archaeology, art and streetlife in napoli

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I say this about almost every Italien city, but Napoli is one of my favourites. It is so crowded and dirty and beautiful and artsy, it works so well as a whole. Of course the city does have issues with Mafia and co, but as a tourist you do not notice that. So, this is kind of a rose-coloured glasses version, even though I did walk along streets that were not really tourist-streets, too. I had to seperate days there, one with my family, basically walking through most of the city and one on my own, going to the Archaeological Museum.

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust Sanc Domenico Maggiore

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust Santa Chiara Archaeology

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust Santa Chiara

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust Santa Chiara

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust Santa Chiara

I do not really like dirty, messy cities – I love them clean and beautiful with old buildings, spick and span. Naples really is the exception – though do not get me wrong. Streets are not stuffed with trash, not at all, it’s more the way a lot of buildings look like they might break any second, how cables connect everything, the building are squeezed next to each other and you might get lost by just doing a wrong turn. I love this.

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust Street Art

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust Pizza

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust

The first picture was taken inside San Domenico Maggiore, which looks like an old fortress from the outside and is very impressive. Most of the photos however are taken at St. Chiara, a monastery you can visit with a lot of archaeological pieces and lovely tiles, it is so calming and worth visiting. Of course, as a tourist you almost have to get up to St. Elmo to look down on the city and it is very impressive, too.

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust San Gennaro

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust Ice Cream

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust San Gennaro Duomo

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust Archaeology

Maybe one of the things Naples is most famous for is the alleged blood miracle at Duomo di San Gennaro – you might or might not believe in it, but the church is worth having a look. If you are more into history and science, the Archaeological Museum is the place to visit and it was great. There is so much stuff from Pompeii and Herculaneum, but not only, there are more Roman statues and pieces. Though of course I was most excited to see the effigy of a Sappho (actually a pompeiian girl made to like Sappho), and it’s so beautiful! Also, I had some good ice cream at the train station both days.

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust Archaeology

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust Archaeology

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust Archaeology Sappho

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust Archaeology Sappho

Napoli Naples Church Travel Wanderlust Ice Cream

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sailor nymph in ravello

Ravello Greek Italy Outfit Handmade 50s Fifties Midcentury Sailor Nymph

Ravello Greek Italy Outfit Handmade 50s Fifties Midcentury Sailor Nymph

Ravello Greek Italy Outfit Handmade 50s Fifties Midcentury Sailor Nymph

One of the top destinations on my Europe travel list is – now that I have been to most Scandinavian countries once – Greece. Mainly for cultural reasons, I would love to see Athens and the temples and basically most of the places mentioned in mythology. Of course, this area (Campagnia) has a lot of Greek influences and they built temples in Paestum (then Poseionia). The antique Greek culture was very advanced and still influences us today – after all democracy is a greek idea. The myths survived till today and inspire writers and artists daily.

Ravello Greek Italy Outfit Handmade 50s Fifties Midcentury Sailor Nymph

Ravello Greek Italy Outfit Handmade 50s Fifties Midcentury Sailor Nymph

Ravello Greek Italy Outfit Handmade 50s Fifties Midcentury Sailor Nymph

But, of course antique Greece and Rome were also – especially – famous in the 19th century, as you can see in the literature, art and culture. One of my favourite painters Carl Rottmann went to Greece to paint the landscapes – opposed to many painters who painted Greece based on stories, other paintings and their own fantasy. Which I think is interesting too, I appreciate both ways of painting, but I especially appreciate it, when people take the chance to get to know a place before e.g. painting it (and Rottmann did a fantastic job, look him up, he is amazing).

