But they all sound too good to be true
Thursday, January 29, 2009
But they all sound too good to be true
Friday, January 23, 2009
Here's a link to a video from the Waco Trib about my school's Inauguration Ball on Tuesday. You can also read "Wendy does Waco" blog about being there, it's hilarious!
Our Kindergarten teachers AMAZE me daily. They do an incredible job teaching and making school a fun place to be every day. The ball idea came to one of the teachers last Thursday and by Tuesday at 1:00pm there was food, secret service, ex-presidents, reporters, kids dressed up and history being learned.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
This is the luggage we lugged all around Italy.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Our Gondolier - This is a silly picture but it made me laugh because he is thinking we are crazy :)
Murano Glass Factory - We spent one morning in Murano watching some famous Murano glass being made. It was neat to see. We didn't bring too much home because I was scared of it breaking in transit.
New Year's Eve - We enjoyed spending our New Year's Eve in Piazza San Marco. The evening's theme was Love. There were lots of people celebrating the New Year with champagne and fireworks.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Inside Milan Cathedral - An amazing Gothic masterpiece. It is actually the largest Gothic cathedral and the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world.
Outside of Milan Cathedral - Wow! What an amazing thing to see. It seems to be the center of Milan and everything radiates from this piazza and church. It took over 500 yrs. to complete the entire church with many different people in charge including Napoleon.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
One thing we saw that I don't have pictures of is Michelangelo's David. It is Awesome!!! I couldn't imagine how big it actually was. The whole gallery seems to be built around it. You can't take pictures so I don't have any from there. We also spent some time at the Uffizi Gallery which houses a lot of Renaissance Paintings, again no pictures allowed so I took lots of outside ones.
Florence Skyline - Love it! I read in our Frommer's guide about taking a bus up to a hill above the city to get this shot. Loved that tip!
Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore - It's hard to get a picture of the whole church since it is so big. I loved the outside of this church. The pink and green marble was simply amazing.
Giotto’s bell tower - Attached to the Basilica this tower is so ornate and has so much detail.
Bronze Doors of St. John's Baptistry - The gates were called "Gates of Paradise" by Michelangelo, completed in 1336 and showing scenes from the life of John the Baptist. These are actually a copy and the real doors are in the museum of the Basilica.
Inside the dome, The Last Judgement - Something that always amazes me is how they were able to do so many amazing paintings in such difficult places.
Florence is part of Tuscany and it is such a beautiful city. The hills that surround the city and peppered with houses. We stumbled upon the street market and enjoyed a little snow flurry. Our time was spent enjoying a city of art and romance.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Papal Swiss Guards
TV in the hotel on Christmas Eve
This is as close as we got to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. We watched some of it on our little tv.
Christmas Day Papal Blessing, St. Peter's
We got to visit St. Peter's square on Christmas day. The Pope gives a Christmas blessing from the balcony at the basilica. We didn't understand much (he did do a bit in English) but it was fun to be there for all the pomp and circumstance.
1st Nativity Scene, Presepe
We did a Christmas Eve tour of the Presepe throughout Rome. This is thought to be the first one. We saw large and small, simple and ornate. Italians are serious about their Presepe and collect special pieces over many years.
Rome Baptist Church, Christmas Eve
Yes, we found a Baptist Church in Rome. It was interesting to be in another country celebrating at a English speaking church. They were very welcoming and we went outside into the Piazza to sing carols by candlelight.
Something you have to eat while in Italy. Steve and I had plenty of sweet treats.