With only three days left before we head off to our vacation in Italy, I’m to the point where I wake at 3AM and realize I’ve been making lists in my dreams.  I haven’t done this for nearly two years;  it was a by product of my former profession.

The lists aren’t the usual kind where I rerun whether I’ve got all necessary vouchers, and copies of passports.  Or reservations to avoid lines for particularly popular sites like Galleria Borghese in Rome, and the Uffizi in Florence.  I make make mental lists to check on details like:  finding out which bus line will get us from the train station in Florence to the farm house where we’ll be staying; and how we’ll know which dock to head toward, luggage in tow, after we get off the train in Naples to take a hydrofoil to Sorrento; and whether we should pack a roll of toilet paper and a bath towel each since we’re not exactly sure whether they’ll be included in the apartment in Rome or not.  I’ve read those reviews, remember?

You’d think 550 Euros would guarantee toilet paper, but…what do I know?  I’m a presumptuous American, remember?

The good thing about all of this worry is that I’ll most likely be so exhausted, I’ll sleep on the flight, and when we arrive in Rome at 10:45am (2:45am our time), I’ll be as perky as a daisy.  Okay, so a daisy with purple bags under her eyes, but still.

In the meantime, enjoy the solstice shots I took last week in celebration of the beginning of Summer and Sky Watch Friday.  Looking at photographs of the sky from all around the world is a pleasant way to start a weekend, with an added value of helping me get a grip.

Looking toward Point Loma.
I like the reflection on the ocean in this one.

19 Replies

  1. I’m back …
    Oh no, cried blog world … he’s back!

    But guess what, I’m glad I decided to make a comeback.
    If I didn´t rejoin SWF I would never have the chance to see these great photos!

  2. Thanks to you and others, I get a big lift out of trying to outdo myself and post things that may surprise some and make others laugh a bit and most of all make lots of people aware of things that might not know much about.

    When somebody actually takes the time to write a comment about my work and what I do, that to me is the biggest gift a person can give another. It is a smile on greeting, it is a welcome handshake, and it gives me and my family some hope that the dementia farm is still down the road.

    You, yourself, are an inspiration to me. I come to say, thanks for taking the time to photograph things of interest and great beauty. Without that, blogging would be about as exciting as a wart on the end of my nose.

    And rest assured, when you do visit, I will always try to visit your blog, in return, and leave a comment on your blog. I might not think your photography is ready for the big masterpiece award, but it got my attention.


    Abraham Lincoln
    oldmanlincoln in Brookville, Ohio

  3. totally awesome photos.. have a wonderful trip if i don’t “talk” to you before you leave.. and bring us pix… compromising pix would be wonderful…….

  4. In that firt photo I am thinking that you can see Gma’s new apt. You guys could send up smoke signals and stuff.

  5. Wow! Perfect sunset snaps!

    *Sigh* It’s been a long time since I last witnessed the setting of the sun. All these works and businesses of mine deprive me from appreciating the beauty of the natural world.

    I guess I’ll have to take a break tomorrow. Yes! That would be a great idea…

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