Handmade Update | October & November 2017

So, finally another update on handmade things. It isn’t much due to uni (how annoying is reading that already?), but I have a few projects planned that are easily made – though I still need the fabric! Also in case you are interested: I put up a few things on my etsy that I don’t feeel like wearing anymore. Aaaanyway, here we go.

First real day at uni: bio is great and very chemical (and it will probably be more of revision of what I already know, but it's interesting, so that's ok), but maths is, well, I guess I have to focus a lot of learning energy on that. 📚 Any tips on how to make maths fun/interesting? I only have it for two semesters, at least. 🙈 Also this fabric features little mushrooms, squirrels and ducks and it's so autumnal. 🍂And I wanted it to look a bit like a Dirndl with the buttons. 😊 { #ootdsocialclub #ootd #whatiwore #pinupgirl#handmade #noveltybrooch #noveltybroocheveryday #erstwilder #foxhair #brideoffrankensteinhair#20sbob #doyoulikemyvintagebob #1920s #1930s#1940s #50s #50sgirl#50sfashion #midcentury #girlswithtattoos #20thcentury #vintagegirl #vintagegal #vintagefashion #retrogirl #autumnfashion #dirndl #noveltyprint #1950s #vintage }

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Autumn Dress
7th of October
I found the fabric while I was in Lucca and I fell in love. Border prints are rather rare where I live and finding this beautiful one in Lucca was a dream. I turned it into a Dirndl-ish dress and I quite like the way it turned out and the way the print shows. Especially these little ducks and squirrels are so wonderful.

Pumpkin Dress Orange 50s handmade midcentury
Pumpkin Dress
6th, 7th of October
This was another project for a very autumnal dress. The dark orange tone is wonderful and I do like the way it turned out. I changed things during the process of making it and that was quite interesting, too. I am no 100% content, but I don’t know what it is. I think it’s the confusion that comes with a style shift. Here is the dress in an outfitpost.

Skirts for Aida
20th of November
Along with sorting out stuff for etsy, I also asked a friend if she wanted some of them. She did and so I changed the sizes. Unfortunatley, Idid not take pictures, but it was one simple grey skirt and one with hot air balloons.

dino Dinosaur Dress Handmade 80s 50s
Dino Dress
22nd, 23rd of November
Now this fabric is a dream! I ordered it online, because dinosaur fabrics are usually targeted at kids, so i was incredibly happy about finding this. The dress cut is inspired by The Other Sparrow, because they do kind cut dresses the way I really like it at the moment. Since I don’t really feel like knee-lenght anymore (most of the time). And I think that does a good job for the print as well. The zipper is my first real hidden zipper and I do quite like that as well, mainly because that way it’s not a zipper on the side and the backside is still cute.

So, this was my update for the last two months and I hope December will be filled with a few more sewing projects. What are and were you up to in the last months?

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All of Them Witches

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

I think I will just stop apologising for not being that active due to uni – after all this is more of a diary for me than anything else. These photos were taken around Halloween, but as you probably saw on my Instagram feed I include the witchy themes into most of my outfits nowadays. I am not wiccan, more of an agnostic pagan witch, probably. I do a couple of things wiccan witches do as well, like tarot readings and collecting herbs and flowers and drying them. Though in general I don’t use it as a religious outlet. Yet it is kind of contradictory that while I want to become a scientist I still believe in tarot, isn’t it?

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

As for the scientist part, I really feel like my study programme is quite perfect for me. Some of the base courses that I have only for one/two semesters are a bit exhausting because they either expect a looot or start at the very beginnning. But in general it feels just right and I can truly imagine pursuing a career in this field. Other than that I try to juggle my life and interests with studying at the moment and so when I have a few hours to spare I usually read or watch horror movies/shows (or procrastinate – but this week is going pretty well so far!). Even sewing got pushed back a bit – might be due to being in the weird space of my style changing a bit. I do want to write about that – more as a cohesive text, but I already wanted to say that I have a couple of things I don’t wear anymore up on my etsy. Talking about etsy, I really love looking for Vintage pieces at the moment. Because even with shipping it is usually cheaper than buying vintage where I live. And where I live finding Vintage that is actually lovely (and for a decent price) is also quite difficult. To be honest I think it should not have been this hard (impossible) to find a “gyspy” scarf instore, but apparently it was, so I got this one of a wonderful seller on etsy.

