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Melany Sarafis - Artist

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Melany Sarafis served her country for 24 years and recently retired from the USAF as a First Sergeant.   She thinks it's really stupid when photographers refer to themselves in the 3rd person on their biographies.   I needed to do something 'low speed' after a successful but stressful military career.   I've have been an avid photographer for a few years and enjoy this 'internal' creative process and I was a full time student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Tx, pursuing a BFA in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Photography and Jewelry/Metalsmith Work.   After taking an Art...more
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I updated my blog in my wordpress site where I can actually include a few photos. My Artist in Residence experience at the Petrified Forest National Park was incredible! Please click the "for more information" link to see what I did. 

Day 10, Rome, Italy

July 24th, 2013

24 July 2013 Wow, our last day; we fly home tomorrow. Today we got to sleep in a bit breakfast was brought to us again, same as yesterday; Cappuccino and croissants. We checked out, and headed 2 blocks up to the USO to meet our guide for the ... 

Day 9, Rome Italy

July 23rd, 2013

23 July 2013 Today we got to sleep in a BIT. We didnt have to be at the USO till 9 for our 5-hour tour of Ancient Rome. Were in a B&B, and they brought breakfast to us at 0745 brioche (croissant) with apricot and one with chocolate, cappucc... 

Day 8 Rome, Italy

July 23rd, 2013

22 July We said goodbye for now to our hosts in Florence, and left our awesome hotel for Rome. The train ride was pretty uneventful, we had no problems finding the right track, and getting our reserved car and seats was a breeze. After getting... 

Day 7, Florence Italy

July 21st, 2013

21 July Has it already been seven days?? Today started out as usual, with a wonderful breakfast at the hotel. This place puts out a great spread lots of fresh fruit, bread, cheese, pastries, cereal, yogurt, boiled eggs, toast, and of course cap... 

Florence, Italy Day 6

July 20th, 2013

20 July 2013 We got to sleep in a bit this morning. Our "Florence marathon" is over - whew! We plan to visit the big cathedral today, and that's all, no museums or galleries on the schedule. We'll probably just people watch, or maybe walk to the ... 

Florence, Italy, Day 5

July 19th, 2013

19 July 2013, We had an early start today, so we could catch our early train to Pisa to meet our 0930 appointment to climb the tower. We were there in 1991, but the tower was closed for renovations, and I was really looking forward to climbing it. ... 

Florence, Italy, Day 4,

July 18th, 2013

18 July 2013 David, the Trinity and new shoes. Our day started out early again, with Accademia and David first on the list. Probably the highlight of our trip! Our Firenze Card made something possible that otherwise would never have happened! ... 

Florence, Italy Day 3

July 17th, 2013

17 July 2013 Our first night in the new hotel was very comfortable. The twin sized beds are comfy, marble floor feels good after being out in the heat all day, and the spotless shower and hot water was very welcomed. Breakfast here was good Capp... 

Florence, Italy, Day 2

July 16th, 2013

16 July, 2013 I slept good after my headache went away, and woke up at 0600 this morning, to pack things back up and get ready to head out. We had breakfast (cappuccino and a brioche) and talked to the man running our temp hotel. We stopped by the... 

Florence, Italy - Day 1

July 15th, 2013

Day 1 in Florence, 15 July So, Im sitting here in my hotel room in Florence at 1000 PM after waking up with a major headache. The last 30 hours have been hectic! We left Lubbock on 13 July to head to DFW, where we spent the night before heading o...