Ravello Greek Italy Outfit Handmade 50s Fifties Midcentury Sailor Nymph

Ravello Greek Italy Outfit Handmade 50s Fifties Midcentury Sailor Nymph

Ravello Greek Italy Outfit Handmade 50s Fifties Midcentury Sailor Nymph

As I mentioned the idea of Greece not only fascinated artists, but also the general population – of course, those things tend to influence each other. As they tend to have more money, royalty could visit those places more often. For example Sissi (Elisabeth, Queen of Austria in mid 19th century who was almost nothing like the movies of course) took a great interest in seeing these places, and in a way Ravello always reminds of her. Also, since they filmed part of the movie in Ravello at the two famous villas. So while in a way this place made me long for Greece even more, I now more than ever want to see it myself.
As a little note: the hat was made in Greece in the 70s, so I felt like making a dress that would also have this vibe.

Ravello Greek Italy Outfit Handmade 50s Fifties Midcentury Sailor Nymph

Ravello Greek Italy Outfit Handmade 50s Fifties Midcentury Sailor Nymph

Ravello Greek Italy Outfit Handmade 50s Fifties Midcentury Sailor Nymph

Dress – handmade | Sailor Hat – Vintage 70s Tsalavoutas Brothers (from Krakow) | Necklace – Little Moose | Brooch – Vintage | Shoes – Superme via amazon | Lipstick – the Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Dedicated

Handmade Update September 2017

This month it took me a while to get back into sewing, however I at least planned everything for the upcoming weeks and sewing projects (also I really have to work on my Halloween stuff!). Anyway, this is what I made

Red Skirt Handmade Upcycled Redone Fifties Midcentury
Changing up a Red Skirt
21st of September
This was one of the first skirts I ever made, for Halloween 2014 (this means I have been into a pinup-ish style for over three years). Anyway, in this time I sure learnt a lot and this skirt had to be redone around the waist. Now I am very happy with it.

Handmade Green Flanel Skirt Fifties Midcentury
Green Flanel Skirt
22nd of September
For my Pinocchio outfit (the orginal Pinocchio, not the Disney one) I needed a dark green skirt, also I thought a skirt like that would be great for the colour and style I really enjoy at the moment.

Insect Skirt Mum Midcentury Handmade Novelty Print
Changing up mom’s insect dress into a skirt
21st, 22nd of September
You know every once in a while I make something for my mum, and one was this dress, however it was a bit of a mess around the shoulders, which was due to the construction of the pattern and what I added. Anyway I turned it into a skirt, and my mum is a lot happier.

Handmade Fifties Midcentury Red Blouse Peasant Hungarian
Red Blouse
24th of September
For Pinocchio as well, I needed a red blouse. This is basically cut like a Hungarian Peasant Blouse, and I think about writing about how to make it, because it’s great for beginners and when you do not want to waste fabric.

What are your Halloween plans? Is everything done yet or are you behind like me?

Kingsman – The Golden Circle | Fangirl Friday

Last Sunday my best friend and I went to watch Kingsman, we both love the first movie, so we had to go see it. First of all, I do not think it’s as good as the first, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

The movie is extremly over the top, playing with the unrealistic, but very knowingly so. We of course experienced that in the first one, but it got more extreme here. But as it got more serious from time to time, too, to me those things sometimes did not go hand in hand smoothly. Somehow, I had issues accepting the unrealistic, because the serious parts were so intense. Also, of course you expect violence in an action movie, but as my friend pointed out, it was glorified (when the “good guys” used it) – by the choice of music and by not really questioning it – this was Wonder Woman’s strong suit. The movie actively questioned the violent actions from every party involved.
Nevertheless the movie was fun, the dialogue is filled with little gems. And the costume design deserves a special mention, to be honest, how attractive was Taron Egerton in that orange velvet suit jacket?! I mean his boyish charme is adorable anyway, but this jacket is probably my favourite thing about the movie.
The storyline with the drug cartel was well thought out in my opinion and Julianne Moore was fantastic, but of course I also really appreciated the set design (the “temple” surroundings reminded me a lot of Uncharted to be honest) with the mix of South American Holy Places and North American 50s Dream. It had this weirdness of fitting and being highly inappropriate at the same time. Also Poppy had robot dogs, that were basically Evil K-9s, which I liked.
The relationships between the characters and just the individuals were quite interesting and elaborate, a lot of the movie focused on that, but I think I would have enjoyed the movie even more if it had been more character- and less plot-driven. Because from Eggsy, Merlin and Harry to the new American characters there was so much potential, so with a little less action and more time for interpersonal scenes, this might have been perfect.
I think the plot was a bit all over the place sometimes/a lot happened in a rather fast pace, but in general it worked out well and was enjoyable (after all, it’s a action/comic movie) – especially with the references to pop culture and well, culture in general.