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

I was enchanted by the lovely autumn weather and especially light we had this year. Temperature dropped quite drastically after that, but October was really golden and felt quite magical. I also feel very comfortable in what I am wearing at the moment, though there are days I pick up things that don’t neccessarily match “the new me” (toput it that cheesy) and it feels kind of weird now, too. However this whole ensemble is quite accurate for what I like at the moment – being an autumn/forest witch or something along those lines. Probably trying to capture Stevie Nicks songs as outfits.

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

Dress – handmade | Scarf – Vintage via Menagical Vintage | Backpack – Vintage via melepele | BroochSayonara Baby | Necklace – Schmuckrausch | Shoes – Deichmann | Lipstick wet’n’wild Mega Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum Fairy

Mail Day #10 | Brooches, Socks and Bohemian Vibes

Mail Day #10 Brooches Wednesday Addams Zombie Grease Happy Socks
Long time no see. With uni, studying and procrastinating I don’t find the time or motivation to blog. I would love to and it feels good to type something out again – I also have a couple of things left I still want to write about. Among them beautiful pictures from Florence in early autumn. Anyway this time I would like to share a couple of things that I ordered, mainly from etsy. This is not really a Mail Day though, but more of a Mail Halfyear or so. There are some beautiful pieces and great etsy stores connected to it, so maybe you’ll find something new as well.

Sappho's Club Violet
Sappho’s Club – Violet Pin
As a member of the bi/pansexual girl club with a preference for girls I just wanted a Violet, also I love Sappho’s poetry, so I am very happy about this piece.

Bride of Frankenstein Pin Brooch kate gabrielle
kategabrielle – Bride Pin
This one is actually a regular pin, but I turned it into a brooch. The Bride of Frankenstein is aesthetically spoken on of my favourite movie characters. She is beautiful and the pin glows in the dark.

Wednesday Sticker SleepyKoi
SleepyKoi – Wednesday Sticker
When I saw the Wednesday Sticker, I fell in love with SleepyKoi Designs, so I ordered – but the package arrived empty. However, Renae was so sorry and she sent me not only the Wednesday Sticker, but also a package of small versions of some of her other stickers and they are adorable.

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret
GypsyGothVintage – 80s Scott McClintock Edwardian inspired Dress
Before I got this dress I had been eyeing it for quite some time and Kinsey is such a kind person, too. However since then I developed an obsession with Scott McClintock dresses, though this one is especially beautiful, you see more of it here. The details on the lace are incredible and the cut is a dream.

baccurelli Wednesday Brooch
19 Black – baccurelli – Wednesday
As you maybe saw above or in old posts you know that I love Wednesday Addams and this brooch captures her so perfectly, so I was hunting it down. It is a rather old baccurelli design and I felt so lucky to find probably one of the last ones.

Happy Socks
Happy Socks
I also got a wonderful package from happy socks, they asked me to pick out a few things and I chose these beauties. The socks are super soft and I really like how the panties are cut. This is the striped pair of socks and these are the heart panties.

Frenchie Grease erstwilder brooch
erstwilder – Frenchie Brooch
Frenchie is my favourite Grease character, so I got up really early to order her on the release day and erstwilder packed a beautiful package and to be honest erstwilder is kind of becoming my favourite brooch company.

Bride of Frankenstein Patch Jenni's Prints
jenni’s prints – Bride Patch
Yes, it is another Bride of Frankenstein piece, I am still considering where to put it – if on my denim jacket or my backpack. Tough decision.

80s does 50s egyptian skirt midcentury novelty print
Advantage in Vintage – 80s does 50s Egyptian Skirt
While I am developing a love for the 80s, I still very much appreciate a well done 80s does 50s – and this one does it so so well. This is a great novelty print and I am already so excited to wear it to a exhibtion about pharaos or Egyptian art.

Moth Display Hyles Euphorbiae Real Hyles Dahlii Female
Butterfly Palace – Moth
Even though it said Real Hyles Dahlii Female, I actually think it’s a Hyles Euphorbiae(spurge hawk-moth), like the one I have tattooed on me. It is a beautiful piece and arrived save and sound.

