Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy
There are A LOT of cats in Civita di Bagnoregio! There are more cats than people here. We were told there are only 6-10 residence who live here year-round.
Below: At the bottom of St. Patrick’s Well, Orvieto, Italy
View from the top of Toro del Moro (Clock Tower) of the Duomo in Orvieto, Italy.
It was completely foggy when we reached the top, but the fog started to clear and this is the magic that unfolded in front of our eyes.
German Christmas Market in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence, Italy
Okay, so this will be the last post about our trip to Antigua. I took so many photos, this could probably go on for another 5 posts! I hope to go back to Guatemala one day and discover more of this amazing and beautiful country. One of the coolest things I’d like to point out about Antigua, and maybe this goes for the rest of the country, but since this is only place we stayed, it’s the only place I can honestly comment about – anyhow, everyone we passed looked us in the eye and greeted us with a heartfelt “buenos dias, buenos tardes, buenos noches”, whichever applied.
Greg has a photo of me taking this photo, of course. But I think I had the better view! Heh. I love this old structure with the wild vegetation growing inside.
Tuk Tuk’s were our main source of transportation. I seriously want one of these, but I could safely bet that after I park it in my neighborhood that it’d be stolen within 12 hours. Thing is, it shouldn’t be that hard to find since I’ve never seen one in SF, right? Still, I don’t want to test my luck.
Color color color. This town is a photographer’s dream come true! So, if I told you one of the below buildings was a McDonald’s, would you believe me? No? I probably wouldn’t either, but it’s safe to say I have a McDonald’s in one of these shots. One of the most amazing things about this place, other than the people, is that there’s no major billboards or advertisements on the buildings so your everyday fast food stop is not apparent. We saw a Domino’s Pizza, Subway, McDonald’s, and each time had to take a second look and think… “is that a…”, and come to find out, it was indeed what we thought we saw.
Okay, I said I’d show some ‘chicken bus’ photos, and here they are! They are called chicken busses because on most days you can expect to find Guatemalan ladies bringing their chickens to sell at the farmer’s market. We didn’t have such luck, which I was slightly bummed about. But the busses themselves are all different and very much their own art pieces.
Of course I was thrilled to find this bus come buzzin by. I’m making this my last photo from the trip, because I’d like to think it’s my bus home (though it doesn’t go anywhere near California!).
On our way to town one day we came across these cute cows. Just after I took this picture this cow came over to me and licked me! Yes, right after licking it’s own nose, I get a nice big slobber kiss. Nice!
During our stay in Antigua we stayed at this beautiful house that belonged to a woman that helps the Aware folks out. She was out of town while we were there so we had the place to ourselves. The red home to the left is where we stayed. In the distance is one of four volcanos that surrounds the town. On the day we arrived we could see the top of it, and I should of taken a photo then because thereafter it was always hidden under clouds.
Here’s a view of the courtyard. To the right is the main residence; we stayed in the quaint little place to the left.
And to top off the perfect landscaping she also has a butterfly garden!
I found this guy in the butterfly garden. Looks like he’s been there a while.
We found this quaint restaurant where we enjoyed several meals. I just love the warmth of the place.
I love visiting local farmer’s market.
Puppies!!!! Who doesn’t love puppies? I don’t think I need to gush about how cute these pups are, it’d be like preaching to the choir.
So we brought the puppies back to the house we were staying at in Antigua and we were hoping to get a nice portrait of all of them together – how silly were we? They were running all over the place and all over Greg!
It was hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to choose one it would of been this cutie below with Greg.
Time for dinner!
You missed one!
After picking up the puppies and having crazy fun with them that evening, we had to get a good night sleep since we were being picked up at 4am in the morning to head to the airport.
We got the pups all checked in with no problems; four were checked in with baggage and one went on board with us. I was worried that he’d be hyper on the plane, but it was the opposite. The plane seems to have the same affect on dogs as it does me, it puts us to sleep! Yes, being on a plane puts me to sleep instantly, I feel lucky about that. He was so great, he didn’t complain or budge once.
Unfortunately we had a bit of a problem once we arrived at LAX; the fella who re-checks in your luggage after you’ve cleared customs wouldn’t take the pups and made us go crazy out of our way to check them in someplace else. This is not how it’s typically done, they are suppose to take them at that point, and since he didn’t, we barely made our flight by just a few minutes, and unfortunately the pups didn’t have the same luck. Our hearts were broken when we arrived at SFO and found they didn’t make the flight. The pups eventually made it 3 flights later that evening. So while we waited all night for the others to arrive, we took the one we had on board with us to take to the SPCA. This is our guy…
So now we’re at the SPCA and I’m nearly in tears at this point, it’s amazing how attached I get in such a small amount of time. It was soooo hard to say goodbye.
