Hubby and I have just returned from our annual trip from Barcelona. For the past three years, I have blogged about our trips there and all of our adventures. Because he goes for business, our time there is very short. Something new and different we did this year was go to the W Hotel at the very far end of the coast.
The inside is very hip and fun.
My favorite place was the ladies room which had a really well done grey Venetian Plaster. It had so much depth to it!
The other thing we did was walk to the rooftop of the newly refinished Catedral de Barcelona.
360 degree views of the city were spectacular!
The never ending work on the roof of the Familia Sagrada is visible
Also this year, we had an added feature after our visit to Barcelona.
Previously cancelled plans left us with airfare, hotel and car to Rome, Italy, so we decided to go to Assisi and Florence via a very small manual shift car.
Fortunately we had a GPS system so we entered the address of our destination in Assisi and two and a half hours later we arrived at our hotel.
Assisi is built into the side of the mountain and has many points of interest.
The best way to navigate is to park at the top, walk all the way down, then take a shuttle back up. Walking maps are available everywhere and are easy to follow. The most beautiful part of the town are the private homes in the village and the way they garden. Masons put many iron brackets into the grout of the stonework of the facades so that planters can be hung. Geraniums, hydrangeas and honeysuckle are the most popular plants used. Each entry is like a beautiful painting!
After spending three days in Assisi we got back in the car and drove another two and a half hours to Florence, or as the locals say, “Firenze”.
Very similar to the Gothic Barrier in Barcelona, Florence is an abundance of art and history. It was very crowded, but easy to negotiate. The only must is a VERY comfortable pair of shoes as all is seen by walking…. Boboli Gardens, Il Duomo, and many museums are the most popular things to see. I took a LOT of photos but the one thing that stood out most was the ceilings of every building we went to.
In design, ceilings are one of the most neglected features in a room. That certainly is not the case in Florence. Everywhere we went, some of the most beautiful artwork was on the ceiling. Whether it was a cathedral, museum, public space, or even a restaurant the place to look was…. up!
The next set of photos is a slide show of all the ceilings I was able to capture over our four day stay. They don’t even need explanations as they speak for themselves.