Last week I surpassed one year blogging here on WordPress. I still find it hard to believe that I’ve been posting 3+ times a week for 12 months! A big part of my motivation for getting out and exploring so much comes from the excitement of sharing new images with you. Thank you so much for your support over the last year!
I thought I’d post a shot from the place that started it all – the Cinque Terre region of Italy. Still probably the most visually stunning part of the world I’ve visited, this place really struck a chord and inspired me to do more with my travel photography.
This shot of Vernazza was taken whilst trying to explore one of the hiking trails that connect the five coastal towns along the Italian Riviera. Unfortunately the route was closed, but I managed to get this shot from the beginning of the trail. I really can’t wait to go back some day and hike the full distance!
We were blessed with some beautiful clouds on this evening in Tuscany. Just before we settled down for dinner I scurried up the road from our villa to take a few shots across the fields. Unfortunately the sun was largely hidden, but every now and then it would peek out and light up parts of the countryside. Back at the villa we witnessed a beautiful sunset whilst enjoying some fantastic red wine. Looking back at images like this I really can’t wait for the summer!
There are stunning vistas aplenty throughout the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany. Montepulciano was the second stop on our drive from Rome to Siena, and the view from this lookout was among the best we saw during our week in Italy. It was certainly worth the long uphill climb from the car park. So many of the quaint hilltop towns have car-free centres, and due to their geography there simply isn’t any other way to reach the sights other than on foot. But generally the tougher the climb, the greater the reward.
As we continued on our journey through the rolling hills there seemed to be a new town on the horizon at every turn. If I had the time I would endeavour to visit every last one of them. This region of Italy really has absolutely everything. Incredible beauty in its landscapes, buckets of charm in its towns alongside food and wine to die for. It’s undoubtedly my favourite non-mountainous region in Europe. I would return in a heartbeat!
Have you visited Montepulciano? Or any other Tuscan hilltop town? Which is your favourite? Have you driven through the Val d’Orcia? I’d love to hear from you!
It’s hard to say which was my favourite town of the Cinque Terre. Occupying seemingly impossible spots on the Ligurian coast of Italy, they each took a place in my heart for years to come. This shot of Manarola was taken from a viewpoint in the preceding town, Corniglia. I thought that some of the vineyards in the Lavaux region alongside Lake Geneva were steep, but I think the vines on these cliffs could easily give them a run for their money!
My shot for this week’s photo challenge was taken in the Tuscan countryside, just outside of Siena in Italy. Since it was only a 10 minute walk from our villa I had been up in this area for a while waiting for the sun to appear so I could get some good shots. I got lucky as the sun just peeked out between the clouds for a few moments and lit up the yellows and greens of the landscape beautifully. I’m sure that Tuscany must have some of the best horizons on earth, with its distinctive cypress trees and historic hilltop towns. I can’t wait to go back some day!
I associate the word multicoloured with one place in particular – the Cinque Terre in Italy – so picking a shot for this week’s travel theme was easy. It’s by far the most colourful place I’ve visited, and probably the most beautiful too. I’d been dreaming of visiting this stunning region for quite a while, so when I finally had the chance I felt compelled to start this blog and tell people about it. This photo was taken in one of the five towns called Vernazza. It’s a place that has to be seen to be believed.
Walking around its vast halls I felt a bit like an impostor, inside the marvellous heart of a religion I couldn’t call my own. I was completely unprepared for the size of this place. Each time I looked up at the array of dazzling colours and impossibly intricate decoration I felt more and more insignificant. The Catholic Church really know how to make you feel like there must be a higher power out there!
My shot for this week’s photo challenge was taken in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. Alongside the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, it must be the among the most awe-inspiring and impressive feats of human endeavour in the name of religion anywhere in the world.