BC: Never go on trips with anyone you do not love – Ernest Hemingway I am so lucky and blessed to have been able to have shared this wonderful adventure with such very special people in my life.. The pictures and words do not begin to capture the heart and soul of the trip, which was sharing love, laughter, and tears. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to have a once in a lifetime experience. It was a gift to be able to spend the time together, and I hope I was able to capture to some of that spirit in these pages. love, Kelly 10 days, 4 Cities endless memories! Nov 14 - Nov 25, 2013
1: Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen. | - Benjamin Disraeli
4: DUBLIN | Adventures | around
7: Trinity | College
8: "glen of two lakes" | This early Christian ecclesiastical settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Set in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses.
11: the sun lights a hill on the distance, a hill I know I shall walk across an hour or two thence, and it is green and silken to my eye, and the clouds have begun their slow, fat rolling journey across the sky, no land in the world can inspire such love in a common man. - Frank Delaney (Ireland)
12: Ea t ! | Drink!
13: Enjoy the Music!
14: Making | MEMORIES
15: PS. I love you.
16: We do not | remember | Days | We remember | Moments. | LONDON
18: Buckingham Palace | Changing of the Guard | ___________
19: The royal marching band.
20: Westminster | Abbey | is nature crystallized into a conventional form by man with his sorrows, his joys, his failures, and his seeking for the Great Spirit. -M.E.W Sherwood
21: Mary Queen of Scots | Charles and Diana | Chaucer Tennyson | Will & Kate Coronations | Charles Dickens Sir | Isaac Newton Elizabeth I | Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
23: The Tower | Bridge
26: Florence | Firenze | the birthplace of the Renaissance
28: Ponte Vecchio
29: The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore | The Duomo
30: I strove to imitate nature as clearly as I could, and with all the perspective I could practice. I carried out the work with the greatest of diligence, and the greatest love - Lorenzo Ghiberti
31: The Gates of Paradise
32: Tuscany | San Gimignano | Chianti Wine Country | San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany. Today it features quaint shopping, fine leather goods, and warm,inviting wine shops. Wines labelled "Chianti Classico" come from the biggest sub-area of Chianti, that includes the original Chianti heartland. Only Chianti from this sub-zone may boast the black rooster seal.
33: Italy | is a | Dream | that keeps returning your whole | Life. | -Anna Akhmatova
37: "In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it. - | Michaelangelo | Sculpting | Painting | Architecture | Santa Croce
39: MARKET DAY | Food and Wine Tasting
40: Let's get cooking! | Meat Sauce by Giovanni 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Medium Red Onion 1 Carrot 1 Stick of Celery 1.5 lb fresh ground beef 1 lb pork sweet sausage 1/2 cup of red Chianti wine 2 Tablespoon tomato paste 1 1/2 cup of hot water 2 tsp sea salt Prep: Finely chop the onion, carrot and celery. Heat the oil in a large steel frying pan, on high heat and then add the onion,carrot and celery. Sauté 5 min. Add meat, separate and brown for 10 min. Pour in wine and reduce until evaporated. Add tomato paste, water,salt and stir. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 3 hours
41: Cheers! | Let's Eat!
43: Certainly travel is more than the seeing of sights. It is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. -Mary Ritter Reed
44: Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning. | -Giotto di Bondone
46: The Vatican | Art Beauty
51: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. | Explore | Dream | Discover | -Mark Twain