Friday, October 9, 2009


It was so much fun to have my mom with me for the week in Tuscany! We had such a great time. We stayed at a 1,700 acre working farmhouse, the food was amazing. The countryside was beautiful but I was a little disappointed that they had just tilled all of the fields, so we weren't able to see as many rolling green Tuscan hillsides. It was still amazing though, I think my mom caught the travel bug on this trip...who could blame her :)

Me in Florence

San Gimignano from afar

Me and my mom

a little church I can't remember the name of

Tuscan sunrise

Cathedral in Siena

tower on the Piazza del Campo in Siena (we climbed to the top!)

starting the climb up the tower

the stairway

view from the top!

Cyprus trees at dawn at the farmhouse

tree on a hill at the farmhouse

me and my mom

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Can't believe it's over already

So, my boss does photography workshops in Italy every year and I was lucky enough to get to go and help out with it this year. We were there for two weeks, one week on the Italian Riviera two days in Florence and a second week in Tuscany. Loren spent the first week with me and my mom came over for the second week. We had a blast getting to know new people and visiting different cities every day. We would do short photography classes in the morning and then spend the rest of the day traveling to surrounding areas seeing little villages, monasteries, beaches. Here are some pictures from the first week. I'll post more from the second week later to split it up.

view from our hotel in Camogli

eating gelato

at the port in Camogli waiting for a boat

the beach at San Fruttuoso Monastary

swimming in the mediterranean on the Cinque Terre

one of the towns on the Cinque Terre

umbrellas on the beach

more umbrellas, love them

another view of the Cinque Terre

pretty clouds and ocean

Vernazza at night

pier at Portofino

Portofino boat

at the lighthouse in Portofino

more pictures to come from Tuscany, Ciao!