The good news is, all the pups have been adopted and are now living in loving homes. Don’t you just love a happy ending?
Okay, so about our trip to Guatemala… Greg has a friend who works closely with an organization that rescues dogs, cats and even bunnies, called Aware based just outside of Antiqua, Guatemala. She called him up and said she needed someone to go down there and bring back 5 puppies. Well, it doesn’t take much arm twisting to get Greg and I on a plane and since we had a week we could spare, we volunteered.
Our journey out to Aware was quite an adventure. We took several “chicken buses” to get there (photos coming later). We got dropped off on the side of the freeway and headed up a dirt road. We walked for about 10 minutes before we could hear the dogs barking in the distance, I was so happy to hear them as I wasn’t sure we were on the right path. It took us about 20 minutes to reach the front gate of Aware and other 10 minutes to walk down their driveway, and it was only about 90 degrees!
We were so happy to reach the gate, now only if we had brought water.
No one was there when we got there so we jumped the fence and went and said hello to some of the dogs. I wish I could show you pictures of all of them, but they had around 200 (!). It was quite loud with all the barking, they all wanted us to come give them some love and play with them. This guy is so stunning, I really wish I could of brought him home with me, but alas, my cat wouldn’t have any of it.
Seriously, I was holding back the tears and still have a hard time looking at some of these photos. These dogs were so sweet and deserve a good home. I will say that Aware does take really good care of their dogs and has wonderful volunteers and vets on site helping take care of them.
We did see a lot of stray dogs on our trip, it seems to be a bit of a problem in Guatemala.
A post about the puppies is next, so stay tuned.
Recently my good friend Greg and I took a trip to Antigua, Guatemala. I’ll be posting about our trip in 3 parts, so more on why we went will be coming later. First up, I wanted to share some images of roof overhang tiles (not sure what to call them). I love this sort of small detail that you wouldn’t even know they were there unless you looked up, they’re so beautiful. Sometimes beauty can be found in odd places. ¬†Most of the buildings had tiles, but I never saw two buildings that had the same tiles. ¬†¬†Here’s a few examples.
Last week the Bay Area experienced a little 3-day heatwave. On Thursday it reached 97 degrees in San Francisco, which really isn’t normal even for high summer temps, and when it happens I don’t know what to do with myself. There’s a reason I live in this wonderful city other than its beauty! I’m a heat wimp, I’ll admit it. So to beat the heat, I suggested to Greg that we go sailing with our lovely friend from Spain, Manuel, and luckily he had the boat ready and was available last weekend. As you’ll see, the fog came in just in time to cool us off. It was an absolutely perfect day!
Here’s a few pics from our trip:
Okay, I did a little house hunting while we were in the North Bay neighborhood. This one is my favorite homes, though I can’t seem to decide which I’ll ultimately settle on (wink). Manuel calls this the ‘Harry Potter House’. I love it!
The yellow home is my second choice, but really, if I’m going to spend that much money I don’t want a neighbor that close unless it was my mother’s home (I love my mom!).
But honestly, how does one choose?
Thank you Manuel, we love you!
To celebrate my¬†birthday this past Saturday my friend Greg and I¬†went sailing with our¬†pal Manuel. As luck should have it turns out the Blue Angels were in town and performing. I’ve only ever seen the Blue Angles for split second at a time in the past either from my apartment or work window, I’ve never gone down to witness their crazy aerobatics first hand. Wow, what a sight! Here are some photos for you to enjoy.
Last weekend¬†my friend Greg and I¬†had the pleasure of staying at my friend Marc’s place, which he calls the¬†Tuck-It-Inn. It’s in a little town called Cazadero which is about a 2 hour drive north¬†from San Francisco. I went expecting a cabin with not many amenities only to find that it is more like a 5 star retreat! Here are some photos from¬†our little journey.I had the downstairs room, which is pictured below with the door open onto a lovely deck.My reason for choosing the downstairs bedroom was because it’s attached to this amazing bathroom! The view is incredible.This is the room my friend Greg stayed in. It is on the top floor in a nice cozy setting.Lots of beautiful birds and bugs to go around, too.¬†¬†I had fun trying to shoot this little guy.Did someone say BBQ? Besides the hot tub this was our favorite place to hang out. It’s attached to one of the nicest kitchens I’ve ever seen!It was sad to have to leave so soon…I can’t recommend it highly enough.oxooxDebraNo comments
A couple months ago I took some shots of my pal Kate (aka Squid). I wanted to do some shots using the sun as well as try out my new selective focus lens. Below are two shots I think turned out nicely. What do you think?