PhotoPOSTcard: Venice From a Gondola’s Perspective

The gondola is a form of transportation that is totally unique to Venice. For many, a trip to this city is not complete without a gondola ride through its canals. Most people though take a gondola near St. Mark’s square and as a result, their gondola experience is nose to tail with other tourists. For a less touristy alternative, I picked a gondolier on one of the quiet back canals in the Dorsoduro district of Venice. This district is an easy vaporetto boat ride across the Grand Canal from St. Marks square, yet not many tourists seem to go there. As a result, I had peaceful and relaxing gondola ride that gave me a different perspective of this city built on top of the water.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: St. Mark’s Square at Night

When I first saw the puddles in St. Mark’s square in Venice, I thought it had rained while I was having dinner. But when the puddles kept getting bigger, I realized that the high tide was seeping in from underneath the paving stones in the plaza. I could not resist the opportunity for another reflection photo.

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Rose

A Day in Burano in 25 Photos

I love the little island of Burano in the Venetian Lagoon. Whereas Venice maintains a facade of controlled decay, Burano is fresh, bright and as colorful as a brand new box of 96 crayons. As in Venice, the narrow canals in Burano are used primarily for transportation, but they also add to the aesthetic as they clearly reflect the rainbow of colorful houses on either side. A half day in Burano is a common side trip from Venice, but spending the night is even better. Once the day trippers were gone, I had the island practically to myself – well, along with all the locals of course.

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“Burano Sampler” – An Original Quilt Design

Quilt Inspiration – This quilt was inspired by the many colorful houses on the island of Burano in the Venetian Lagoon. Each of the houses on Burano is painted a different bright shade, so that as you are walking through the town, it feels like you are in the middle of a big box of crayons.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Just Me and the Sweeper

Burano is a popular day trip from Venice. Most people go for just a few hours and seem to stay on the main canal paths to get their photos, shop and eat. During the day, this main plaza is a  hub of activity. Restaurants and cafes have put out their chairs and umbrellas. Waiters are taking orders and serving food. Shopkeepers display their wares. Tourists are milling about, eating, drinking, shopping and wandering. But at 6 in the morning, no one is up yet, and it is just me and the sweeper.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: On the Island of Burano

I love Venice, but I love the little island of Burano in the Venetian lagoon even more. Its intimate, compact size and the popsicle colored housed reflected in the canals are a photographer’s dream. On this visit, I spent the night and had the island practically to myself in the evening after the day trippers left, and in the morning before everyone woke up. In this case, the early bird caught a great photo.

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Rose

“Step Into My Garden” – A Perfectly Imperfect Watercolor Quilt Design

This was one of the first quilts I started, and many years later, once the kids were off to college and I had more time, it was also one of the first quilts I finally finished. It also taught me that there can still be beauty in imperfection, even if the mistake is huge.

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Spring in the Brandywine Valley – My Travel World International Magazine Article

I absolutely love spring in the Brandywine Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. At this time of year I don’t need to travel because I am surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens in the country. Starting in March and continuing nonstop through May, the gardens that were formerly part of DuPont family estates glow in a riot of vibrant colors as a succession of blooms brighten the landscape and my spirits with them.

You can read my article about spring in the historic Brandywine Valley in the most recent issue of Travel World International magazine.

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Rose

 

Quilting with Flowers – Discovering the Quilt Gardens in Elkhart, Indiana

I’ve seen quilts displayed on beds and hanging on museum walls. I’ve also seen quilt designs painted on barns and on the sides of buildings. But one of the most unusual quilt displays I’ve seen has to be the Quilt Gardens in Elkhart, Indiana. More than one million blooms make up seventeen large quilt designs that are on display each year from May 30 to Sept. 15.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Bonneyville Mills

Indiana’s oldest continuously operating grist mill is in Elkhart county and is part of a 222 acre county park that also has miles of trails for hiking, biking and cross country skiing. I just appreciated the beautiful early morning view when I visited the area last fall.

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Rose