I’m living in Maastricht, the Netherlands now (back home we call it Holland). My husband is teaching at Maastricht University for a semester, so we’ll be here until late in December. Maastricht is a beautiful city, full of ancient buildings, wonderful cafes, and lots of expensive shops. To tell family & friends about my experiences here I’ve started a blog called View From Sint Pieterstraat (the street where we live in Maastricht) Check it out: http://viewfromsintpieterstraat.blogspot.nl
But we’re so busy here, I haven’t had much time to post on the Sint Pieterstraat blog! My husband arrived here in mid August and I joined him in early September. Since then I’ve traveled in France, Italy, and Germany as well as the Netherlands. This week we head back to France- to Provence- where Vincent van Gogh lived and painted. It’s all so exciting!
In Italy I stayed with friends in an ancient villa near Siena called Spannocchia (www.spannocchia.com). The old tower attached to the villa was built in the 1100s; the rest of Spannochia’s buildings are “newer”- but still pretty old by American standards. I loved my room, even though it was a little spooky. It had very old, high painted wood ceilings, huge old furniture, and a library down the hall that’s supposed to be haunted! (I didn’t see any ghosts myself, thank goodness).
After a week at Spannocchia I spent 3 nights in Florence. I studied art in Florence for a semester when I was in art school, a LONG time ago. This was the first time I had been back to that wonderful city. There were lots of happy memories for me there. I walked all around the center of the city, and in the neighborhood where I lived when I was a student. I was happy to see that the house I lived in is still standing, and looking good. It has been converted into apartments.
I visited Michelangelo’s beautiful David statue at the Academia Museum, and spent two hours in the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s oldest and most famous art museums. I ate some delicious gelato (italian ice cream) and drank the best cappuccino ever in a little cafe near the church of Santa Maria Novella. Life is good in Europe!
Blue Church Art