costiera amalfitana – castellabate, palinuro, ravello

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Ravello
This is one of the most famous towns along this coast – however most have one thing or another they are known for. Ravello is mainly known for Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo (my photos here are mainly taken on the first). There a lots of small streets and steps, it’s just adorable.
costiera amalfitana italy ravello castellabate palinuro

costiera amalfitana italy ravello castellabate palinuro

costiera amalfitana italy ravello castellabate palinuro

costiera amalfitana italy ravello castellabate palinuro

costiera amalfitana italy ravello castellabate palinuro

costiera amalfitana italy ravello castellabate palinuro

costiera amalfitana italy ravello castellabate palinuro

costiera amalfitana italy ravello castellabate palinuro

costiera amalfitana italy ravello castellabate palinuro

costiera amalfitana italy ravello castellabate palinuro

Castellabate
Castellabate is the town in which Benvenuti al Sud (it’s available in German and I think English, too) – it’s beautiful to walk around, like Ravello there are lots of steps and little vias, and of course cars can not get close (though that also means if you use a wheelchair, it might be very difficult). If you get the chance to visit though, just get lost, it’s beautiful – the first picture is the view!
costiera amalfitana italy ravello castellabate palinuro

Palinuro
When you get to Palinuro, you will probably do a tour around the grottos and stone formations, last time I went we saw more than one, but might be up to the agency. The water really has that blue colour, it’s stunning.
costiera amalfitana italy ravello castellabate palinuro

costiera amalfitana italy ravello castellabate palinuro

costiera amalfitana italy ravello castellabate palinuro

the ruins of herculaneum and vesuvius

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy
Visiting Herculaneum and Vesuvius were the two things I really, really wanted to while being in Campagnia. I have been to Pompeii years ago and I have some weird memories of it that are somewhat intertwined with my memories of the Prater in Vienna – don’t ask, I really do not know why. Anyway, my mum and I went to “the other city”, the less tourist-y one. It was very fascinating to see, especially wince a lot of the wall colour and ornaments are still intact. Of course, it is also very sad/emotional to see a place that was inhabitated once, but hit by such a catasthrope – even though after reading a lot on the subject, I really wonder why people did not leave before the vulvan hit, because there were some obvious signs things would go downhill (and there had been extreme earthquakes before that cause destruction). Therefore I can’t help but wonder – even it such an event was unexpected, some sort of strike of nature was to be expected. Of course, I was not there, so I cannot say what I would have done and it’s always easy to wonder/judge afterwards.

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

Anyway, apparently most people in Herculaneum managed to escape, nevertheless they had to leave everything behind, lost friends and family members. And still Vesuvius nowadays looks calm and beautiful (some activity is expected in the next years/decades/centuries), I find it fascinating how much this can deceive you. As a Latin student for six years and then an additional seminar for two more) I learnt quite a bit about the time Pompeii and Herculaneum were still inhabitated and how the destruction came to be. However reading some additional books did help of course. It’s also interesting, since the discovery of the cities and the uncovering was also heavily encouraged by 18th/19th century female royality (another favourite subject of mine). The wifes often were more interested than there husbands. One of them was Caroline Murat and I think Maria Karolina (or another daughter of Maria Theresia of Austria who basically said the digs/founds were the only thing keeping her alive).

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

If you would like to see my take on historically inacurate take on a historic (some weird mixture of 1850s-1950s) female archaeologist, you can find that here. Of course that also means a few more pictures of Herculaneum and Vusuvius.

