happy friday

Back on the island and ready to get started again - work, blog and cook. The trip was absolutely incredible. We discovered cities, both modern and ancient, we explored ruins and boutiques and we traveled on mules, scooters, trains, golf carts and gondolas. Though we would have loved to stay in Venice just a couple of weeks longer (one can dream), we are also happy to be back in our home.

Have a great weekend. xx Pris

Photo taken at Ephesus near Kusadasi in Turkey. Once an impressive Roman city. Now a splendid place to visit. Photo taken with my iPhone5, edited with the Camera+ app. Check out  Eef Ouwehand's  website for more tips on taking pictures with your smartphone while on vacation.

Photo taken at Ephesus near Kusadasi in Turkey. Once an impressive Roman city. Now a splendid place to visit. Photo taken with my iPhone5, edited with the Camera+ app. Check out Eef Ouwehand's website for more tips on taking pictures with your smartphone while on vacation.

bonaire

Bonaire is a short boat ride away from Curacao. Only about 19.000 people live on the island. There are no traffic lights and the main street is a short, but beautiful row of buildings. The island, known as a divers paradise, has translucent ocean colors. The rays of the sun light descend ever so softly on the surface to reach the depths of the ocean. Simply standing on the pier you can see the array of fishes swim by. A stunning view to wake up to in the morning.

All images are from my own collection. Taken with my iPhone 5 with tips from  Eef Ouwehand .

All images are from my own collection. Taken with my iPhone 5 with tips from Eef Ouwehand.

Water polo training early Saturday morning. Who needs a pool when the ocean looks like this.

Water polo training early Saturday morning. Who needs a pool when the ocean looks like this.

All images are from my own collection. Taken with my iPhone 5 with tips from  Eef Ouwehand .

All images are from my own collection. Taken with my iPhone 5 with tips from Eef Ouwehand.

All images are from my own collection. Taken with my iPhone 5 with tips from  Eef Ouwehand .

All images are from my own collection. Taken with my iPhone 5 with tips from Eef Ouwehand.

Though the island is small, and caters mainly to divers, wind - and kite -surfers, there are also some culinary delights. One of which is Capriccio. The owners moved to Bonaire almost 2 decades ago and have been preparing their Italian delights ever since. Their wine list is exquisite. (and so it their homemade sorbetto).

All images are from my own collection. Taken with my iPhone 5 with tips from  Eef Ouwehand .

All images are from my own collection. Taken with my iPhone 5 with tips from Eef Ouwehand.

All images are from my own collection. Taken with my iPhone 5 with tips from  Eef Ouwehand .

All images are from my own collection. Taken with my iPhone 5 with tips from Eef Ouwehand.

venice

"We danced our youth in a dreamed of city. Venice. Paradise. Proud and pretty. We lived for love and lust and beauty. Pleasure then, our only duty". This is part of the opening poem in the movie Dangerous Beauty. A movie where Venice is the center stage.

I've always loved this movie with its poems, canals, and dresses. And so I look forward to visiting Venice once again this Spring. The romance of its bridges, the buzzing canals and the hidden gardens. The elegant Riva's, the antique shops and of course, Harry's Bar.

Let the planning begin.

tiny atlas

Yesterday I discovered, by pure coincidence and sheer luck, a beautiful quarterly online publication. With intense photographs, delicate words and a transcending power. I welcome you to bask in the beauty of Tiny Atlas Quarterly.

Below are some of the many heart-opening images and some of the words you will find there. Let's explore.

You are the bread and the knife,
The crystal goblet and the wine
You are the dew on the morning grass,
And the burning wheel of the sun.
You are the white apron of the baker
And the marsh birds suddenly in flight.
— Billy Collins
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It might interest you to know,
Speaking of the plentiful imagery of the world,
That I am the sound of rain on the roof.
— Billy Collins