Bank holiday Monday is my favorite day of the week 🌅
Living the dream
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fun, easy hike with pretty views all around ✌ just go when it isn't raining - learned this the hard way ☔
Not your average Monday eve.
I cannot wait to go back to Amsterdam. Hopefully we’ll go in the spring, so we can see the pretty flowers. 💜🌷
It’s funny how travel works. I was feeling frustrated that my mobile directions were making me go through a mountain, rather than flat grounds, on my way to my destination, when I realized there was a shingu shrine sitting right at the top of it. I laughed (with and at myself), stopped, and let myself enjoy the random opportunity to watch locals clap their hands, take a bow, clap their hands again, ring the bell, and make their morning pray on their way to whatever their next destinations may be. #meantobe #shrine #shingushrine #faith #japanese #culture #tokyo #japan
La bella Albufera de Valencia 🌅Atardecer de 💯
🚩El parque natural de la Albufera tiene el lago más grande de España 🇪🇸, y para variar, está en Valencia😻 Obligatorio venir a ver el atardecer cuando estés por aquí! PS. Cero filtro 📸 #parquenaturaldelaalbufera #sunset
underwater fun 🐠 one of the few shots where the fish turned out pretty clearly! #snorkeling
The perfect place to spend the holidays 🍂🍁🍃
I’ll be lying to you if I didn’t mention the hordes of people that I’ve managed to crop out by standing on something (cos I am short).
One of my favourite buildings in Rome. It’s the 6th largest palace in the world, built around the 16th century, & once housed Kings & Popes in its past. Now it’s currently the presidential palace.
Arch of Constantine at my favourite time in the day. Too bad the arch is now behind a fence.
I haven’t been in Rome in years & I’m glad I found my way back again. It was meant to be. Gorgeous Roma.
There’s always statues flexing in Rome.
Rome is rich with history, you can not walk anywhere without remnants of its powerful past.
Roma on a lovely autumn day. The forecast changed from dreary to clear sunny skies. Edited to note that there’s an @invaderwashere
street art. Zoom in the find out where.
I saw this plant covered building & just as I was taking a photo, out popped an enthusiastic dog checking out what’s going on. He surveyed what is what & went back inside.
In Roma & it feels overwhelming to be in a bigger city after going to small towns/villages after small towns/villages along the various coasts of Italy (Malta is big but population wise, Roma is huge in comparison).
Ciao, Ortigia/Siracusa. 👋🏼
Lovely Ortigia. I did my last walk about to soak up the Sicilian warmth.
Next month starting Dec. 13, the feast of St. Lucia will begin. Her Silver Simulacrum will be carried from the Duomo and through the major arteries of Ortigia. I’m kind of sad that I’ll miss it. The videos that I saw of the procession seems pretty intense for the faithfuls.
When the crowds leave Ortigia, it’s mostly the inhabitants on this island left and the piazza is so quiet. There was a man playing in the corner and it carried across the piazza. It was such a beautiful moment that it made me cry. I felt incredibly grateful to be here for this.
Duomo di Siracusa is built using the structure of what used to be the Greek Temple of Athena. The original columns remain and the rest is mostly Baroque. It holds the relics of several saints in its chapels. I thought this Duomo was very subtle but yet still captivating. This is an UNESCO protected site.
Sicilia is perfect in it’s imperfections.
The “beach” at Forte Vigliena. An elderly man was taking photos & he enthusiastically turned to me to say how beautiful the coast is. He can’t believe how wonderful that we have access to this. He was absolutely right.
I am always going to remember the smell of fresh laundry.
Ortigia seaside sort of has a beach, but in Italy if there’s any place where someone can lay out & jump into the water. Sure, it counts. Even 22C feels warm enough for a day out.
Piazza Duomo is such a lovely space. I sit at the steps of the Duomo & people watch whilst listening to music being played from a nearby busker in the piazza.
Mornings at the fresh market in Ortigia. The prickly pears are so sweet, regardless of their colouring. Also it’s the season for persimmons in the region. I love them both.
I overheard this derelict palazzo was on the market for €2.3mil, who is interested in a vacation home in Sicilia?
Living by the seaside is best. The Mediterranean waters beckons you.
Warm autumn nights in Sicilia.
Ortygia at night is as charming as the day.