September 2016

We traveled to Italy for another wedding!

Well... Maybe this is backwards logic. The wedding may have been the excuse to go to Italy. I've been studying Italian on and off since 2008, and my partner had quite a lot of miles accumulated with KLM. So we went for it.

In order, we visited Venice, Florence, Rome, and Capri.

My experience of each place was:
- Venice: Must fight jetlag, no naps. All coffee is delicious! I wonder if gondoliers get road rage. This city seems mostly abandoned and almost everyone here seems to be tourists like ourselves.

Canals mean you *will* get lost.

Canals mean you *will* get lost.

I ended up taking some stock photos to sketch up later.

I ended up taking some stock photos to sketch up later.


- Florence: Beautiful! Much cheaper compared to any other city we have been to in Italy. Definitely buy museum tickets in advance. I wish we went to less museums to really appreciate what we are seeing. That tiramisu was the best dessert I have ever had in my life.

Duplicates of original works. The details of hair, toes, shield captivates you.

Duplicates of original works. The details of hair, toes, shield captivates you.

Something Turkish in the Uffizi. Paintings of Ottoman sultans on the walls.

Something Turkish in the Uffizi. Paintings of Ottoman sultans on the walls.


- Rome + Vatican: We asked for an americano during breakfast and our waiter made fun of us. We met our friends for the wedding. Always go with the "table wine"/vino di tavolo, it never disappointed us. Metro is great. Carvings on the buildings and statues are overwhelming. Vatican takes an entire day.

The guidebook said the mustache on the statue was 5 ft wide.

The guidebook said the mustache on the statue was 5 ft wide.

We of course went to see the Colosseum. The lines were long as they x-ray everyone's backpacks.

We of course went to see the Colosseum. The lines were long as they x-ray everyone's backpacks.

Rock art from Galleria Borghese!

Rock art from Galleria Borghese!


- Capri: Island off of Naples. Wedding took place next to a light house, there was a Cretaceous limestone cave on a nearby cliff that kept catching my eye. It was beautiful, the food was amazing. The island itself was very expensive in general.

View of Capri.

View of Capri.

On the way to the patio in Villa San Michele. A Swedish doctor/poet/animal lover lived in this building. It's now turned into a gallery/museum.

On the way to the patio in Villa San Michele. A Swedish doctor/poet/animal lover lived in this building. It's now turned into a gallery/museum.

The shades of blue... I can see why he chose to live here.

The shades of blue... I can see why he chose to live here.

Before we went to Italy, I was trying to quit caffeine for a variety of reasons (poor sleep quality, increased anxiety, caffeine not doing its job as much as it did before). I feel like after this experience, I'm back to square one. Oh, welcome back, caffeine headaches.