So the one thing that I DID spend some money on while I was in Italy were some Venetian masks. I’ve just ALWAYS found this to be fascinating and beautiful while at the same time extremely creepy and haunting.
Here are the four masks I purchased:
The white devil mask (far left) was the first one I purchased and I just loved it but it wasn’t the mask I was initially looking for. That would be the red devil mask (second mask). I wanted a mask like that for a Halloween costume/like performance with my band but couldn’t find anything remotely close to it in the States or even online. The third and forth masks are going to possibly become templates for future masks that I want to create for my own. Now that I’ve seen them in person and know how they’re made, the idea of creating my own mask is just so incredibly appealing to me. I can’t wait.
So for the last day in Venice, we went to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. It was cool to see some modern artwork but it was a bit jarring to see people being allowed to take photos of the artwork on display.
I, on the other hand, took more photos. Some, like the flowers and ivy on a wall at the Guggenheim, were just tests of the camera settings and being artsy.
On day two, we took a boat taxi/bus (?) out to an island to see glass blowing. Yeah. Ok. I’m going to be quite honest: for the first minute, it was interesting. After that, I got way too hot and said to heck with this. I’m going out to get photos. Which is what I did.
I think some of the photos I got of the Doge’s Palace as we were coming in were a lot of fun.
So day one in Venice brought us to the Doge’s Palace. Getting there was a hike but still very manageable. I got lovely photos of the canals along the way.
…aaaaannnnddd here are the photos from our day trip to Siena. Funny thing about Siena, it actually felt like “Italy” to me. I don’t know how else to define it. Just looking out over the town it seemed to conjure up what I thought Italy should look like.
After we got back from Siena, a group of us when back to the Florence Cathedral to climb to the top of Brunelleschi’s duomo. That was an amazing view to say the least.
So these next photos continue to showcase Florence and the bridges of the city as we went out for dinner on the evening of the 26th. On the 27th, we went to Siena for a day trip. Aaaaannnnddd that’s when I filled my 32GB memory card. Ugh…
I think the one thing that I enjoyed the most about Florence (as I said in the last post) is that the entire city is walkable. The entire group was able to traverse to the different parts of the city in just a few minutes, unlike in Rome where we had to ride the bus system a lot. It was nice.
The first photos in this are actually taken from the windows of the museum. Shush. Don’t tell.
So the first two days in Florence were a bit of a rush for me, which is strange considering that the city is extremely easy to manage from a walking standpoint.
Here are the photos:
Here we go again. Now I’m pretty sure on this day, I got separated from the group at least three times while taking photos. In my defense, I WAS trying (and I think succeeded) in getting some great photos so it was worth it.
This was also the most photos I took in one day—1,802! BOOM!
Some people said I got carried away. Others called me “insane.” But I have to say that there is a good chance I may never get the opportunity to visit Italy again. I mean I hope I get to but I can’t predict the future.
Anywho, here are all of my photos from day two in Rome. Oh, and this was the day I had my cell phone stolen at the Vatican. LOL!