Friday, September 19, 2008

Auntie Em, I Don't Think We're In BIrmingham Anymore!



Buongiorno!
Since I have given you a few glimpses of Birmingham with a French twist,  I thought you might enjoy a little Italy now.  It doesn't look like I will get to visit our friends in Arona or Torino, Italy anytime soon,  so this will have to do for the time being.  This lovely place is  The Arbor.  It is very much like strolling in an Italian courtyard chock full of gurgling fountains, planters of all shapes and sizes and beautiful statuary with an aged patina to grace your home or garden.  This is one trip to Italy that doesn't require a passport.   Tomorrow, how about a taste of Italy at one of Birmingham's most beautiful and popular restaurants ???
The Tune du Jour is "Per Te" by Josh Groban.




26 comments:

melanie said...

Merci pour ce beau voyage !

Webradio said...

Buon giorno Viginia !

Elles sont jolies ces sulptures, et cette fontaine.

Comme "Mélanie" le dit si bien : merci pour le voyage...

HiTekEngineer said...

Love your tune du jour. I lived in Birmingham for many years - was born there. My mother used to write for the B'ham News. I volunteer for the Josh Groban foundation. Nice blog!

Eki Akhwan said...

Ah ... I like an Italian style piaza (plaza, court yard) like this. Do you have a wider view of it? Would love to see it.

You're lucky to live in a city where the world seems to converge in one place, V. First there was France, and now Italy.

Olivier said...

les statues sont belles, elles donnent une sensation de sérénité. J'aime la douceur de la lumière de ta photo.

statues are beautiful, they give a feeling of serenity. I like the softness of the light of your photo.

Laurie said...

That first shot is so gorgeous it hurts to look at it!

Now I find myself craving risotto...

France, Greece, Italy -- what's next, Miss V?

Steve Buser said...

A great Italian feeling in this photo. Sounds like a great place to wander.

Marie Reed said...

Mmmmn... This makes me want to eat spaghetti for breakfast!

Bibi said...

Gee, Italy in Birmingham! What a good idea to feature foreign places in your city!

Blognote said...

Thank you for this photo, Virginia!! It has the look of Italy what you showed. It would be great if you could show more of this court-yard.
By the way, you are always welcome to visit Arona and surroundings, and remember that I will be pleased to show you around personally!

Virginia said...

Diederick,
Thank you for the kind invitation. I hope I did your lovely country justice with these photos. I will go back and try and get another shot of this shop. The day I went it was midday and the courtyard shots weren't good. Click on Arona, Italy Daily Photo on the sidebar to see how spectacular the "real" Italy can be.

One order of risotto and one order of spaghetti coming up!

Tasha K. said...

How pretty! I will have to check out The Arbor sometime. Beautiful photos! I love the one of the fountain. You can almost hear the water when you look at it :-)

Saretta said...

Oh, I feel right at home here! A little bit of Italy in Alabama...who knew?

ken mac said...

This is the kind of informational pic that alters our views, and preconceptions of certain cities. Birmingham=Florence..who knew? Excellent

Halcyon said...

This place looks really neat. Love the old world style. Who would have thought you could find so much culture and beauty in Birmingham - a former steel city!

babooshka said...

We're not in Birmingham,England either Toto that's for sure! Birmingham does seem to have many beautiful cultural influences Table for two for tomorrow please, veg option for me Cowpie for for him. I have a very drunken nightitme photography lesson post tonight. When I wake up in the morning I will wonder why!

Virginia said...

Baboohska, You never fail to make my day. Perhaps you stayed too long at Dusty Lens' Margaritaville Party today. I got up around 7:00 and by 7:30 I was on his blog with a photo of margaritas, Jimmy Buffet a blarin' and he even furnished the words so we could all sing along! All that before breakfast.HA

Peter said...

Just back from Italy, I can only but agree on the Italian feeling here!

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

Buongiorno Virgina ! Wow a piece of home in Alabama ! I can't wait to see that "taste of Italy" you'ra talking about :-)

Virginia said...

Oh sorry, I should have written buongiorno! I did try on two different translators. Guess my Italian is worse than my French. Fabrizio, please come back and see tomorrow's post. Also, for those that wanted to see more of The Arbor, I will post another photo or two next week showing more of what's there.

Tash said...

The angle is great to make is such an interesting shot. & once again, the color and tones are so beautiful. Ciao, bella! Fino a domani. (WordRefernce.com is my friend.)

ken mac said...

Virginia, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FOR THAT INCREDIBLE URL: lILEKS.COM, THAT MADE MY DAY! i live for that kind of stuff, diners, postcards, signage..smoking.

Virginia said...

KM,
I am thrilled to pass along lileks.com.
I thought you had probably already found him. I could spend hours on his site. Great memories and his comments are just hilarious.

Thanks Tash will try that site next for my translations for our friends around the world.

angela said...

Virginia, your blog is becoming a great meeting place! I too would love to see more of the courtyard; it looks so mellow...To get a touch of Europe you really don't need to leave home...

SandyCarlson said...

Very beautiful. And romantic.

Ming the Merciless said...

Buon Italiano, indeed.

I am dying to go to Rome.