re·​nais·​sance | ren-uh–sahns, –zahns, –sahns, ren–uh-sahns, -zahns, -sahns the activity, spirit, or time of the great revival of art, literature, and learning in Europe beginningin the 14th century and extending to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world. the forms and treatments in art used during this period. any similar revival in the world of art and learning. a renewal of life, vigor, interest, etc.; rebirth; revival. origin – French, from Middle French, rebirth, from Old French renaistre to be born again, from Latin renasci, from re- + nasci to be born synonyms – rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurgence, revitalization, revival, reawakening The thing about a renaissance is that you can’t force it. That’s the way it is with any … Continue reading Renaissance

Ciao! And ciao!

Goodbye, Europe! Hello, America! A lot has happened in the last few days, with plenty of goodbyes and hellos. On our last night in Rome, we walked to Orange Trees Garden (Savello Park) on Aventine Hill. All week, I’d looked across the river from our terrace to the umbrella pines on the top of that … Continue reading Ciao! And ciao!

Sunrise in Siena

Last night, I showed you pictures of our view of Siena at four different times of day – midday, sunset, dusk, and nighttime. Today, I get to show you one more, thanks to my old friend insomnia. Siena before sunrise! So stunning. I just didn’t feel sleepy last night at all, so I read until … Continue reading Sunrise in Siena

Ah, Firenze

We made it from Venice to Florence on Thursday and after a string of packing up and moving every other day (Strasbourg, Salzburg, Vienna, and Venice over the span of 8 days), we were delighted to settle into our apartment for a week here. We’re staying on the top floor of a 500 year-old building … Continue reading Ah, Firenze

From there to here

I’d meant to write again before now, but the last several days have been absolute wall-to-wall busyness trying to get every single thing done that needed to be done before leaving the country for six-and-a half weeks. The last big thing that had to be done before we could leave was this: My 32nd infusion, … Continue reading From there to here