For my 3rd Travel Log Quilt, we have to travel to gay Paree!! In July of 2004, Michael spent a month in Germany teaching at one of the universities. We decided that the kids (Brian age 19 and Jenny age 17) and I would meet up with him in Paris for a week of sightseeing.
The trip was a lot of fun as we viewed many of the art galleries, especially enjoying the smaller galleries like the Monet, Rodin and Picasso. Of course, the biggest pull for the trip was the magnificent Eiffel Tower.
While on top of the tower we took lots of photos of the Paris skyline, enjoying the slightly hazy views….
After we were back at ground level, I took this photo of Jenny viewing the tower…..
A couple of years later, I decided that I wanted to make a quilt that was a mixture of photographs and fabric collage. This was the resulting quilt……
Everything above the trees was done with photos printed on fabric but the trees and everything below is from fabric.
Now, I like the memory behind this quilt, but I did NOT do the portrait of Jenny correctly. Her body shape simply isn’t right.
A few years ago I tried to fix it…..
….but it still isn’t right.
The problem is that I LOVE her hair but everything below that just doesn’t work.
As I have written this post, I am wondering about cutting off the quilt at her shoulders….
This second quilt is called “Bells, Baths and Bidets” and, as every good quilt should, there is a story behind it!!
In 1998, Michael attended a conference in Florence, Italy. We decided that the kids and I would join him after the conference was over. We visited Florence, Stresa and Venice but, by far, our favorite was Rome.
When we arrived in our hotel there was a church bell ringing. Having now spent a month in Rome, I know that it is not an unusual occurrence, but being from Watkinsville, Georgia, we were not used to that sound. The family rushed to the closest window to see where the sounds were coming from…..
….and found this gorgeous bell tower just across the street…..
Being good tourists, we now headed to the bathroom to check out the amenities……
We found a curtain-less shower and a bidet….something VERY unusual for our kids. BUT, what caught MY QUILTER’S eye was the ceramic tile in the top center of this photo……
Much to my children’s embarrassment I pulled out tracing paper and traced the design in full….
Note….I am not sure WHY I had tracing paper with me but it was certainly fortuitous!!!
When I got home, I did some additional work on the pattern……
It was certainly a fiddly quilt to make including some machine applique and paper piecing…..
….and just a lot of intricate, time consuming piecing!!!!
But, I loved how it turned out……
When I started thinking about a name, it had to be “Bells, Baths & Bidets!!”…another reminder of a fun hotel in Rome!!
On Saturday we spent most of the day in the flat, working and getting everything packed and ready to travel home.
We did stop at lunchtime and visited Brandi Pizza one last time. Since we arrived a few minutes before opening time we were able to watch as they prepped the pizza oven…..
As previously, the meal was a wonderful success…..
Since Brandi is the place that invented the Margareta, I figured that there was no reason to order anything different!!!
On the way back to the flat, we stopped at the church located just down our street. We had passed it often and thought that it looked sweet. We were right…..
We ended the evening with a final trip for Gelatto….it was magnificent!!!
On Sunday morning, we were picked up by a taxi at 4:00am and driven to the Naples Airport. After a short flight to Rome, we had a 1.5 hour layover before boarding Alitalia, Delta’s partner for our flight into Washington Dulles.
Our first clue that this trip might not be wonderful was that we had been given different seats….NOT the Exit Row seats that we had booked!!! Then, the flight was almost 2 hours late getting into the air, which meant that we missed our connection from Dulles to Atlanta!!
Fortunately, there were two more flights that evening so we arrived home about 2 hours later than planned.
As I always say, it was sweet to wake up in the night and realize that I was in my own bed, in my own bedroom and in my own house!!!
Overall, we had a wonderful trip filled with times of working, times of sightseeing, and times of visiting with friends.
I always do this…..get to the end of the trip and not get around to posting about the last few days until well after we are home again!! I guess that it is natural since you have to pack one day, travel the next and then there is washing clothes, buying groceries and generally getting settled back in at home. However, I vowed that it wouldn’t happen this time…..oh well, maybe on the next trip.
Anyway….. on Friday we were picked up by Michael’s colleague, Giovanni and driven east, following the coast to the city of Paestum where, surprisingly, there is an area of Greek ruins!!! The area is know for it’s three Greek temples that date back to 600 BC!!
The area is gorgeous, with rolling hills in the background and lush trees mixed in with the ruins……
You could see the outlines of the town, nestled between the town walls, and could walk among the setting stones for the houses…..
We spent some time chasing these interesting lizards…..
They were obviously used to people and were quite happy to run around our feet as we explored.
But, the highlight were the three temples…..to Hera, Athena & Poseidon. The magnitude of the columns was amazing…..
Michael and I kept seeing different angles that we wanted to photograph and kept passing the camera back and forth…..
There was a group of High School students working to remove the grass and weeds that were threatening to cover some of the ruins……
There was another school group ……
….and I have to say that these teachers were awfully brave to bring that many toddlers on such a field trip!!! We were interested that the teachers were talking to the students in English which might explain why everyone speaks so many different languages!!
There were some areas where you can see small portions of frescoes…..
and I’m always on the lookout for geometric designs…..
We had to take a few “people” photos….
We left the ruins and headed for our next destination…..a Mozzarella Buffala production facility. This Italian cheese is made from Water Buffalo milk and this farm carries the process from beginning to end, starting with the Buffalo pens…..
….and ending with the sale of the magnificent cheeses…..
The cheese on the left is fresh Mozzarella, the middle is smoked and the cups on the right contain Ricotta. When Giovanni placed his order, they packed the Mozzarella in a bag and added liquid to it. I assumed that the liquid was salt water but Giovanni said that it was the liquid that had been squeezed out of the cheese during processing.
Then his order was packed up in a small sytrafoam box…..
….and quickly (and I do mean quickly) taped up and presented ready to carry away….
Next we were off on a scavenger hunt to find a plant that Giovanni wanted to start researching. Fortunately, this hunt took us to some beautiful coastal areas. We started in one small village…..
….but the plants were no where to be found. We did however enjoy looking at the boats in this very comfortable bay…..
….and I loved this bit of street art, although maybe I should call it Pier Art…..
As luck would have it, some of Giovonni’s friends were also collecting in the area and knew exactly where to send him. We followed Google Maps until we came to a very small inlet, complete with a fence barrier that, fortunately, had already been cut open!!!
One of the first plants that Giovanni saw was on the side of cliff and, helpfully, Michael climbed up to get it for him…..
The area was gorgeous, complete with a natural archway…..
…and lots of interesting flora…..
We relaxed on the 2.5 hour drive back to Naples and were excited to see Vesuvius approaching meaning that we were back “home” again!!!