From Vatican to Catacombs

Tuesday at 7:15 am we departed for the Vatican to tour the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Our tour group is quite small at only 14 people so it makes it much nicer, don’t need to wait for so many people. Here are pictures of the Vatican Museum.

Next we went through the Sistine Chapel, but pictures were not allowed. The Michaelangelo paintings on the walls and the ceiling are amazing. From there we went into Saint Peter Basilica. As soon as you walk in you immediately feel smal because it’s so massive. There is so much to see from sculptures to mosaics. It is a bit overwhelming. It just cannot be captured in pictures.

Here are a few pics of St Peter’s Square.

Love the guards uniforms!

We had a 2 hour break for lunch after arriving back at the hotel before our next tour, so we walked down the street to this sidewalk cafe for pizza and a glass of wine. Next was a tour of the Catacombs which are subterranean burial grounds which date back to the 2nd century. Interesting but not high on my list of things to see. Unable to take pictures so can’t show you what it was like. Then we went to see the Michaelangelo’s sculpture of Moses.

Dinner was on our own last night, enjoyed a couple glasses of wine at a sidewalk cafe then some spaghetti and meatballs. 

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When In Rome…..

Note: Writing Moon Ventures blog under here because my Moon Ventures blog site wants to be Italian and unable to download pictures.

Left the house at 4am on Sunday am and landed in Rome at 8am Monday am (9 hours ahead of Tucson) for a total of 19 hours. We are taking a Perillo Tour of Italy for the next 12 days. Being our first trip to Italy, we wanted to see all the highlights so thought it would be easiest with a tour. They picked us up at the airport and delivered us to our hotel. Our first day is open, so we headed out to walk the streets. Here are some of the sights we saw.





We finally found our way back to the hotel and are resting. Haven’t had much sleep plus it was quite warm here. Tonight we have dinner with the group then tomorrow we start the serious touring. 

Sorry about my normal blog site, but just unable to get it to work correctly so this will do for now.

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Hovering in the Moment

“Hummingbird shows us how to re-visit the past for the purpose of releasing it instead of being caught in a permanently backward flight pattern. It also helps us to see that if we step aside we may see our life differently. Hummingbird teaches us to transcend time, to recognize that what has happened in the past and what might happen in the future is not nearly as important as what we are experiencing now. It teaches us to hover in the moment, to appreciate its sweetness.” ~ Constance Barrett Sohodski

Hummingbird in Flowers – 24×30 Oil Painting by LMoon

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Life is Art

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” ~ John Gardner

Butterfly on Lilac  ~  24×18 original oil painting by LMoon. 

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Peaceful Pond

I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from posting on my blog, but will catch up posting of my latest oil paintings I’ve completed since the last post.

“Peaceful Pond” – 24×24.

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“Happiness consists not of having, but of being. It is a warm glow of the heart at peace with itself.” ~ David O. McKay

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Carol’s Amaryllis

Here is my recent oil painting, a 24×24 named “Carol’s Amaryllis” (sold). Each painting I complete is my favorite and they are all difficult to relinquish to new homes. But I also feel quite honored that other’s find beauty and enjoyment in my creations.

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Composer Darius Milhaud was once asked, “If you had to go to a deserted island, which one of your compositions would you take with you?” Milhaud replied, “I’d take some blank paper. My favorite composition is always the one I will write tomorrow.”

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Pink Daisy

The Pink Daisy is an original 24×36 oil painting by LMoon (me). Daisies convey cheer and exuberance. A Daisy symbolizes innocence and purity and also new beginnings (probably because they open at dawn.) I hope you enjoy this pink variety.

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain

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Winter Solstice Sunset

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This season reminds me of spiritual insights that are a truth of truth and that touch the depths of my being, my existence, more profoundly than any truth of facts. This Solstice season is poetry, and you are a part of the poem. May the poetry of life fill your hours and days. That is my wish for you.         ~ William Edelen ~

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Pink Tulip Painting

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” ~ Rumi

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12″x12″ Oil Painting by L Moon

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Freedom

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety or possessions – we cannot be free.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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“The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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