My son and I loved de Paola’s books and had the privilege of meeting him once. I will always treasure his signature next to his illustration of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. He looked at me at the book signing and said, “oh, you know this painting?” and I smiled and nodded. RIP.
The wisteria in Italy is magnificent. I may not be able to view it in my favorite places this spring, because of the La Quarentena. However, I got a sneak preview on my way to the market recently. Crossing over the Mugnone river near my home, is a lovely little pedestrian bridge that somebody beautifully planned. It has an arbor above and a gorgeous wisteria vine covering it.
Here’s the overpass and you can see that the wisteria is getting ready to burst into bloom!
Here are close ups of the racemes in their current state of growth. I hope I’ll have the chance to see it in bloom in a couple of weeks.