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to do. to see. to hear. to love

it has been almost a year since i took off from JFK to Madrid. shy of a week.

i think about this trip, no joke, every day. it’s like i ache for it. i ache to go back so bad. there was just something that resonated with me so much on this adventure. something that sank deep down. i can’t quite figure out why.

truthfully, there is a part of me that feels like i went on this trip alone, even though i didn’t. i think i was living in my own head. some of my favorite moments were with my headphones on, sitting on the train in-between cities in italy, just thinking about the people that lived there, what their lives were like, and how come i couldn’t live there. america seemed sooo enormously big while i was traveling and made home seem a little overwhelming and not so “quaint”. there is just so much history, beauty, and detail in everything.

there is also my wanderlust, i do get an itch if i stay in LA longer than two months to jet off (currently daydreaming of everywhere possible) i enjoy being a foreigner. i enjoy being like a kid in a candy store. i enjoy seeing things for the first time. i enjoy history and food and culture. needless to say, there is something about being out of my element where i feel the most free, the most in love with life, and the most happy.

i was having lunch yesterday with a photographer i work with and we were sharing stories of our italy trips of 2011. i have been thinking about posting about each country and finishing where i left off ( and reposting ) as the year anniversary comes up.

i have been to europe 4 times. i still don’t know what it was about this trip…perhaps the diversity of culture or the amount of time i was there. i could have kept going, too. regardless, it was an epic time that i will always burn a hole in my heart.

i can’t wait to travel again. i mean I CAN’T WAIT!

i get scared because the older i get ( 32 in a month, yikes!) the more i am ready to settle down, but i have this fear that the wanderlust in me won’t die with that. how do i do it all? marry a rich foreigner i suppose! currently, taking applications.

italia destinations:

milan, florence, tuscany, siena, rome, cortona, monte argentario, numerous tuscan towns, venice, trieste

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  1. August 17, 2013

    health-related and work out

  2. April 25, 2012

    wow. gorgeous. wanderlust is in my blood. i’m not sure i’ll ever settle down. life has taken me to a point where going to L.A. is like traveling like a foreigner. i love being a tourist in my native town.
    can’t wait to see where you head next.

    anyhow, i love your blog. what kind of camera do you use? i need to get better at photography.
    πŸ™‚

    • April 25, 2012

      what a great way to feel about LA! it really such a great city!

      i use a canon rebel t3. it is my first dslr, and it was the cheapest/best on the market. at least i think. it’s a good little camera. but i am no expert by any means! i myself strive to be a better photographer!!

      i am really happy you love the blog! thank you!!

    • April 25, 2012

      oh, and in this post i actually just used my iPhone. it was all i had on that trip!

  3. April 2, 2012

    love love love Italy and have had the pleasure of living there on and off for about 10 years. i consider it to be the happiest place on earth, even though they are in the worst part of the European down turn, the italian still love and laugh, eat and drink and then eat some more. now that makes me hungry just thinking about it! love the photos you have captured very intimate moments , very special;-))

  4. March 27, 2012

    Yes! You see, this is the kind of article that takes you the location and for a moment lets you peek into a potential experience. Brochures fail to effectively appeal to me so having someone else describe in such detail goes a long way. Been meaning to check out this part of the country. Thanks for the sneak peek!

  5. March 24, 2012

    Reblogged this on Nom de Plumage.

  6. March 24, 2012

    I had just turned the ripe old age of 38, when I quit my job and left everything behind and travelled solo via train through Europe. So never age age be a barrier for your dreams. Once you get to experience the pleasures of travelling, it never dies and your craving keeps getting stronger. It was the best experience ever and I learned so much about myself. Italy by far, was the highlight of my journey. The people, wonderful culture, music, art, scenery, history and fabulous food is only the beginning. An absolute must for any would-be-traveller. Thank you for sharing your story and beautiful photos. Good luck!

  7. lixchiber #
    March 23, 2012

    Reblogged this on Un dΓ­a tras otro dΓ­a.

  8. cyndistoletheworld #
    March 22, 2012

    I’m currently studying abroad in Italia and -seeing as there is no such thing as dryers- have that exact same drying rack! Lol, i’m glad you enjoyed coming here, it’s a beautiful country πŸ™‚

  9. March 21, 2012

    I’ve been to Italy several time and actually studied Italian Cusine in Tuscany. I am Italian American and for some reason feel that I belong in Italy (just like you). In 2010 I spent a month there travelling around in a car and visiting agriturisimos in just about every town from coast to coast. It was a wonderful experience, the Amalfi was just breathtaking, Venice a adventure, oh the cusine of Bologna, the mountains of Tuscany and the vineyards. Apiz was just great everyday for lunch and Capucinno all day long not just for breakfast!!! I want to live there, if only I could (my family would have to be there to). I teach Italian cusine here in the states and have a great following – just started blogging so check me out at cookingclassebytina. Your blog and pictures are truly belisimmo!

  10. March 20, 2012

    L’Italia Γ¨ un paese meraviglioso, sono felice ti sia piaciuta!
    Le tue foto sono bellissime.
    Ciao.

  11. March 20, 2012

    you have described my feelings exactly. beautiful images.

  12. valtolla & valdarda #
    March 20, 2012

    azz…che belle fotografie!

  13. March 20, 2012

    Its funny i didnt take any pictures when i was in italy…..its all stored in my head…very beautiful country. Thanks for sharing your pictures it took me right back although it was about 10 years ago!

  14. punkpanky #
    March 19, 2012

    Good work !!

  15. March 19, 2012

    Very cool.

  16. March 19, 2012

    Your photos are beautiful…and so are you sentiments on traveling. I enjoy being an observer of something that I’ve never had a chance to actually take part in. It’s a freeing experience, traveling.

  17. March 19, 2012

    I asure you, this wanderlust never goes away. It is part of you…and will refuse to be quiet for as long as you live. Even after you get married and have a family, it will always be there within you.

