all about the doors of Italy.

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I love how so many of these huge doors have smaller doors within them…for the regular sized people.   🙂


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Next up, alleyways, streets and architecture.



Opening the door to France

Hi, I’m back!  Sorry for the long absence but I was travelling in Europe.  Doesn’t that sound posh, I was being terribly spoiled by my hubby for my upcoming birthday.  And I enjoyed every moment.  Travel is so inspiring.  I thought I’d share some photos that I took on my trip of some absolutely stunning doors.  It is one of my passions, finding incredibly amazing doors and doorways.

So here we go to France!


I realize this first one isn’t exactly a door but is a great archway don’t you think.  I am a sucker for all that age and texture.
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Also please excuse all the parked cars in the photos, it is virtually impossible to get a photo of a doorway in France or Europe without a car or motorcycle parked in front of it.


I think this one above is my favourite! I love the carvings and those faces in the stonework above the door along with the greenery and ironwork are just spectacular!

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I also realize this one below is not technically a door but it’s such a great entrance I couldn’t resist.  Can you imagine coming home from work everyday to THAT?

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This one above doesn’t quite give you the warm and fuzzy welcoming vibe, does it?  It was in a castle and I believe, meant to scare anyone away from knocking or using a battering ram.

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Stay tuned for the Italian doors!



Seaside break

Well, how about a little seaside break from the snow, ice, cold, not to mention, Christmas shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping and cooking!

I took these photos during our trip to Italy this past fall.  Specifically they were taken during our drive along the Amalfi Coast and visit to Positano.  Take my word for it, Positano is absolutely breathtaking!  I hope these pictures make you feel a little warmer…..

This is at the start of our drive along the coast line.




And upon arrival at our hotel in Positano, this view greeted us in our hotel room – it was so, so stunning!



The hotel we stayed at was built into the side of the mountain and the lobby is five floors below where you enter.  So, you come in and take the elevator down five floors to enter the lobby.  But that’s not the coolest part, this is the lobby and…


this is part of the rock that the hotel is built against.  Isn’t that the neatest thing!


The view that greeted us in the morning.  When I think of “my happy place”, this is it!

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The outdoor terrace where we had breakfast, nestled with some lemon and orange trees.

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If it had been warmer we would definitely have ended up here……


but it didn’t stop my hubby from taking a dip in the heated outdoor pool.


So instead, we walked down the many, many stairs to walk on the beach.


The beautiful little town of Positano.  Aren’t the pastel stucco exteriors gorgeous against the rugged mountain backdrop?





A lovely little terrace on our way back up.



Ah, I feel warmer already.  Hope you do too!


Ancient Rome

Another instalment of photos from my trip to Italy.   These first photos were taken from the top of the Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoia monument (shown below).
These photos show ancient Rome including the Colosseum, the Forum and Palatine Hill.
Yes, that’s the Colosseum in the distance.
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Arch of Titus
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An ancient overgrown fountain.
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A statue’s toe.
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Coming up to the Colosseum.
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Hope you enjoyed this little visual visit!