Mystery Lady

One of the highlights of our stop in Venice as part of the tour was, definitely, riding on a gondola with musicians. After seeing this in so many movies and pictures, it was one of the Top 10 on our “Things we most do” list for the trip.

And there we were, navigating through the canals of Venice while we were serenaded by a singer’s beautiful baritone voice, accompanied by a guitar, relaxed, enjoying the nice breeze and the beautiful scenery of this magical city. Now we could cross that out of our list.

It was while we were enjoying this awesome ride that we crossed this other gondola and I saw this lady, sitting there, alone, with this pose that gave her a very feminine, mysterious and, at the same time, sensual air.

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Waiting for Service

While walking around Venice, our local Guide, Carlo, took us to some very curious spots. Every corner in this city, every building, has an interesting history. It was when we arrived to this little plaza, in front of the Gran Teatro “La Fenice”, and while he explained to us its history, that I saw her, on the opposite corner, directly across from us.

I watched her for a few seconds and then decided to get closer, not only with the idea of taking a candid shot but also curious as to why was she just sitting there, alone.

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The View from my Window

I love Aviation, airplanes, flying… That’s why, every time I get to fly, I always try to get a window seat. It’s a good thing my wife and daughter don’t mind me doing so. Since they’re not too thrilled about being inside a steel tube, thousands of feet above the ground, they’re content with not seeing what’s going on outside.

But, to me, that is what makes any flight interesting and really enjoyable.

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Pietà

This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. Michelangelo carved it from a single slab of marble. Specifically, Carrara marble, a blue and white stone named for the Italian region where it is mined. It is the only work he ever signed. It made him famous at the age of 24.

After 200 years, it was moved to the St. Peter’s Basilica, in Vatican City.

This is one of my favorite shots from the whole trip, very emotional, moving. Every time I see this image, it reminds me of my Mother. It’s easy to see why.

Italy gave me many wonderful memories. This is a very special one.

 

Italy – Day 1

We left the United States yesterday at 6:15 PM and landed at Milan around 3:15 AM, but it really was already 9:15 AM here. There’s a six hours difference in time.

After a “short” (almost two hours) trip by bus, we made it to Menaggio. Considering that I didn’t sleep during the flight and that now is 9:39 PM here, it means that I’ve been awake now for 21 consecutive hours so I’m really ready to crash right now.

We’re tired, yes, but happy to be in this beautiful place. This one below was the first shot I took just in front of hour hotel. The view is just breathtaking. And that’s Italy, beautiful everywhere you look, so I think this is just the first of hundreds, if not thousands, of pictures I’ll take on this trip.

I can’t imagine a better gift for our daughter Ana (and us) on her 15th Birthday! Really looking forward to the next 17 days!

But now I just need to sleep so… Good night! Bona Note! Arrivederci!

 

Our Little Princess

Fifteen years have passed since the day you came to this world. The moment the Doctor said it would be a girl, I knew I was in trouble… But when I saw your face for the first time, right after counting and making sure all ten fingers, ten toes, two hands, two eyes, two ears, a nose and a mouth were there and nothing was missing, I realized I was a goner. Right there you robbed me of my heart and I just thanked God for trusting and blessing me with one of his little Angels, to take care of her.

Hours, days, years have gone by, too fast if you ask me, and I’ve seen you change and grow into this young Lady you’re becoming today. It has been an adventure that I’ve enjoyed and still will enjoy every single day.

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