San Gimignano is a quintessential Tuscan town, with medieval architecture and beautiful hilly, countryside views.
Fourteen tower houses have been well preserved, giving the city its unique skyline. (There were originally 72.) The city wall dates from the 12th/13th centuries. San Gimignano flourished until the Black Death swept through Italy in the mid-1300s.
My husband took this cool picture from the city wall; I love the way the corner of the wall points to the buildings below.
And, as a bonus, one of my favorite “leading lines” pictures I’ve ever taken, from the Maumturk Mountains in Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.