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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Street Art in Rome

If there had been a app, or a street art walking tour of Rome, we would have signed up but we couldn't find anything so we had to make our own as we did in Lisbon. It was a fun endeavor as you need to get out of the tourist center to find any concentration of street artists work.
Jessica Stewart's photography blog documenting street art in Rome suggested San Lorenzo was one area  to check out. It's a neighborhood near the University, heading away from the center past Termini stain station. Its a little grimy and studenty with a artsy/trendy vibe, if you go don't expect somewhere that is fully gentrified, but you will see a smattering of hip shops and cafes. 
We struck out on the arts cooperative we were looking for (it was closed) but found plenty of great art to share. As in Paris there were lots of past ups and stencils, along with with works that had an overtly political theme, see "Need Food not Football" below.
While there is a lot of tagging and street art throughout San Lorenzo probably most interesting for us was a one square block area with street art decorating the entire wall. The wall is very high and provides a large palette for a number of artists. Why didn't I think to photograph this with something that adds scale? I presume this was a city sanctioned project, at least to start with. A number of these works are several years old including this one by Hogre with a nod to Hamlet below.
This rather chilling piece with repeated life-sized paper dolls that went on and on, highlights the number of women dying violent deaths.
I love the number placement of this paste up!
 Who can resist a well dressed rabbit?
 A street art Madeline meets manga.
We took photos in other districts, particularly Trastevere, but it's clear that graffiti and street art are more aggressively dealt with in the historic center. Here's are some pieces from elsewhere in the city.



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