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50 of Our Favorite Photos of 2016

It was a bit of an odd year for us in 2016. While we did some trips around the Midwest in the first half of the year (and Kris went to Baja California by herself) we didn’t do much until June. Two reasons for that: we bought a small condo in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to […]

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An Exclusive Tour of Rome’s Palazzo Colonna

You may have walked right by this place, the Palazzo Colonna in the middle of Rome, and noticed nothing. Given the number of stray pieces of architecture strewn around town–columns, cornices, pillars, carvings, and building blocks–the plain exterior walls of this property can easily go unnoticed. But the Palazzo Colonna is worth a look inside, […]

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Baptistery of St. John, Siena, Italy

When it comes to early Renaissance art, Siena is more or less thought of as Florence’s little brother. A lot of the same artists worked in Siena. Donatello and Ghiberti come to mind. But, in general, the Sienese had their own artists, and the art there tends to the more purely decorative, which I guess […]

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St. John Lateran, Rome

The Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran is notable for a few reasons. First, it’s the oldest church in Rome. Second, it is the actual seat of the Pope, his “home” church, not Saint Peter’s in the Vatican. And third, while it’s outside the boundaries of Vatican City, it is the property of the Vatican and […]

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The Medici Chapels, Florence, Italy

Maybe it was just the day–Christmas Eve–but, aside from us, there was almost nobody in the Medici Chapels. That’s lucky if you’re trying to make photos, but disturbing when you know that Florence, no matter what the day, is full of tourists. And that none of them were seeing one of the most beautiful buildings […]

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View of the Basilica of Santa Croce from the Duomo, Florence, Italy

To get the view over the roofs of Florence, you have to make two climbs. One up Giotto’s Bell Tower next to the Duomo, and up the Duomo itself. The former gives you great views of the dome of the Duomo (if that’s not redundant.) The latter gives you views of the Bell Tower and, […]

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The Duomo and Bell Tower at Night, Florence, Italy

It’s impossible to walk around Florence at any time of day and not risk bumping into people, light poles, or parked cars. Because wherever you go, you’re confronted with the evidence that it was the Florence of Giotto, Michelangelo, Ghiberti, Donatello, Mantegna, Masaccio, and Botticelli. And that’s what draws your attention. But even with the […]

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Our 2015 Travels in 50 Photos

I said the same thing last year, but 2015 was our biggest year in travel yet. Four continents and 16 countries, about 75 cities, 11 United States National Parks, and a score or more Unesco World Heritage sites. We averaged four days per stop, which is not enough, and we’re not going to do that […]

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