Shop handcrafted Artisan Jewelry and Luxury Knits by Janet Bocciardi - Free shipping within the U.S.!

I Heart Macro - tide-pooling

It's a Puzzle - Restoring the Terrace Houses of Ephesus

Returning to our tour of Ephesus...
 
There's an area at Ephesus that is being restored with the help of the Austrian government.  It's the Terrace Houses where the wealthy Romans would've lived within the city.  Ephesus was the second largest city in the Roman Empire, behind Rome, with a population of 250,000.  At the time these were the largest cities in the world!  
 
The restoration required is tremendous due to the amount of time that has passe

Read more

Ephesus! ... bless you... gesundheit...

Although I always thought I'd some day arrive on the continent of Asia traveling west from the U.S., my first steps in Asia were actually from the East and maybe that's exactly how it was meant to be.

Read more

Who is that Middle-Aged Lady in the Mirror?

A few weeks ago I was updating my ArtFire shop's bio and stopped to look at the photo I'd posted.  When did I start airbrushing my self??   I was kind of caught off guard even though I c

Read more

Be Quiet Already about Your New Year's Resolutions

I actually don't even do them.  I'm a goal oriented person, too, but I guess for me there's nothing magical about the start of the calendar year that gets me to wanting to set them. 

Read more

Topkapi Palace Patterns - Turkish Delight

Have you heard of Turkish Delights?  For those in the states, they're sort of like Applets and Cotlets, but can be a whole lot better!  Our hotel gave us a mini-box of them - one was pistachio, can't remember the other flavor, but it was delicious as well.  The pistachio one was amazing.  Soft with a dusting of sugar and such flavor!  Sort of like a Jelly Belly kapow compared to a jelly bean.  Wonder if there's a place to get the real ones here.  Anyone?

Read more

Shopping in the Grand Bazaar and Beyond

I was so utterly unprepared for the shoppers' paradise of the world.  This despite a friend giving me a map of the Grand Bazaar and a list of vendors outside the bazaar that she could vouch for that sold everything from handmade woven rugs to leather goods before our trip.  What was wrong with me?  I don't know.  Clearly I was worrying too much about the flights or something.

Read more

It's What is Inside that Gives it its Name

The Sultan Ahmet Mosque is better known as the Blue Mosque, because of its incredible interior.

Read more

Places of Worship Inspire

 

The architecture and art of some of the world's largest places of worship never fail to bring tears to my eyes.  It doesn't matter what traditions the members practice, I can feel the intense love, joy, and sorrow that has been celebrated, spilled and comforted with

Read more

Inspiration: The Action or Power of Moving the Intellect or Emotions



Coral Sea Garden artisan pendant (SOLD)

Read more