Posts Tagged With: boats

Room with a view

view from the front gate

We went to Italy last month, and it was one of the best

vacations we ever had!  I will start off with the first place we

stayed:  Positano.  We rented this lovely apartment

from www.vrbo.com called Villa Fior di Limone.  We

had the best view from our balcony.  I would make tea

every morning, and just sit out there and enjoy the

boats on the water, or the village below.  At night, we

could hear music from one of the restaurants.  One

night we even heard a party boat in the water.  They

were blasting dance music, and I am sure the whole

town heard it!  Positano is a vertical city, with many

levels.  One day my husband decided to count the steps

up to our apartment from the main street level (the beach is

a few levels down), and there were 443 steps!  I can walk

on flat ground forever, but I was never good with uphill, or steps,

so it was a little challenge for me.  But the view was so worth it!

If you go to the Amalfi coast, I recommend this place, or at least

this town!

me enjoying the view

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What do you think of my new software?

After

I just got Nik software’s Silver Efex pro 2!  The bulk of my

work is black and white, and I got inspiration from another

blogger to improve on my favorite type of photography.  The first

photo was done in photoshop, with a sepia filter, as I am quite

fond of sepia also.  The second photo is using the software.

There are so many options, I have a hard time settling on the

final image, but this is what I ended up with.  Look ok?  My

photography club is holding a charity auction at the end of

September, and I am going to contribute it.

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Beautiful Venice

Bridge of Sighs

Continuing Countdown to Italy 2012, I thought I would share a few pics from 2006.

Venice is a very beautiful city.  We were surprised to see a lot graffiti in different

places, but that still didn’t affect its beauty.  We stayed 3 nights, and it was bright and sunny

every day.  A highlight of the trip includes discovering gnocci.  Now I make it all the time!

Watching a glass-blowing demonstration on the island of Murano, where I bought my still

favorite earrings, going to the Venice film festival (but didn’t see anyone famous), and taking

a cruise down the Grand Canal.  Now being in Venice, they say you should take a gondola ride.

We didn’t.  It was really expensive, and just riding boats down the Grand Canal, and to other islands

was enough for us.  One of the famous bridges in Venice include the Bridge of Sighs, which was

built in 1602. It connects the prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.  They say

prisoners passing over the bridge on their way to lock-up would sigh, knowing it was the last

time they would see the beautiful sights of Venice.  One of the things that really helped me

appreciate the beauty and history of Venice was reading a book by John Berendt, called

The City of Falling Angels.  He also wrote Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  He lived

there for 10 years and really got to know people in the city, which the characters in his book

are based on.    I highly recommend a trip to Venice.  It is truly a unique city.

St. Mark’s right before sunrise
Batman?
St. Mark’s at night
La Fenice Opera House

laundry day
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Cinque Terre, Italy

Portofino, Italy
Vernazza, Italy
sun shining through the clouds
walking the Cinque Terre
Corniglia, Italy
Cinque Terre, Italy
Rapallo, Italy-view from our room

I have Italy on the brain!  In two months we are off for our second trip to Italy!  The first

time was in 2006 where we toured northern Italy, and these are some photos from the

Cinque Terre, also known as the Italian Riviera.  We stayed in a town outside of that region

called Rapello, and took a train to see the villages of the Cinque Terre which consists of

Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.   There is hiking

along the coast that connects these small, picturesque villages.  The cliffs overlooking

the Ligurian Sea are pretty rugged.  But people live here with their vineyards, and even

have roosters!  One day we took a short boat ride from Rapallo to Portofino.  I believe

people with money hang out here 🙂  We saw many large yachts.  Some people were  doing a photo

or video shoot with some model walking around the upper deck of one of those yachts.

And the stores were all high-end designers.  I did not get any souvenirs there 🙂  When we

go back, we will be doing the Amalfi coast, which I believe will be even more beautiful.

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Sunset over the bay

available at etsy.com

When we went to San Diego last fall, the weather was beautiful.  Since it was clear

in San Diego, we were excited to drive up the coast to La Jolla and take some sunset

pictures over the ocean.  That didn’t happen.  We learned a new term that day, “marina layer”.

While its sunny inland, the coast is all cloudy, and kind of depressing!  So we went back to

Jim on the observation deck

the city before the sun set, and got some nice pictures overlooking the bay.

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Introduction

Lake Zurich

Hi!  My name is Lisa and I love to travel and document my adventures through photography. Currently, I work as a research analyst in several cancer studies, but I am always planning the next trip.   I moved to Nashville, TN in 1997 with a friend where I got a job at a travel agency.  This enabled me to go places I thought I would never see otherwise.  My very first overseas trip was to Australia to see an old roommate.  Several trips to Europe followed.  In 2003, I met my husband, Jim.  Luckily, he shared my love of travel.  I would have not married him if he didn’t!  While I enjoyed taking several rolls of film everywhere I went, it didn’t occur to me until 2009 to combine travel and photography on a more serious level.  I got a second job so I could get a professional-grade camera, and it went everywhere with us.  Since then, I have been trying to perfect my skills on location, with a few still-life and my cats thrown in.  I would like to share stories behind the photos and hope that someone would like one of my images for themselves.  I sell these on www.etsy.com/shop/longworldphotography.  My husband is a great photographer also.  You can see his work in this shop too.  Thanks for taking a look!

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