Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #46 – Delicate

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Nothing like a trip to Pompeii, Italy to remind you of the fragility of human civilization.  Even sturdy Roman columns can seem delicate compared to the power of a volcano; Mt Vesuvius destroyed the city in 79 AD.

You can find more delicate things at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #31: Landscapes

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Some of my favorite landscapes were in Tuscany.  All the rolling hills and charming houses and farms, the neat rows of cypress and olive trees…it’s just iconic and beautiful and I could not take enough pictures.

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My husband took this picture!

You can find more landscapes at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #27: My Travels

I’ve been lucky enough to travel on three continents; I’ve been to Europe three times and saw new and special things each time.  I can’t wait to go back, but for now I will just have to enjoy looking at the memories of my travels.

Ireland, 2015

I took a tour around the country with my mom, and this was a quick shot on a hike that turned out to be one of my favorites.  It encompasses so much about the beautiful country.

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Venice, 2012

We took a cruise in the Mediterranean, and coming into Venice in the morning was one of the highlights.  It’s an incredible way to see a beautiful city.

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Sicily, 2012

We didn’t just see big cities in Europe, though.  We were able to get out into the countryside in a few countries like Croatia and also Italy.  Here we traveled up a mountain to see the sanctuary and Roman ruins at Tindari, giving us these incredible views.

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Lisboa, 2007

While studying in Spain, a group of friends and I made a memorable weekend trip to Portugal, where we got along with a smattering of English and Spanish.  (And we learned a few words by the time we left.)  Lisboa is a beautiful city and one of the first on my list to return to some day.  The Belém Tower is one of several historical sites we were able to see.

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Salamanca, 2007

Of all the places I’ve been to in Europe, my heart truly belongs to Salamanca.  This is the iconic Plaza Mayor, where many friends were met with and many drinks were had.  It is a wonderful city for young people, and I learned so much during my months there.  I hope to take my family there someday so they can see the place where I grew so much.  It is precious not only for its people and sites, but for the memories now attached to them.

You can find more travels at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Challenge #24 – SEASONAL

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When the winter weather gets dreary, we can dream of summer in Tuscany.  On our visit there we had a wonderful meal at the Fattoria Poggio Alloro while enjoying the view of San Gimignano’s skyline.

To see more seasonal photos, check out the original post.