I'm finally back from my Summer/Winter(?) vacation in Italy and it was definitely everything that I've imagined it to be... Though, of course... It still can't be compared to a certain City in my heart.
I've taken tons of photos; with more which are yet to be developed; (yes, I've taken to using a film camera and with my dodgy manual focus skills; I'm actually looking forward to seeing how the photos turn out...) I'll be blogging about my vacation based on the Cities in the order that I've gone to; first up would be Rome, then Florence and Siena, and finally, Venice.
Each City has its own uniqueness but it is Venice, colourful Venice and the many canals that have captured my heart. True, each time I convert a meal to SGD (especially in Venice!), my mind registers shock; (it's about €12 for a simple meal which is about SGD$24?!) that I have to stop converting the currency each time. There's something strangely liberating about being lost in a City, taking in the sights and smells, and hearing the bantering that is going on around me in a strange, yet equally compelling language; spoken by Italians; who are so ever passionate.
After declaring my love for Venice, I may not exactly be the best person to blog about Rome. Somehow, my pictures show; that too. (Don't the buildings and what not look a little dreary?) Don't get me wrong, Rome, is beautiful. The architectures, the art, the fast paced lifestyle with cheeky/surly taxi drivers who are out to get extra €3/4 out of you by going the long/wrong(?) way. Every corner you turn, perhaps, every stone you throw, may land on something which is easily hundreds and hundreds years old.
The City is so seeped with history and culture; and to top it off; I'm a crazy fan of Dan Brown, so I do get a little kick when I see churches and buildings which he'd mentioned in his books; and to top it off, I've watched Roman Holiday, twice, before I left for my trip; (you don't want to know how many pictures I've taken with the fountain where Gregory Peck found Audrey Hepburn in the movie!)
But still, Rome, is Rome; and one do feel awe-inspired when standing in front of the Colosseum where gladiators had fought for their life, and freedom; while facing savage beasts; Standing in the middle of Piazza San Pietro in the Vatican City; you can only imagine how the Pope feels when he gives his weekly mass to the faithful. It may not be my favourite Italian City; but Rome, definitely left its mark on me(:
Also, on this trip, I've taken to taking my street style photography project to a slightly sophisticated level; to be honest, when my friend suggested for me to take street style photography on the streets of Italy, I was taken aback. Firstly, there was the whole issue of me approaching someone, who may not even speak my language and; I have absolutely no credibility to take their photos! Still, I'm glad that it's worked out; and I'll be posting them onto my friend's website too; (more about that, at a later date!)
Emma, London, UK, Outside the Entrance to the Vatican Museum
Estelle, Lyon, France, Along Via del Corso
Kathleen, Brisbane, Australia, Outside St. Paul's Basilica
With the infamous fountain in Roman Holiday behind me; (which yes, I've cleanly forgotten its name)-
Wearing: Top (Topshop), Skirt (Zara), Shoes (Aldo), Sunnies (Ray Ban), Scarf (Vintage), Rings (Sportsgirl)
That's all I have for Rome, can't wait to do Florance & Siena next; more photos and street style photography to come! Also, tomorrow is my first day back at Uni! Wish me luck! xx