Italy-Trevi Fountain-Jaw Dropping

I am in Italy for a few days visiting my Great Uncle’s children and their children.  Incredible experience Rome first and then Naples.   I did little to no prep for this trip.  (Shameless plug for Diane Mohr of Enriching Journeys, my travel agent who planned this whole thing for me).  Sometimes impromptu is really the way to go. WHen my travel group and i were looking for the Trevi Fountain, I had no idea what it looked like and i was thinking of the traditional fountain.  We walked on narrow cobblestone alleys to hit smack into this.  My jaw dropped literally.  I had no idea it was this grandiose, this blue and this magnificent.  IT was just one of those moments when art just grabs you.  Check it out. 

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Great America Wine and Hot Air Balloon Festival

I was in the Chesapeake Bay Area for a  lawyers bankruptcy conference.  We spotted a sign for this festival and decided to track it down.  It was held at a winery in Cordova MD in the middle of farm country.  What a stunning night.  I had never seen that many balloons.  The glow balloon event was at 9 pm as soon as night fell.  The balloon owners kept lighting them up.  We were hoping for a launch or “mass Ascension”.  It was too dark and the balloons were too close to oune another.  Earlier in the evening, as we were waiting in our car in a long line to get in we could see some of the balloons rising above the Maryland cornfields.  It was an impromptu joyful summer night.