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Italy & A Bicycle…Finally

Some of you that have followed me and this blog for awhile know that I love to photograph vintage bicycles with character leaning against walls in classic cities or villages. When I was in Italy a few years ago I came back with lots of those images…you can see one here and here and even here :)

You might have been thinking…“why hasn’t she posted any bicycle pictures?” I honestly didn’t see has many this time around. Maybe because we didn’t spend as much time in big cities. Our trip to Italy this summer was mostly to small towns and villages with lots of steep hills and stairways (not very practical to get around by bike).

You can imagine how excited I was to come across this little scene while walking through Cortona.

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Cortona, Tuscany, Italy, bicycle, gallery, brick wall, street, village, travel photography

 

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Tuscan Rainbow

On the day we were in Montepulciano the weather was iffy at best. The clouds were heavy and the sun was trying it break through. Walking along the narrow streets of the historic town centre we were caught in intermittent rain. We weren’t going to let a little rain stop us from exploring this beautiful, medieval town and when we stopped to take in the view from the ramparts we were rewarded with not one but two rainbows. Look closely…the second one is on the far right.

Have a great week everyone.

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Montepulciano, Italy, Tuscany, hills, rainbow, travel photography

The Candy Stand

When I was in Lerici, Italy my husband and I took a leisurely walk around the waterfront. On that beautiful, sunny day vendors  were lining the small harbour selling handmade crafts and souvenirs but it was the last vendor that really caught my attention.

This scene was as colourful as you see it. I took 3 bracketed exposures to ensure that I caught the full dynamic range of the scene and processed the image in Photomatix.

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Lerici, Italy, candy store, popping colour, travel photography

Villa Cicolina

A couple of days ago I posted an image of the infinity pool at the Villa Cicolina. You can see that post here. The Villa Cicolina was built in the late 16th century and until the end of the 19th century was the country residence of a noble family from Montepulciano.

The villa is located just outside Montepulciano and it was the perfect spot to base ourselves during our visit in Tuscany. Surrounded by lush gardens and old world charm I was entranced from the moment we drove up the narrow, gravel driveway.

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To Infinity & Beyond…in Tuscany

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends. We’re enjoying a beautiful, sunny long weekend. While the weather is wonderful on this fall day I was thinking back to the lovely villa we stayed at when we were in Tuscany, the Villa Cicolina, located just outside of Montepulciano. One of its many attributes was the infinity pool that overlooked the Tuscan countryside.

The pool was lit up so beautifully at night that I just had to capture some images. I’ll be sharing more images of the Villa Cicolina in the next day or two.

Villa Cicolina, Tuscany, Italy, Montepulciano, travel photography, night photography, infinity pool

Chocolat

Oh que c’est bon! You know when they say you’re like a kid in a candy store? That was me when I came across this chocolate shop in St. Germain des Pres. And yes it smelled as good as it looked. The owner was very kind when I asked her (in broken French) if I could take pictures.

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Paris, France, St. Germaine, store, chocolate, candy store, interior, travel

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