Call Me By Your Name

Last Friday I went to see CMBYM and I am still thinking about this movie a lot. I just wrote this few words and I am getting emotional again, fighting back tears. This movie is one of the best I have seen in years, maybe ever. It is powerful, heavy, but in a lazy way (not lazyly made, note that), like a summer breeze in a way.

Let’s start with the negative, maybe, and that is not really a negative, I guess. I did not like Oliver personally, I think he was well portrayed and his character worked well in the movie, but I just did not like him. This did not have any influence oon how I perceived the story, however, so this is more of an observation.
Elio on the other hand I truly loved from very early on, I think he is such a wonderful, soft and intelligent character. This really feels like his movie, it is sad and tragic yet beautiful. The setting of course was perfect, summery Italy in the 80s had me in a melancholic mood from the beginning on. The way it is shot, too, has a vintage feel, but not forced in any way. It has very warm tones and slow camera motion which I always like. This shows of the wonderful set design and costumes lovely – the women’s outfits were all so flowy and soft, I wanted them all. There is a love of nature, old houses and bike rides and those are all things I love. It is difficult for me to put into words how much I loved this movie, it touched me on another level and I had to take a couple of minutes after the movie just calming down. There was a lot of crying involved for me and in the movie too – the emotionality this put me through was very intense, but I feel like watching it again soon.
One of my favourite things about this was the way looks, emotions, expressions – the acting in general – were used to convey to the story. There is very little dialogue, which I appreciate – the amazing acting works out perfectly, you truly do not need the spoken word. And since I prefer a good acting over dialogue, this was beautifu. Thimothée Chalamet especially did a superb job of conveying Elio’s internal thoughts just through his expression and movement. This would also have worked as a silent movie, because the music choosen was mainly piano (and without a singer). The story is simple, but the way it is exectued is just so worth watching.
Another great thing were the parents. The mother is a very loving, easy-going, understanding person, someone I aspire to be (also incredibly beautiful) and the father is so important and the little monologue he had towards the ending had me in tears (also through his character we get some archaeology which I always appreciate). I wish all parents were this understanding and kind.

The entire movie was very emotional for, very beautifully made and a pleasure to watch, so I hope everyone has the possibility to watch it.

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a tiny guide to lucca

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When I decided to go to Florence a priority of mine was to spend a day in Lucca, too. I remembered the city from a few years back and from a book I read in class in 11th or 12th grade. And while I wasn’t feeling to hot that day (my throat was a nightmare), once more it was a lovely day spent. Since I am obsessively neat with writing down everything I do while travelling (in order!), I can easily write this guide more than three months after I’ve been there. As stated above it’s only a tiny guide, but it is wonderful to explore Lucca by foot or bike without a real plan – however maybe these can be a few stops on your journey.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

How to get there. When you’re staying in Florence, you can get to Lucca directly by train or Flixbus in about an hour and a half. Then you just have to walk about five minutes and you reach the old town.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

What to do. I ended my journey there, but I want to mention it here first: go to the Botanical Garden. I love botanical gardens in general and Italian ones in particular, but this one takes the crown. I took a few pictures you can see at the end of this post to get a look. Another thing that is basically a must is walking on the city wall – or taking the bike to just ride around the city! There are two beautiful churches you should have a look at – while you have to pay for Cattedrale San. Martino, it is very worth it and you can attend one or two other places with the ticket. The other one is in the middle of the town, San Michele in Foro, a very plain church, but very impressing nevertheless. Both of them are beautiful from the outside alone, but you should go inside as well. Most famous is maybe Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro, a lovely place to just stay at for some time and enjoy the buzzing people. While being at Lucca I realised that the museums are very sparely visited, but if you find the time, do have a look at Palazzo Mansi – because it’s not only a beautiful palace, but also great museum featuring instruments and clothing from past centuries. AND it has a lovely garden, too.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

Where to eat. I only had little snacks and ice cream all over town, but I did have tea at the Tea Room which is part of the Palace Hotel (Via S. Paolino, 103). It was a lovely place to watch people passing by and just relax for some time – also, they have really good tea.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

