Shiny Barcelona

Sagrada pipes

Organ pipes, Sagrada Familia


Barcelona is one of my favourite cities. Culled from my archives are these images that remind me just how shiny and beautiful it is.

Palau de la Musica

Palau de la Musica


Port Olympic

Port Olimpic, with Frank Gehry Fish sculpture



Close up of Fish sculpture


Shiny wrappers

Candy under shiny wraps


I’m looking forward to returning one day.

Thanks for visiting …



©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2017

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny

On the Edge

View from the ropeway to see Mt. Fuji.

I feel like I’m living on the edge right now. So much change. So much uncertainty as my husband and I pursue the path of our dream.


For a girl who likes her feet firmly planted on the ground it feels pretty disorienting to live this close to the edge. It rather reminds me of our 2010 adventure on the Hakone Ropeway in Japan where in order to enjoy spectacular views of Mount Fuji I had to override my fear of heights and enclosed spaces. It didn’t help that at the time I was, unbeknownst to me, heading down the path of debilitating adrenal fatigue. It made my anxiety over the experience all the more acute.


Still, with the help of my supportive husband and our two dear travel companions, as well as  Rescue Remedy and the beautiful music of Jacob Moon, I made it work.


It was worth it to get to see Mount Fuji, however shrouded, above the clouds.

The path to our dreams takes us to the edge of our comfort zones constantly. It can be scary to dip our toe in the waters of the unknown, and this is why so few people ever achieve their heart’s desire.

Surrounding ourselves with supportive people and holding dear a few creature comforts can help us negotiate those tough moments experienced on the edge.

Our dreams need to know they’re worth the risk.

Be well and thanks for visiting …



©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2016

Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge


Rare Rain

Rare rain

This has been the summer of the drought in Southern Ontario. Hot, dry and, on some days, unbearably humid.

Finally, last week, the skies opened and a deluge of wet relief blanketed our region.

The horses, happy with this change of fortune, gladly presented their backs to Mother Nature’s refreshing and nourishing summer storm.

I don’t know that I’ve ever smiled so much to see, and experience, the rain.

Thanks for visiting …


Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare


©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2016



Tunnel Vision



As long as we judge the world from the narrow perspective of our past, particularly negative, experiences we will never be able to engage with the light of new, life-affirming  possibilities.

To move beyond our tunnel vision is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.

Thanks for visiting,



©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2016


Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow