But at long last, here are a few photos from my vacation. We did three days in Rome, four in Venice, and four in Florence -- not nearly enough!! It was probably the best vacation I've ever taken, and I can't wait to go back to Italy.
The Colosseum in Rome. Just breathtaking.
Trevi Fountain. It's jammed with tourists all the time, and it's really crowded -- you'd think this would be in a big plaza with plenty of space. It's not.
I always take photos of random things. I love architecture, especially doorways.
This one was on a street near the top of the Spanish Steps in Rome.
A group of gondoliers, just hanging out in Venice. No big deal.
The Grand Canal in Venice. That's the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute.
I think it's the most beautiful thing in Venice.
This is the oldest restaurant in Venice, from about 1500. It's around the corner from our pensione. We ate dinner there the last night and had the best lobster gnocchi in the world. There are framed letters from the 1700s and 1800s hanging on the walls.
The Arno River in Florence.
A giant head of David in the Boboli Gardens in Florence. Different than the more famous statue of David in the Accademia Galleria, but still beautiful.
Our hotel in Florence, just down the street from the Duomo.
It's a converted monastery, originally built in 1527.
View of the Duomo in Florence from the Campanile (tower) of the Palazzo Vecchio. I didn't climb up to the top of the Duomo but the view from the Palazzo Campanile was amazing.
I'll post more photos later, and then it's back to blogging as usual.