My Date with Gian Lorenzo Bernini – art, love, and inspiration


Well, it wasn’t an actual date date.  My husband went too.  LOL

It is a 6 week course that I am attending here in Tucson on the famous Italian sculptor.  Last spring we took a class on Michaelangelo; and it was fantastic.  That course inspired us to book a trip in 2018 to Italy which culminates in Rome with a private after hours tour of the Sistine Chapel.  This class on Bernini will help us discover all the statues and churches in Rome that we want to see. And of course will help us to appreciate what we are seeing much much more.

We usually travel with tour groups… our favorite being National Geographic and Tauck.  This upcoming trip is with Tauck, but we plan to add some time at the end to really enjoy Rome on our own.  We haven’t been to Rome in over 25 years.

Actually there are other areas of Italy we want to visit also – Florence being high on the list.  And that always brings me to a travel dilemma.  What is the perfect length of a trip?  Should we add the Florence visit to this vacation?  We will already be there and flying to Europe is a big undertaking.  But being gone too long is a problem for me.  And sometimes you just get overloaded with so much to see and do and frankly I get tired quicker now.  I am really trying to think this through.  I think that I would have to plan in some “rest” days to make a longer trip work.  Maybe even find a great spa and relax for a day or two.

I love art.  And I must say that those art history courses that I took way back in college were wasted.  I now have the time and much more appreciation to learn about the history of art and artists.  I am so thrilled to have these opportunities now in my life.  Plus travel always inspires my own art passion – art jewelry.  Plus there has to be glass beads there!!

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Chicago – a weekend getaway to the windy city


Cold and crisp

The sun isn’t shining but the lake is beautiful. Right now we are on an architectural tour.

We are here for a long weekend.

A dose of the big city.


Shopping on Michigan Avenue also known as the Magnificent Mile.


Eating at some fine fine restaurants

Visiting with old friends.

And lucky to have tickets to Hamilton.

Plus a visit to the SOFA show.  No it’s not sofa’s for your living room.

It’s the  Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design show.

Also a visit to the Art Museum and possibly a walk around Hyde Park where we used to live ages ago.

Really having fun

casual chic outfit for travel

casual chic travel outfit

In my last blog I shared some photos from my recent travel to the Basque Country.  So today I want to talk a little about what I wear when I travel.  This is a simple outfit that is very comfortable yet extremely chic.  I want something that is super comfortable especially on long overnight flights to Europe because I have to sleep in it.  For shoes I always choose flats because you never know when you have to run through an airport.  I like a large handbag when I travel and this one is great because it closes which is important when it goes through security.  And because the outfit is minimal a great statement necklace makes the look perfect.  Plus when you arrive to your destination you make a great impression.

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outfit and shoes

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