DALI MUSEUM. st. petersburg, fl

DALI MUSEUM. st. petersburg, fl

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Dali’s first selfie! ūüėČ

 

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.

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LA SURTIDORA DEL CENTRO. puerto vallarta, mexico

LA SURTIDORA DEL CENTRO. puerto vallarta, mexico

LS shop outside

 

LS embroidered tops
Various Mexican hand embroidered & woven tops.
LS Vignette
Otomi embroidered pillows & woven bags

Pillows

A wonderfully friendly saleswoman displaying one of my favorite Otomi embroidered textile for a photo op.
Handkerchiefs & Doilies
Embroidered handkerchiefs & doilies!

 

I happened across this shop when walking near my hotel, and what a find! ¬†These are the kinds of shops I really cherish…full of traditional handmade products, items of days gone by. ¬†It does not have the ambience¬†of the boutiques¬†I highlighted in Sayulita, but there are little treasures to be found nonetheless. Also, I love to feel like I am discovering something special, it’s the hunter in me. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I bought a dress, handkerchief, and some small embroidered gifts…definitely could have bought more!

 

LA SURTIDORA DEL CENTRO: Morelos 256, colonio centro
puerto vallarta, mexico.  phone: 222-1439

GIARDINO di BOBOLI & BARDINI. florence

GIARDINO di BOBOLI & BARDINI. florence

Giardino di Boboli, part of Palazzo Pitti, is a gorgeous and very expansive complex of manicured gardens. ¬†It is a great way to spend a couple of hours, and can be paired with Giardino Bardini to have a great day outside…bring a picnic!

FROM ABOVE. bologna

FROM ABOVE. bologna

I had a morning to do some sightseeing, and decided to climb one of the famous Two Towers in Bologna…both of them are leaning! ¬†I highly recommend climbing the 498 stairs to the top, as the view of the city below is well worth the climb.

SANTO STEFANO. bologna

SANTO STEFANO. bologna

Nicknamed “the Russian nesting doll of churches”, this church has seven churches in one, each separate church being added at a different century.

THE COLORS. bologna

THE COLORS. bologna

When first arriving in Bologna, one of the first things I noticed were the beautiful color combinations on the buildings. ¬†So many gorgeous, in my mind “typically Italian” colors, that might not look as beautiful set in a different context…but they work so well together in this specific country.

postcards from chaozhou, guangdong

postcards from chaozhou, guangdong

One of my favorite aspects of China, especially smaller towns in China, is the ingenuity to create or modify items to more effectively suit it’s very specific function. ¬†A great example is the double watering can system, close up below.

One recurring theme I am always drawn to is the wearing away and contrast created by time.  The door frames are ornate, but the surrounding space is now overgrown.  What did this place look like in its heyday?
Can you see the cat in the photo?
This door’s beauty is in its frequent use, and its slow wear over time.

A close-up of the village wall that has a new pattern created by weather & time.  The pattern reminds me of the rice terraces found in other areas of China.

Another aspect of smaller Chinese towns that I love are the handmade objects, especially the baskets.  Baskets are everywhere in Chaozhou: carried on shoulders of farmers & attached to both sides of a motorcycle.  The density of the weave changes with the function.  For example, baskets meant to use as a cage for chickens or to hold large items are a very large-scale open weave, while baskets meant for holding small items have a very tight weave.  The patterns created are beautiful.

A Chinese truck…it reminds me of Mad Max, very makeshift!

After a six-hour bus ride from Guangzhou, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Chaozhou, but was very happy to be there to visit my good friends and their newborn baby. ¬†Chaozhou is a fairly small and quiet city (by Chinese standards), and I was grateful for the chance to visit the farmland and old village within the city that may soon be demolished in China’s push to modernize.

WENSHU TEMPLE. chengdu

WENSHU TEMPLE. chengdu

Peeling Chestnuts
A new monk, posing for an introductory photo shoot! I felt very lucky to witness this.
The “dots” on a bhikkhu’s forehead are actually small, circular burns that are given to the monk when he ordains. The burns are created with small, coiled and waxed wicks. The coils are lit and then placed on the forehead and left until they extinguish. This method is used primarily in the Chinese Buddhist (Mahayana) tradition and it originated as a method to distinguish genuine monks from those pretending to be monks. During times of great famine or poverty in China, some people would pretend to be monks so that they could live and eat in a monastery.
postcards from newburyport, ma

postcards from newburyport, ma

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Newburyport is a seaside town about an hour north of Boston, with beautiful old homes, and a thriving downtown full of independent businesses, and a bustling organic and foodie scene.  If you are in the area, please go to Colby Farm; they have a great farmstand!

FREEDOM TRAIL. boston

FREEDOM TRAIL. boston

Paul Revere’s House, North End