Inspirational Monday.

When Nick and I were in San Luis Obispo for Easter weekend, I snapped a few photos of the roses blooming in the backyard. After editing them to create a new finish, I added in some calming quotes by Buddha. These could actually make great desktop backgrounds and serve as a point to remind you to take a moment to relax today!

Rose1(When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky)

Rose5(To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others)

Rose4(What we think, we become)

Rose3(Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace)

Rose2(The way is not in the sky, the way is in the heart)

Happy Monday!

Italian Culture.

Italians do everything differently and it takes some getting used to. They take long breaks in the afternoon, close their doors on Monday, and love to ask for kisses as payment.

Venice(Well, wouldn’t that be nice?)

Venetian bridge(An homage to Parisian lock bridges, this tiny tribute was found in Venice)

Kiko(Ahh, nail polish! Not everything is different in Italy)

Gelato(Gelato on every corner. Can Italians really eat that much gelato? Maybe!)

Italian Market(Salted foods are sold in all of the farmers markets. This woman is buying a large piece of fish)

Carnivale(There were Carnivale stores on every corner. A few had the most impressive handmade masks)

Flower(Roses were in full bloom, so beautiful)

Italians were funny too, a lot of the people I met had me in stitches. But that’s something I can’t photograph.