Soooo, I’ve been back from Italy for almost a week. Italy was an overindulgence of all the great & tasty things in life – pasta, wine, truffles, champagne, antipasto, pizza and lotttts of espressos. Not to forget, great friends who rent castles and invite you 🙂 Thank you Andrea & Dasha!
Flew in to Rome and rented a car and drove towards Umbria. I love how people drive in Italy: fast and knowing not to idle in the left lane! Finally arrived and all I can say is just WOW! 2 houses and one of them had a church and an old jail cell underground! Like WTF, I want that in my future house! Not for religious purposes, but I could throw some awesome parties and troublemakers would be thrown in jail LOL…
I thought it was going to be a few days lying by the pool, but nope. Every day there were excursions. Among the things we checked out were the National Art Gallery of Umbria. A lot of historical religious art and what hit me is that it seemed pretty cruel back in the day. You look at a painting and then you realize the person is stepping on some people. Or someone with a knife in the head!
Obviously have to taste some wine when in Italy. They had made a reservation at the Tenuta Castelbuono. Not very familiar with architects or architecture, but this one is designed by Arnaldo Pomodoro who apparently is very famous in Italy. Very cool and Dasha and I even tried to sneak some wine straight from the barrels 😉
I’ve said it before, I like visiting churches. We went to see the great St Francis of Assisi in Umbria. I’m not great at history either, but it’s impressive in its’ size and I don’t think anyone would build anything like this today.
Had dinner at Il Frantoio which is a Michelin star restaurant. I tried a few Michelin star restaurants and unfortunately this one didn’t impress too much. The service was so so and everyone was sweating because the AC was off. But great views and I did tried pigeon for the first time 🙂 I had the best company though!
A couple of nights we had dinner at the house and it was a pretty awesome setting to dine at sunset!
Some more pics checking out Umbria, Perugia and Assisi. Also some old men in windows and cats.
Checked out on Saturday morning and drove back to Rome. Never been there before so it was fun to check it out. I liked it, but don’t think I’ll be going to Rome again. I prefer all the little towns and was also recommended to go to Sardinia. Added to bucket-list 🙂
My favorite place in Rome was the beach area. Only about 30 min drive from the city.
Saw the Spanish Steps and the famous Trevi fountain where Anita Ekberg took a dip.
Had yummy gelato, found a IKEA pop up store, cat instead of old men in a window, and skipped around in a bikini. You know, the usual stuff 😉
That concludes my Italy trip. I hope to visit more places in Italy! And eat more truffles and carbonara pasta!
Here are a few more pics from Sweden too. Seeing friends, partying a bit, hanging out, and lots of animals 🙂
Oh, and I did shoot some too. Have more pics coming, but this girl – altogether awesome. HoneyBabe, I think I love you 🙂
This week I’ve tried to catch up on work and battle jetlag. Yesterday I watched my friends compete in a crossfit competition here in town and going there to cheer them on today again. Before I go I’m going to tell you to see this movie –> RRR. It’s so damn good and you can thank me later!
OK, some breakfast, more coffee and then heading out. Enjoy your Sunday!