3 months. This is the longest break I have ever had in my entire career. I can’t even remember when I had a proper holiday. Sometimes, I manage to squeeze in a couple of days between projects, and if I am lucky, maybe a week. But having short breaks of a few days, I’d rather stay home and rest. Going somewhere near is another option, but anything that requires more than a 5hr flight is out of the question.
I was considering New Zealand. I have always wanted to go for a nice scenic road trip. However, I’m not a fan of Winter and so, I had to make other plans. Then Venice popped into my head. That’s how it came to be, a trip to Italy, and have Venice checked off my bucket list.
It’s my first time to Italy and I loved it there. Italy’s such a beautiful place. Poetic and intriguing all at once. A place with such a rich history, filled with creativity and artistic flair. I spent hours in the museums and the ruins called out to me more than the malls in Milan.
What really surprised me was that I loved Rome more than I did Venice. The Pantheon, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Vatican City, Trastevere, Borghese Gallery, Capitoline Museum were just some of the places I visited. There was so much to take in and I loved every moment of it. I have always loved listening and knowing about the stories behind every creation, and there is something amazing, even romantic, about the stories in Italy.
I guess there’s just this very old soul in me that enjoys these things.
The Amalfi Coast, Positano. The clear cool waters.. the fine sand.. the weather.. It all came together and made living there a very possible dream.
Why and how these buildings came to be! The grandeur, the intricate details, the materials used, the sculptures, the paintings, I’m in awe.
The touristy thing that has to be done.
It was really nice just roaming the streets, enjoying the scenery and the people, letting the mind go unfettered. It was definitely nice to break away from the media as well. That said, I apologize for the lack of updates and snapchats. But thank you all for giving me this space to breathe.
There is always time for some sketching. If anything at all, I’m missing all my art materials because it has all been packed into boxes and in storage because of my home renovations. Can’t wait for everything to be completed!
Beautiful white peacocks and peahens. Always had a certain fascination for them, what more a white one. It was regal. And that was the first time I ever got this up close to a peacock.
Torre Del Manga. I climbed this bell tower in Siena. I completed it thinking I did about 100 plus steps. Only to be informed I conquered 400 steps. I guess my stamina and fitness level isn’t that bad after all.
I spent two weeks travelling around Italy. Rome, Sorrento, Florence, Milan, and Venice. I felt that I would like to just spend the time there and fully enjoy the place, rather than do a touch-and-go trip covering a few countries altogether.
I liked it so much I decided to extend my trip when I went back to Rome. I’m so glad I did just that.
If you were looking out for the photos I took while in Venice, you won’t find them here. I just felt that for a place that I have dreamed of visiting for the longest time, and being the place that sparked off this holiday to Italy, it deserved a post on its own.
19 Responses to “Long Awaited Break”
Hi Jeanette, stunning photos. Did u recall Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday) while you were there at Trevi Fountain? Love to see you do a shoot, say perhaps a holiday in Paris someday? 🙂
Your photos are very very beautiful. I wish I was taking a break in Rome as well.
Thanks for sharing. What camera was used to take all the portrait shots of you? It’s very nice.
=) Sony a6300
Can feel that u really enjoyed Italy.
I hope I can revisit this lovely country soon….
hi! jeanette, nice pics posted but can i ask you what brand of shoes you are wearing. The one u were wearing in the picture with a book doing sketching
Love all photos. Beautiful view and lady angel-Jeanette… Feeling fresh and happy after reading.
Thanks for sharing so beautiful scenic photos in Italy and also love all your photos
Your pic no.23, where was it?
It looks like the place where “triumph in the sky I” was shot!
I’d always wanted to make a trip to Rome but was considering the safety for a solo traveler. Will definitely visit these places someday in the near future 😀
Hello there! Looks like Itay is really beautiful! I can see that you really enjoyed yourself after working so hard. You deserved it! Looking forward to your next post and photos you’ve took there((:
I spent a whole week in rome itself,slowly taking in the sights and people while sipping coffee at the cafes. Florence is good as well.
Venice wasnt my cup of tea as well.
Now I want a holiday too after looking at your posts!
Love all shots. Beautifully taken especially the lady in pictures. …beautiful angel.
I love Rome just as much too. Those buildings are an eye-opener! You have such beautiful smiles in your photos. Can tell that you truly enjoyed your holidays. Btw, am your supporter from US. 🙂
Oh hi! Thanks for coming in to my blog =)
Good to know that you finally got a well-deserved break! After seeing your sharing, I would really want to make a trip to Rome too!
I think it’s really worth a trip.. and I hope you’ll like it as much as I did.
Glad you liked Rome too. Florence is nice also. Chillax with latte along the street to people watch!