Rome, the Eternal City, is calling you. Go back in time 2000 years or see tomorrow’s fashions. Everything is available. If you are thinking of joining us in one of the last spots at The Quiet Garden retreat in … Continue reading →
I love my life! A chance to share world-class gardens with a group of kindred spirits and to guide them in art meditation that integrates their life experiences with the metaphors of the gardens. Savoring beauty and creating beauty to … Continue reading →
People watching happens day and night on the Spanish Steps in Rome.
“Whenever I go anywhere but Italy for a vacation, I always feel as if I have made a mistake.” Erica Jong
My sister will be in Rome between Christmas and New Year’s, based on a dinner conversation. The other couple said their favorite Christmas ever was in Rome. The weather is nice, the City is not crowded, there is so much to do and see – or you can just chose to sit on the Spanish Steps and people watch. These Steps are also delightful in February. A great place to visit in Rome before joining us for our retreat, Feb. 15 -22, 2015.
These lovely steps, built between 1723 and 1725, have 135 steps flowing from the top where the Trinita dei Monti church overlooks a small piazza, to the bottom at the triangular Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square). I always wondered why they were called the ‘Spanish Steps’ in Rome, far from Spain. Apparently this area around the Spanish Embassy was considered Spanish territory in the seventeenth century.
How magical to explore a garden of stone, stairs, and fountains under an umbrella – in one’s own bubble of space! In 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go (Susan Van Allen, 2009), the first item in the packing list … Continue reading →
In her classic work Italian Villas and Their Gardens (1904), Edith Wharton wrote, “The Italian garden does not exist for its flowers; its flowers exist for it: they are a late and infrequent adjunct to its beauties, a parenthetical … Continue reading →
I’m grateful I’ll be in Italy in February with a wonderful group of women! And grateful I don’t have to find all my Thanksgiving ingredients at this little Italian street market. My mother always remembers I was born on … Continue reading →
Cupid invites you to Rome. Statues in one of the many fountains of Rome, frozen in time and mid-movement, their hair tossed – turn as if to greet us. Take a day or two to experience the Eternal City before … Continue reading →
Even the ground is a work of art. The stone mosaic path measures the length of the terrace, leading us between the hedges and towards hidden delights. Come with us to see what is beyond the columns and the arch. Special … Continue reading →
The Fountain of the Ovato allows you to experience the waterfall from inside. Renaissance Italian water engineers delighted in using water in every possible combination. Secret sprays would hit unsuspecting visitors to the gardens who stepped in a certain … Continue reading →
The Fountain of Nature – Symbol of Abundance Symbolizing the unstoppable flow of life, this statue by Giglio della Vellita, is not your standard nymph in the garden. This Diana is the universal mother, supplying substance to all, and evidence of … Continue reading →