    My husband and I went on a 2 month road trip, with our toddler in tow, last year; taking our time traveling to the Florida Keys in our 40 y/o VW van. It was an experience of a lifetime! It’s been hard to sit still ever since.

    Now, we are planning another big trip and we’d love to go to Italy! Rather we’d love to move there and bring our daughter up in a rural setting; rich with history and the simple life. The only problem we can see from where we’re sitting is how to get our van there. : )

    Blessings for your future travels! Great shots btw! I enjoyed your ‘little Italian tour’. Thanks so much for sharing.

    .V..

  18. March 19, 2012

    Oh Godddddd!

    what a post…amazing talent in clicking these pics!

  19. March 19, 2012

    This post caught my attention immediately, because I’ve been trying to find some good posts about Italy or traveling in general. A lot of the places you have been are on mine and my husband’s shared “Dream Big List.” Thanks for sharing these pictures – I look forward to seeing more as you continue your travels. ~ Tiff

  20. March 19, 2012

    the deli looks good !

  21. weddingsitter2012 #
    March 19, 2012

    Great pictures!
    Settle down? No way!

  22. AJ #
    March 19, 2012

    You sound a lot like I felt a couple years ago – also coincidentally 32 at the time. I quit my job to travel, but after three months road-tripping around the US, my wanderlust had dissipated and I never got “abroad,” which was convenient because I had a bunch of job offers at the time and buckled down to that. Now I’m ready to travel again and am trying to figure out how to make it a part of my life while still staying relatively “settled.” Blogging about where I’ve been seems to help with that, but I’m itching to get back to new adventures, too. Maybe it’s partly “spring fever” – ready to get out and have some fun! Anyhow, if you get the whole thing figured out, let me know!

  23. darren #
    March 19, 2012

    Seeing this post has got me dreaming of Italy as well. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Rome and Venice and would love to get back there.

  24. March 19, 2012

    loved the pics of the doors and windows

  25. March 19, 2012

    I want to use the coffee cup and sit in the courtyard with the urns. Beautiful reminder of living while you travel. Hope you find your rich foreigner or somebody who has been bitten by the same wanderlust bug. πŸ™‚

  26. March 19, 2012

    Really u got great shots buddy. Love your Way of photography.

  27. March 19, 2012

    Wow!I love your photos!I can see in them the tue and pure essence of my state. =D

  28. March 19, 2012

    Amazing pictures-thank you for sharing. Your pictures were wonderful-they made me experience the sights, scents, and sounds of Italy while reading your Blog on my laptop. I would love to travel to Italy-both of my parents were born in Southern Italy-I have never been. One of my dreams is to travel all over the world (Italy included)-there is so much beauty, History and culture to see-every place in the world has amazing unique things to explore. In reference to your photographs-The scenery looks remarkable-the water is breathtaking-the desserts and food look extremely delectable and delicious-I cannot wait until I get to travel.

  29. March 18, 2012

    I am from Malaysia and never been to Europe. Love your pictures because I felt like I had traveled to Italy with your photos. Thank you.

  30. March 18, 2012

    This is wonderful! I can truly see italy through your shots!
    if you’re interested in some more shots from italy, please stop by http://littlesquares.wordpress.com/

  31. "M" #
    March 18, 2012

    Great post. Check out this post I had written about a trip to Dubai

    http://thefstoptake2.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/transfiguration-from-reality-to-distortion-2/

    Please follow the blog if you are interested.

  32. March 18, 2012

    It’s so refreshing to read something as different as this, and as honest. I completely understand your craving to get back to foreign lands – there’s something incredibly inspirational and freeing about stepping foot onto unknown territory.

    I’m laughing at your request for a rich foreigner because I’m currently living in Thailand where I see this played out every day. Thai women call their white boyfriends (they are all presumed rich) sponsors, which seems to be quite accurate!

    If you have any luck with your application search, do me a favor and send a few of them my way πŸ˜‰

  33. March 18, 2012

    I just moved back from Europe a few weeks ago and I have a lot of moments like these too! I miss it a lot, especially those quiet moments on the trains…I love your pictures; they’re beautiful!

  34. Happygirl #
    March 18, 2012

    Great photos! I’m going to Italy this summer!

  35. March 18, 2012

    Wow! and….beautiful!!

  36. March 18, 2012

    I’ve been wanting to go to Italy. These pictures are great.

  37. March 18, 2012

    Italy is on my bucket list! Oh Italy! When will I see you? when the piggy banks are full to the top! πŸ™‚
    Congratulations on being freshly pressed!

  38. yablogtherapy #
    March 18, 2012

    These photos are beautiful! They make me feel inspired and excited about my upcoming trip to Italy.

  39. March 18, 2012

    Reblogged this on janiswings and commented:
    Yes, please.

  40. March 18, 2012

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful! you capture everything perfectly.

  41. March 18, 2012

    Love your pics! πŸ™‚

  42. March 18, 2012

    Sounds amazing.

  43. March 18, 2012

    32 is almost an child in our world today. Settle? For what? You are out on the journey and experiencing more than 99.99% of the planet. I have been in your boat and I stopped for awhile to smell my own roses. Now I know the truth is to be out on the journey and seeking only what your intrinsic and insatiable curiosity follows next. You are producing something that benefits us all and you have a natural courage which makes your travels seem so fluid.
    Stay the course and continue to pen this excellent introspective work.

    Cheers,
    M

    • March 18, 2012

      wow! thank you for your encouragement and words. i will do my best to continue down a natural path!

  44. March 18, 2012

    gorgeous shots! thank you for sharing, keep enjoying life πŸ™‚

  45. March 18, 2012

    I really enjoy looking at excellent photographs taken by an amateur. Professionals tend to focus too much on the technical and symphonic aspects, and have often times long forgotten what it was like to get excited about simple perspectives.

    Great shots here. Great shots indeed.

