Returning Home : Part II – Italian Cathedrals, Updated Edition

While I wish my Italy photos were digital, sadly my trip was pre-internet. Thinking of my beloved Italy, especially the Lombardy region ~ Milano, Bergamo, San Pellegrino, Lake Lugano, Pavia, Lake Garda, and the entire region, where I spent the majority of my time. Wonderful people, sumptuous beauty, and yummy food!

Namaste, Linda

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By Stefan Bauer, http://www.ferras.at (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Roman Forum

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Sometimes traveling somewhere distant can take you right ” home.” I was incredibly fortunate to spend a few magical weeks travelling throughout Italy. As an Italian American , spending some time in the land of my ancestors helped me appreciate some of the origins of my love of food, art, history, and la dolce vita.  I was transported to a realm Eckhart Tolle calls spaciousness while visiting cathedrals. Words can barely describe how I feel when I am in the presence of these breathtaking works of art so I will let the images speak to you. 

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St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

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Sistine Chapel Ceiling

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Michelangelo’s Creation

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Michelangelo’s Last Judgement

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Outside St. Peter’s Square , Vatican City

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Basilica Di San Marco, Venice

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 San Marco Ceiling

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San Marco Mosaic

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San Marco Altar

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Duomo, Milan

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Duomo Altar

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In Memory of Ajay

With heavy heart and watery eyes I am sad to report that our beloved Ajay of Ajaytao 2010 has left this world for the next leg of his journey. I will always remember his outstanding photography and all the kindness he bestowed upon me in the form of awards and validation. All from a man I never met who lived on the other side of the globe. Yet it seems as if he is just around the corner..

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Dear sweet gentle spirit,

bless you for your kindness,

thank you for your open heart

flowing with infinite love,

let the Source grace you

with boundless peace

and endless bliss…

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It is never too early to say I honor you and adore you and never too late to say NAMASTE

 

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Alexandra

Life in its earliest beginnings…

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3 hour old kitten

to its most spacious and timeless..

By Carine06 from UK (Misty morning Uploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Thomson’s gazelle, Lake Nakuru, Kenya.
from the exotic and rare…

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Red eyed tree frog, near Playa Jaco, Costa Rica

to the more common and familiar…

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Savannah Cat

from antiquity….

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Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Costa Rica

to the journey towards infinity…

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Hot Air Balloon Safari in Maasai Mara, Kenya

Alexandra is evident in all that she loved….

 

This quickly assembled tribute is for my friend and neighbor Alexandra, who passed away quite suddenly and unexpectedly. We bonded over our 4 cats ( collectively) over the course of almost 20 years. She was enchanted by nature and traveled all over to experience the wild. I know she has visited the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica and Kenya. She was planning a huge trip to Indonesia I believe, but did not make it. I really hope she can travel freely now, unencumbered and without limits. Even in the throes of shock and sadness, I am acutely aware that we are defined by what we love.  My friend loved the creatures of this planet. She wanted all who mourned her to make a donation to the SPCA. I got Jasmine (RIP) and Dex that way and I am so grateful for shelters, especially the kill free variety. If you feel led, please support the SPCA. Dex is blissfully unaware. He is sleeping in the fleece bed provided by Alexandra. She loved Dex and watched him for me while I was away. When I returned, there were cool toys and this bed. She will live on as I watch him dream….

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top image of Kenya by Carine06 from UK (Misty morning Uploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

bottom image of Kenya by Wajahatmr http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en