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Montreux to Bellagio – Switzerland Itinerary

Montreux to Bellagio – Switzerland Itinerary

| August 20, 2011

Our amazing Switzerland visit ended in Bellagio, Italy Ok, ok, I know Bellagio is not in Switzerland! When it came to planning our Switzerland visit, I did not want to take any chances on weather. So, I diligently checked Switzerland’s weather statistics to make sure we were visiting the Alps at the best possible time […]

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Tremezzo Treasure with HDR and Processing Insights

Tremezzo Treasure with HDR and Processing Insights

| December 12, 2010

I love churches, especially Italy’s. Like a gift, you rarely know what’s inside, and without exception they are beautifully unique. I spent some time on this image trying to focus on what I wanted to say. We all see things differently and this is how I see this place. It was a venerable feast for […]

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The Real Bellagio

The Real Bellagio

| September 29, 2010

I am usually an eternal optimist. However, when it came to planning our Switzerland trip, I did not want to take any chances that all we would see was rain and heavy cloud cover. So, I diligently checked Switzerland’s weather statistics to make sure we were visiting the Alps at the best possible time to […]

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A Quick Bite in Milan, Italy

A Quick Bite in Milan, Italy

| September 27, 2010

After three nights in Montreux on Lake Geneva, we stopped in Milan for lunch on our way to Lake Como. Although our stop in Milan would only last three hours, we needed lunch anyway and it was hard to resist trying to photograph the Milan Cathedral when it was so close to the train station. […]

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High Noon at Milan Station

High Noon at Milan Station

| September 5, 2010

Fast Trains at Milan Station How convenient that the clock was wrong when I took this shot in Milan’s central train station last week. It was actually about 2:30pm. In Switzerland this would never happen but in Italy you never know! Donna and I were waiting for our train to Lake Como when I decided […]

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“Portovenere View” Oil Painting

“Portovenere View” Oil Painting

| March 28, 2010

In Italy last summer, to escape the Cinque Terre tourist crush, we stayed just south of the five famous fishing villages in a town called Portovenere. It’s about a 20 minute cab ride on a twisty hillside road from La Spezia. The town was home to mostly Italian tourists, had a laid back atmosphere, and […]

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“Drying on the Line” Oil Painting

“Drying on the Line” Oil Painting

| March 26, 2010

I couldn’t stop thinking about starting a new painting so I thought I would try to fit one in before another this weekend. When Donna and I visited Italy last summer, we made a side trip from Florence to San Gimignano and Sienna. Not wanting to rent a car and try to navigate our way out […]

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Lake Garda Hotel Sketch

Lake Garda Hotel Sketch

| December 22, 2009

This is a sketch of a really sweet looking hotel we saw while visiting Lake Garda in Italy last summer. It was a beautiful clear day and the harsh light on the building caught my eye. I am trying to focus on values and edges at the moment and sketching seems like the best way […]

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Two Days at the Palazzo Rosso Farm in Vicenza, Italy

Two Days at the Palazzo Rosso Farm in Vicenza, Italy

| October 31, 2009

While in Italy, we had the good fortune of staying at the Palazzo Rosso Farm, which is a sprawling 400 property 15 kilometers south of the historic city of Vicenza and 1 kilometer from the beautiful Colli Berici Hills. We were the guest of one of Donna’s long-time friends from high shool who recently decided to […]

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The subtle charm of Siena and San Gimignano, Italy

The subtle charm of Siena and San Gimignano, Italy

| October 18, 2009

While in Florence, Italy, we took a day trip to the Tuscan hill towns of Siena and San Gimignano. Not wanting to rent a car and attempt to get out of Florence in one piece, we elected to take a tour bus to both destinations. We stopped in Siena first after a 90-minute bus ride, […]

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