  46. March 18, 2012

    Always been dreaming of going there. Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

  47. March 18, 2012

    Great read! I have a sabbatical coming up next year and will be spending 5 weeks in Eurpe including Italy. I love the diversity and depth of the pics you took. In terms of your wanderlust, keep spreading your wings, perhaps you will meet another kindred spirit who will want to share a life of travel, adventure and your definition of freedom.

  48. pinangqaseh #
    March 18, 2012

    there’s nothing ordinary in those superb pictures…thumbs up!

  49. March 18, 2012

    Yes, yes, yes! You describe my feelings about Italy perfectly. I went for the first time over Christmas and never wanted to leave. I was equally as inspired and moved by India. Two radically different countries and cultures, but both are full of beauty and passion.

    I hope that you find yourself on a plane to Europe soon!

  50. March 18, 2012

    I love what and how you wrote this post πŸ™‚ I find myself in almost every line – the ‘itch’ for travelling, for seeing new places, cultures, people, for being a foreigner, as you said it. I hate it that my life currently divides into University and holiday; I’d love to have the chance (and money) to take my time and travel whenever and wherever I want.

    And I love the picture with the clothes-lines πŸ™‚ β™₯

  51. March 18, 2012

    This is soo nice! Thank you for sharing your photos! Love them. xx

  52. March 18, 2012

    Lots of lovely shots. I particularly like their natural and unpretentious quality. Great one of the Colosseum too – really captures it’s imposing size.

  53. March 18, 2012

    Wow! always loved Italy and this is just purely AWSOME! hope you had/ are having an amazing time there πŸ™‚

  54. March 17, 2012

    The only good thing that came from Italy last year was Jersey Shore…….Yeah Buddy
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  55. March 17, 2012

    Your photos are beyond awe inspiring, it motivates so many to pursue photography πŸ™‚

    • March 17, 2012

      thank you so much!i am no professional…anyone can do it!

      • March 17, 2012

        You’re most welcome, to me however they are more motivation for me to sharpen my photography skills in the hope for these results πŸ™‚

    • March 17, 2012

      well, any motivation is generally good motivation, right? glad i could encourage that! i have to admit these are just from my iPhone. i play with the colors. but for me its all about composition and taking lots and lots of pictures to get a few good ones!

      • March 17, 2012

        Absolutely! I too take pictures, from my iPhone 4 and then use my iPad to re-edit them through a series of apps. It’s fun isn’t it? πŸ™‚

  56. sweetopiagirl #
    March 17, 2012

    Reblogged this on Inspiredweightloss and commented:
    Your photos are marvelous, they show so much detail!

  57. March 17, 2012

    I love Italy too and want to go back. I can relate to listening to headphones while traveling from city to city on the train. I still have the tape (it was in the 80’s went I went) and now I have the CD. Now when I play that CD,I am reminded of my trip. When I saw the passengers on the train, I wondered what their life is like, or what it is like to live in the cities we passed through. Very nice photos too. Did you take the photos? You mention you work with a photographer.

    • March 17, 2012

      i did take the photos, but i am not a professional photographer. i just love taking pictures and just recently got my first dslr! i am a wardrobe stylist so i do work with photographers a lot. i am glad you could relate to the post. i bet that is a pretty good 80’s cd! i love 80’s music!!

  58. March 17, 2012

    These photographs are fantastic. Oh Italia, I cannot wait to visit you again.

  59. March 17, 2012

    Never really liked the idea of travel but your pictures are great and make a case for it.

  60. March 17, 2012

    I’ve neen dying to get back to Italy. My wife and I went there with our 14 month old daughter, who is now 13 years old and getting ready to enter high-school! My how time goes by. We hope to head to Tuscany and Provence this summer, this time with two kids in tow. We can’t wait. There is just something about the sound of foreign languages, the ringing of church bells, outdoor markets and hilltop villages that makes me wish that I could explore every country in Europe.

    Thanks for sharing your photos and bringing back the memories!

    Ken
    findyourthing.wordress.com

  61. blackshepherd #
    March 17, 2012

    Every one of your photos captured the “ancient country” feel of Italy…the aspect I like the most. When I went to Europe for the first time in 1980 for a job on a ship fate had arranged that the very first place I went out of hundreds of thousands of possibilities would be….the birthplace of the only grandparent I knew…my dear Sicilian grandmother…Messina…I rented a Renault 5 and tooled around. Felt like I was born there and a very significant part of me was…so thank you for warming up that memory…I have not seen anything of Italy Herself and hope that fate has something equally warm in store for me there….no….I pray…Amen.

    • March 17, 2012

      keep praying! you never know what is around the corner!

      • blackshepherd #
        March 20, 2012

        Indeed!

  62. March 17, 2012

    Beautiful photos!

  63. March 17, 2012

    Beautiful images. I live near the ocean, but don’t recall it being quite THAT blue. Italy is a lovely place.

  64. March 17, 2012

    Reblogged this on Como mosca en leche and commented:
    Que bonito.

  65. March 17, 2012

    Wonderful post! I too am affected by wanderlust, and I get restless being in the same place for a few months. I love the photos! The photo of the patio with the ceramic jugs is beautiful.

    • March 17, 2012

      thank you! that was taken in tuscany at the farmhouse we stayed in. the owner was so lovely and we keep in touch. her place is the majority of the charm in this post and in my whole experience!

  66. March 17, 2012

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing. I look forward to looking around more.

  67. highstreetstar #
    March 17, 2012

    These images are so beautiful! I would love to travel to Italy. And the image of the washing lines across the passage of water. Just how do they do it?!

  68. chr2001 #
    March 17, 2012

    Reblogged this on christian maglia.

  69. March 17, 2012

    Beautiful photos that tell a great story. You are definitely not alone in the magnetic pull travel has for your heart.