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

By the time this day way over, mum and I were really done, I could not recall the code for my phone andymore and her battery was almost dead and we still had to find out how to get home! It was a mess, but even the unfriendly people and the angst could not overshine the wonderful day and the incredibly friendly people that helped us/were friendly (the driver of the shuttle up mount vesuvius, his collagues later, the people at the restaurant, the people working at at digs)…

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

Herculaneum Vesuvius Vulcan archaeology travel italy

temples and icecream in Paestum ♥

Paestum Travel Beige Outfit Italy Poseidonia
Today I wanted to share some photos from Paestum. In case you follow me on Instagram you already saw some of them on Instagram. I love archaeology and Greek mythology, so this was a wonderful place to be at. I loved all the beautiful beige stones that tell stories that happened long ago. Paestum was founded by the Greek, named Poseidonia back then (about 600 BC). Due to the fertile soil, they could plant a lot of stuff and got wealthy enough to built those gigantic temples. As with so many place this one got lost and was found again around the same time as Pompeii and Herculaneum (18th century). If you get the chance you should visit the temples of Hera, Poseidon and Athena as well as the museum, they have some fascinating pieces there.

Paestum Travel Beige Outfit Italy Poseidonia Ice Cream Temple

Paestum Travel Beige Outfit Italy Poseidonia Temple

Paestum Travel Beige Outfit Italy Poseidonia Temple

Paestum Travel Beige Outfit Italy Poseidonia Temple

Paestum Travel Beige Outfit Italy Poseidonia Temple

Paestum Travel Beige Outfit Italy Poseidonia Temple

Paestum Travel Beige Outfit Italy Poseidonia Temple

Paestum Travel Beige Outfit Italy Poseidonia Temple

Paestum Travel Beige Outfit Italy Poseidonia Temple Dog

Paestum Travel Beige Outfit Italy Poseidonia Temple
The Heraion is a bit further away, mum and I took the bikes to get there. It’s only a couple of stones/remains, but apparently it was sort of a temple once, too. However the museum they had closed as well which I think is rather sad.

Paestum Travel Beige Outfit Italy Poseidonia Temple Ice Cream

Bug
Additionally, here is the picture of an adorbale insect I found one night.

what I got in paestum, napoli and herculaneum

Paestum Haul Shopping Napoli Herculaneum Book Jewellery Cameo Gold
Currently I am working my way through the photos I took in the south of Italy at the end of August/beginning of September. And the easiest to filter though and edit are the things I found and bought. I did not get a lot, but rather collected a couple of nature things/lost items. Also somewhere (probably in the car) there could be a beautiful pine cone. But I yet have to find it again.

Paestum Haul Shopping Napoli Herculaneum Book Jewellery Cameo Gold
In Paestum and at Herculaneum I found these old booklets about historic Italian sites. There is an entire series, but of course they only keep the ones relevant to the particular site at the museum shops. These ones are from the 70s and 80s.

Paestum Haul Shopping Napoli Herculaneum Book Jewellery Cameo Gold
At a music store in Naples (musicanteshop) I found a couple of great postcards and I picked up Pulp Fiction and Star Wars for myself. I just love the designs and that they look like they were produced right after the movies came out.

Paestum Haul Shopping Napoli Herculaneum Book Jewellery Cameo Gold belt
My mum had to get something for a friend’s kid and Coconudina was the shop for that. However they had belts on sale for about 2 Euros and since they are for kids, I can wear them around the waist. Since I try to incoorporate more belts in my wardrobe, a black one was a must.

Paestum Haul Shopping Napoli Herculaneum Book Jewellery Cameo Gold bysimon
One of my favourite type of jewellery are cameos, especially as brooches, but also as necklaces and this one bysimon one is just such a beauty! It was a gift by my mum an I treasure it a lot.

Paestum Haul Shopping Napoli Herculaneum Book Jewellery Cameo Gold
I also got this piece, a gold bracelet in a somewhat Roman/Etruscan style and I think they truly captured the Antique feeling.

Paestum Haul Shopping Napoli Herculaneum Book Jewellery Cameo Gold Lost things Nature
Lastly, a couple of things people lost, and things I collected – shells, amber, mini pine cones, a piece from Mount Vesuvio, a moth, keys (I guess bike lock), a rose on a pin, a ad and a Albert Einstein e=mc² bracelet. I do not know the stories behind those, but I really like thinking they have great ones.

