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Life Among the Ruins…

“A Night in Roma”
Original Watercolor Postcard
Runaway to Italy #3 Giveaway/Enter Below



Ha!  I figured that would get your attention.

In case you thought Rome had gone to the dogs…

and was just old ruins and cafe’s serving gelato 😉
I can (after hanging out around the colosseum today) report to you a couple of things.


First,  Rome was definitely NOT built in a day

There are many ways to make a living….

1) You can don a gold lamé suit (I know you have one) and pose as King Tut.

2) You can be a gladiator (didn’t know those jobs were still around)


3) Or you can levitate….

Seriously, I was fascinated with the levitation.
And not sure how any of these guys would explain to a girlfriend what they do for a living 😉
Comes under that “Awkward Moment” category in life I’m thinkin’.

I have two little jewels for you to watercolor into your journals and postcards today:)  One is the restaurant we had sparkling water at that overlooked the ruins and did a little journaling (I used the water you were drinking for my sparkling H2O’s.  If you’re teeth are sparkling a bit more than usual it’s probably just the mica in the watercolors….)

And the other is the beauty that is Rome!  A city to fall in love for sure!

(Please note:  The photos I share here of our time in Italy are to be used as reference for  doing watercolors for personal journals or postcards only.  I please ask that they are used soley for that purpose:-)

I only wish two things.

One that we had more time here in Rome.
And two that I hadn’t found something else besides gelato to fall in love with.

The butter is good enough to eat with a spoon.  If  California cows are happy cows, then Italian cows must be ecstatic.
Jus’ sayin’.

Get you a good night’s sleep for tomorrow we are headed to the land of “Under the Tuscan Sun” romance.
Anything could happen.
And for those of you who are writing in hopes that  I will post a good looking Italian guy as one of my giveaways…..stop it already!! There’s no way I can fit him into my luggage 😛


Enter below to get your name in the hat for a chance to win an original watercolor postcard:))

If you have a friend who needs some JOY in their life, share this post and encourage them to have some fun playing in the water (colors) and traveling along to Italy—everybody needs a Roman holiday once in awhile:-P

Runaway to Italy continues on the next blog post!!!  Ciao Baby!!!

P.S.  Make sure you don’t miss a post from Italy–just click here to get your daily dose:)


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  • dana burton - September 8, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    Rome, how exciting! Such beauty.
    Dana BurtonReplyCancel

  • Rosita Henley - September 7, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    Love the postcard!! One day I will make it to Italy!!ReplyCancel

  • LD - September 6, 2013 - 10:10 am

    I love how different the colors are for Italy than the ones you used to paint in France – so vivid and warm. You are in Italy!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Jane Muir - September 6, 2013 - 5:09 am

    This is fun. Love that levitation trick. How the heck does he do that? thanks for the post today Dreama. Looking forward to tomorrow’s adventures.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy London - September 6, 2013 - 4:48 am

    Everything in Italy tastes good. Have a limoncello for me.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Edgar - September 5, 2013 - 11:03 pm

    Ah I know the feeling it’s so hard to leave Rome the most atmospheric city for me love the paintingReplyCancel

  • Anita Estrada de Zorrilla - September 5, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    I love the gladiator, lol..lol :)).ReplyCancel

  • jobi - September 5, 2013 - 5:58 pm

    After a long day at work your beautiful pics and fun posts are such a joy to relax to. Got the wine for sure! I’ve never had gelato! I think it’s time! I don’t know if the grocery store variety is quite the same though…. I think I should wait and try the real thing some day. If only…. wishing on a star! Have fun! Be well! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Nancy Makar - September 5, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    I wonder if they have any therapists in Rome? I could do that job really well IF I could speak Italian. NancyReplyCancel

  • Dianne L. Stroup - September 5, 2013 - 5:24 pm

    I want a job in the gelato store :)).ReplyCancel

  • Sherry DeFazio - September 5, 2013 - 4:28 pm

    Des being a vestal virgin in another lifetime count? Just wondering. Carry some flowers around for me.ReplyCancel