  70. bobbyjenkins #
    March 17, 2012

    These photos certainly showed the side of Italy I miss most from my backpacking experience. I suspect you were much like me and enjoyed the trails and cute humble sites over the large grandiose landmarks that everyone tracks to see.

    cheers – Bobby

  71. March 17, 2012

    We’ve been armchair traveling to Italia via DVDs and books–doing that “someday destination” dreaming. These pics capture the everyday side of life. Love the laundry line one!
    Blue Skies,
    CricketMuse

  72. theredbench #
    March 17, 2012

    I want to go so badly!! Thanks for sharing.

  73. March 17, 2012

    It is nice to meet a poetic soul. Congrats on inspiring photos.

  74. March 17, 2012

    Reblogged this on bopaula.

  75. March 17, 2012

    Your post describes exactly how I feel. I went to Italy in 2009 and fell in love with it, when I came back I felt something was missing. I wasn’t as happy here and missed Italy as if it was home. So two years later, in January of 2011, I sold everything, quit my job, packed whatever was left (two suitcases) and moved to Italy! I lived in Rome for a year, and have just recently come back to America. Needless to say, I feel again the craving to get up and go! I love being in the new, learning things, seeing new places, new people, having little adventures everyday. AAhhh I just want to say, you took the words right out of my mouth! I completely understand what you mean about settling down and having that fear that your spirirt/soul will never be able to! I’m about to turn thirty in a few months and sometimes society makes me feel like there might be something wrong with me! But I tell myself, Nooo, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get up and go, why not? If we have absolutely nothing holding us back?? (as I assume you don’t either) nothing keeping us from what makes us happy! Anyway, just wanted to let you know how happy your post made me, it’s nice to find people I can relate to which is very hard to! Thank you!!

    • March 17, 2012

      i am so glad! yes, it is hard to find similar souls. i think it is done best sometimes with the written word!

  76. March 17, 2012

    Reblogged this on Italian Online and commented:
    Beautiful photos of Italy

  77. March 17, 2012

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos! I loved the fact that these are the photos of a traveler, not of a tourist. πŸ˜‰

  78. March 17, 2012

    Ciao!

    Loved your photos and reading about your longings for Italy…. so why don’t you move there? I did and it was the best thing I’ve ever done! If you want to read about it, I’m slowly writing about it and posting some of the 1000s of photos I took there so check out my blog: http://flaneurfotografia.wordpress.com/

    Life is short and ‘la dolce vita’ is waiting for you πŸ™‚ In bocca al lupo!

  79. March 17, 2012

    I love travel, and I love Italy! Wonderful post.

  80. March 16, 2012

    You’ve captured that special feel of Italy so well! Felt like I had a little journey just looking at them!

  81. jgreenphotography #
    March 16, 2012

    awesome pictures! i would love to go to Italy… i went to London this past summer and i found out that i love EVERYTHING about traveling.

  82. March 16, 2012

    Now I’m daydreaming about going there. What fantastic pictures. I myself hate the city. We live in a small town in B.C. away from the city but close enough to visit and shop. I much prefer the country life and it’s so beautiful here. We’re surrounded by mountains and sometimes they seem so close I can touch them!! I always wanted to go to Italy but I have 4 kids so it’s not as easily within reach. It looks very beautiful and you captured it in your pictures. Congrats on being freshly pressed and keep traveling:)

  83. March 16, 2012

    I just love all of your photos…brings me right back to Italy.

  84. March 16, 2012

    Love it! I like how you caught the old woman closing the shutters in one picture. Good character for the photo πŸ˜‰

  85. March 16, 2012

    Beautiful photos… Italy is one of my favourite places that i’ve been to & I can’t wait to go back…

  86. March 16, 2012

    These photos are just wow! I only wish I can do the same for my site, which is to give readers a magnificent experience through nice visuals. Great work!

    Cheers,
    Jennifer

  87. March 16, 2012

    As a foreigner (Italian) transplanted to LA, with a wonderlust that did not die down, here is how you do it: move to a foreign country that will keep you entertained for a long time to come and make sure you partner up with somebody who doesn’t share in your wanderlust but does like the occasional travel. Go on vacation with her/him once a year to a locale you both enjoy, then reserve your right to one solo vacation a year as well. Pick one of the places your partner wouldn’t go to and have fun. Skype helps. A modicum of trust is necessary….

    • March 16, 2012

      i love this advice! i live in LA as well! i am dying to live in foreign country. i just need to figure out what to do with work and how to get my dog and cat there! how long have you live din LA?

      • March 17, 2012

        I have been here 17 long years! But, despite all odds, I love LA. And I do travel a lot. I have three dogs and it might be interesting for you to know that most European countries (and most countries now) do not require quarantine anymore as long as the animals have all the shots. Now, work is another matter….Cinecitta’ maybe?

  88. Alisha #
    March 16, 2012

    What you need to do is marry a guy in the Airforce! Lol, I’ve lived in Spain for 4 yrs and now England for almost 4 and then we’re returning to Spain again! I love Europe, I never want to move back.

    • March 16, 2012

      i have thought of that! someone in government, perhaps?

  89. Fia #
    March 16, 2012

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful pictures! Went to Sicily last summer. Best trip ever.
    http://bitterfia.wordpress.com

  90. March 16, 2012

    What a delightful and travel inspiring piece. Thank you for sharing!
    Peach State

  91. March 16, 2012

    Wow! I am glad that you had such a wonderful time! I hope to return to Italy as well. When you go back, try to visit Lucca and Bologna. I still need to visit Cinque Terre. There is an excellent enoteca in Cortona. If you missed it, here it is:
    http://www.molesini-market.com/
    BTW, if you do not already speak Italian, Rosetta Stone is an excellent Italian program.

    Buona fortuna! Ciao!

    • March 16, 2012

      thank you for the suggestion! i will look into that for sure!

  92. March 16, 2012

    Love your pics. I know exactly how you feel. I went to Italy in 2010 and I miss it, and other parts of Europe, so much.

