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  • La Bella Vita Tuscany

    It was a dream come true that i finally got to shoot a wedding in Siena Tuscany!

    Obviously i added a few extra days to really make the most of my time there and i stayed at Borgo Sicelle which is located in Castellina in Chianti. Franco who runs the place with his family was super nice and really helpful! Man has patience especially with all my emails and questions. Oh and i have to mention right outside our door step was a beautiful restaurant called Uscio E Bottega Sicelle. They dont have a menu as everything is fresh so they tell you what they have for the day and at night they switch on the fairy lights whichmakes it look so magical....I WILL be back! I still dream about that meat. Oh and for all you gluten free dairy free eaters. It was great to see how much they had to offer in the supermarket.

    Considering how nervous i was to drive i was pleasantly surprized by how the drive in tuscany was soo nice and relaxing. Again i shouldnt even need to say it but the FOOD!... OH THE FOOD .... was amazing and for all you meat eaters out there there is no beating that tuscan meat! Wild Boar Ragu??... Oh my lord!

    The landscapes in tuscany are unbeatable and is seriously criminal to not take a few minutes to just stop, reflect and take that view in! It was really hard to not imagine living out in the beautiful countryside with my two dogs running a quaint little B&B... no i have not thought about it ... that much lol

    My only regret was time, and that lack of it. I feel like i barely skimmed the surface and i will for sure go back with alot more time to spare. The next time i will go and visit the natural springs which was my number one thing to do but i didnt realise it was like a 4 hour drive away... and thats what google says, so i'd say add another two for me.

    Oh, 3 months later i got a little surprize through the post. A nice juicey speeding ticket.... apparently i have a heavy foot when i drive. LMAO.

                            

                                        

  • A little peak into Sicily 2015

    I sit here on a Saturday afternoon feeling slightly nostalgic.
    I sit here thinking about the amazing holidays I have had so far, the wonderful people I have met and friendships I have continued to nurture and love.
     
    People I love and wish were not so far away….
    Time… wishing there was more of it to do, see and create things that I feel my soul needs to full fill.
    Sleep…. Is it really that necessary? I feel I need to find a way to function to my full ability on only 1 hours’ worth of sleep. Or maybe sleep a full 24 hours and then that would last me a full 7 days of work, creating….. living.
     
    That time of the year has come where I think about what an amazing summer I have had and wish it could be like this 365 days of the year. That entire year I have waited for this one season and now it is almost over. I make a conscience note to put as much effort into autumn and winter as I do in the summer.
     
    All the life experiences, moments and memories we have created together. I want to remember it all. I don’t want to forget a single thing. I want to store it all in a special sack I keep in my wardrobe where only the absolutely best moments get kept, that way they will never ever be forgotten and I could rummage in my sake for memories I’d love to re live and see and hug certain special people whenever I wanted.
     
    From seeing old friends, making new friendships, overcoming my fears and arguing/ disagreeing with a dear friend yet all I want to do is relive it all over again!
     
    Summer starts with my dear friends Francesca and Cristian getting hitched at the end of July. The afternoon was an absolute sweat fest with it being over 30 degrees in the church. Just looking at all the guys in their suits made me seem to sweat 10 times more and fanning myself with warm air with a hand fan didn’t help, but seemed like warm air was better than none at all.
     
    Most of my friends know that I suffer from Vertigo and one scorching afternoon the group decided to go visit Scala dei turchi which is well known for its white cliff. Our new friends (Frank and Briana) were visiting from the states and Briana had never seen it. All I can say is Briana got the extreme cliff experience. Not only did she see it we all got to climb it.
     
    10 mins into the walk down I realise holly crap this doesn’t look good, is it too late to go back?
    Foot paths with only enough room for one, slippy, no grip, no support and absolutely nothing to hold on to. In between the moments when I wasn’t crying I really did consider for my sake and everyone else’s  that its better I just throw myself off the cliff as I was that scared! One guy who was going the opposite direction to us even said ‘Hey guys it gets worst that way’ … ‘WHAT!... what you mean worst?... seriously guys.. ‘It was great knowing you all!’.
    Luca and Cristian even walked with me holding my sweating hands because there were moments when I couldn’t go on and thought I am sitting here until you get me a helicopter to get me OFF THIS GOD DAM CLIFF!.
     
    Thank god for sunglasses because I was crying like a baby! Moments I thought ‘HELL NO’ you want me to leap over that gap in the path with only the sea below?. Traumatised? That was one way of putting it.
    It’s funny and I can giggle about it now to myself. But had you laughed back then, I swear I would have punched you square in the face or one better… pushed you over the cliff. Lol…. While I was dealing with all of this I didn’t realise my friend Francesca ALSO suffered from Vertigo. The point that I realised this was when I was already on a safe path on the cliff and looking back all I see is Francesca sitting down clearly not able to make the leap of death!
     
    Ferragosto we FINALLY after years of trying to organise this 11 of us rented 2 boats to sail away along the coast of Castlemare del Golfo!
    Not only do I suffer from Vertigo I had a fear of swimming in deep water. The thing is that I actually know how to swim…. And float…. So your thinking what’s the problem right? I don’t know just knowing I cant touch the floor when I get tired freaks me out!
     
