Thursday, August 20, 2015

Volunteer Park Conservatory

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.   Henri Matisse

Volunteer Park Conservatory

For more than 100 year, the Volunteer Park Conservatory has been a refuge in the heart of Seattle. The victorian style glasshouse is located in Capitol Hill in Volunteer Park. 

The Volunteer Park Conservatory remains as unique today as the day it opened in 1912. From the beginning the Conservatory's mission was to educate, collect and conserve plants and to transport visitors beyond the park to another world and this philosophy continues today. 

The conservatory structure is made of 3426 panels of glass that allows the sun into the botanical gardens.  There are different displays: bromeliads, ferns, palms, seasonal and cacti and succulents.  It is mainly maintain by volunteers which make this place even more special. 

The usual fee is $4 but is free the first Thursday and first Saturday of every month. I would highly recommend spending the afternoon there.  A perfect quite scape from the city. 

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Volunteer Park Conservatory


Volunteer Park Conservatory

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

3 days in Rome

Mille viae ducunt homines per saecula Romam (A thousand roads lead men forever to Rome)

3 days in Rome

No matter where you walk in Rome you are roaming in the footsteps of history.  For over 2500 years warriors, popes, emperor had left a mark in the city: remains from ancient Rome, the treasures of the Vatican city, Renaissance palazzos and baroque fountains. 

I adored Rome and its chaos. The charming alleys, the old fiat cinquacentos (the car of my dreams!), the gelatos, the food, the granita and the fact that everywhere I was is part the today's history.  We spent 3 days and a half, even when I was sick half of the time, we managed to visit all the sites we wanted.

We arrived in the afternoon and wander around the hotel.  We stayed close to Piazza Navona and I highly recommended the area.  It is a really conveninet location.  We walked to all the attractions, some were 10-30 minutes walk.

Day 1
Our first stop was the Vatican, we spent the day touring the two famous huge sights: St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museum.   At the evening we walked from Piazza Navona all the way to the Trevi fountain.  With a stop at the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps.

Day 2
Another day was reserved for the "Ancient Rome Tour".  Once there were the greatest buildings of a city of a million people, today the most iconic sights: The Roman forum and the Colosseum.

Day 3
The last day we wanted to slow down! We spent the morning at the Villa Borghesa Gardens and  shopping streets nearby.


3 days in Rome

3 days in Rome

3 days in Rome

3 days in Rome

3 days in Rome

3 days in Rome

3 days in Rome

3 days in Rome

3 days in Rome

3 days in Rome

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

52 books in 52 weeks. July

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies... The man who never reads lives only one" George R.R. Martin, A dance with the dragons

 Book reviews of: El tiempo entre costuras (The time in between), The vacationers, Nineteen minutes, The girl with all the gifts.

A book with more than 500 pages  (5)
El tiempo entre costuras (The time in between) by Maria DueƱas
One of my favorites of the year.  The book takes place during the Spanish Civil war and the World War II.  It is the story of Sira Quiroga, a seamstress from Madrid that as a result of bad decisions travelled to Morocco, where she will face many difficulties. 
It is a historical novel that will take you to Morocco, Spain, Portugal and thought the history of Spain.  It has a little bit of a love story and dose of intrigue.  After I read the book I found out that there is a Spanish TV series base in the book, available at Hulu. I highly recommend both. 

A book se somewhere you've always wanted to visit  (3)
The vacationers by Emma Straub
I have always dream to go to Europe to spend the summer, as Europeans do: Long vacations at the beach. That was the reason I picked this book.  It is about an American family that go to Spain, Mallorca, to spend their vacations.  As all families, they have their differences and problems and they encounter them while in vacations.  It is not the best book but is something perfect to read at the beach/pool.  

A book with a number on the title ★ (2)
Nineteen minutes by Jodi Picoult
This was the first Jodi Picoult novel and probably will be my last, it left me disappointed.  This book is centered around a high school shooting that lasted 19 minutes.  The story is told by different characters the shooter, his mom, his best friend.  I never believed the main plot and the twist at the end make it even worse.  

A book with nonhuman characters   (3.5)
The girl with all the gifts by M.R. Carey
Besides Harry Potter, I am not a big fan of books with nonhumans characters.  The reason why I pick this "zombie book" its because is described as a girl with feelings. 
The book takes place in London, after a "zombie apocalypse".  The main character, Melanie is imprisoned on a compound that seems to be a jail/school with the purpose to do research in the zombie mind.  I can't tell you more otherwise I will give spoilers. It is a good book and the end is unexpected.  


Other books I have read this year:
52 books in 52 weeks. The DUFF, Luckiest girl alive, The book of unknown americans and The nightingale 52 books in 52 weeks.  What she left behind, The husband's secret, Yes please and Everything I never told you.

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