What do you like to collect, do you keep keepsakes from nature?

Tulip Fever | Fangirl Friday

When Tulip Fever came out, I was in Italy, so when I came back, I looked for a cinema to watch it in OV. On Sunday I finally got to see it and I did actually quite like it.

The main reason for me watching this was the cast. First and foremost of course the lovely Dane DeHaan. I wil watch every movie he stars in in cinema and you cannot stop me. Of course, Christoph Waltz, Alicia Vikander and Dame Judi Dench were even more reason to watch it. And to be honest the casting probably saved this movie in a way. Because the story while being interesting focused mainly on the romance and the romance did not really develope. I totally get, why Sophia and Jan would fall for each other, but I would have loved to have seen this on screen as well. You know, like them talking a bit at first. And we did not get that. When the romance was in full bloom however and the movie followed the story again, it was fantastic. The scenery and costumes added a lot, of course. But it was a nice yet a bit flat film. If you are into historic movies, I bet you will like it. What I have to say however – this movie was almost two hours and not once did I feel bored. This might also have been due to the amazing looks of Dane, but actually some of story elements were quite innovative and captivating. Especially when it came to Maria or the convent, I think the movie was fantastic. I cannot put my finger on what this movie was lacking, though (maybe it really was the romance that put me off).
So for me, while I enjoyed the subplots a lot, I think the main plot could have been improved. I want real chemistry before characters kiss on screen, and that just was not the case. The actors and costumes made up for it a bit, but it did leave a bitter taste. Meanwhile the romance of Maria was very authentic and the entanglement maybe a bit intense, but well rounded. To me, she was also one of the best actors – I mean of course, there are Oscar winning actors in this movie, it is filled with good actors, but she protruded nevertheless.
AS mentioned above this movie is mainly for the looks and actors, not all of the plot is captivating/realistic, but it woudl deserve a lot more recognition than it is getting at the moment.

a few pictures of Salzburg from a while ago

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salzburg travelling wanderlust austria gut aiderbichl

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria gut aiderbichl

A few weeks ago, at the end of July my mum and I went to Salzburg and Gut Aiderbichl because they had a T-Rex skeleton to exhibit. The first couple of photos are from Gut Aiderbichl, a place where they take care of animals that would often be killed otherwise. It is mainly for horses, alpacas, goats and pigs (big/farm animals), but there are also a handful of dogs and cats – the cats have a great set of three big rooms, a garden with a fence and can go anywhere. And of course the T-Rex. What was kind of funny to me is that most people get there using their car – it’s like let’s support nature (animals), but destroy it at the same time (exhaust gas pollution). You can get their by bus and shuttle however like we did, but it is a bit complicated and you should tell the bus driver where you are going, because they will call someone at the Gut. Besides all the animals you can also get something to eat (all vegetarian or vegan) and buy stuff at a flea market (the money earned goes to the animals of course). And I did find some Vinatge books, a vintage camera and posters.

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria gut aiderbichl dinosaur

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria gut aiderbichl dinosaur

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria gut aiderbichl

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria gut aiderbichl

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria gut aiderbichl

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria mozart melange sachertorte

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria  schloss mirabell

We then wandered through the beautiful city. Not only, but also due to the fantastic food, it’s one of my favourite cities. The café to which I went before is Cafe Classic next to the Mozart Museum. And, if I may say so they have the best Sachertorte there is. Literally no Sachertorte anywhere compares to this. Alongside I recommend Mozart Melange which is coffee with Mozart ball flavour and it is just delicious (and I need this mug). We had dinner at Zum fidelen Affen and it was very tasty as well.
The city is great to explore for a day or two. Even the regular shopping streets are beautiful and historic and I’d highly recommend spending some time there and just wandering around – but you have to stop at Mirabell Castle.

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria  schloss mirabell

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria  schloss mirabell

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria zum fidelen affen schlutzkrapfen

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria zum fidelen affen desert chocolate