Above the Colorado city of Grand Junction is the magnificent Colorado National Monument one of the jewels of the US National Parks with which we were unfamiliar. The Rim Rock Drive that winds along the edge of the canyons must be one of the great drives of the world, so put it on your bucket list and prepare to be in awe.
The red rock wonderland of Arches National Park, Utah was breathtaking at every turn.
I think the photos speak for themselves. This was our first day visiting Colorado and Utah last week where the grandeur of Palisade Mountain dominates the landscape above the small town of Gateway, Colorado.
Our last visit to Montalcino and Sant’Antimo was in April 2000. At that time we took the bus from Siena to Montalcino and then walked the final 10 kilometers to the Abbey. We returned again this year the day after our visit to Volterra and San Gimignano, and seventeen years later the journey and destination were as memorable as ever.
In March 2016 I posted Tuscan Reverie
for the Daily Post’s inaugural Discover Challenge: Blogging the Senses in which I included a video of photos taken from our walk to Sant’Antimo in 2000. I thought I would re-post the video today so that you can enjoy once again the Gregorian chant “Haec Dies” from “Mysterium” a recording made in the Abbey in April 1995 by the five fathers of the Communita die Canonici Regolari di Sant’Antimo.
A perfect final day to our Italian travels beginning with the morning sunshine silhouetting the San Giorgio Magiorre before revisiting the Basilica San Marco to see its marble pavements once again after seventeen years.
We then climbed the 100 steps to the terrace with its views of the Campanile and Piazza San Marco.
Our final long anticipated stop was to the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari to see Titian’s masterpiece the Frari Assumption, just as glorious as I remembered it.
Then one final moment to pause and take it all in before heading to the airport and London.
I hope you have enjoyed the trip as much as we have. It’s certainly been good having you along. So many more memories to share in the coming weeks and months with photos and hopefully exciting new paintings. Stay tuned.
The curve of the Grand canal viewed from the roof deck of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi beside the Rialto Bridge.
A grand finale to our Italian holiday with the magic of Venice at every turn.
The Giuseppe Giusti Museum
After the Ferrari museum yesterday, the “Ferrari” of balsamic vinegar today. If only I could post the heady aroma from those barrels for you to enjoy too.
“Giuseppe Giusti is the oldest Balsamic Vinegar company in the world, founded in Modena in 1605 and now guided by the Giusti family’s 17th generation”
We couldn’t ask for a more perfect Fall afternoon here in one of Canada’s most beautiful cities, Québec City
, where we have arrived for a short three day visit. I have no doubt the Ile d’Orléans where we will be spending the day tomorrow will be just as spectacular.
This morning we said farewell to Bergerac after a week filled with great memories of this beautiful region of France, with special thanks to Laurence and Pascal.
This afternoon we were greeted by the glorious Surrey countryside as we return to England for the final few days of our travels with dearest friends.