Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer

Summertime is family time–school’s out for the kids, and Dad too.

We get to travel to new places.  Big cities….

Or little villages….

To learn the stories…

And the histories…

To take in the colors….

And the tastes….

See the sights…

Visit family…

And just be together….

Summertime sparkles!

Copyright 2012 Naomi Baltuck


      1. Hi Laura, thanks for stopping by. I do sometimes feel like I’ve checked out for a little while, even just posting the pictures. It was sunny in Seattle today, and I’ll try to “think” some your way.

      2. We actually had some sun today too, after a lot of gray wet days! Yesterday was the Grand Floral Parade, and we hunkered under a rain shelter with the kids, although it ended up staying dry during the event.

      3. We actually had some sun today too, after a lot of gray wet days! Yesterday was the Grand Floral Parade, and we hunkered under a rain shelter with the kids, although it ended up staying dry during the event.

      1. Wow! That is so cool! You are going to LOVE it! I hope you will take lots of pictures and keep us posted on your travel adventures. And thank you for a Sunshiney morning.

  1. I was going to “like” it, then decided that was not strong enough, because truly I love it. Great photos of beautiful places and beautiful family time!

    1. That field of sunflowers was outside the city of Ravenna. There were many more pictures I would have liked to share, but I was having trouble with my internet connection, and had to go with the photos I already had stored in photobucket, but that field was so beautiful we had to stop the car and just satisfy our senses. TGIAS! YES!

    1. I love traveling, and especially with my kids. We all enjoy the same things–history, culture, reading, art, museums, nature. I love looking at the world through their eyes! And I am really, really enjoying your blog!

  2. Was the second photo taken somewhere in Rome ?

    And the ‘Fruttini” photo is such a good idea for a photo. I always like to take photos of meals I’m about to have in a foreign country, even if all the other dinners think I’m crazy.

    1. Yes, the second photo was taken in the Pantheon. What an awesome place! I take pictures of my meals, too. I’ve got one of the tuna pizza I got in Sienna. I’d never heard of it, and wanted to remember. Somewhere I have a picture of a potato pizza that I got in Venice. It turned out to be a regular cheese pizza piled high with a mountain of french fries on it. You have a great blog! I look forward to reading more of it.

  3. Oh, my gosh! Your Summertime totally rocks. Fun, festive, happy, colorful, filled with adventures and amazing places and people. Best of all, the smiles just reflects genuine joy that comes from having a wonderful family. Thanks for sharing an inspiring Summer.

  4. Thank you! I was inspired by your great photos. I can tell by your stories and photos that we value that same things in life–with family at the top of the list.

  5. Hi,
    Lovely photos, looks like you have had done a lot of different things and everyone looks like they were having a bit of fun as well. 🙂

      1. Studied there, worked there, did my thesis research there, had an Italian boyfriend for years and visited his family there. Lived there a total of 2.5 years and visited yearly for several years. Even did a presentation in Italian at one point, couldn’t do it now.

  6. Such sunshine, colour, vibrancy, and everything I’d love to have just now. Thank you for sharing those wonderful happy, bright pictures. Perfect Italian medicine to cure my shivering attack brought on by an easterly wind on a grey June bank holiday in the UK. I guess that’s why I’m on the computer and not outside.

    1. Thank you, Sarah. It’s a lot like that today. On those gray days I turn on my warm fairy lights and play music. Sometimes I am even grateful for a rainy day, when I won’t feel guilty for not working in the garden. And maybe a little glass of lemoncello to take the chill out of the bones?

    1. Thanks, mj. Nice to see you! I’m playing catchup, as I have my artist sister here for company, but I saw you have a new post that I want to stop by and see.

  7. Summer does indeed sparkle, especially in the beautiful photos posted here. Lovely! Enjoyed much … and thank you for your kind comments on my blog. Happy days.

  8. Naomi, this is without a doubt my favorite post from you so far.
    The photos are really beautiful, you have captured amazing landscapes and colors; and it really looks like you have a really beautiful family.

  9. I travelled alot in my twenties, but with two young children, we don’t get very far these days. Thanks for facilitating a little armchair travel with your inspiring photo essay!

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