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View from our window

View from a sliding glass door of a swimming pool with a diving board.

View from our window

We thought it would be fun to share what we see from our different homes around the world. 


We’re on the road again! We’re spending about a month in Oregon, with our first stop in Salem to see Clay’s son and our daughter-in-law. Our Airbnb is a guest house on a farm, which I picked because I heard there were goats. While we haven’t seen them yet, we did get to wake up to a rooster alarm clock and this might be the best view we’ve had so far.


After spending our first couple of months back home with a good friend, we just moved into a lovely AirBNB up by the University of Nevada, Reno. It’s a cute little cottage in the garden of a home built in the 1920s. We can’t wait to share it with you, but for now here’s the view from our front door!


We’re in a very modern apartment in Lisbon, that except for the language, could be in Southern California. It’s about 20 minutes from Lisbon City Center, which we’ll find tomorrow.

As a city of 2 million people, it’s very different from Porto.


We’ll be in Portugal for almost a month, starting in Porto, then moving to Lisboa. We are in a lovely Airbnb, where we were greeted with port and fresh fruit. We haven’t explored yet, but we understand there are grocery stores and restaurants all around us.

Apartment buildings as seen from another apartment.
A row of houses and apartments on an empty street.

istanbul – Kadıköy

After 10 days in Fatih, we moved to Kadıköy for our final week in Istanbul. It’s a very laid-back neighborhood on the Asian side, with less traffic, (seemingly) less stress and more cats and bakeries. We think we’re going to like it here.

istanbul- fatih

We are living in the biggest city in Europe for the next three weeks — a city with 14.8 million inhabitants, that encompasses 5,343 square kilometers and crosses two continents. It’s incredibly vibrant, busy and diverse, with a ton of great food choices and shopping. Luckily, our bedroom is at the back of the apartment and we don’t hear this at night, though it sure is fun to watch the rest of the time.

Cosmopolitan view from a window.
Far away view of the Acropolis from a deck


We had to take this photo from our terrace rather than a window because, yes, that is the Acropolis, way out there on top of that hill. It’s about a half an hour walk from here — we’ll get better photos on our tour.


We’re officially in the big city. Our home for the next week is a beautifully renovated apartment in an old building on the 2nd floor (third floor) on a semi-hustling street, surrounded by great restaurants, grocery stores and public transportation options. Our hosts, Michela and Pietro, left us a jar of homemade apricot jam, which we can’t wait to try!

Apartments and cars on a very narrow street in Rome
Looking out a window at a garden and lawn


We got a garden just in time for spring! This lovely basement apartment is quite nicely appointed and just 20 minutes from the city center. Our very kind hosts, Guiseppe and Edi, live in the apartment above us.

Venice 2

Though we loved our first place in Venice, we had to move as it didn’t have dependable WIFI. While we weren’t thrilled about moving, we’re now in a beautiful flat in the Castello District, near Piazza San Marco.

venice 1

Our apartment in Venice was built in the 18th century and our front door opened up on to a very narrow walkway across from other apartments, equally as old. We were about a five-minute walk from the Grand Canal.


We were about five miles from downtown Milan, but right across from the train station so it was easily accessible. We loved it because we’re entranced by the idea of railroad travel. And it was surprisingly quiet.

View of train station from apartment window.
Cosmopolitan view of Geneva


We stayed in a more modern apartment in Geneva, with great access to tons of restaurants, shopping and, most importantly, the tram.


While we loved Lyon, we didn’t love our apartment. When we booked it, we didn’t realize the first floor was in a basement with a terrific view of this white van that never moved. It wasn’t until we were there a few days that we opened the curtains all the way open and saw the end of this cul de sac below the overpass. Yep, this place is very old.

White van outside a window with a rock wall in front of it

Exterior of an apartment building in paris


We had this idea after we left Paris, so didn’t grab a photo of our actual view from our apartment. This is from the courtyard and our apartment was on the 6th floor of this 100+ year old building.

Jackie Shelton, APR, is a strategic communications veteran who, after 30 years still has a hard time focusing on one particular aspect, so she has stopped trying.


  • Patty Melton
    February 22, 2023

    It is fun to live vicariously through you.
    Keep posting and enjoy your journey to the fullest.

  • Jacqueline Grant
    February 22, 2023

    What a clever idea to post your views. Looking forward to seeing your views in Florence.


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