International Rose Test Garden

The International Rose Test Garden in Portland Oregon was started in 1917. It is the oldest continually operated public rose test garden in the United States. There are over 650 varieties and 10,000 Rose bushes. The scent in the air is heavenly. If only someone could bottle it up… Wait… That’s called perfume!

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Donuts and bikes!!!

This morning I met my supper club for…. Donuts! They hit up 3 donut shops, while I only went to two. The original plan was 5, but the sugar got the best of us. Round trip on bikes… maybe 8 miles, just enough to burn some deliciousness off of our thighs. It was great fun and Portland is crazy for donuts!

Nola doughnuts, my favorite was the s’mores donut!!

Blue Star

Yes, they line up for donuts!

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Shape of Speed

The Portland museum is featuring the coolest installation right now though september. It’s called, “The Shape of Speed.” Streamlined cars from the 1930’s and 40’s are the subject. I went with my meet up group that I’ve been a member of since last September. More of that in the following post! Now for some pictures…

1938 Tatra T77A

1934 Chrysler Imperial Series CV Airflow Coupe

Stayer Model 55

1937 Airomobile… Not sure why this one didn’t catch on…I think it’s cool!

1936 Stout Scarab

1938 Delahaye 135M Roadster

1939 Panhard and Levassor Type X81 Dynamic Sedan

1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt

1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Bertone Berlinetta…I could cruise through Tuscany in this!!

1938 Talbot Lago T150C-SS

1935 Bugatti Type 57 Aérolithe… This one is held together by rivets because the metal is Elektron…a highly flammable magnesium and aluminum alloy that was difficult to weld.

A spectacular installation Portland Museum!!

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How I found a great destination… Matera, Italy

Right now I’m sitting in an airport waiting for a flight. Although it’s not a flight to some far off land, it’s still exciting to me… And my mind wanders… To my last big vacation.

The last trip I took was to Italy but the places I went were not so typical. I had previously been to the “Biggie’s”, Rome, Venice, Florence, Siena, and a lovely hilltop town in Tuscany. On that trip, I fell in love… with Italy. Six months later I was back on a plane for more. I knew I wanted to go to southern Italy but where, I wasn’t sure. The way I found the town of Matera is a little strange.

I was watching a documentary about a couple accused of a murder in Italy. The man accused was from the town Bari, Italy. I had never heard of it, so I looked it up, saw some pictures, and started my research on the area all because of something that was totally unrelated. Bizarre, but it eventually lead to my amazing discovery.

While researching, everything I came across pointed to Matera and the surrounding region. My interest was piqued, I bought a ticket and off I went.

This was my first view. My jaw dropped. Matera is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities. It has been inhabited since the 10th millennia, b.c. The main attraction are the cave like dwellings called “sassi”. The Sassi are habitations dug into the rock itself. Around every corner was a picture to be taken.

It is a photographer’s dream! Matera is situated in the “arch” of the boot. Now is the time to go because it has been declared the Italian host of the European capital of culture for 2019. A lot of Europeans don’t even know about it. I was eating dinner next to an English couple and they were curious as to how I found it because they had never heard of it and they were in their 70’s.

These are some of the undeveloped sassi. Airbnb has moved into Matera and the prices are going up.

There are some that you can explore on your own. This is how people were living in the 1950’s along with their farm animals. The Italian government cleared these people out because of disease and squalor. In the 1980’s, they had a thought about the possibility for tourism. Then Mel Gibson moved in to film, “The Passion of the Christ.”

This was my Airbnb.

The restaurant next to my Airbnb. So awesome!!!

The second largest cistern in the world!

Matera at night, spectacular!

The modern square just above the sassi. If you go anywhere this year, make sure you stop in Matera. It does not disappoint!

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Before sunrise

So my long time friend Markus and I have shared the love of the movie series… Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight. He’s living in Vienna Austria where the first movie was filmed. There is a specific scene where Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are in a record store. Well Markus went running by the record store this morning and put a little note on the wall advertising my blog. So cool!! Thanks!!

Saddle mountain!

Another big hike today! Only 5 miles and 1,640 feet of elevation gain, but the hikes continually kick my butt. The Eastern Sierra are super duper challenging but the last few hikes here in Oregon have between pretty darn steep. But when I saw 3 kids under the age of 10 complete it… Well, the challenge was on!

A whole lot of picture taking was going on between Tim and I! Pretty cloudy up top, gotta go back. Wildflowers were amazing!