Where to shop. I wasn’t sure whether to put this in the food category or this one, but I opted for this (obviously): Chocolat (Via Cenami, 1), a chocolate/sweets shop that not only looks adorable outside and in, but also – most importantly – the sweets are delicious! Another unique place to shop at is American Market Di Betti Faustina (Via Della Fratta, 13 15) – Betti has wonderful fabrics that are very unique. Especially if you’re looking for border prints, this is your place to go.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

visting vinci

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy
When you are going to Vinci I assume you either are interested in Leonardo or you want to go hiking – it’s the perfect location for both. When I went there in autumn as part of my trip to Florence I wanted to visit all the houses of the Leonardo exhibition and that was wonderful. Every part of it was really interesting and since Vinci is an adorable town it was also a joy to walk around for a while. You could technically walk up to the birth house as well, and I would have loved to, but unfortunately I did not have enough time for that. Nevertheless I also truly enjoyed the nature and the view! To get to Vinci without a car you take the train to Empoli and then get onto the bus – and same for the journey back (however that is less frequent and takes longer because the route is a bit different, so look up your last commute).

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Cat

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Outfit Midcentury 50s

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Cat

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

what to do in florence

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I was very excited to get back to Florence – it was my last trip in 2017 (in October, it sure took me a while to edit these pictures and write this) before starting university and I had been playing a lot of Assassin’s Creed in Renaissance Italy, so yes, this was very high up on the list. And I truly had the best time, one day excluded it was very warm and sunny – almost summerish. Now, I want to share a couple of things you shouldn’t miss while being in Florence. It is also the perfect city as a start to visiting Tuscany or as a base to make a couple of trips to the surrounding towns – I will write about the ones I visited too.

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firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

The really touristy stuff. First of, most museums are free of charge on the first Sunday every month, so in case you’re in the city during that time, look up for which ones that applies. Yes, it is worth booking the whole ticket to see the Doumo, the Campanile, the museum, the old cathedral and the baptistry – that last one especially because it is stunning and the ceiling painting depicts a various scenes Christian religious canon. Same goes for the Uffizi, book the tickets beforehand – I did not book my tickets for the Museo dell’Academia beforehand (where David is exhibited) and waited about an hour, that was okay for me, because the weather was fantastic, but it sure is better to get them ahead of time – or be early, as for Ponte Vecchio – go there super early or super late, I mean, it is always stuffed, but it is worth having a look at the little shops on the bridge. I would also say it’s worth visiting Piazza Michelangelo, it’s a nice “hike” to the piazza and you have a fantastic view.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

The touristy stuff. While being directly at Piazza della Signora Palazzo Vecchio is surprisingly uncrowded on the inside. You can have a look at the atrium without paaying the entrance fee, but it is indeed worth going inside as well and having a look at the rooms – and out of the windows. More crowded, but still less than I expected was Palazzo Pitti and the Giardini Boboli – the gardens are obviously super enjoyable for walking around, but the rooms inside the palazzo feature so much wonderful art and costumes from past eras, it is stunning. Right above the Gardens you can enter Belvedere – there is usually a exhibition/installion (look at the picture with the enormous skeletton in the background) going on, too, but it is also just worth the view – especially if you don’t want to be pushed around on Piazza Michelangelo on sunny days.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

The not so touristy stuff.
If however you find yourself walking up to Piazza Michelangelo, walk via the Giardino delle Rose, a beautifully curated garden of roses that also has a nice view over the city and just lovely entwined ways. While the Dante quarter is quite crowded, his birth house with a wonderfully curated museum sure is not. Of course, it depends on whether the Divina Comedia and his life interest you, but for me that was a very interesting visit. Same goes for the Museo Galileo – he is famous, but somehow his museum in Florence is not – they have tons of interesting scientific instruments and even a place where you can try things yourself. As always I have to mention the Museo Geologia & Palaeontologia along with the Botanical Garden in San Marco. The museum has a lot of beautiful exhibition pieces with very interesting information provided – though, of course, earth sciences are quite popular in Tuscany I assume from the research/digging done. A church I would definitely recomment is Santo Spirito, very subdued in a very calm place of the city. If you find the time, don’t miss out on San Lorenzo, the entire quarter is very lovely, but especially the basilica and the monastery are quite interesting. And of course, Palazzo Martelli is incredibly beautiful.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

