May 7, 2017

Once the political capital and part of the Castilian textile industry, Toledo “liked to think of itself as a second Rome."  Built on seven hills, "the city served as the sea to the court until the decision of Philip II in 1561 to make Madrid his capital.“(1)  Prior to this tumultuous decision to move the royal court, Toledo, the largest city, was located “at the center of the Iberian Peninsula [...], a natural sto...

June 26, 2016

Well, it is my last night in Florence and I couldn’t help but run around the city one last time before I leave tomorrow morning.  I hadn’t realized it, but it was actually my first time exploring the city at night!  Part of me really regrets not getting out more in the evening, but my days have been so long, I have needed to simply retreat to my quaint, market side apartment to work on sketches or snuggle up with...

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