Adventures in Italy

A day spent here
Our ship
Let the wandering begin
I dislike crowds very much, but felt very comfortable here
We wandered , we had pizza and Italian beer , got a very good feel for this are, and loved it so much we’d go back to Santa Margherita ,Italy again. The people were so friendly and of course the weather was marvelous, my kind of weather…90ish:)

The dinner cruise to end all 

Well we splurged this year for July 4th , as soon as I knew it wasn’t going to rain, because we have seen our share this summer, nothing but rain and colder than usual summer. Anyway, the reason we took this kind of expensive dinner cruise, was to see the fire works in downtown Rochester,NY.  The tickets were 100.00 dollars apiece.  The cruise itself, was about 5 hours , we Are Not  nite people , and we felt it the next few days. The   Cruise started at 7pm and we didn’t return till 12:30 am. A very long trip.

the reserved line, gets on first

the music man is in the colorful shirt

have to have at least one cocktail.. and for $8.00  a drink , its all we  really wanted any way 🙂

before dinner treats.

as we left port, we are reminded how many low bridges we must  stay low for, and there were many!! i stayed below, till we got to the fireworks

we had to go through 2 locks  before leaving the canal, and entering the Genesee River, to head Downtown.

people love to watch the boats go through the lock system


some views of the locks at work, and a few of the bridges we had to go under


dinner was BBQ’d chicken, and spareribs, salt potatoes, salad, and rolls, and coffee or water.

the Captain, and as you can see she’s got a jacket it on

soo many people, if you’re gonna see fireworks, yep taking the boat was a grand idea, no crowds, no traffic 🙂

getting very close now.. just have to sit and wait

the city of Rochester,New York

the reason is perfectly clear now:)



well the ride home was cold and uneventful, except for some crazy people who were out in their little motor boats, trying to pass  the big boat,  so they could all get in the locks b4 us.

i enjoyed myself tremendously , but this was a 1 and done as they say 🙂

Hibernation and New Beginnings

While some of you know I despise winter, I always have! Even as a child. being cold and wet.. Not my cuppa!!!!  now I know and I have heard it most of my life..well if you don’t like it move.. if only life were that simple. one day I will move, and enjoy every day out side, but until then..  it is what it is 🙂   March has been especially bad at least for Western New York. in the middle of the month we had a wind storm.. upwards of 85 mi. an hour winds.. that knocked out power. some were without a power source for longer than a week. we were fortunate.. only 2 days. we spent our days in the local grocery store ,powering up, and we are lucky to have such a fine store,(WEGMANS) that accomodated everyone who came in to get warm or have a cuppa.,came home and slept with the 2 felines.  the temp in the house got down to 42. and then the following week we had a bad snow storm, again everything was shut work ,no school!!!!  so as you can glad to say good riddens’ to March!!! and i owe a big Thank you to my good friend Fraggy, for waking me:))  we do a diptych at the end of the month and this  time it was about spring and new beginnings.


. yester day the sun was out, and you could almost feel spring.. so I went to the local conservatory, to feel spring even more. and this is what I saw

can’t go wrong with those little chickadees








if you have taken time to look at these flowers I thank you in advance. for the peeps I try to follow, I am currently trying to catch up to you all. and I thank you kindly for stopping by.

HAPPY SPRING.. to new beginnings

Happy New Year #2 of my Bench Series

well its been a few weeks since ive been here. alot has happened,some good some bad, im sure you all have a similar story:)Happy New Year, lets hope and pray this is a better year

its been a while since i shared my BENCHES so ..i thought, this would be a good time since the weather doesn’t know what it wants to do.and in a few short weeks ill be in sunny Florida, with lots of things to do and shoot:)

in my family if you dont cook an Italian better find a restaurant that does

every one goes ice skating downtown..i went early one day to avoid the crowd. poor kid, he was just learning..

