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20 February 2011

Hotel Monna Lisa – Experience the splendor of 14th century Florence, Italy

Journey back to 14th century Florence when you visit the elegant Hotel Monna Lisa located in the city centre.  Capturing the spirit of the Renaissance in every detail, this convent-turned-palazzo-turned-hotel is magnificently appointed with its antique period furnishings and original masterpieces of art, all framed by original Renaissance architecture!  Plus, there's a lush and verdant courtyard adjoining the various buildings that comprise the Hotel Monna Lisa.

06 February 2011

La Sainte Chapelle – the Holy Chapel – a crowning jewel on Île de la Cité in Paris, France


Perhaps one of the most beautiful and striking chapels in all of Paris, La Sainte Chapelle, located on Île de la Cité near Notre Dame, surrounds you with its radiant stained glass windows full of a most heavenly light! Until you see it in person, you cannot appreciate the translucent majesty that awaits all who venture inside! Literally breathless after ascending the tiny staircase from the lower level, I emerged into the chapel full of streaming sunlight illuminating the details of these magnificent windows. See for yourself!

02 February 2011

Michelangelo's Pietà - Perfection in marble at the Vatican!


Are there words to describe Michelangelo's Pietà? How does one convey such exquisite perfection? What surely is one of his most defining creations of his entire career, the Pietà was completed when Michelangelo was at the ripe old age of 24! And for the last 500 years, this extraordinary masterpiece carved from block of marble has captivated every set of eyes fortunate enough to stand in awe of its magnificence and glory! Surely the hand of God has guided Michelangelo's chisel as he chipped at and peeled away the layers of stone to reveal this captivating moment in time when Mary holds her Jesus just moments after the His crucifixion. The astonishing level of detail and lifelike features that Michelangelo achieved in his Pietà are unrivaled even after all this time.

If you have the opportunity to visit the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica, be sure to visit with Michelangelo's Pietà for a profound and spiritual revelation! Read more about St. Peter's Basilica and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.

Arrivederci!