Here's a glimpse of Venice and Florence through the camera lens of my daughter, Celeste Vos, and her husband Patrick. I've selected six photos from their Ofoto album that struck my eye.
A self-portrait of Celeste and Patrick at Venice's Piazza San Marco. What a great-looking couple! Don't you think it's time for them to reproduce their obviously exemplary genetic heritage into the form of a child (and grandchild)? This father thinks so.
Celeste lost at night in the streets of Venice. I like the gloomy atmosphere of this photo. Having been lost in Venice myself back in the late 1960s, I can identify with the situation: I would take a street that deadended at a canal and backtrack to a street that would curve around and lead me back to a street that I had a sneaking supicion would deadend at a canal because I was going around in circles.
A nice shot of Patrick blending with his surroundings. Do you think they carried different colored sweaters around with them on their Venice excursions? I doubt it. This must have been photo serendipity.
On to Florence, where Celeste looks tres European in front of the Piazza Duomo. Wouldn't it be great if we could combine the best of the United States with the best of Europe? I think this merging of bests would result in a USA that is a lot more livable, interesting, and attractive. I wish all those uber-patriotic Europe-bashers would go over there and see how much we have to learn from people who tend to put a higher priority on truly living well instead of merely working hard.
Celeste posing in front of a naked guy. This statue sure wouldn't be standing if it was at the Justice Department while Ashcroft was in charge. Another nice attribute of Europeans is that religion plays a miniscule role in their politics. Laurel and I have a friend of German heritage who tells us that if a European leader made a big deal about his religious faith, he couldn't be elected to a high office. Just the opposite is true in the U.S., sadly.