hard to remember..but this series in#2 of my bench collection,( and yes there were benches in the other shots:) this is in front of the School of the Arts….. better known around here as SOTA

at the local dog park,i didnt like the way it looked so i had to art it up 🙂

at the George Eastman House.. in one of the many gardens. not some thing i usually do in the winter, in the summer u can see all the grapes hanging.

sure you can sit if you want to…..

ill wait till bout you ?:) this is right by the lake, a few photos down you’ll see all of this from the top

looks like the photo was cut huh?:) nope!!!  not to worry that snow has long gone

yes.. it was cold

it was a beautiful day.. it really was… and most of that has melted away as well… for now, im sure it will all be back !! and i hope to be basking in Florida’s sunshine when it happens:)

probably my favorite spot, any season, for photos . and yes the pic above is now down below:) on all the white stuff. the other side of that lake is Ontario, Canada. we dont have a ferry any more, so its about a 3 hour drive to the closest  border.

well we r back in the city and as u can see .no snow, and this particulate day.. we were blessed with some sun.

so that will do it for now….. I hope you all had good holidays, I’ve tried to catch up with a few of you. my next post will most likely be from sunny Florida…  take care

and if you stopped by thank you

The Trees the leaves…oh the loveliness

We have had an exceptional Autumn.  i cant complain at all, of course that has all changed , this past week Father Winter has been tapping at our door. the wind and the rain,and the cold temps are here to stay…at least for the next well 6 months.         So i took advantage,when i could and got out there. so here we go….

this was in Our Historic Cemetery.





moving on

most of you know i collect benches:)





i just liked the orange reflection .

went over to the local farmers market, i loved that i found this with the vine still attached

see the “goose” squash 🙂


no one can take just 1 pumpkin home:)



 this market has animals for the children to feed and pet…  well these guys were really on the hunt for  handouts. i was lucky that day, the bus loads  hadn’t arrived yet.



well my feet were getting cold…and wet. so i decided to call it a day

walking the grounds of the Eastman Estate

its funny how when things are in your own backyard you kind of forget about them, and their importance,and that so many other  people would love to have a chance to visit this place,but live to far away. ive been in this mansion hundreds of times, with my different photog. groups. so i just couldnt bring myself to go in but ..walking the grounds, and an amazing experience all on its lets get started….

Georges Estate

just a glimpse of the back

i thought my movie critic friends might like to see the  DRYDEN THEATER

another glimpse of the back

windows galore

doors galore

isn’t this amazing, i love to come here, with a cuppa, and just sit inside there, the grapes haven’t been picked yet




i couldnt get into this garden, there were paid photogs using the space

a pano of the back

i was finally able to enter this area. still in the back of the mansion





and all of a sudden i felt eyes on me, at first i thought i was going to be asked to leave…

i think he was waiting for a handout:)




early fall sprucing up

while i dont consider Rochester,NY a bike friendly city,many people ride their bikes to work

moving on

i couldnt get back in this garden, but i always take a shot of these 3 windows

not sure what happens here, other than the workers meeting up

im guessing a nice place for the workers to have their lunch

even if you miss the sign to enter the mansion…there’s no way you can miss this fence

So that about does it for this tour. i hope if you stopped by, you enjoyed  yourself. i know i always do. its a big holiday here..Labor Day week end. …  the amusement parks  change their hours,(and soon will close,till next summer) what ever schools haven’t opened will be opened by Wednesday. im going to miss Summer in Western New York, at least this summer ,we had 25 days in in the 90’s, and twice and many in the 80’s.  so what ever you do this week end, enjoy, and remember …SCHOOL BUSES  are out, dont forget to stop when the reds are on, and slow down when the yellows are lit.

George Eastman built his residence at 900 East Avenue between 1902 and 1905. He created a unique urban estate complete with 10.5 acres (42,000 m2) of working farm land, formal gardens, greenhouses, stables, barns, pastures, and a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2), 50-room Colonial Revival mansion with a fireproof structure made of reinforced concrete.

