We just returned from New York City. Visiting the Big Apple during the Christmas season was on our bucket list, and this year we made it happen. Bill and I went to Manhattan in February 2008 with Bill’s youngest sister, Maria, and her husband, Curt. I also went as a high schooler when I was seventeen.
Last week, we went back to New York with our traveling companions and what fun we had! Part of our visit had to be a trip to High Line Park, located thirty feet above the busy streets near Chelsea Market and the Meatpacking District. Although it was early winter, our visit was still extraordinary. Last summer, I did a lot of research on the High Line for a project, and it was magical to see the abandoned railway and gardens come alive beneath my feet. Continue reading “A trip to High Line Park”
You know how much I loved Italy when we went on a pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome last March. Well, now it’s your turn to take a garden trip to Italy and see the sights.
A garden trip you’ll never forget.
A few days ago, I sat down with my friend Julia Laughlin, co-host of the Garden Party on KTOK, horticulturist, and gardener extraordinaire, to chat about her garden trip to Italy in 2018. The trip is from Wednesday, May 30, 2018, to Sunday, June 10, 2018.
Ah, late spring in Italy visiting gardens. Could life be any better?
I don’t think so.
Bill and I traveled with Julia to England–remember the Chelsea Flower Show and London, Wisley and Sissinghurst? Those wonderful locations were just part of our England itinerary. I can honestly say I would jump at the chance to go with Julia to Italy, and this is the garden trip of a lifetime. Julia’s co-leader is another great friend, Linda Horn, Director of Marketing and Community Relations for Total Environment, Inc.
Passionate about gardening? Italy is full of passion, gardening too.
These two women are expert horticulturists, who bring a real passion to gardening. There’s no more passionate place that Italy so I know you’ll be in good hands. Julia has traveled to Italy before, and she custom designed this trip to see as many gorgeous gardens as possible. The tour starts in Venice, moves on to Lake Como, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Pompeii and finally, the Isle of Capri.
I don’t have any photos of the gardens you will visit, so I’m using my photos of the Italian countryside and Rome. Hope you don’t mind. Click on gallery photos to make them larger.
St Peter’s Basilica
The Pieta located in the Vatican. I stood and stared at it several times. It is much more beautiful in person. I think it is Michelangelo’s true masterpiece.
Hall inside the Vatican.
Celebrating mass at one of many altars in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Angel Bridge in Rome.
Here is the travel itinerary, and below is the map. The tour is through Go Ahead tours, the grown up version of EF Tours, the college tour company. Therefore, all hotels and other accommodations are upgraded for adults. Presently, the trip cost is $5399 with an Oklahoma City departure and two persons per room. If you would like to have a private room there is a $400 supplemental cost. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements the cost will be $1700 less.
Walking to the Roman Colosseum.
Outside the Roman Colosseum.
Exposed bottom floor of Roman Colosseum.
From Julia’s handout: “Note that if you enroll you will be locked into the price the website quotes you, but your cost could (and will likely) go down as we enroll more travelers. Your price goes down as we reach enrollment plateaus. I just like to start at the top price and then there are only good surprises! That is to say, your fee cannot go up but will more than likely be discounted by as much as $300 or more as we fill the trip.”
Although this is a garden tour, it isn’t all gardens. Italy is known for its fantastic food, and you’ll have wonderful lunches and dinners throughout the northern and southern regions. This is my daughter, Claire’s, video of our visit to Italy. It shows our trip and some of the food you can enjoy. It also shows a lot of the Vatican including the museums and St. Peter’s Basilica which will be part of your trip too.
“Horticulture and the natural world, in general, are like music,” said Julia, “When you think you’ve learned everything you can about it, you can always learn more. It just goes on and on and on.”
I couldn’t have said it better. If you have questions or want clarification, you can email Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Traveling is the best way to learn more about the world and yourself. I hope you go.
One more thing, I received no compensation for this post. I just think it would be a great trip, and Julia is a good friend.