Posts Tagged ‘ Travel

Rome: La Pietà di Michelangelo

I’ve never thought much of sculpture, but the longer I stayed in Italy, the more I would. In fact, a recurring theme on our trip to Italy was experiencing the work of Michaelangelo. And one of the first pieces that struck me was The Pietà (1498–1499). Housed in in St Peter’s Basilica, it depicts Mary holding the body of Jesus after his crucifixion. At the age of 24, Michaelangelo carved this out of a single slab of Carrara marble in just 2 years. The actual piece is now raised and protected behind glass, due to an unfortunate incident in 1972 where someone mental tried attacking it with a hammer. But even from afar it was stunning. I still can’t wrap my head around how marble can be made to drape and flow. That said, I’ll leave the reflections on human suffering, mother/child, sweetness/sadness of the piece to you. In either case, è bella.

Roma – La Pietà di Michelangelo nella Basilica di San Pietro | by Luigi FDV

La Pieta – Close Up | by offshoot

Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte;
et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

Washington DC: Rosslyn Metro Stop

Washington DC: Rosslyn Metro Stop | by jamiey

San Francisco: The Bay

San Francisco: The Bay | by jamiey

San Francisco: Full House Picnic

San Francisco: Full House Picnic | by jamiey

Arlington: Air Force Memorial View

Arlington: Air Force Memorial View | by jamiey

Travel Cities 2010

As this has become an annual tradition, below is a summary of my trips over the year! 2010 began as a down year in travel as I started a new job and focused on buying our first home, but it was still good nonetheless:

January 18-22 Alexandria, VA
February 3-6 San Francisco, CA
February 22-27 Vancouver, Canada

House hunting, buying, moving …

June 8-10 Mountain View, CA
July 1-5 Poipu, HI
July 25-30 Alexandria, VA
August 20-23 Las Vegas, NV

September 11-13 Eden Prairie, MN
September 20-22 Milwaukee, WI
October 7-9 Chicago, IL
October 18-19 Princeton, NJ
October 20-22 Alexandria, VA
November 25-29 Eden Prairie, MN
December 13-17 Alexandria, VA
December 27-30 Eden Prairie, MN

Past travel recaps: 2007 | 2008 | 2009

In short:

  • Grounded in the Spring. For the first time in years I spent over a 3+ months in Seattle. And I must say, it was tough. The timing was right though, as we were pretty swamped with the house hunt.
  • I traveled a total of 61 days, visiting 10 cities. Last year it was 20 cities over 81 days, so less often but longer stays. Also 50/50 split between business and leisure this year.
  • Despite the drop in frequency, still managed travel about 44K miles, which is pretty close to what I did last year, due to more east coast trips.
  • Most often, I found myself in DC for work and in Minnesota visiting family. Only visited the Bay Area twice and pretty much stayed in the country besides the Winter Games.
  • Noteworthy trips of the year: Vancouver for the Olympics and my birthday, 4th of July in Kauai, and Vegas with my cousins!
  • The tally: 93 trips total over the last 4 years.

And now? New Year’s Resolution for 2011: Visit 3 [preferably new] countries. Let’s go!

Kauai from the Air
Kauai from the Air – Photo by Ryan Prins