postcards from mt. dora, florida

postcards from mt. dora, florida

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Mount Dora is a cute town not too far outside of Orlando, with great architecture, shopping, restaurants and antiques.  Well worth a visit!

postcards from south beach, miami

postcards from south beach, miami

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A quick overnighter to South Beach, Miami, which reminded me of my time living in Mexico.  I was speaking Spanish on Ocean Drive and loving the “see and be seen” mentality, which of course makes for great people watching!

MODERN TWIST: CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE BAMBOO ART. melbourne, fl

MODERN TWIST: CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE BAMBOO ART. melbourne, fl

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I am an artist by trade & education, and am an avid connoisseur of art and craft, especially weaving and handcrafted works.  When I found the Modern Twist exhibition right down the street from where I am living, it was a no brainer, and did not disappoint.

For more information, click here.

DALI MUSEUM. st. petersburg, fl

DALI MUSEUM. st. petersburg, fl

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Dali’s first selfie! 😉

 

The Dali Museum is a museum dedicated to the works of famous Surrealist artist Salvador Dali.  I had visited this museum once before as a teenager, and still nothing compares to seeing them in person…the scale of some of the paintings is lost when viewing online or in books.

postcards from navigli, milano

postcards from navigli, milano

Navigli at night

 

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Navigli means “canals” in Italian. There are two main canals remaining in Milano: Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese, which form an upside-down V shape on a map. The Navigli neighborhood is where I called home. It is a charming area full of unpretentious cafés, boutiques, and bars, and is a hotspot for starting the weekend off with an aperitivo. I like it during the day more, because it is quiet and unassuming, and there are plenty of vintage shops to visit.

 

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The last Sunday of each month there is a HUGE antique market in the streets surrounding the navigli, which I absolutely loved…I spent hours there each month, and highly recommend it to anyone who likes antiques/vintage. Prices are high, but it is worth a look!

For more information.

GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II. milano

GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II. milano

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Milano knows shopping, and does it in style.

ARCHITECTURE AROUND TOWN. milano

ARCHITECTURE AROUND TOWN. milano

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Some random amazing buildings that assault me with their beauty on the daily.

postcards from milano

postcards from milano

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Me + Duomo
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I live in an area called Navigli, a chic area between two canals which are some of the only ones left from historical Milan, which had many canals, similar to Venice! Now the canals are lined with boutiques, antique shops, cafes, and bars.
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Naviglio at night!
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Milan has many forms of public transport, from bus to Metro to tram, seen here. And check out that wonderful architecture! More to come on that soon…
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A must have for my happiness in Italy: Cioccolata calda e biscotti (hot chocolate like pudding & cookies)

 

I will be living here in Milan for three months!  These are some highlights so far.

BAKTUN: THE END OF AN ERA

BAKTUN: THE END OF AN ERA

Fortunately for some & unfortunately for others, the world did not end today, 12/ 21/ 2012.  Ancient Mayans did not actually predict an apocalypse today, but rather the end of an era.  I am currently smack in the center of the supposed apocalypse, so I thought I should just go with it.  This & the following two posts are a few things I have seen today, in homage of baktun.

CEMENTERIO. playa del carmen

CEMENTERIO. playa del carmen

The cemetery at Xcaret in Playa del Carmen was an unexpected place where I spent the most time.  The time & creativity used on each memorial was wonderful, and it was so much more personal and heartwarming than the traditional gravestone.  In addition, the crypt was beautiful, with a wall of wax made by the drips of the previous candles.  Beauty in the simplest of ideas.

DUOMO. florence

DUOMO. florence

Usually when I am going to visit a new city, I do extensive amounts of research, and almost feel that I have been before I step off the plane.  I did not get to do this before my trip to Italy, and I was pleasantly surprised by everything I saw…this may be a new trend in the way I travel (still had to look up restaurant recommendations though…no one likes to be out in the cold on those important things!).