“I’d heard how wonderful the food was.
How different the tomatoes taste,
and how fresh the cheese.
But I wasn’t prepared for
backyards of oranges,
roadsides of arugula,
or gardens tucked amidst olive groves.
I hadn’t thought of the seafood.”
Italy 2011. These pictures are old, but I still wanted to share them with you. I found this quote on Nikole’s blog. She was just travelling in Italy, and after reading about her trip I started looking back through some of the photos I took when I was there. This quote was perfect to me because I felt the same overwhelming feeling. I got to spend five weeks in this beautiful country, which was not nearly enough time. The three photos above are taken from a weekend trip to the Cinque Terre. If you ever get a chance, go there. It was one of my favourite places of the whole trip. The top photo was taken in Vernazza and the lower left photo was taken in Corniglia. The lower right photo is smoked tuna with pine nuts and olive oil on fresh tomatoes. Yes, it is true what they say about the tomatoes in Italy!
We had an apartment in Florence for the month of May and I truly fell in love with this city. The top photo here is taken from San Miniato, looking over the Arno river and the city of Florence. A gorgeous sunset from our last night in the city. The photo underneath is taken in Assisi of the Basilica of St. Francis. The frescoes on the interior walls of this building are incredible.
“I have always been fond of history, and here [in Rome] was history
in the stones of the street and the atoms of the sunshine.” -Henry James
This trip was my first experience in Europe. My first time travelling by gondola down the water filled streets of Venice, my first time tearing up to a live Opera, and my first time sipping un caffe on the same ground once walked on by Michelangelo and Da Vinci. Italy brought life to my taste buds, put colour in my wardrobe, and slowed down my North American speed walking strides. After weeks of prepping for this trip, reading the suggested literature, marking my map with must sees, and learning a few Italian phrases, nothing could have prepared me for this experience.
The top left photo above is the Trevi Fountain in Rome. The top right is another photo of Florence, taken from the top of the Duomo. We could see our apartment from here (only two blocks away)! The bottom left photo was taken on a vineyard tour we did in Chianti, a well known wine region of Tuscany. We spent the afternoon at this family-run vineyard and enjoyed lunch and wine tasting in their home. Believe it or not, it was the homemade olive oil that I wanted to drink by the glass. Seriously, I brought home a few bottles. The bottom right photo was taken in the Boboli gardens, one of the public gardens in the city of Florence, and also the location that hosted the Florence Gelato Festival.
Such good memories, and to think this is only a small handful of the pictures and stories I brought home with me. The people I got to share this time with are very special to me. A once in a lifetime kind of trip.
Thanks for reading,