Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
We had a great night at Arrington Vineyards with Ryan and Sarah Williamson. http://www.arringtonvineyards.com/ Ryan and I have been friends for more than 20 years. Sarah and Sheryl lived together while at ACU. Our daughters, Maddie and Sydney, are the same age and best friends. Their friendship is the fiercest of loyalties...and they've already informed us all that they have plans to room together at ACU (they're only going into 2nd grade).
It was a beautiful night. I have been in a tremendous amount of pain with my back (having an MRI this week) but being out there was a nice distraction. We are all going back out there in September for the Loggins/ Messina concert. I am SO EXCITED about that! http://www.logginsandmessina.com/
Saturday, July 25, 2009
First things first...Sheryl has some new pics of her work up now as well as some great links for cakes and photography. Check it out... http://www.sherylthomasflorals.blogspot.com/
Secondly, I wasn't able to post the pictures I wanted to of Rome...just haven't had time to go through them. And, Ryan Hunt sent a DVD full of pictures from our day there that I loved so I'm adding some of those too.
We got up super early that morning and headed to the bus that would take us to the train into Rome...
Breakfast is still important...good thing I packed a nutritious one! :)
The Vatican--coming into the square there was overwhelming. It is all so massive it's hard to really capture it in pictures.
TREVI FOUNTAIN--The Trevi fountain is at the ending part of the Aqua Virgo, an aqueduct constructed in 19 BC. It brings water all the way from the Salone Springs (approx 20km from Rome) and supplies the fountains in the historic center of Rome with water. In 1732, Pope Clement XII commissioned Nicola Salvi to create a large fountain at the Trevi Square. A previous undertaking to build the fountain after a design by Bernini was halted a century earlier after the death of Pope Urban VIII. Construction of the monumental baroque fountain was finally completed in 1762.
The huge amphitheater was built on the site of an artificial lake, part of Nero's huge park in the center of Rome which also included the Golden House (Domus Aurea) and the nearby Colossus statue. This giant statue of Nero also gave the building its current name.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence (one of only six bridges in all of Italy spared by the retreating German army)
David rubs the boar for luck
this was taken outside where the real "David" used to stand (it's now stored inside and this replica stands in its place)
We met up with some of the cast from the Jade--in this picture:
Adrienne, Kwame, Megan, Jamie and me