Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A little peek at Italy

I thought I would give you all a break from birds birds birds birds and sunsets of Anna Maria.  (And to answer Sinbad's prodding to embarrass myself on the number of sunset photos I have ... well, let's just say it is in the 4 digits.  I need help.)

So as I was strolling through old travel photos looking for some other subject, I came upon another part of the world that I love.

Italy.

It was fun going down memory lane selecting and editing the photos in Topaz Fusion and HDR Efex.  The originals are not the best since it was back in 2006 and I was using my Nikon point and shoot.  I remembered that at the time I thought they were pretty good.  Oh, to have had my DSLR back then.


Siena - home of the Palio, the medieval horse race


Umbria's hilltown - Orvieto


Orvieto - sitting 1,000 feet above the valley



Pompeii - buried in 79AD under 15-20 feet of ash and pumice


Pompeii ruins


Pompeii human remains


The magnificent Colosseum in Rome


The back alleys of Venice


And more side alleys of Venice


Ravello on the Amalfi Coast


Sunset beauty on the Amalfi Coast


Hope you enjoyed.

I'm ready to go back.
Oh, by the way ...  Italians have the best food!
Now I'm hungry.


46 comments:

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

i've visited rome twice, glad to see your lovely photos.

italy sure is a great place to visit.

wonderful shots, i especially like the last one!
simply magical!

Beth said...

i would love to visit there one day. looks lovely. i love italian food. what do they eat for breakfast? (:

Country Girl said...

What a gorgeous way to begin my day. A p&s? These are wonderful, Reena. I have never been abroad except through photos and the pages of books, and this is a treat.

Brian Miller said...

oh wow...these are awesome...i so want to go so you are speaking to my heart in this....ahh.....

dona said...

Good photos, in my opinion, and wonderful landscapes, obviously! ;)

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Gorgeous.

Judy said...

Oh my goodness, these are awesome! I would love to visit Italy, but I'll have to visit through your photos for the time being.

christopher said...

Add to your list of talents--travel agent.

You present a very convincing case to get away.

My Journey With Candida said...

My Husbands parents are from Italy. They have only been back once and are older now so I doubt they will ever get back there again.

My Husband and I talked about traveling to Italy and neither of us wants to fly for that long..... although, looking at your pictures makes me think harder about it.

islandwonder said...

Italy is such a wonderful place. Beautiful photos!

Mental P Mama said...

Always ready to go back to Italy! Say when...

unrosetoinviacerreto said...

Italy is a beautiful place, but from your photo is wonderful.
Thanks.
Ciao
Loretta

Bob Bushell said...

I got stuck in Orvieto a number of years, I was hitchhiking, and surprise surprise, I got a lift up to Pescia, that is 229 kilometres per hour is equivalent to 142 miles per hour, lucky.
Lovely photos.

TexWisGirl said...

love the stone buildings and streets. so gorgeous.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Oh! What I would give to see in person! Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

Sandra said...

good choice, this is as close as i will ever get to Italy and it is wonderful. thanks for my arm chair trip

gina said...

Ah, Italia! My favorite place to be with my camera. Beautiful pix! I love the Venice shots.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I would enjoy a visit to Pompeii. What an experience that must have been for you.

photo by ansku said...

I simply LOVE your edit. It is divine. I have to try the HDR Efex too. If you at can give any tips on editing, I would appreciate it! You do such a great job!

Italy is simply gorgeous, I'm lucky to have a sister living there, and get to visit every summer...

Sylvia K said...

Italy is one of my most favorite places and I have so enjoyed the time I was able to spend there -- not enough, but great! I do love your photos and your editing is superb! I had so hoped to be able to visit Pompeii, but your photos are the next best thing! Hope you have a wonderful week, Reena! Thanks for sharing the beauty with us!!

Sylvia

bill lisleman said...

Traveling is one of the best ways to spend time. The pictures look great to me.

Madi and Mom said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures....I especially liked that you ended with a...............SUNSET!! LOL
Have you visited Sorrento?
I was there years and years ago but it left an impression on me.
Hugs C

edgar said...

The memories that make you smile, like blankets that keep you warm,gentle tugs that invite you to return to places you remember you love.

Ginny said...

These are beautiful especially Venice!!! But my favorites are still the birds and sunsets!

Margie said...

No matter what camera, the composition is there my friend, AND, you clearly had fun tweaking them up in your fine style! What beautiful old buildings and streets!

Liza said...

Thank you for taking me on a little vacation.

Ivanhoe said...

My favorite country in a whole world :) Thank you, I needed a pick-me-up today. I took the same pic of the little boy in Pompeii. He & dozens of others died of gas inhalation before the ashes ever hit them...

Ann said...

Well I do love your birds and your sunsets but these are gorgeous. I doubt that I will ever have the opportunity to see these sights other than through pictures and yours are wonderful

CherryPie said...

I loved your little tour of Italy, it has made me want to visit those places :-)

Pat said...

You must have worked magic with your editing because these images are fabulous!

Michaele said...

Those streets are real? Be still my heart.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've kept this post open on my computer all day...just so I could take a peek at Italy from time to time! Dreaming....!!! ♥♥♥

lifeisaroadtrip said...

I get more jealous of you every time I open your blog! :-)

Tammy said...

Oh so beautiful...It's on my list!

Mama Zen said...

Unbelievably beautiful!

Catherine said...

Italy looks beautiful! You captured it!
xo Catherine

Gillian Olson said...

What memories those pictures bring back, and oh the food, I agree it is so good.

rainfield61 said...

A sunset photo is still included, but it is beautiful.

lynnekovan.com said...

I love Italy. Your pictures remind me that summer will happen! Really lovely images.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

A delightful tour indeed. Thanks Reena. There's something very charming about the second photo.

Linda R said...

Such gorgeous shots. I just love to travel. But still have never been to Europe. I do hope to go someday!!

Hugs, Linda

Daryl Edelstein said...

I think a gal pal road trip to Italy is in order ..

eileeninmd said...

A gorgeous tour of Italy! Your photos are beautiful and make me want to see these gorgeous places too.

bon bon said...

fantastic scenery! i'm envious! even if you're not even there! i have images from paris when all we took was a cheap little point and shoot too. so i feel your pain.

geetlee said...

these are absolutely beautiful images,thanks for sharing!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Gorgeous images! Makes me want to go back. Have you been to Lucca? That is where my family is from. :)