|Friday, 12 August 2011 18:11|
Rome, Florence, Siena, Cinque Terre, Lake Como & Milan
This past year was a year with lots of challenges, uncertainty and above all gratitude. It was the first year that I worked for myself and being the all-or-nothing kind of person I am, I forgot to set boundaries, to look after the people I love and above all maintaining some balance. But with a hectic season (shooting 49 weddings) behind me I decided that there would be no more 'what if's" which equals the fear of doing new things and no more "if only's" which equals regret. My mom turned 60 in June and she's never been to Europe or for that matter any other place overseas. So knowing her dream I decided us two should do a trip to France & Italy. The best part of the trip was seeing my mother's reaction to all the wonders of a different culture and country. From trying new things, like cooking classes in Siena (we ate Rabbit) and driving on the wrong side of the road to taking the ferry with our car in Lake Como. So I'm glad to say that I've had time to tick off one of the things on my bucket list - one less "what if" and "if only". Mom I had so much fun, we laughed so much and thank you for memories I would never forget - thank you for giving up on al lot of your dreams to be able to make mine come true - I love you so, so much! These pictures were taken with my Canon 5D ii, a Sony Cybershot Point-and-shoot and my iPhone.
The beautiful view from the Piazza St Michelangelo in Florence - with the dome of the Duomo on the horizon.
There's always snow on the Italian Alps - even in the mid of summer...
The view from our villa in Riomaggiore, one of the 5 towns in Cinque Terre. The bay would be full of white sail boats in the day.
Pistachio Gellato - yumm!!
Summer in the Mediterranean....
St. Peters Basilica in Rome
The crowds outside the Vatican
Monterosso, the swimming beach of Chinque Terre - love the umbrellas
This is one of Europe's best traditions, two lovers would buy a lock, write their names on it and then throw the key in the river - that way their always bound.
Vernassa, Cinque Terre
These 4 little girls were truly Italian, they were talking and gesturing loudly, I could still hear them a few streets down after we took the picture.
A 13th century Monastery - still fully functional
A deli with wine, pasta, cheese & Wild Boar salami a Tuscan delicasy
Luisa, our Italian chef, showing us how to make Ghnocci
Pinocchio originates in Italy
The terrace at our place in Riomaggiore