• Knitting

    The Traveling Scarf.

    …finished! This was a perfect traveling project – laceweight yarn (so it didn’t weigh much and the in-progress knitting packed up small), not-so-small needles (I used size 6’s) and a really easy pattern (stockinette stitch on the bias). I cast on the day before we left because I didn’t want to fiddle with the provisional cast-on away from home. The knitting started in earnest just before our flight to Paris, continued through Paris, to Milan. and then to Florence. I don’t have any photos of the work-in-progress after that train photo, but I  know the scarf was in my bag for those 463 steps to the top of the Duomo…

  • Knitting,  Travel

    Europe 2014 | The Scarves.

    …Brenda suggested, in a comment on Tuesday’s post, that I recap the scarves I wore. I had six along for the trip, these five (clockwise from the upper left – Bias Before & After, Meadowsweet, Habu Color Affection, Traveling Woman and Juliette) and my newest Diagonal Lace Linen (aka one of the four “Florence scarves“). the Florence Scarves debut at our first dinner in Florence I learned when I was in Paris back in 2009 that scarves are key to making the same outfits work over and over. I chose the first five “oldies but goodies” because they coordinated with at least two tops … and because they were all…

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    Thank you, Florence.

    “…typing this in seat 22A on the flight from Florence to Paris. trying not to worry that we had to check our bags through to Paris and that we weren’t able to get boarding passes for our final flight to Atlanta. we have a four hour layover…surely that will be enough time to resolve any issues…in the meantime, looking back on last night is making me happy (and sad…) We ended up at the wine bar where we had our first lunch and another wonderful dinner. But this time we got seats at the bar…front row! The place is so tiny this one guy (of course Francie found out his…

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    l'ultimo da Firenze.

    …the title says this is the last from Florence, but that really means the last blog post. We still have another twelve hours here. Plenty of time to enjoy what we hope will be a wonderfully memorable dinner and a smooth and uneventful departure tomorrow morning.  Yesterday ended up being all about the sunset. One of Sara’s itinerary requests was to visit the Piazza Michealangelo (high above the city on the southeast bank of the Arno with stunning views)…at sunset. We planned our day around it. well that and the food and the shopping. We started out with a revisit to a favorite shop for scarves, and then a favorite…

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    e un terzo da Firenze.

    …the week is flying by! we spent yesterday as planned – a little shopping, gelato, pizza, wine and the Uffizi. And I have photos of all of it to share! I remembered waterlogue yesterday and had fun painting. Here you go: On the way to the restaurant… Then lunch at La Bussolo. We were delighted to learn that the restaurant’s owner also owns the apartment where we’re staying. We had two pizzas, both with whole wheat crust; one topped with tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella and the other with grilled vegetables. We spent the afternoon at the Uffizi – no photos allowed…but I snuck one of the ceiling. There is…

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    un altro da Firenze.

    …oh my, it just keeps getting better! here’s a quick look at the rest of Tuesday and Wednesday. Just after I published the last post, we headed to dinner at La Bussola. Quick mirror-check before we walk out the door. Sorry, no photos of our meal, but it was delicious. I’ve been taking photos of almost all the food, but I’m not happy with how most of them turn out (blaming the iPhone and the bad lighting!) We heard about this place because there was a bottle of their wine in the welcome basket from our apartment’s owner. It was a great recommendation – we enjoyed the food so much…

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    saluti da Firenze.

    …I realized as I was going through the photos from yesterday and today that having four of us here means a lot more people photos…and a lot more photos of me and Sara. and that makes me really happy. My first impression of Florence is that it is old. and it seems proud of it. Aging gracefully, if you will. The two girlfriends who’ve joined us here have known me since before both Katie and Sara were born. This city is the perfect celebration of long-time friendships, where you see the whole of life – good and bad and everything in between. All four of us arrived on little sleep…

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    Ciao!

    …from Milan and a two hour layover with free wifi and cheap cappuccinos! We did just what we wanted to yesterday and the weather was better than we expected, so in all, a perfect last day in Paris. The whole luggage storage thing was a little frustrating but we eventually figured out how to get change (you can tell Sara is an engineer: the storage lockers are 9.50€ and they require exact change. in coins. the most common coin around is the 2€…so she can’t understand why  it’s not an even 10€.) We took the metro from Gare de Lyon back to the 1ère and enjoyed a short walk in…

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    Bonjour de Paris (le deuxieme).

    …Friday night’s dinner was amazing. The Caesar salad was as good as I remembered and the chocolate tart we shared for dessert was even better. We left the restaurant and had just enough time to pick up a bottle of bubbly and find a bench… …before the show started. It was wonderful. After that it was back home and to bed and … a very late start yesterday. And it was raining. no matter. We took the metro to The Opera  and then walked to the Galeries Lafayette. (yes, Sara came to Paris to buy Keds.) The shoe department is in the basement so we’d been there a bit before…

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    Be a Good One.

    a favorite page from the book we gave Sara …wise words from a wise man. and fitting advice for the newest Georgia Tech alum to join our family. yep, Sara graduated* on Saturday with three generations of Tech graduates to cheer her on. We got there early enough to get seats with a good view…and plenty of time for a few “this is happening now” posts on Instagram.  proud parent selfie! The ceremony moved quickly and I didn’t even get a clear shot of Sara moving across that stage (my dad had the brilliant idea to aim his camera at the big screen instead of the stage and he did…