I came across these planters in the town of Val d'Elsa in Northern Italy this Summer (photo below) that are what I think are municipal planters that serve as both traffic deterrents, pedestrian protection and beautification in one package. See below for the photo showing the pair that feature concrete bases, metal uprights (that keep the container centered) and cylindrical terracotta containers. Pretty neat, right? I was really drawn to these - I like the containers - but also the ingenuity. They're heavy, so they can't be moved. The containers are also protected by the iron pipes. I've drawn some gardening inspiration before from European gardens, so I'm adding this to that list.
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What do you think? Bathroom sign in Italy? Or at Tokyo DisneySea? Here's the setting right outside the bathroom. And those of you looking closely, pay no attention to the group of people wearing headgear featuring Experiment 626 . Squint a little bit and tell me that you're not transported to Italy, right? That little detail of the men's restroom sign is just another data point on *why* Tokyo DisneySea is the most impressive of all the Disney Parks you can visit in the world. Or at least...the most impressive one that I've been to so far. I know Galaxy's Edge is going to change that, but for now, I'll stand by Tokyo DisneySea as the top dog. Also, all of my posts featuring Experiment 626 - or who you might know as Stitch - can be found here . Turns out, before now, they were all posts about Disney Pins that we either purchased or traded for during our trips to Walt Disney World.
On our trip to Italy earlier this summer, we made a journey back to Cortona where we had spent some time a few years back. It was interesting to be in a place that is so foreign, yet somehow feels familiar. We hit up some of our old haunts, hung out in the two town squares and even took the kids to see Le Celle - a Franciscan Covenant that was started in 1211 and housed St. Francis of Assisi . It is a pretty special place and once you arrive there and take it all in, you can quickly realize why people - even a long time ago - thought his place was special and magical. This place had a big impact on Nat and I when we went the first time and (I think because of that!) St. Francis has a special place in our lives now, so taking everyone back was worth the effort. If you find yourself in or around Cortona (which....I gotta tell you...just do it!), take the time to go to Le Celle. The photo above is a Google Photosphere picture that I took of St. Francis' cell (his room) that
Welp, we didn't see George and Amal, but we did see these sweet boats in Varenna and had a great meal in Bellaggio. We stayed in Menaggio in a house that was called the White Villa, yet was a super bright orange color. Seems that Lake Como is a lot like Hawaii in one regard: it is *everything* that everyone tells you it is. Just a very special place on earth.
That right there is a foam-ish miniature soccer ball. And it came out of a vending machine. In Cortona, Italy. Yeah...kinda neat. No gumballs. No chiclets. But a soccer ball. This one is from SSC Napoli - which is a club out of Naples that plays in the top league in Italy, but we tried the machine a few times and got other teams like AC Milan and Roma. We have a ball-crazy boy in our house these days so this was a perfect fit for us during our visit. But, it has me wondering if this is a chicken-or-the-egg-thing? Meaning...are they soccer ...errr....sorry football crazy as kids because they love it or is the culture make them football-crazy because it is pushed at them like with these vending machines? Either way, the Boy was happy!