  93. March 16, 2012

    Would love to visit Italy, one day. Thank you, for sharing these pics. πŸ™‚

  94. March 16, 2012

    What’s your favorite thing about italy??

    • March 16, 2012

      i am not sure there is just one. i love the language, the food, the scenery, the highways, the way men dress, the auto grills on the side of the roads, the coffee shops. the list goes on and on! thank you for asking!!

  95. March 16, 2012

    Wow, I had to do a double-take on a few of those photos – they looked just like pictures I took while in Italy in 2009. I just love the Italian aesthetic, and you’ve captured it beautifully. Viva Italia!!

  96. March 16, 2012

    I love love love this post! Ahhhh… the memories of Italy that you’ve captured make me want to go back… everything from the old rustic home, the country road, the pottery, the lace window dressings, the color of the buildings, and even the lady in the window… Italy at is finest for sure!

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

    Ciao…

  97. anaslense #
    March 16, 2012

    Incredible pictures, I will follow your blog! πŸ™‚

  98. March 16, 2012

    You’re neglecting the South, you might find some real fresh-laundry hanging out the windows, not just some put there for turists πŸ™‚ Hope you consider this on your next trip.

    • March 16, 2012

      ha! i am pretty sure it was real. we stayed in a “real” neighborhood in venice. no tourists around that area! i did really want to go to naples, but it was too far of a drive. my great great grandfather comes from a small village between naples and rome! next time for sure!!! thank you for stopping by!

  99. March 16, 2012

    Every single paragraph in this post feels like I could have written it myself. Seriously… each and every one.

    • March 16, 2012

      i love that! makes me feel like i am not so crazy in my wanderlust! thanks for checking out the post! best!

  100. March 16, 2012

    I miss Italy so much! After wandering around, it’s hard sometimes to be home and not know how to legally get back haha. I’m currently recounting my backpacking trip in Europe, too. Oh nostalgia! How you make for such a muse!

  101. March 16, 2012

    These are lovely pictures! And I’d love to visit Italia one day! Some day! Also, hear hear on your musings. I think we all have that desire to travel…more like explore and discover places you never thought existed. That feeling of excitement being a “foreigner”. I love that feeling too. Also I love traveling alone. I enjoy it more than with a group. I have done it a couple of times and planning on doing it more often. Great post and congrats!

  102. March 16, 2012

    Thanks for loving my country !!! Claudia

    • March 16, 2012

      more than love! in love! thanks for checking out the post!!

  103. Maureen #
    March 16, 2012

    My husband and I spent two weeks on our own in Italy in 2007 doing it on a budget and meeting the locals. We stayed in a small inn in Venice and on a farm in Tuscany. Fantastic! Italy was my choice and my husband only accompanied me because he didn’t want me to go alone. It was a foregone conclusion that I would love it but my husband was so enamoured with everything Italian that he cried all the way home and hasn’t stopped talking about our trip there since.

    We have since been to France which is an extension of our own culture being both QuΓ©bΓ©cois but it can’t compare to Italy!

    • March 16, 2012

      i love this story! the unassuming always gets ya! i love france as well and hope to have the same kind of experience there as i did in italy! been a few times to paris…but i want to do the countryside!

      thank you for your words!

  104. March 16, 2012

    Wow! Where in Italy did you go? A friend of mine and I are looking on going to Europe, and all of your pictures are gorgeous! I especially like the one with the broken mirro and the reflection of the shoes!

    • March 16, 2012

      started off in milan for a night. ( i really liked it and would have stayed longer). we then stayed in an old farmhouse in tuscany between florence and siena. we traveled all around that area hitting lots of different tuscan towns. we also went to monte argentario(on the coast) and rome for a night. we then took the train to venice and then onto trieste. i liked trieste better than venice as i am not much for the super touristy stuff. trieste is a good compromise to that. naples is suppose to be amazing and i have always wanted to go. anywhere on the coast too! italy is a small country, but endless in the places to visit. i don’t think you can go wrong anywhere!

      the old farmhouse was so charming, that is where the mirror picture was taken. the owner is wonderful and we keep in touch! i have been to a few other places in europe as well if you need more suggestions on where to go!

  105. March 16, 2012

    What stunning pictures! They really take me back to when I was there in 1995!

  106. March 16, 2012

    Amazing! So many people see the sites. Been there, got the picture. You see the lives and what makes Italy such a wonderful place filled with human beings. Thanks

    • March 16, 2012

      wow! thank you! can’t think of a better compliment!

  107. Ryan Sprout #
    March 16, 2012

    Those are absolutely stunning photographs! Congrats on being freshly pressed!

  108. March 16, 2012

    Beautiful photos, & I loved, loved, loved your story! My oldest is in the Air Force and will soon be stationed in Italy. We will most definitely be visiting him!

    Thanks so much for sharing & congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    • March 16, 2012

      thank you so much! have a wonderful time in italy! i think it is inevitable!

  109. March 16, 2012

    i’m totally with you on the wanderlust thing. i feel like my days are spent just waiting until my next trip (turkey in july!). i’ve been to europe four times as well, and i think every day about those trips, especially my last one (to madrid!). you’re not alone! lovely photos. πŸ™‚

    • March 16, 2012

      oh, have fun in turkey! i went to madrid on this last trip as well. i will be posting about it soon. i loved that city, much more than barcelona!

      and yes, i am currently awaiting my next trip!

  110. March 16, 2012

    Those are beautiful pictures. I want to visit and I just want to where about exactly in Italy are those pictures taken from? I like the community feel!

    • March 16, 2012

      thank you! the majority of the photos were taken in tuscany at the farmhouse we stayed at. but here is where in the order of the photos starting from the first one:
      tuscany, siena, tuscany, cortona, venice, tuscany, rome, tuscany, tuscany, monte argentario, tuscany, tuscany, tuscany, tuscany, florence!

      hope you get to visit!

  111. March 16, 2012

    What gorgeous images!

