anyone who knows me knows that ITALY has been on my bucket list for many many years now. and it took surviving ovarian cancer (and a generous check from my mom and dad) to finally push me to go. it’s been 3 months since i returned from my 10 day adventure there and it’s now just settling in that i actually did it. a warmth washes over me when i think of it. and when i look back at the photos…my heart races hand-in-hand with my mind. it really did happen didn’t it? it wasn’t just a dream. and it was absolutely perfect.
photography helps me to taste life twice. these photos remind me of the textures, colors, tastes and smells of my italian adventure. and to daydream about another trip down the line. hopefully sooner than later. see the thing about an italy addiction is that you can never satiate it. you constantly want more. you dream of making more memories and exploring new places.
dreams keep us afloat. they surround us with hope and cushion the reality of life. i remember sitting in a chemo room with my sister as the IV pumped into my veins….dreamily surrounding my reality. my sister put a photo of vernazza in cinque terre on my iPad screen saver. the beautiful palette of colors from that photo taunted me and filled me with hope and light to get through some of my darkest and hardest days.
i took so many photos that it’s impossible to add my favs to just one blog post…so i am breaking it into four different posts….just in an attempt to capture it all and properly document it…as well as to remind myself that dreams really do come true. and that i should never put dreams on the back burner like i did before. life is happening NOW. there aren’t any dress rehearsals!
part 2/next stop–cinque terre.