    So here it goes.. I threw out the floating doughnut and ta da… I couldn’t believe how easy it was to float and swim in deep water. It was amazing…. You couldn’t get me out of the water.. I felt like Nemo for the first time in the big ocean. Come and find me people because there is a whole other world down here.
     
    I have promised myself once a year we got to rent a boat and I need to be more prepared. The things I need for next time are:
     

    • Fins
    • Underwater camera
    • Mask to see underwater


    Thank god a few of the guys were better prepared and I had the opportunity to look under water. All I can say was that it was amazing… seeing all the fish was beautiful!!!
    Nothing this good could go without one form of drama happening. Apart from the first stop our anchor getting stuck under a rock but on our final stop we all jumped off to explore, but when we went to swim back to our boat had somehow managed to move 1000 miles away. Thinking about it now it was so funny how your giving it your all but it’s absolutely useless as the current keeps you in the exact same spot!
    Was anyone on the boat? Yes, Luca… but he was fast asleep and none the wiser that we was sailing away into the sunset. LOL

    Luckily Frank was on the second boat and drove closer to us and picked us up and saved the day…. Oh summer I do miss you.

                                                                

  • Sicilian Adventures 2014

    As those who know me Sicily is my must go to destination. Every year without fail i go to Sicily to spend time with my family and my friends. I visited a few new places but what took my breath away was the little town of Erice. 

    Perched on a hill at 750m above sea level overlooking the town of Trapani is where the historic town of Erice can be found!

    Parking is a massive pain and let me tell you make sure you bring SOMETHING WARM! Obviously with it being so high up shorts and a t shirt just wont cut it! Learn from my mistake :D

    I also visited for the first time the beach at Selinunte where me and my friend found some raw clay.. Of course we smothered ourselves with it and i can tell you i never felt my skin feel so soft! 

    Enjoy.

                     

  • My Bellissima trip to Bologna and Milan

    So back in April I visited 2 places in Italy I have always wanted to visit. I had been told by one of my dearest friends that he and his girlfriend were expecting their first child in April. As soon as i heard the news i spoke to my other close friend who lived in Bologna where he had the idea of arranging a surprize visit. Basically i have known these two guys since i was 8 years old. We would write letters to eachother back in the day and send pictures and postcards. We were a little trio and i met them in Sicily on my yearly trips as a child where i would ride my bicycle under the scorching Sicilian sun all day long. We would go out, cause trouble, drink a little too much and just had thee best time that i would cry everytime it was time to leave.

    I have always said i would visit both but never managed to get around to it so we plotted and planed to make our way to Milan as a surprize. Plus my friend in Milan would never expect me to just show up!

    Well, i thought why go straight to Milan when i could visit my friend in Bologna first since i hadnt been their either :) 

    For anyone who knows me i LOVE using Airbnb! I found this amazing flat in the centre of Bologna and absolutlely adored the city. Full of history, very easy to walk around and of course the food... was to die for. 

    Milan was very similar to London in the sense that there were lots of people around and very busy. I loved the architecture and of course the Duomo was spectacular.

    So, when we get to Milan i thought how is this going to work? We cant just rock up at his house... what if they wernt in?! ...and guess what... it worked out that he wasnt in!!!.. I finally sent him a picture of the Duomo and he figured i was in town! LOL

    Anyone looking for a weekend away i would very much recommend BOLOGNA. Oh Italy how i LOVE thee.

                             (so annoyed the guy photo bombed our picture!)

                            

  • The Beauty of Sicily

    I have been going to Sicily since i was 8 years old have unforgettable memories and great friendships that every year it feels like going home.

    My Dad is from the provence of Agrigento which is a very small village of Santa Margherita. From the moment you step your foot off the plane you feel the warm sun beaming down on our skin, the clear rustic air and the beautiful mountainous landscape surrounding you.

    About a week before all i can think about is the beach, clear waters, pizza, cannoli and the ice cream! The food in Sicily is soo good and not to mention such great value for money.

    Over the years iv travelled all over Sicily and every year it pulls me back. The Sicilian people are warm, friendly and extreamly generous. Driving skills not to great however :D

    From my previous visits i can see some work has taken place which i think is great. I have to say it has taken which seems forever to get the smallest of work to happen, but with the increase of tourists that now visit Sicily it is essential. Visiting Sicily is like going back into time, time stands still which i supppose is a possitive and negative thing but has a feeling of authenticity to it.

    One week is never enough but made sure i took my camera to Scala Dei Turchi (The Turkish Steps) where we spent the day!! Its a beaming white cliff in the form of steps!! You couldnt believe how easy it is to burn!! As i suffer from vertigo i couldnt make it all the way to the other side but quite impressed with how far i did get!! LOL .. If you go to Sicily its a must on the list as the views are SPECTACULAR!!

                      

    hope you enjoyed the images as much as i enjoyed taking them!