Friday night I went to sleep completely looking forward to my Saturday morning. Despite that my husband and I were hosting a Thanksgiving dinner later that evening with close friends in Milan (naturally, we had to save it for the weekend since we didn’t have time off during the work week), I had decided that I would spend the morning working on some creative projects, which is one of my favorite things to do when I have a bit of time.
I’m feeling extra in love with the beauty of this quote today. As I’ve moved from USA to France and now Italy over the past few years I’ve realized that my life has become so simplified in terms of “stuff”, but increasingly full of great memories and appreciation. ❤
“Phra Nakhon Khiri” or “Khao Wang” is an old summer palace located in the province of Phetchaburi, Thailand that was built under the reign of King Rama IV (the famous King from the movie The King and I or the modern version Anna and the King). The beautiful structure and decor is a combination of Thai, Chinese and European styles and the final construction was finished in 1858.
Where do we pull inspiration from? Everywhere. Especially nature. I’m in love with this color palette and if it was summer I would probably be inspired to paint something with the soft yellow lemon hue, the refreshing, vibrant pink grapefruit, and the natural tones from the ginger and wood.
I can’t help but stop and admire the intricate details and craftsmanship found in old European architecture. Consider the amount of dedication that went into their artwork, and their long-term vision that was carried out over centuries of time. Simply amazing.
“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” – Marcus Aurelius As I was looking through some photos of a visit to Rome this summer I stumbled on this one of the Colosseum, which I love, particularly because as I was taking it a bird hovered just above it and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. It made me think of the movie Gladiator, with Russell Crowe, one of my all-time favorites. There’s the famous line “What we do in life echoes in eternity” and it’s so powerful. The thing is, it’s never too late to make life count… and there is always the beauty of hope and redemption. 🙂
Milan is definitely starting to feel festive around this time of the year and it’s great. We ventured out for a little walk around the center yesterday evening and saw this amazing candy cane tram for the first time … it reminded me of the CandyLand board game I used to play with my brothers and sisters as a child… anyone else remember that?? I imagine that anyone who wasn’t feeling the holiday cheer would have to smile at the sight of it. I’m loving the creativity of this city 🙂
Simply gorgeous. No matter how many times I walk by the Duomo in Milan, I can’t help but admire the cathedral’s intricate details. It took almost six centuries to complete, is the 5th largest in the world (the largest in Italy), and is considered a work of late Gothic style.
Happy fall everyone! One of my favorite things about fall in Milan is walking through the city center and smelling the scent of freshly roasted chestnuts in the streets. The air is crisp, the streets are busy with bustling tourists, the trams are decorated, and it’s just a beautiful sight.
Have you ever really thought about the difference between looking and seeing? They’re really just two simple verbs related to the sense of sight that we probably use hundreds of times a day. And while the differences are subtle, they are important.
Sacred Heart, located in one of my favorite Parisian districts, Montmartre.
‘TRAVEL is about the GORGEOUS feeling of teetering in the UNKNOWN.’
Europe is home to many gorgeous artistic designs, down to the door art. Here’s one of the doors I captured while walking through Schaffhausen, Switzerland at a former monastery.
Italians are romantic down to their lovely stoplights.