  112. March 16, 2012

    Great pix. I understand your longing.
    I’m Canadian and about 8 months ago my boyfriend (who’s Irish) and I sold everything we had in Canada, packed up what was left and moved to Italy. I’ve been writing about it for my friends back home. If you’re interested you can read about our Italian adventure at tizianau.wordpress.com

    • March 16, 2012

      thats amazing! i dream of doing something like that ! i will definitely check out the blog and what you are up to!

      • March 18, 2012

        Don’t dream….do it!

  113. March 16, 2012

    Italy rocks – I love the washing pic in Venice!

  114. March 16, 2012

    Reblogged this on My Fantastic Life and commented:
    Oh Lordy you know how much I love travel and how excited I am about Italy? Well reading this blog let me know that are many more kindred souls out there with wanderlust. Oh, and the photos just make me want to go that much more!

  115. March 16, 2012

    Fabulous!!! What a wonderful eye for beauty you have! I take photos for my magazine and newspaper columns but now you have inspired me to Get Creative! Thanks for sharing! ;D

  116. 2day4now #
    March 16, 2012

    Italy is one of my favorite countries. You have been truly blessed to witness an amazing culture. Travelling is the best hobby in the world. Enjoy and do share details. πŸ™‚

    • March 16, 2012

      thank you! i have a few more posts planned from the same trip…different countries!
      best!

  117. March 16, 2012

    You completely captured not only the sights but the feel of your trip in your shots. I can feel that longing to go there even though I have never been. Italy is the country I have always wanted to visit. The shot with the boots under the rocks is very interesting. The long gravel road makes me wnt to start walking now! And the Arches are Fabu!!! Well, they are all great! A well chosen Freshly Pressed! Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚ AmberLena

  118. March 16, 2012

    Beautiful pics…visited Italy last year and, as always, had a super time. Rented a villa near Fivizzano and made daily visits to as many places we could. People, food, sights…it’s all there for the waiting…
    Thanks for sharing your memories!

  119. March 16, 2012

    i love italy, i’ve visited the place some years back and the first thing that popped in my mind is ‘gelato’.. congrats on being FP..

  120. matthewjacksonblog #
    March 16, 2012

    Beautiful photo’s! It looks like you had an amazing time over there!

  121. March 16, 2012

    lovely blog and very nice pictures. It’s great to visit new places through pictures and nice blogs like yours. thanks for sharing!

    • March 16, 2012

      thank you so much! i appreciate you checking it out!

  122. corinneviking #
    March 16, 2012

    Hi there, you captured the simple things and authentic moments of the European lifestyles. Markets, the kitchen, a walk in the forest… I can feel how much you enjoyed it and share you excitement as I have been doing this for the last 12 years. I have been leaving in three different countries and it doesn’t get boring. I am a kid in the candy store every day! Don’t fear about your age, the 30s are beautiful and free. You might end up meeting someone during one of your trips like I did and keep on going together πŸ˜‰ Come back soon for a visit!

    • March 16, 2012

      love that! i often wonder if my man is out there in some foreign country! thanks for stopping by! best in all your travels!

      • corinneviking #
        March 18, 2012

        I often tell my friends who are doubting or tired of the dating games to do what they love and they will meet amazing people who share their passion. This applies in my experience to finding great friends and a partner. Great travels to you too!

  123. March 16, 2012

    gorgeous photos!

  124. maneuveredsteps #
    March 16, 2012

    These photos are amazing!

  125. ravtul #
    March 16, 2012

    Reblogged this on Ravtul's Blog – THE CONCEPTUAL PROJECT and commented:
    STONE

  126. Beppeley #
    March 16, 2012

    … and Piemonte (Piedmont) ?

    Don’t forget mountains !

    πŸ™‚

  127. March 15, 2012

    Beautiful! I’d travel to Italy one day. I hope it’s going to be soon. πŸ™‚

  128. March 15, 2012

    I am in Italy right now and it looks just like this!

    • March 16, 2012

      have a great time! jealous!!!

      • March 16, 2012

        I have a house here, I get to come for 6 months every year. I love it!

  129. March 15, 2012

    I feel very much the same way after my trip to Italy…sometimes I could CRY thinking about it…wonderful blog x

  130. March 15, 2012

    The Colosseum and the blue beach!!! Neat!!! and good luck in ur venture to find a potential application!! You know what I mean! πŸ˜›

  131. March 15, 2012

    Your photos are gorgeous. I would love to travel to Italy and see all it’s wonders. I definitely understand what you mean about wanting to go back to a country because it was so incredible. Good luck in getting back soon!

  132. March 15, 2012

    wow. Amazing, very fairytale-story like πŸ™‚

  133. March 15, 2012

    beautiful words…i almost felt i was reading my own thoughts. that ache to set off is so strong sometimes i am not happy doing anything else…
    by the way, if u love immersing yourself in foreign culture you should definitely try India sometime. you’ll love it, i promise!

    • March 16, 2012

      have always wanted to go to india!!! one day for sure!

  134. March 15, 2012

    Its been great to photo travel with you…!

  135. Chris Prunean #
    March 15, 2012

    rustic and amazing!

  136. March 15, 2012

    photo with gondola on a canal reminds me of an old bridge namely “Jembatan Berok” in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia

  137. March 15, 2012

    Italy is my parents’ homeland, and I have been to some of the cities you visited – fabulous pictures! You certainly have captured the personality of the places you visited!

  138. March 15, 2012

    Great blog! I love Italy so much, I completely understand when you say your heart aches! Out of all the places I have been, it is still number one for me πŸ™‚

  139. March 15, 2012

    I decided that this summer I am going to Italy !

    Loves from Turkey

  140. March 15, 2012

    Thanks great article

  141. March 15, 2012

    the photos are great…. make me want to go to italia as soon as possible.. thx 4sharing…what a lovely pictures….

  142. Pas #
    March 15, 2012

    Never been to Italy, but your musings about being out of element and feeling free definitely resonated.