Eastman’s house presented a neoclassical Georgian Revival facade of decorative craftsmanship. Beneath this exterior were such modern conveniences as an electrical generator, an internal telephone system with 21 stations, a built-in vacuum cleaning system, a central clock network, an elevator, and a great Aeolian pipe organ. Eastman used the house as a center of the city’s rich musical life from 1905 until his death in 1932.

The estate was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966.[2][13]

Savannah River… the vacation is over

well its been great going through my vacation to Savannah Georgia, i’d go back in a heartbeat.

so when ever we go on vacation we always try to take  trolley’s and boat rides, to learn about the history and other facts you just wont find in a book.and in the last part of our trip we took the boat ride at sunset. we normally dont see sunsets because of the hours my Husband works.. many sunrises though:)

while we waited for our boat, we got to see another freighter come through, this one was from China..going back to China.

im just in awe of these vessels

the size is enormous

ok, on with the show

now you can truly see the enormousness… our sightseeing paddle boat is just like the one u see next to the freighter.   and you know the size of those sightseeing boats.

and we r off to explore the river , and yes to get a few captures of the perfect sunset:)

to the left of river street ,where all the action is…


The Savannah River has the fourth-highest toxic discharge in the country, according to a 2009 report by Environment America



we were so lucky to catch a  school of Dolphins  you can only see the one, but there were at least 3 in this shot

if you look closely you can see some Dolphin fins

The river supports a large variety of native and introduced aquatic species:


a few deer eating dinner


cant forget about these little guys, these tug boats work hard:)

a Fort we never got to visit


the colors in the sky were simply amazing at every angle , you saw something different

my most prized possession from my trip ,and yes, i did get it made and framed

well we r on our way back to town. what an awesome nite it has been

next time i want to stay here,at the Weston Hotel and Spa

i forgot this little guy,  theres a whole fleet sitting over at the Weston (where i want to stay next time) and they just cart people back and forth all day long

i was in awe of that sky,remember im not out at nite usually 🙂


well that will do it for this cruise.

i had such an awesome time in Savannah, id go back again tomorrow if i could. i cant explain the feeling i get when im there.

if you stopped by thank you . this is the last segment of my vacation in Savannah Georgia  2016.

The Historic Homes of Savannah Georgia

The Charm of the South has always won me over. i think in another life i must have lived there.

i thought id share some historic houses today, i wont go into the history, as i did in my other Savannah blogs. mostly because im too lazy. and it is the charm of these places that really captivates me and without SCAD….Savannah College of Architecture and Design..this would certainly not be possible!

ya all know that old saying ..”keeping up with the Jones”  well this street is named Jones. and supposedly that’s where the saying came from. i could never find a day where there wasn’t a lot of cars or people . but this is a residential neighborhood, and its still amazing . the street is all brick.

does any one know the meaning behind the “red door”.. well back in the day.. if your door was painted red, it meant you owned your house,no more mortgage..

this duplex once had a sister living on each side.

i just love this building.

of course i dont remember all the history that goes with this building… and as u might have noticed.. its under construction.Any way… its suppose to be haunted. it looks haunted doesnt it?



we never did get in here. but as you can read was on HGTV.

and if you look carefully at the brick (same in the other photos)  see the smudge marks? well these bricks  were hand made by slaves, and those are finger prints.


SCAD saves what ever they can, in this case outside seating was made at a local restaurant, the pillars may be new, but notice how they saved the other building,

i went to a garden party….. i know you all know the words:)

No i didnt go to a GP. but isnt it pretty?!

there are many Historic churches ,in Historic Savannah..yes this is one.

and this is another 🙂

and then it was time for some libation

not really too keen on English food.. but the liqueur is the same 🙂   and yes it was time for refreshments.. after all my poor hubby was kind enough not to complain all day .

if you stopped by, i hope you enjoyed the tour. i love Savannah. that was my 4th visit, and even though i know i saw the same things, it never bores me.  and theres always good fresh seafood:)

so.. have an awesome rest of the week, and thanks again for stopping by.

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