Zombie Brooch Halloween erstwilder
erstwilder – Zombie Brooch
This is the second brooch from erstwilder I ordered online, and again they included gifts and just decorated it so adorably. The brooch itself is so wonderfully crafted and it has the same colour as the circles on my chestpiece. Which probably concludes that I am in fact a zombie.

Mele Pele Backpack 50s Vintage Kid
melepele – 50s kids backpack
For university I wanted a backpack, but a second hand since I am trying to buy mainly handmade and used pieces. Also a 50s backpack – how cute is that? It is in fact a bit small, but everything fits inside(it’s for kindergarden kids, so that might explain it).

Gypsy Scarf Rose MenagicalVintage
Menagical Vintage – Gypsy Scarf
I was also on the lookout for a cute scarf like this, but actually looking for something specific in Vintage and Second Hand stores where I live basically never leads to anything, because they are small and do not have a lot of things. So after not finding one I got this beauty from the UK.

Sayonara Baby Dinosaur Jurassic Park Rosemary's Baby Witch Feminist
sayonara baby – Rosemary’s Baby Couldron and feminist dino brooch
While I was on the lookout for witch-y brooches, I found the cute couldron based on Rosemary’s Baby (really have to watch it again and read it!) and the Jurassic Park Brooch – they are smaller than I expected, but so adorable and the clours are really crisp!

baccurelli Star Wars Brooch C-3PO Leia Organa Skywalker Solo
baccurelli – C-3PO Brooch, Leia Brooch
I waited a long loooong time for this. I knew I would have to, but it took even longer, also because I was afraid it would arrive while I was on holiday, go to customs and be send back, and then the transfer from the US to Germany and then in Germany took forever. However now they are here and how beautiful are they?

Happy Socks Panties
Happy Socks
I also got another surprise package from happy socks with more panties and they are so cute! So obsessed with the pink panties. Here are the pink ones, the colourful ones and the socks.

That is it for now, let’s see when I get around to blogging again…. As I said I have a couple of things left to show you and I want a couple of new outfit shots, write a few toughts down, but this was the easiest for now. :)

Edwardian Bunny

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

First of all, sorry for the recent absense. My notebook died and I could not get it back to working. So I hope I can save my files at least. Anyway now I’m using a new notebook and want to share a couple of photos.

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

I grew up in a very rational, only little emotional household, however in the past months I found my way to spirituality and with it a new sense of style too. For the past three or four years I mainly wore a fifties silhoutte and I love that, but I discovered a love for the twenties and even further back – edwardian and victorian times. This was quite inspired by my interested in 19th century literature and people, and I really enjoy the cut of those times. Sure, Scott McClintock was a 80s designer and this was probably for a wedding, or maybe celebrations before or afterwards. The low waist accentuates my curves while most dresses make me look like I have no hips whatsoever, which makes me feel very good. A bit opposing to the shoulder pads which are way out of my comfort zone (I am very self-conscious about my shoulders – for whatever reason). However this dress never really makes me feel comfortable with my body and person, because it makes me look like a Woodland Fairy Witch (of course the beret and shoes add to that – but then again thoes shooooes….. <3).

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

That brings me back to my spirituality – I am agnostic, but I feel very connected to nature and witchcraft. It helps me find my inner centre. I was always interested in myths and magic, but getting closer to it with tarot cards and spending time in nature just breathing just makes me feel more at peace with myself. I also spend most of the time listening to Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, because it makes me feel so spiritual like nothing ever did. I don’t know if you ever had this kind of moment – maybe you found religion only later on in life -, but it is very interesting and shocking in a way. It feels like finding something you did not know you were missing.

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Rhiannon rings like a bell through the night
And wouldn’t you love to love her?
Takes to the sky like a bird in flight
And who will be her lover?
All your life you’ve never seen a woman taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised to you heaven?
Will you ever win?

She is like a cat in the dark
And then she is the darkness
She rules her life like a fine skylark
And when the sky is starless
All your life you’ve never seen a woman taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised to you heaven?

– Rhinnon (Fleetwood Mac)

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret

Dress – Vintage Scott McClintock (via GypsyGothVintage) | Brooch – erstwilder | Rings – six | Shoes – Irregular Choice (only available at other sides now) | Beret – The Other Sparrows

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

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