  143. sorealtonight #
    March 15, 2012

    Wonderful perception! I hope to go to Italy when I am in Spain this summer.

  144. Lisa #
    March 15, 2012

    Simply beautiful photographs.

  145. March 15, 2012

    We went to Italy (Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Rome) in 2008. Italy is the only place I’ve ever gone where I didn’t want to leave. I was ready to just find a job, become an expat, whatever. I really didn’t care if we ever returned to the States. Love your pics. It pays to have a great camera and a good eye.

  146. writingisl0ve #
    March 15, 2012

    Reblogged this on writingisl0ve.

  147. March 15, 2012

    loving this.

  148. March 15, 2012

    Nice photos. Wish I could go too but I don’t have any $.

  149. March 15, 2012

    I enjoyed your photographs and can see why you can’t wait to return to Europe. You have a wonderful eye. Thank you for sharing.

  150. March 15, 2012

    Thank you for the beautiful images of a place I hope to visit one day.

  151. March 15, 2012

    Great photos. I heard from someone who used to live in Italy, that a common light meal in Italy is a bowl of olive oil with bread (you dip the pieces of bread into the olive oil).

  152. March 15, 2012

    I feel like you and I would be best friends. Unfortunately, I am neither rich nor a foreigner so it could never work…

    Loved the pictures- thanks for sharing!

    • March 15, 2012

      haha! well, things can change. thanks for taking a gander!

  153. March 15, 2012

    beautiful captures.

  154. March 15, 2012

    This is amazing!! And all those pictures – wow…

  155. M Murphy #
    March 15, 2012

    I LOVE all of your photos but my favorite is the one with the clothesline. My dream vacation is a month in Italy and you just made my wanting to go there so much worse! Lovely pics thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  156. March 15, 2012

    Beautiful photos πŸ™‚

  157. joyfulwise #
    March 15, 2012

    love the photos – hope to go there someday!

  158. March 15, 2012

    Great and lovely photos! I’m several years older than you and believe me, you’ll never lose that yearn to travel. I’ve been to several countries and I still have that adventureous spirit within me, it will never die. Great post and have a great weekend!

  159. March 15, 2012

    Congratulations making Freshly Pressed. Perhaps you would like to look at a Mammoth donkey, mini donkey, horse and photos in the Pacific Northwest?

    • March 18, 2012

      thank you. very interesting blog! i love the PNW. my brother lives in Olympia!

  160. March 15, 2012

    so fun! I LOVE Italy!

  161. March 15, 2012

    Very nice photos and mood! I live in Slovenia right on the border with Italy (5min away) and I also
    lived in Milano for half a year. Italy has a special charm indeed:)

    • March 15, 2012

      i took the bus from trieste to split, croatia. we had to go through slovenia. it looked like a lovely country and i wish we could have gotten off the bus! i loved trieste! one of my favorite places in italy!

      • March 16, 2012

        So interesting to hear that you loved so much Trieste. I go often there, because is very near and they have one of the best coffee bar in Trieste in general; an old renovated bar from the times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Even Croatia is nice, especially Dalmatia with its sea or their capital Zagreb. Yes, Slovenia is a lovely trip especially for foreigners, as they say. They love it very much, because is small, green, has fresh air, good food,…. We have a few hours from mountains to the seaside, even many thermal resorts, a nice small capital city Ljubljana,…You’re welcome when you go on your next trip πŸ™‚

  162. March 15, 2012

    Wow italy one of my favorite places i have visited lovely post.

    Please visit us at Arhitektura+ for a lot of great inspiration. Whether it is architecture, interior, fashion, kids, travel, food – you name it! http://arhitekturaplus.wordpress.com

  163. March 15, 2012

    Wonderful blog. I’m 70 years old and STILL love to travel and Italy is definitely our favirite. My wife and I have been to quite a few places over the world including the Middle-East but Italy and Spain rank as number one and number two. Irland is a definite 3rd. I would encourage everyone to enjoy the adventure of trave. One note–If you ever hear that people in other countries dislike Americans, don’t for one minute believe it. While spending a week in Paris, we had the great opportunity to interact with many residents. They were extremely nice and welcoming. Same for Jordan, Same for Canada, Same for England, Netherlands, Belgium, etc etc. Been there and I know. They don’t like our government but then again, do you really like our government right now? TRAVEL-TRAVEL-TRAVEL.

    • March 15, 2012

      so, true! thank you for the advice! and thanks for stopping by!

  164. March 15, 2012

    These captures are incredible! This post has put such a smile on my face! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  165. March 15, 2012

    This post left me breathless when I saw it. Just this afternoon, I have spent 2 hours with my travel agent trying to “nail” down my first ever trip to Italy. I kept thinking this was so impossible and maybe it was a sign that I shouldn’t attempt to do this alone. Maybe I should wait another year until a friend could join me. But where will I be in a year? What if no one is still able to go? It terrifies me and excites me all at the same time. Thank you for this post.

  166. March 15, 2012

    These are wonderful! Makes me really miss Italy (I lived there for 6 months in 2007). I can’t wait to go back and photograph my way through all the beautiful cities!

  167. March 15, 2012

    Just lovely! Augh. So jealous but so jazzed for you all at the same time. Those narrow little streets with peeks of sunlight take me right back to Cadiz, Espana! Ole!

  168. March 15, 2012

    Glorious collection of photos! . . . Thank you for sharing!! . . . And don’t worry, at 32 you’re still a baby! You have a lot of life ahead of you!

    http://arabianmusings.wordpress.com/

  169. March 15, 2012

    These are perfectly gorgeous photos!

    P.S. Will you pass on the applications for rich foreigners that you don’t accept? πŸ˜‰

  170. March 15, 2012

    i went to florence a few years ago. all the pictures i had were on a computer that crashed, and i had no back up. dammit. now i have to go back. of all the luck.

