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This is a sad, sad post. Here are the images from my final week in Italy. I’ve been hanging on for a while now, but I suppose my vacation truly is over. We explored Cinque Terre and Venice…and revisited all our favorite spots around Florence.
I loved the colorful waterfront of Porto Venere.
Pasta for window coverings. Oh Italy.
Thanks to Melissa‘s friend Gio for the tour!
We hopped on a boat to get us to the 5th of the five villages that make up Cinque Terre, Monterrosso.
Stacey & I hiked from Monterrosso to Vernazza…so glad we did!
Our next day trip was to Venice. Throughout the whole month, we always had no problem arriving at the train station just a few minutes before the scheduled departure to purchase a ticket for the next train to our destination. Well this day, the first train to Venice was sold out. As much as I would have loved an extra hour in Venice, this gave us a great opportunity to shoot the Firenze Stazione Santa Maria Novella…this place had become a pretty huge part of our month in Italy, so I am grateful for the chance to capture it on a busy morning.
Oh Italian leather. I had no idea I would become so infatuated with the handbags, boots, sandals, jackets, shoes, backpacks, belts, wallets and bracelets this country had to offer.
Venice really was everything I’d hoped it would be, truly a highlight of the whole month for me! In fact, my entire stay in Italy was all I hoped it possibly could have been. I just can’t say enough great things about the whole experience – the colorful streets, my amazing travel buddies, the history, the fashion, the weather, the photogenic old Italian men, the stunning coastlines, the ridiculous food, the delicious and hilarity-inducing wine…
Well, I arrived back home to Canmore last night. It’s pretty great to be back to the comforts of home, my husband, and a fridge full of veggies…but I’ll admit I’m still daydreaming of Italy! I really couldn’t have asked for more from my month away.
I’ve got a couple more weeks worth of images to share over the next little while. Here you can see a few snaps from Rome, Amalfi, Positano, and a few around our home base of Florence.
Enjoy Week 3!
Thank you Serena for setting up this great tour of Florence for us! Serena was also a HUGE help to Stacey and I when searching for an flat in the city. She owns a travel consulting/wedding planning company in Tuscany…it was such a pleasure to connect with her for a morning!
And then later that day, the lovely and immensely talented Mara invited us all over for a beautiful afternoon of crafting and calligraphy [...or doodling, in my case!] in the courtyard of her villa.
Well hello, Colosseum.
Off-leash dogs everywhere, amazing! However, the canine deposits everywhere that come along with off-leash dogs…not so amazing. One must carefully watch their step in the streets of Italian cities.
Stacey & I found a quaint little alley in Rome for our daily mezza caraffa di vino rosso della casa while Melissa was off shooting an engagement session. Throughout the whole trip, every time we turned around it seemed as though someone was trying to sell us something. So, when these two jolly men strolled up and broke out into a tune without a hat out, us naive gals thought it was so cute. Sure enough, after one very quick song, they shuffled around to all the patrons expecting a bit of compensation for their performance in the way of our precious Euros.
Amalfi, you are something else!
A fashion photo shoot on the pier.
These gals. I miss them!
This past week has been all about day trips for Stacey and I. We visited Siena, Lucca and Fiesole. Yesterday, another photographer friend, Melissa arrived in town and tomorrow we are off on a whirlwind overnight trip to Rome and the Amalfi Coast.
Our itinerary is looking pretty tight for the rest of the trip, so you might want to savour this blog post – I’m not sure if I’ll get much laptop time in the next while! That said, you can be certain us three photo-geeks will be Instagramning non-stop along the way. Follow along… @juliesvea, @staceyhedman & @melschollaert.
We spent a morning browsing Florence’s Mercato Centrale – just amazing. It also made me miss my husband in a big way, he’s a retired chef who still has a pretty intense love for food, he would have been smitten with that place!
Siena was incredible.
A bit of a different view of the Duomo.
We seriously just stumbled upon this scene in Fiesole. Italian’s have pretty cute laundry, don’t ya think?
I’ve definitely consumed enough cheese to last me for the rest of 2013.
I’m just smitten with all the outdoor eateries.
Cameras. Wine. Good company. This pretty much sums up our days.
Here was week 1.