Il Giardino dei Tarocchi (The Tarot Garden)

Inspired by Antoni Gaudi’s work in Barcelona and the Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo, de Saint Phalle artist Niki de Saint Phalle created what has become one of the greatest sculpture gardens of the 20th century: Il Giardino dei Tarocchi (The Tarot Garden).

This post is mostly images, because they convey so much more than my words could.


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A Day in Siena

Many people know Sienna because of the opening scenes of the rebooted Bond series, A Quantum of Solace, or maybe just for the bi-annual horse race, the Palio. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Rick Steves does a great job of capturing the magic of Siena (here).

We weren’t going to go at all. “Everyone” talks about how it’s a perfect example of a medieval city, and that’s a period of history we just aren’t all that interested in. Two people talked me into it (I blame C. and E. — you know who you are).

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Eulogy for Leo

(deep breath)

On April 15, 2019 we had the veterinarian to our house and Leo was put to sleep. He had cancer and we made the difficult decision to not pursue surgical options, hoping to give him instead a bit more time enjoying the best life we could provide for him. It’s never expected, although we had a little more time than usual to prepare, and that was a gift in many ways.

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