  • marquelynn Raposa - September 5, 2013 - 4:23 pm

    Your evening shots look like Trastevere/ Great area with the most beautiful old church.I stayed at an old cloister Hotel Santa Maria in that area. Inside a little gated court yard. I loved the area. Wild at night but great cafes and during the day a true old neighborhood with winding alley ways.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - September 5, 2013 - 4:17 pm

    Beautiful! I especially enjoyed your first couple of photos with the ruins!ReplyCancel

  • Hoda Dimitri Nicholas - September 5, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    Lovely! I love Rome… one of my favorite places to visit…. thanks for sharing Dreama…ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie Runnels - September 5, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    So much fun to look forward to each day! Dreama, you are a ray of sunshine!ReplyCancel

  • Flynn Gentry-Taylor - September 5, 2013 - 2:37 pm

    Love this too, thanks for sharing your travels Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara McCafferty Weeks - September 5, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    Rome is one of my favorite cities! Wish I were there! I always enjoy following your adventures! Buon viaggio!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Merchant Ivy - September 5, 2013 - 1:46 pm

    Loved the picture of the levitation guy!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Reed - September 5, 2013 - 1:20 pm

    I had pizza last night in Boone NC at Almalfi’s – as close to Italy as I could get.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Adams Smith - September 5, 2013 - 1:00 pm

    Ahhhh love Italy…have a wonderful time. Love following your travels!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Denny - September 5, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Dreama. Wish I was there!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Hickerson - September 5, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    You are a fun travel companion!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - September 5, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Absolutely a beautiful Dreama original watercolor!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alan Cayton - September 5, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    Very witty, entertaining and beautiful blogging. Makes feel like going back to Rome again. Thanks for sharing your talents.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - September 5, 2013 - 12:43 pm

    Absolutely a beautiful Dreama original!!!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Meeker - September 5, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    Looking forward to each days post. This is exciting to follow you on your adventure.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Farson - September 5, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    Mille grazie…for sharing Italy with us!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Wallis-Morris - September 5, 2013 - 12:36 pm

    Lovely. I so wish I had had more time in this lovely city. To paint, to drink the wine, to see the sights, to taste the butter! Have fun for me! I hope to go with you soon! ReplyCancel

  • Jan McKinzie Burnett - September 5, 2013 - 12:32 pm

    Looks like so much fun! Love your posts!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - September 5, 2013 - 12:22 pm

    Somehow me eating ice cream in my own kitchen is just not cutting it anymore:) I am smiling for you though! Love all the photos…just know it’s all feeding your spirit and ours too! Carry on- look forward to the next stop!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Vacca - September 5, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    I will make you smile…my name, Donna Vacca, in Italian translates to ‘Lady Cow’!
    As they say in Rome, ‘in bocca al lupo’ (in the wolfs mouth) which means good luck (like saying break a leg) Ciao bella.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie McMullen - September 5, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    Wow! Amazing pictures! I’d really love to go! That levitating man is crazy!ReplyCancel

  • Judi Hostetter - September 5, 2013 - 10:52 am

    I love being able to share with you chairside, since I am unable to travel with you. Love the paintings, too.ReplyCancel

  • Anita Tresslar - September 5, 2013 - 10:37 am

    Looks like you are having a wonderful time in Italy. Thanks for sharing with us.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Brevell - September 5, 2013 - 10:10 am

    You have motivated me to paint in my journal today!ReplyCancel

  • Dreama - September 5, 2013 - 10:10 am

    Oh Dear!!! I have just rolled into Cortona (don’t laugh….with all the butter and gelato I’ve consumed, rolled is becoming a new descriptive term for my movement;) and it is …a…..PERFECT! Here for 5 days so make sure you have plenty of watercolors and vino laid in!

    Big Italian Hugs!