    • March 15, 2012

      now you just have a reason to go back. shame about the photos though…

      • March 15, 2012

        rained most of the time, so maybe i’ll get some sunny ones. my grandfather grew up in a mountain village in south-central italy, called santa menna. not sure if i spelled that right. there are about 50 families there today, and about 5 of them have my last name. that’s where i’d like to go.

  171. March 15, 2012

    Thinking a lot about a trip tells one that it was very worth the effort.

  172. March 15, 2012

    I think about my time in Italy every day, too — it just tugs at my heart. I was there for six months in 2009 and can’t wait to go back. Wish I could live there.

  173. Carlie Chew #
    March 15, 2012

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures, I love every single one!

  174. March 15, 2012

    Really inspirational post, gives you a real feel of being in Italy

  175. March 15, 2012

    These photos make me happy too! I would love to be in Italy right now!

  176. March 15, 2012

    Beautiful photos. They make me miss my adopted home, Siena, so much!

    • March 15, 2012

      i went to siena too! the market picture was taken there. such a lovely city!

      • March 16, 2012

        It is a lovely city! Your pictures really capture some of idyllic Italian moments. Complimenti!

  177. March 15, 2012

    I totally sympathize with you. I also start to get stir crazy when it’s been too long since I’ve traveled. I’m jealous though – I still have yet to go to Italy!

  178. March 15, 2012

    Italy is the first place I want to visit right after Ireland and England and maybe Scotland. Have no interest in Germany, Spain…..thank you for sharing. They are perfect examples of why I want to go there.

    • March 15, 2012

      have a great time!!! i have not been to ireland or scotland….would love to though!

  179. March 15, 2012

    I love Italy!!! I just went in February and miss it already.

  180. March 15, 2012

    Hi there! I’m with you on this one, I live in San Fran and love it but my heart LIVES for journeys to other places. The cultures, landscapes and everything else are just indescribable. I spent 6 months abroad and miss is every day! I can’t wait until I can get back. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos and reminding me I’m not alone in the travel itch πŸ™‚

    • March 15, 2012

      no, you are certainly not alone! thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment!

  181. March 15, 2012

    Thank you for capturing LIFE in Italy, not just vacation. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting through your photos!

    • March 15, 2012

      i am so glad! i never even thought of it like that.

  182. March 15, 2012

    Such a warm and welcoming atmosphere here. It makes me want to go back. πŸ™‚

    • March 15, 2012

      you should!!

      • March 15, 2012

        If only money trees lined the streets, and airports had no security…. πŸ˜€

  183. March 15, 2012

    Wanderlust and getting older—-I hear ya! Lovely images.

    • March 15, 2012

      ha! yeah. not sure it ever goes away. thanks for taking a gander!

  184. March 15, 2012

    A glimpse of Italy, the normal daily moments, captured with calrity.

    Thanks for sharing.

  185. March 15, 2012

    i used to live in europe for years and have visited many cities in europe before. i think i know where that feeling of yours come from, i feel more or less the same. you captured things that most tourists / foreigners don’t do: life, more than just captured famous landmarks. great job!

    • March 15, 2012

      thank you very much! that is my favorite part about travel…the life that exists outside of my norm. best to you!

  186. March 15, 2012

    Just beautiful. I really like the arch way with vines hanging so wonderfully down. Thanks for sharing. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

  187. March 15, 2012

    Great way to journey down memory lane. I like the way you stylized this post. I like your use of all lower case, except where you used all caps for emphasis, and I like that you’ve centered the text, giving a soft feel.

    • March 15, 2012

      thank you so much! happy you appreciate the post…and the style of it!

  188. March 15, 2012

    I completely understand having wanderlust. I recently have been feeling this intense need to travel, but I’m not sure where to begin. Any suggestions?

    • March 15, 2012

      well, i suppose it depends on your budget and where you live. if you are wanting to go to europe and have never been, i would start with england, france, and italy! you can’t go wrong with those three! hope that helps! let me know if you have any other questions!

      • March 15, 2012

        Thanks! I’m leaning toward Italy because my best friend lives there. Budget wise I don’t have a lot. I’m saving though. Hopefully I’ll have enough to travel with by November.

  189. March 15, 2012

    You captivate the love, longing, and need for travel that so many (myself included!) hold dear to their hearts. Thanks for putting it into words. And, of course, the pictures are lovely!

    • March 15, 2012

      thank you so much! makes me happy to be able to evoke that! come back and say hi! best!

  190. Gel #
    March 15, 2012

    I feel the same way as you do, and I’ve never been to Europe. Someday, I will, and I can’t wait!!!

    • March 15, 2012

      you should go! you will never regret it! thanks for stopping by!

      • Gel #
        March 16, 2012

        I promised myself I will! It’s one of my top destinations, and my lifetime dream! I actually wanna live there someday. πŸ™‚ Nice pictures, by the way! I hope you can stop by my site too. I’m trying to fill it with travel stories from places I’ve been to. πŸ™‚

  191. March 15, 2012

    These pictures really capture the essence of everyday life, they reminded me of home (Panama) back in the old days. Especially the clothes line. so authentic and real. Congrats on being freshly pressed!

    • March 15, 2012

      thank you! i appreciate your comment! stop by again!

  192. March 15, 2012

    Well, I can definitely see WHY the memories of your trip (and desire to return) have far from faded…looks like an incredible experience!

    πŸ™‚

    • March 15, 2012

      thank you! and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  193. March 15, 2012

    thank you for allowing me to wanderlust with you! hope you meet that special someone with the same love of travel. πŸ™‚

  194. March 7, 2012

    These photos made me so happy!! They really capture the essence of Italia and are just wonderful to look at. Before I got to the last one, I was wondering if there would be one with someone in the window. That is Italia at its finest. And the one with the clothes line was just brilliant! Love this!!

    • March 15, 2012

      thank you! i loved all the clotheslines all over italy! i did a whole post about it! thanks for stopping by!

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