A few days into 2013, my father and I flew to Rome. We spent just under a week visiting and staying with family before my semester in Cortona began.
One of my first evenings in Cortona.
St. Peter in Chains (Rome) and a dead lizard I found on the side of the road on the way to class one morning.
Etruscan ring from a Cortona jeweller and heavenly light shining over the valley.
Dessert in Montepulciano and lemon drops at the Lion’s Well (Cortona’s own Irish pub).
View from Montepulciano.
The friendliest cat in Cortona and freaky dolls in the bathroom of one of the town’s many phenomenal restaurants.
First evening of my weekend in Greece with two friends.
Food coma-inducing delicousness.
Mamma’s cat sunbathing.
An old map of Cortona from the ’70s that in a guide book that I picked up at a flea market in Florence.
Of Monsters and Men, Rome.
Back in Venice.
An alleyway in Burano.
Venice at night.
One of the many beaches we saw on a walk with my zia from Rapallo to Portofino.
One last night in Cortona before leaving for the UK.
London and Santa Marinella.
Back in Rome and its beautiful spring weather.
First couple of days in Reykjavík. To the right is a wicked message posted by the door to the Lebowski Bar (themed after The Big Lebowski).
View from the city.
A sneaky photo of the oldest surviving manuscript of the Snorra Edda (Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda) - major moment of nerding out for me, having read the majority of it in my Scandinavian Studies class on Old Norse mythology and legends in Fall 2012. On the right is a geyser on the Golden Circle tour.
Thingvellir National Park.
Thermal pools and steam.
Day trip to Paris with my cousins, the day after seeing Lana Del Rey in Luxembourg.
Poli (Luxembourg) and Freya (England).
Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, curators of ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror festival 2013 in London.
Freya and some fellow Canadians visiting England.
Flying over Italy.
Freya and some delicious smelling flowers in bloom. Second photo was taken once back in Edmonton.
Cirque du Soleil and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.
Edmonton Pride Parade 2013.
Allegra post-Color Me Rad and colour-soaked toes.
Sleeping Ruby and a cat we encountered on a walk.
Two photogenic dead things found on walks.
Summer in Edmonton.
Grasshoppers (there were a lot this summer).
Ruby again. I missed her like crazy when I was away. When I got back home, she ran up to me and greeted me with kisses as though I hadn’t left for very long.
Sunset towards the end of summer.
Grrrl gangs on campus and sleepy Ruby.
The abominable snow puppy and the desert sun we fled the snow to spend the holidays in.
If you couldn’t tell, 2013 was an absolutely amazing year for me. It marked my first time being far away from my family, and my first trip back to Italy since I was just under two years old. I had a fantastic semester abroad, made some wonderful new friends, spent time with family that I hadn’t seen in over a decade (and others that I had never met), went to a bunch of concerts for musicians that I likely won’t see in Edmonton anytime soon (Lana Del Rey, Pink Martini, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Of Monsters and Men…), and visited places that I had never been to - including the dream destination of Iceland. So while I don’t mean this at all pessimistically, I can’t see 2014 topping this past year. I hope to be pleasantly surprised.
View from the shore in the city.
On the way to The Golden Circle.
Þhingvellir National Park.
One of the geysers.
Model: Brynja Guðmundsdóttir @ Eskimo
(Go listen to their ridiculously amazing cover of Sweet Child O’ Mine!)
Belladonna has been one of my favourite bands since high school. It was so, so great to finally get to see them play live and photograph the show after meeting them in person at The Noir Club a few weeks ago. I cannot recommend them enough—their music is fantastic (they created the genre rock noir), their lyrics wonderfully poetic, and the band themselves are some of the most genuinely nice people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and getting to spend time with. A massive thank you goes out to them for making our trip back to Rome such a great one.
After Venice, we went to Rapallo to visit some family that I hadn’t seen in many years (other than on Skype). We had a wonderful time, with the added bonus of them arguably being some of the best chefs in Italy (if not the world).
Beautiful buildings on the way to Santa Margherita and Porto Fino.
Dream houses on the sea.
The basement of our Mestre apartment that looked like it was straight out of a Giallo film.
Secret keys in the dresser! We were surprised and relieved when we learned that we weren’t actually in a horror/murder mystery movie.
The mask I’ve had my eye on since the first trip. One day…
Bridge of Sighs.
Back in Murano.
The glass blowing factory.
I’m happy to have made it out to Burano this time. The colourful houses were a feast for the eyes.
There were also lots of cats.
And an angry goose or something.
Model/Makeup/Styling: In Tenebris
After leaving Cortona, we spent a weekend in Florence.
Our first full day there had the warmest, most beautifully sunny weather I had seen in a long time.
The goofiest human statue. He was never very still, instead he made a lot of faces and was fairly popular when it came to people posing for pictures with him.
The next day, we met up with my cousin and she took us out to Vinci, where Leonardo da Vinci was from.
An eerie looking sort of scuba-diving device that he had invented (at part of the Leonardo da Vinci museum).
The following day, we hopped a train to Rome. That night, we went to The Noir Club to meet one of my favourite bands. The singer and guitarist both knew my name (from having each other added on Facebook for years) and told me that they love my photos—it was such a surreal experience. This quick test shot was the only picture I took that night, I think I was just far too starstruck for any others. Fortunately, we’ll be seeing them again in Rome in April, and there will most certainly be photos taken.
The next day, I had a photoshoot in a wicked cemetery with a model who has red hair as long as Rapunzel. My next post will be photos from the shoot (which I am very excited to share, I love how they turned out), but for now, here’s two of the many cats that we encountered.