will never forget today. Seeing the Roman Colosseum has been on my bucket list since I was a little girl. While many children grew up reading Disney stories, I read tales of Roman and Greek Mythology. I have been fascinated with this era and I couldn’t think of a better place to take my mother on her first trip to Europe. Today I laid eyes on ( in my opinion) the most magnificent architectural feat in history. The grand stone colosseum holds up to 75,000 spectators and was made of concrete and travertine stone. Many do not know that that colosseum is just a nickname and that the massive structure is called the Flavian Amphitheatre. It was built in 70 AD under the Flavian dynasty following the reign of Nero. The remains of this incredible structure stand tall in the centre of Rome after devastating damages from earthquakes and stone robbers. Many pieces that have fallen during the 40 days of earthquakes can be found in Vatican City in Saint Paul’s Basilica. I can give you a hasty history lesson or you can educate yourself via Wikipedia. But perhaps the way I would do it is pop in Russell Crowe’s best movie and watch what the Colosseum was actually used for. Here are some pictures from my side More to come with pictures from the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Ancient Rome Ruins and the Spanish Steps! Tomorrow we are off to Vatican City!
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Last September I was on holiday in Umbria, Italy. So, so pretty. I have talked a little bit about this in my blogpost about pasta carbonara. It was such a pretty holiday and gave me so much inspiration. I thought it would be nice sharing more with you.
Well, I am not fan of spending much time in the kitchen. But this dessert might be worth it. Best thing? They not only taste great but they look spectacular too. I’m talking about Sicilian cannoli. Mm! I am cheating a little bit for the picture, because I’ve picked up my canolli last week at a local Italian caterer. But this cannolo (means one) makes a wonderful picture.
Here are a few pictures of Amelia and cannoli. Hope this inspirers you too. XO Karine
Nice shots, and that cannoli looks pretty good too!
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In Rome I found that if you don’t look up, you might miss something wonderful. Every detail to make the city as beautiful as they could was taken into account by the Romans. There were many street corners which had little to big paintings, such as this one, quietly decorating Rome, there for those that pay attention. Angels were placed at the base of the painting, graceful creatures in the amidst of the traffic of cars and scooters, smoke from cigarettes, the chitter-chatter of pedestrians and the street sweepers. Now, why can’t all cities be as lovely as Rome?
Such a beautiful touch to the architecture!
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I was in Positano, Italy at the black sand beach back in March. It was a weekend trip while on Spring Break while studying abroad in Spring semester.
Nice shot, the water looks wonderful!
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Monastery cat – Capri, Italy
Taking a stroll through the gardens
a rest in the heat
Cute cat and lovely photos!
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Self Portrait #17,370
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Laura Sciacovelli, who was born in Bari, Italy had a longing to take pictures from an early age. “No one I knew growing up was an artist,” she said. After taking courses in her hometown as a teenager (where she frequently took portraits of her girlfriends), she begged her father to let her go to Paris to formally study at the Speos Paris Photographic Institute.
After graduating in 1998, she headed to London, where she began taking dreamy, fashion photos for the likes of Dazed and Confused, Untitled, The Face and Another magazines. Her goal was to turn the fantasy of fashion into something more real for women. It was the heyday of London’s independent publishing scene. “We had very little money and no budgets but we got to be really creative,” says Sciacovelli, who survived by working as a waitress and at a travel agency when she wasn’t shooting.
Flash forward to 2012 and Sciacovelli has made career for herself shooting all over the world for magazines like Vogue Japan and GQ, as well as creating ad campaigns for everyone from John Smedley to Bergdorf Goodman to Anya Hindmarch. She’s also contributed to two coffee table books “Porn” and “YSL: 40 years of Creation.” Today, Sciacovelli lives between London and Rome with her six year-old son and her television actor husband— and when she’s not working she likes to decompress with her family at their vacation house near the water in Salento, located in Italy’s Apulia region.
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Very nice shot, incredible atmosphere!
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Nice shot! Wondering what that blue ball over there might be ….:)
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Here are my toes in Puglia, Italy for you! And my friend Stefa, who is from Bermuda.
Good shot, the dress looks great!
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Truth be told, if it weren’t for the Leaning Tower, Pisa would barely be on the map.
But Pisa is actually situated on a pretty little coastal spot, and it has a sedate respectability of glory days gone by that reminded me of Salisbury.
Ah, that’s uncanny. I had made this mental comparison based on fleeting impressions while touring the city by bus. But now that I’m doing a quick historical comparison, it turns out that Pisa was at its peak in the 1200s, and Salisbury’s Cathedral dates back to a similar time, 1258. Coincidence? Perhaps, perhaps.
These buildings date back to the late 1100s; the first stones of the Tower of Pisa were laid in 1173, though due to obvious engineering problems it wasn’t completed for another 200 years. I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful the Romanesque architecture was, and how impressive the entirety of the scene is — the Baptistery in the foreground, the Duomo behind, and the Leaning Tower peeking out from its slanted perch.
Yes, we even did the stereotypical prop-up-the-tower pose. I’ll spare you mine; I honestly felt pretty cheesy doing it, especially knowing that this is what you really look like once you remove the frame.
Interesting shot, intelligently subverts the traditional pose in our books!
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7am at the Vatican
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A very common scene in Italy, the voice of this female was endearing. What makes this picture special is the charming old lady who began to wave her fan providing much respite from the heat for the singer. This picture was taken just outside the Accademia, which displays the original David.
What a lovely gesture by that woman, really nice shot!
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Ok so the table is set lovely… but look closely under the chair… haha This is a place called Riva Sud very close to Lago di Bilancino and very much worth it after a long day at the lake!
This doesn’t look like much but it is beautiful Lago di Bilancino in the Tuscan Region. It’s man made lake about 30 mins outside of Florence Italy. I just finished ESL school and it has been about 37º here in Florence so this lake was much needed!
I love your site! It’s so fun!!
Looks pretty good to us, and the paws are cute too!
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Elizabeth by the Fountain
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