Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Best 10 (More) Scenic Places to Photograph in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Part 2

580 Meetinghouse Rd., Ambler, PA
Sign the Visitor Log in Admissions or your car will be ticketed. 
Gardens, Barn, Springhouse, Root Cellar, Trellis, Paths
Daily, Dawn-Dusk

1600 Woodland Rd., Abington, PA
College Campus 
Stone Buildings, Arches, Gazebo, Wooded, Pond
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548 Flourtown Road 
Lafayette Hill, PA
Boardwalk, Creek, Fields, Wildlife
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450 S Easton Rd., Glenside, PA
College Campus 
Castle, Stone Buildings, Arches, Courtyard

205 Skippack Pike, Whitpain, PA
Daily, Dawn-Dusk 
Gazebo, Barn, Silo, Bridge, Pond
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Sumneytown Pike, Springhouse,  PA 19002
Daily, 8am-Sunset 
Trails, Pond, Waterfalls, Bridges 
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Lower Frick's Lock Rd., East Coventry PA
Technically in Chester County but borders Montgomery County.
Once abandoned, now in the process of stabilization 
you can only access when there are tours. 
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183 Moredon Rd., Huntingdon Valley, PA 
Daily, 8am-Sunset
Professional Photography requires a permit. 

601 E Main Street, Collegeville, PA
College Campus 

Four Mills Nature Reserve, Willow and Morris Rds., Ambler, PA
Daily, Dawn-Dusk 

For more scenic places in Montgomery County 
check out my previous post

Click any image to be taken to its corresponding gallery, 
those containing people are restricted. 

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Weaving Lanes of Medieval Orvieto

View of Orvieto

The historic center of Orvieto 
is perched high on a volcanic rock in Umbria, Italy. 
Surrounding it below is the newer part 
of Orvieto. 

View from the top.

To get from one to the other you can climb, climb, climb 
or you can use an elevator, escalator, mini bus or a funicular 
as parking above is restricted to only residents. 
There is a large public lot below. 

Once you arrive you will be greeted by 
weaving lanes of intersecting cobbled lanes 
that can quickly disorient you, 
so take note of the landmarks along your path. 

A cobbled lane in Orvieto.

The jewel of Orvieto is 
the gothic cathedral. 

Cathedral of Orvieto

After 300 years of work the duomo was completed in 1591. 
But Orvieto itself has history dating back to the ancient Etruscans. 

Cathedral of Orvieto

One of the things to do here is to visit the old underground tunnels and caves
that have been carved out of the soft rock below the town.
Many of these areas are privately owned,
but with a guide you can visit a section of them.
The View from our Room at the Grand Italia 
There is also an interesting well 
with steps created to enable the mules to carry water out. 
The design of the dual steps creates a double helix. 

Morning Gossip

If your visit includes a Saturday 
you will see the locals catching up 
and sharing news  with each other 
throughout the town. 

At the Market

Saturday also offers a market of tempting food, clothing and home goods. 
Bring cash as no credit is accepted. 

Holy Laundry

But my favorite thing was to wander the streets and alleys 
and see the people and architecture of Orvieto. 

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If you can make it to Umbria, 
and want a place a little less touristy 
then make a stop in Orvieto.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Wine Tasting at Tenuta Le Velette, Umbria, Italy

Wine Tasting Experience...
Yes, please. 

Especially at an Umbrian winery with an idyllic view like this one has! 

The front door. 

Our guide Cecilia is also an owner of the winery
so she knows the wines and estate well. 

Etruscan wine cellar from 400 BC. 

Our wines were paired with appropriate 
cheeses, meats or breads for a perfect tasting experience. 

In the cellars...these wines are not used
but occasionally opened by family.

Cecelia made sure we experienced 
how the food pairings affected how we tasted the wine. 

Of course we bought some to bring home. 
But then we found out you can also purchase their wine in the US! 

We had a perfect visit here. 
The weather. 
The view.
The wine. 
The experience. 

View of the hill town of Orvieto from the Winery

I pretty much loved every wine I had in Italy
and today's wines were no exception to that. 

Visit if you can! 
You can also stay on the property if you like. 

More of my images from the winery are here.

Localita Le Velette 2305018, Orvieto, Italy

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