Tuesday, April 30, 2013

First Day in Rome

Bill and I were jetlagged for sure when we arrived at the Daro's apartment in Rome last Monday afternoon. It was 3:30 so lunch was over in Rome but we knew we could find some kind of snack if we headed out into the streets.

Of course you can't go two steps in Rome without being distracted some ravishing monument. A block or two away from home is the magical church of San Ignazio.

Set in a Baroque square that looks like a theatrical set.

Inside is a marvellous trompe d'oeil (fool the eye) ceiling fresco showing Saint Ignazio being "assumed" into heaven.

The light was gorgeous.

Bill suggested I catch some details.

Our rambling next took us past the Pantheon, our favourite building in Rome.

We's forgotten all about food when we visited next the Church of Saint Luigi dei Francesi, the French national church in Rome.

Inside are a trio of Caravaggio paintings, still installed where Caravaggio painted them from 1600 to 1602. Here's "The Calling of St Matthew".

And the central panel, "The Inspiration of St Matthew". These were his first public commisions.

Finally our hunger returned and we quickly found the Antico Forno. Their pizza bailed us out many times on our last visit.

Look how beautifully wrapped these slices are!

I felt like Moses with the tablets of the law. But Moses didn't get olive oil on his shirt. That's zuccini on the left and potatoes and fresh rosemary on the right.

On our first grocery run we'd forgotten to buy coffee. Slipping out to by it took us again past the Pantheon. How lucky are we to be once again in Rome!


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Roman Holiday

The Battle of York Parade

 The City of Toronto commemorated the War of 1812 and the Battle of York with a huge military parade from the Provincial Legislature Buildings down to Old Fort York.
 John was at work but I caught up with them as they crossed the Bathurst St Bridge just east of the old fort.
 I loved this woman in 1812 period clothing catching the lead Pipe Band on her camera
 and this glamorous Horse Guard.
Then I moved up to the bridge itself to get some shots of the uniforms.
I found it a colourful and moving event. So many kilts!

The War of 1812 Bicentennial

The City of Toronto had a celebration of the Battle of York at Fort York yesterday.
 After the Battle of York parade, vistors poured into Old Fort York and I followed.
 The grounds were full of participants in British, military, Native people and Old York costume.
 I couldn't stop taking pictures of the action and costumes.
I particularly liked the militia groups. 
It was a fascinating peek into Toronto's past right in our own neighbourhood.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Peggy Lee: Is That All There Is?

For the Friends of Reta

Last week we returned to St Catharines to visit Bill's mum.  Reta was in fine form.
Bill took some portraits of her at the Heritage family restaurant. I kept saying "Look at me, Reta."
 I confess I put my finger up my nose -- honestly! Glad she looked good.
Reta and her son waiting for our cab. It was a lovely Spring day.
 We also visited St Kitts two weeks ago. We're just getting the pictures up now. 
 Bill and I were thrilled to learn that this building on Niagara Street featured in the cult Christmas movie "A Christmas Story". The scene with the boy who's tongue stuck to a pole was shot here.
Reta liked Bill's blue shirt.
Thank you for your patience with my camera, my lovely Reta.
We watched a movie together then we called a cab,
to take us to Coppolla's Ristorante
for our usual Vegeteriano pizza
followed by biscotti with espresso
and our beloved Sicilian liqueur [Averna Amaro Siciliano].