Tuscan Sun

Poolside

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So, leaving Firenze we headed, by rental car, an hour and a half into the Tuscan Hills and the hamlet of Iano. There we, and five couples from our neighbourhood (we called ourselves the Tuscan Twelve), had secured a week in what we hoped would be a beautiful villa.

The vacation was planned as a once-in-a-lifetime event to celebrate special wedding anniversaries, birthdays and life. The idea was that each couple would plan their own vacation ~ some started in Rome and toured the Amalfi; another couple started in Venizia and drove through the mountains; we started in Firenze ~ and that we’d all gather for a week at the villa and then go our separate ways to get home.

It took several meetings and a year of planning to bring it all together. We found the villa through a luxury villa rental site and identified all the important amenities we wanted to define our search. Rooms with ensuites, a swimming pool, a view, an indoor and outdoor dining area that would accommodate all 12 of us, laundry facilities, etc. helped us come to a final decision.

I can clearly remember the afternoon we converged on Colle Sereno, and how awestruck we were by the beauty of the area. We could hardly believe our good fortune. The villa and location exceeded our expectations in every way.

For dinner the first evening (which we had arranged in advance ~ we fed ourselves for the rest of the stay except for our final meal) the housekeeper served an incredible multi-course extravaganza so delicious that even the pickiest eater among us couldn’t get enough.

Between courses we congregated on the balcony to absorb the incredible sunset as it boldly painted the horizon.

All the hours spent planning had been worth it. We knew we were going to have an amazing week.

Tuscan Sun

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Firenze River Boat

River boat

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Reviewing my archive of images from last year’s sojourn in Italy offers a feast of wonderful memories. This makes it a challenge to select just one image to feature each day for the next two weeks. There are just so many!!!

Today I’ve elected to share this photo, captured one evening during a walk into the heart of Firenze from our hotel.

A small, flat-bottomed pleasure boat was being gently guided by a single oarsman through the shallow waters of the River Arno. A rare sight, indeed.

On the other side of that bridge is a weir. I suspect the boat turned around well before that, or everyone on board would have received an unwelcome bath. 😉

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Sundown

Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Way

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Sundown II

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One evening, on a drive from Edmonton to Calgary, my brother and I encountered the tail end of a wicked storm and the most spectacular sunset. While he drove the car at highway speed I poised my Nikon D70 through the rolled down passenger-side window and let the shutter fly. Needless to say many of my captures are spectacularly out of focus. Still, I did manage a few that caught the intensity of that broad Alberta sky after a storm at sundown.

This image features elements of Edmonton International Airport in the foreground.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Day’s End

Light

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Mother Earth

Blanketed in warm embrace

Of setting sun.

Another day is done.

Father Moon

Singing silent lullaby;

A chorus of emerging stars

Twinkling their

“Good night …”

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015 

Maui Sunset

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

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Maui Sunset

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It’s snowing and -11C (-17C wind chill) after a week of -30C. Practically balmy out there, I suppose. Still, the winter chill is so embedded in our damp southern Ontario climate right now it goes straight through you.

With Bear in convalescence and me his chief nurse I don’t really have the luxury of going anywhere warm for an extended period of time. So I’ll resign myself to basking in the captured glow of the setting Maui sun and the warm memories that brings.

Spring is only four weeks away.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015