Original photograph of Terrazza dell'Infinito, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello, Italy. “Twenty five years ago I was asked by an American magazine what was the most beautiful place that I had ever seen in all my travels and I said the view from the belvedere of the Villa Cimbrone on a bright winter’s day when the sky and the sea were each so vividly blue that it was not possible to tell one from the other.” Gore Vidal Having spent just one afternoon there, it's hard to dispute.
Design: Terrazza dell'Infinito
Original photograph of Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, Zaragoza, Spain. The cathedral was built in the late 17th century, in the Baroque architectural style, with strong curves and rich decoration.
Original photograph of street art in Alfama, the oldest and most colorful district in Lisbon, Portugal.
Design: Fade to Grey
Original photograph of Chicago garden.
Design: Garden Party
Design: Chicago Street Art - Hands Over Heart
Original photograph of Chicago Concrete Canvas Street Art, Pratt Underpass. Artwork: Miles of Murals 2017, Resilience. Artists: Gretchen Haas, Jason Schroeder, Dalia Carrillo, Cesar Moyorido
Design: Chicago Street Art - Metropolis
Design: Red Doors of Salamanca
Original photograph of the magnificent, red doors of Catedral Nueva, Salamanca, Spain. Construction of the Cathedral began in 1513 and was completed in the mid-17th century. The architectural style, Plateresque “in the manner of a silversmith,” is a result of the merging of Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
Original Photograph of Catedral Nueva, Salamanca, Spain. Construction of The New Cathedral of Salamanca began in 1513 and was completed in the mid-17th century. The architectural style, Plateresque “in the manner of a silversmith,” is a result of the merging of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The rich decoration and intricate detail are spectacular and possibly even more beautiful at night.
Design: Catedral Nueva, Salamanca at Night
Original photograph of Clock Tower of Notre-Dames-des-Anges. This 17th century waterfront church is in the seaside town of Collioure, France. The bell tower was originally built as a lighthouse and now doubles as a clock tower. In the summer of 1905, Matisse and Derain created nearly 250 paintings, drawings and sculptures in the village, including many of Notre-Dame-des-Anges.
Design: Clock Tower of Notre-Dames-des-Anges
Original photograph of the Medieval Towers of San Gimignano, Tuscany. Famous for it’s medieval architecture, the striking skyline of San Gigimnano is the result of feuding noble families. The power struggle resulted in increasingly taller and taller “power” tower houses. Seventy-two towers, up to 230 feet tall were built. Of those, 14 of the original towers still remain. The Gothic architecture and pink and golden hues of the sandstone towers are a spectacular sight.
Design: Medieval Towers of San Gimignano
Original photograph of the Douro Valley in Portugal. This is one of the oldest and most beautiful wine regions in the world. The Douro River (roughly translated to River of Gold) carved deep canyons into the land. These valleys have been terraced and transformed into vineyards. The scenery is jaw dropping and the port wine world renown.
Design: Douro Valley
Original photograph of the Walled City of Dubrovnik, Croatia. The beauty of Dubrovnik is nearly indescribable. From the azure Adriatic Sea, to the golden city walls, to the gleaming red tile roofs, it’s majestic. George Bernard Shaw once said: “Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik.” Combine the sheer beauty of the city with the food, the wine and the hospitality and paradise is about right.
Design: Walled City of Dubrovnik
Original Photograph of Pont du Gard, France. Pont du Gard, is an ancient Roman aqueduct that carried water (nearly 9,000,000 gallons a day) from a spring in Uzes to Nimes, France. The aqueduct bridge is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts, and one of the best preserved. The bridge is three tiers of arches and stands 160 feet high. It’s an awe-inspiring sight.
Design: Pont du Gard Aqueduct
Original photograph of a tiger swallowtail butterfly. Summertime in Chicago.
Design: Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly 1
Original Photograph of Purple Orchids.
Design: Purple Orchids
Original Photograph of a Winterberry Holly, Loyola Beach Chicago. You don't have to travel far for beauty.
Design: Winterberry Holly
Original photograph of a Papal Swiss Guard, Vatican City. The dress uniform is vivid blue, red, orange and yellow with a distinctly Renaissance appearance.