As Anthony Doerr says in his book Four Seasons in Rome… “The vault of the Pantheon is made of concrete and has a diameter of 143 feet. The hole in the top, the oculus, is twenty-seven feet across. For thirteen centuries, it was the largest dome in the world. For nineteen centuries, it has resisted … More Pantheon


The personal journey traveling abroad which has grown in me is both wonderful and inspiring.  Looking back at the pictures starting in London I see an insecure a frightened individual.  As time passed slowly I see the confident and positive person I truly can be.  The wonderful group of people who traveled this journey with me … More Reflecting

Traveling Frustration

There are always disappointments or frustrations while traveling.  Many of them can be overcome with a positive outlook or an easy going personality.  My main frustrations happen to be personal limitations.  I did not get to see everything I wanted to due to either experiencing a migraine or being afraid of having a panic attack.  The two … More Traveling Frustration

Ostia Antica

While walking along these cobblestone roads all over Italy one might not think that buried deep beneath the ground could be lost treasures from century’s gone by.  This, in fact, is exactly what happened here at Ostia Antica.  Someone decided that there might be artifacts buried under many layers of volcanic ash.  In the 19th and early 20th century, the … More Ostia Antica


To choose just one painting would be too hard as there are so many beautiful paintings done by so many artists. So I want to show you three of my favorites, Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” 1888,  Elizabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun’s “Mademoiselle Brongniart” 1788, and Camille Pissarro “The Cote des Boeufs at L’Hermitage” 1877. Vincent van … More Paintings

St Peters

St Peters is a majestic and beautiful church.  Hearing the bells ring to welcome the crowds for service was a full body experience.  Sadly as many of the old churches and monuments we could not take pictures of the inside, which has murals of saints, last supper, and other beautiful art. The gold that sparkled throughout the … More St Peters

Sculpture -The Boxer

Of the many sculptures we saw, I found the Boxer to be the most intriguing.  First, he was sculpted out of bronze and is from the Hellenistic period (323-31 B.C.). This piece shows a realistic result from an athletic interaction such as boxing.  On his face, there are marks to indicate where he had been hit … More Sculpture -The Boxer

Roman Fountians

There are many beautiful structures in Rome.  Many of them are the buildings themselves while others are the intricate stonework surrounding what would appear to be their love of water.  The above pictures show two very beautiful creations one done by Bernini and the other by Salvi who would not see the completion of the fountain due … More Roman Fountians