Food. There are tons of wonderful places to eat at, but if you’re looking for a nice gelato, don’t miss out on La Bottega del Gelato/The Stickhouse – they basically sell regular Ice Cream on a stick, it tastes super fresh and amazing and can be covered in chocolate, nuts etc. One of my favourite things to eat is fried vegetables which are very popular in Italy, I had a delicous serving at Rivalata Café and another one at Il Fritto inside Mercato Centrale. If you’re looking for a place to eat near the Duomo, Loggia degli Albizi has delicious food. And on the other side of the river, Caffé Oltrano which is quite popular among students has very tasty snacks and the owner is very lovely. I had breakfast more than once from this adorable place near my hostel (Santa Monaca which was quite lovely with incredibly nice staff and very nice other guest too!), S.forno – a bakery that was just adorable and the food was delicious and fresh (Via Santa Monaca, 3/R)!

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

Vintage Shopping with no end. Rarely have I been to a place with as many Vintage shops as Florence – so obviously there is a price range from bargain to over the top expensive, but I try to give a little overview. La Belle Epoque (Borgo Pinti 24/R) is stuffed with a wide range of things from all eras, you will find 80s pieces as well as 50s ones and all to a decent price. One adorable shop with a mix of Vintage and Vintage inspired pieces is Lady Jane B Vintage (Via dei Pilastri, 32), a small adorable store with a lovely sales assistant and also a vary of handmade accessoires. I am sure if I was living in Florence I’d go there quite often. Same goes for Giratempo Vintage (Piazzeta piero Calamandrei, 2), which is very focused on 50s Vintage with a lot of lovely pieces, though a bit pricier – it’s very central, so you can definitely drop by without much ado. If you enjoy a large selection with a lot of fancy dresses Street Doing Vintage (Via dei Servi, 88/R) might be interesting. From the outside it looks just like every other Vintage store, but then you get in and walk to the back and ther is just so much stuff and also they have a section just for accessoires, particularly glasses! A street with a lot of Vintage shops is Via dei Fossi with Epoca Vintage (Via dei Fossi, 6), medium prices with a wide selection and Cancello Vintage (Via dei Fossi, 13/R), specially selected, more unique pieces – but of course at a higher price. If you walk along the stree over the Arno you get to Via dei Serragli and find even more Vintage shops, among them Momo Vintage (Via dei Serragli, 7/R), Ceri Vintage (Via dei Serragli, 26) and Recollection by Albrici (Via dei Serragli, 22) and there is probably something for every taste – even though a lot of it is a bit on the expensive side.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

A few more shops. Basically a must stop for me is the Disney Store and the Pinocchio Store. Both, pretty self explaining. If you are looking for fabulous fabrics, to stop at Valli Tessuti (Via della Vigna Nuova, 81/R), even though it is pricy, it is worth just having a look. Mesticheria Tucci (Via dei Servi, 76) is the place to go in case you want to see one of those typical Italian shops owned by little old men and stuffed with everything from cups to cleaning rugs.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

Last but not least I want to share a couple of treasures I found in Florence. Most importantly my second Scott McClintock dress – it is a little big on me, but I could not resist this dream in white – I actually wore it on Halloween for my undead bride/demon outfit. At the Disney store I got a lovely Donald Ornament, because he is one of my favourite characters and this particular one is so vintage-y, I’m in love. Along with it a Leia on Endor Tsum Tsum. At various Vintage/Knick-Knack Stores I found a black beret like I have been looking for, a Pinocchio Pin, a Florin, a Star Wars Mug and a cute postcard. Also I picked up a chestnut and brought that home and since the hostel did not have free tea, I got some Twinings Lemon Scented Black Tea after my trip to Lucca – ever since then I really developed a taste for black tea! Oh, and of course the fabric I got in Luccs which I already turned into a dress here.
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firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance souvenir donald duck disney fabric beret star wars

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

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.
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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!
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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

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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 ♥

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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

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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?