a little trip to italy

8.09.2010


Okay, so not really but doesn't it look like it?




From the pictures I've seen, and from my mom who has been to Italy several times, this looks pretty darn close to the real thing. 

This is a museum in our city. It was originally a mansion belonging to one of the oil tycoons. Now, after being remodeled, it's one of the finest art/history museums in our area. 

We went to see an exhibition on Ancient Egypt, but I have no photos to prove we visited it, as no photography was allowed. Actually, that isn't quite true. Yes, no photography allowed, but I do have one picture of an ancient childrens' board game (I'm a rebel. Heh.). But I didn't really want to post something that was "illegal". 

I digress.

When we were finished admiring artifacts that were several thousand years old, we headed outside to the gardens - some of the most beautiful around. In these gardens, everything is exquisitely landscaped, immaculately groomed to absolute perfection. They're magnificent. 

But not only are they gorgeous, the gardens are also a photographer's dream. They're just what I needed when I was feeling down about my photos. A different setting, new things to capture...I suppose one of the reasons I felt so inadequate regarding my photography a few days ago was simply because I was bored with the settings I had. I know that seems a bit silly, but I really believe it's true. 
And for those who thought I was giving up photography - I could never, ever give up something so dear to me. Something so therapeutic, something so beautiful. I'm happy to say I'm "back in the saddle" for now...and I hope to never get out of it for a long, long time. 

-carlotta

PS The giveaway I spoke about a few days ago is still happening...I just have a few loose ends to tie up. 

32 comments:

  1. Wow Carlotta, it's gorgeous! I love all of the photos you took, especially the fountain. The building reminds me of something out of Pride and Prejudice.

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  2. Wow, those pictures are just amazing! Of course the first picture is just breathtaking and I also adore the spouting fountain.
    ~Libby

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  3. It looks so beautiful, Carlotta!

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  4. Wow that place looks cool.. I'd love to go to italy some day :D

    Glad you liked the post ;) i love doing them..

    And i ADORE taylor swift too.. Now i don't think her singings all that great but she is an amazing song writer!

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  5. Beautiful pictures! Looks like a very fun and interesting place to visit.

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  6. Wow those are great pictures!!!

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  7. Wow, what a beautiful place! I wonder why anyone would ever need a house that big!! Glad they turned it into something that appreciated it's beauty, like a museum!! Great Photos!

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  8. Very pretty pictures!
    Amazing looking museum!

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  9. cool! looks like an awesome place, carlotta. I love the pictures too by the way.
    ~Chelsea<3

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  10. OH MY GOSH!!! These are so awesome Carlotta! <3

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  11. These are gorgeous. !! :)

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  12. Stunning pictures!! Your pictures are always so tasteful and just plain lovely! And I adore your little brother's bandana. So stinkin' cute :)

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  13. These pictures are AMAZING, carlotta! And yes, it DOES look much like Italy!!! :)

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  14. You took those photos?!? They're amazing! It looks like a professional photographer took them! Wait, you are a professional! ;)

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  15. Emmylou8/09/2010

    *whistles* Breathtaking shots! I love the top one, the shots with water, the bokeh-y, leaf-y one and the one with your brother and sister. I love em all, but those are my faves. :-)

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  16. Briony Katie8/09/2010

    They are amazing photos! You have a such a gift.
    the one of your brother and sister is so cute. :D

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  17. Just came across your blog and I love it!! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful!

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  18. Wow, amazing photos!! I'm so impressed!

    Thanks for posting my button. :)

    Got you entered in my drawing! Swing back by my blog around 9:00 (central time) and I'll announce the winner! ;)

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  19. A friend of mine was wandering through my blog and clicked onto yours from one of the Happiness Wednesday links. She was floored by your photos and talent. I thought I would share, since she was right.

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  20. Hey This Kaylin from RUNNING THE OPPOSITE WAY blogspot. You left a comment on one of my posts. I thought that was really cool because not many people come to my blog. Anyways thanks for the encouragement!!!!!!

    Kaylin

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  21. Great photos Carlotta, the one of your siblings almost looks like they're on a mountain top above the clouds because the reflection on the water. Great post :)

    God Bless,
    Bethany

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  22. gorgeous shots! looks like a very lovely place!

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  23. Those are beautiful, Carlotta! Especially like the last one:)

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  24. Ack, I only wish we had beautiful museums like you do. And talk about talent! I am seriously impressed by your photography skills! You take amazing pictures :)

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  25. Hello Carlotta!
    I've really enjoyed my brief perusal of your blog; your photos are lovely!
    Looking forward to future reads.

    Love,

    E

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  26. I know how unoriginal this is going to sound, but I'm in love with these photos; I can relate to the lack of inspiration or incentive when you get sick of the same surroundings or things feel a tad too humdrum. And how strange that you can't take pictures! Following:)

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  27. Gorgeous photos!

    You have an excellent eye!

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  28. I love the first photo! It's so unique! You have a good eye- that's for sure!

    *And thank you for your comment, lol, I shriek when I see my toes! Ha ha.

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  29. Hi Carlotta!

    Thanks for checking out my blog. Yours is adorable and your pictures are so beautiful.

    Have a great day!

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  30. Those are BEAUTIFUL, GORGEOUS, PERFECT, BREATH-TAKING, WONDERFUL.. I can go on and on describing those photos you took. :)

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