With the start of the New Year now underway, I’m turning over a new leaf and will occasionally team up with Orna “Leafy” O’Reilly from Dublin, Ireland — host of Orna O’Reilly: Travelling Italy — to marry her original poetry with my photography, and, sometimes, vice versa. The end result is something we’re calling PHOETRY.
What follows is our first collaborative effort, Passeggiata Palladiana, about a recent passeggiata (stroll) through snow-covered Vicenza, Italy — the City of Palladio.
Vicenza this morning was sunny and cold
As we dressed in our warmest and went for a stroll.
The porticos uphill were laden with snow
And the view was quite stunning from Mont’ Berico.
The Jewel of Veneto’s snow-covered peaks
Look like panettone with frosting so sweet.
Next, down the scalette — just watch for the ice —
And to Villa Rotonda we walk in a trice.
White fields and black trees make the photographs pop
And Palladio’s masterpiece is where we stop.
Through the Valley of Silence, our next port-of-call
Is the Villa where nani perch high on the wall.
Across frosty cobble, past snow-covered gates
We return to the city: macchiato awaits!
©The Palladian Traveler | ©Orna O’Reilly