  • Mary Frances Doss - September 5, 2013 - 10:09 am

    TUSCANY, watch out….
    Here we come !ReplyCancel

  • Lois Tooker - September 5, 2013 - 9:45 am

    I love the trips you take and your art thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Dave Casey - September 5, 2013 - 9:31 am

    As for jobs in Rome, I think my gladiator days are well behind me. Maybe I could be the next Leonardo the Vinci.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Quail - September 5, 2013 - 9:26 am

    This piece is wonderful and great photos!!!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Howard - September 5, 2013 - 8:54 am

    As always I love to see what you are up to….the levitation guy gives that a new meaning!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Chamblin - September 5, 2013 - 8:18 am

    I love following you around on your daily activities.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Amos - September 5, 2013 - 8:05 am

    Love it all and look forward to more…..the warm palette with it’s depth of golden light is so lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Corinne Murphy - September 5, 2013 - 7:54 am

    OK, let’s see…….wine, gelato, butter, gorgeous Italian men, ruins, sunshine……what’s not to love about Italy!!! Just don’t decide to ‘stay’…we need you here in the U.S.A.!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Deb LaRocque - September 5, 2013 - 7:42 am

    Have a great day in Italy! It looks like you are finding great places to paint and enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Jane Allen - September 5, 2013 - 7:22 am

    Thank you for sharing each day of your adventure with us, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Rose - September 5, 2013 - 7:00 am

    Looks as if you are having a marvelous time and although I share my life with an incredible Italian Man, I’d love a watercolor postcard!ReplyCancel

  • Andrée - September 5, 2013 - 7:00 am

    I would love to be with you in Roma! Maybe one day…Thanks for sharing…and a chance to win one of your sparkling postcards…Have a good trip to Tuscany My dream to be there also…Thanks! AndréeReplyCancel

  • amy - September 5, 2013 - 6:09 am

    That last sunset photo–just gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Guslani Stratton - September 5, 2013 - 3:33 am

    Bella! Looks like a glorious time!ReplyCancel

  • Dreama - September 5, 2013 - 2:54 am

    Ann Baldwin….the levitating man was NOT an art statue. He made eye contact with me. People were walking around him and one young fella passed his hand under him. It kept me awake last night thinking about it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Payne - September 5, 2013 - 2:37 am

    Thank you for taking us with you!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Brown - September 5, 2013 - 2:04 am

    Did you get hustled by the gladiator?ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Hust-Ray - September 5, 2013 - 2:02 am

    Visited Rome in the spring, so lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Marie Mustard - September 5, 2013 - 1:52 am


  • Libbi Byrd Corson - September 5, 2013 - 1:30 am

    Love love love your work!ReplyCancel

  • Sara Sherwin Sheets - September 5, 2013 - 1:30 am

    Still remembering 43 yrs ago w/ Dad!ReplyCancel

  • Gaylynn M. Robinson - September 5, 2013 - 1:25 am

    Love tagging along on your travels!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth Attix Harrison - September 5, 2013 - 1:14 am

    Adding Rome to my bucket list!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Collier - September 5, 2013 - 1:14 am

    Oh, another Dreama trip to add to my bucket list! You make Europe look so appealing!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Reid Brasher - September 5, 2013 - 1:13 am

    I love these photos, Dreama!!! Wonderful. I can’t figure out how to post the photo to pinterest, but I’m having fun looking. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ann Baldwin - September 4, 2013 - 11:58 pm

    Dreama your photos & paintings are incredibly stunning & your sense of humor is priceless ~ Grazie tanto ~ ciao bella ~ p.s. the levitating character was an art statue right????ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - September 4, 2013 - 11:34 pm

    We were fortunate enough to visit Rome about 14 years ago…such beauty there. Hope to return one day. Thanks for the visual journey. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Shawn - September 4, 2013 - 11:22 pm


  • Suzanne - September 4, 2013 - 9:50 pm

    Can you ship some Italian cows to the states?
    Love all the photosReplyCancel

  • Roseanne - September 4, 2013 - 9:37 pm

    What a beautiful watercolor – the mood is very different compared to Paris!ReplyCancel

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