January 20, 2009

Beautiful Italy

I got nostalgic the other night & started looking through my boxes of photos from my Europe trip I took with Shelly nearly seven years ago.

I was reminded again how gorgeous film is. My favorite aspect of film is the quality of the greens. They have a rich, blueish tint that just doesn't happen with digital. Some wonderful memories came flooding back:


The convent we stayed at in Sienna. Yes, I said convent. It was the only place we could find a room because Il Palio started the day we arrived. It was INCREDIBLE to be in that town during such an historical & magical event. A very happy accident indeed, & the convent was actually lovely. So many beautiful flowers.

Ah, Cinque Terre. I should know the name of the town this image is from but it escapes me. I'm sure someone will know. Best place ever though. I would love to return with Forest some day.


I'm not sure what I will do with these, but I'd like to use them somewhere in the house. If you're wishing for art, look through your archives. You never know : ) Happy Tuesday.

12 comments:

Kelly said...

these are awesome! i always admire your blog from afar but had to say those pictures would look just LOVELY in a little girls room someday! I am sure the beauty of the flowers and the stories of your adventures will inspire her for a long time!

Kitty said...

Italy is such a wonderful country and your photos really compliment that.
Nothing really can beat that blueish tone, it really makes everything look beautiful.
If these were my photos, I'd probably turn them into drink coasters or something. [:
Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

I find a little surprising that you thought "il palio" was a magical and historial event and on the other hand, you did not watch on TV the most magical and historial event in "your" country's history...

raya said...

Dear anonymous, I did watch the inauguration speech online later while my son was napping. We don't have cable & when you are home with a one year old sitting in front of the TV for an hour isn't always doable. This blog is not about politics and I find it sad that you would leave a negative comment like that & not even leave your real name. That is actually my least favorite thing about the Internet. So much negativity & no recourse for it. Let's be positive, people!

KT said...

I have to speak in Raya's defense.... without cable, there is no TV reception at her house. She and her husband have chosen not to have cable because of the negative aspects of TV. I admire their commitment to having a more peaceful, creative atmosphere in their home. I only wish I weren't so addicted to it myself.......

Katie

Ambrosia Girl Jenn said...

Gorgeous. What type of film camera do you use? I've been wanting a vintage Pentax for a while, but I pretty much know nothing about cameras.

And that anonymous comment? Give a mother a break. I only caught snippets of the inauguration myself, as much as I wanted to fully tune in. Thank goodness for technology that enables even the busiest mothers to catch up on those "magical historic events."

raya said...

Thanks Jenn : )

I shot these with a Pentax! Not a vintage one, but that is what camera I use to have. My husband has a Canon film camera that we just got back from his family & I plan on using that now since I have all the lenses. I have some expired film I would like to experiment with soon...

Erin said...

I am no great photographer, but I like real film, too. It is getting harder to find now, though!
We don't have tv either, Raya.
And, I hate watching anything on the web that is longer than about 4 minutes. So many stalls, with my connection. All I did was read about the inauguration. I guess according to anonymous, I can't really call myself "American", then.

christa said...

I've never commented before... but I think the city in your photo is Monterosso? At least that's one of the 5 cities in the cinque terra. : )

AndiMae said...

Raya, those pictures are so beautiful! Was the convent you stayed at in Sienna called Alma Domus? We (my husband, 6m old daughter, + I) stayed there three years ago. It was so lovely! Oh, and I can completely relate on the inguration thing- I have a three-year old + a 19m old and it was seriously IMPOSSIBLE to watch anything with them awake!

Kirschbl├╝ten said...

Great pics! I love Cinque Terre. I´ve been there three times, looooong time ago. Ok. This Village is NOT Vernazza. Definitely. It could be Monterosso. I´m not sure. But thank you for bringing Memories back ;-)
Greetings from Germany.

skinimini said...

Hi there! I couldn't believe what I was reading, because I was there for the Palio, too. Summer of 2002? My uncle & I participated in the insanity by standing with the crowd in the middle of the piazza. Ahh, memories. Can't wait to go back to Italy!

PS
Happy birthday to your hubby & baby!