Saturday, 24 December 2011

Lady Cecilia, Lover of Roses

A winter walk around the garden's of Castle Howard. I fell in love with the dedication plaque for Cecilia, a garden of rose's for her.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

The Floating City

~ dress Urban Outfitters

The City of Water, renowned for its beauty and opulent history was the final stop on our trip to Italy. Built upon 117 small islands Venice is a refreshing spectacle of romance and passion for beautiful architecture.

I could happily wander the canals for hours with no direction just desire to capture images. Truth be told there isn’t a way to best describe Venice as it is a wonder of the world which should be visited by anyone who loves a fairytale setting. I just wish there wasn’t any tourists!

“This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty - this city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose insalubrious air the arts once rankly and voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism.”
Paul Thomas Mann a German novelist

Italy Part 2...

We hired a car and left Verona to visit Lake Garda and explore the countryside of Treviso, known as the garden of Venice. Our visit to the Lakes was just an afternoon of sitting in the sun and reading a book on the edge of the Lake. It was very beautiful though full of modern day hotels lining the road which stretched around the lakeside. After seeing such delightful, ancient architecture in Verona it did make me feel the Lake wasn’t a place of magnitude beauty in comparison.

Leaving Lake Garda for our converted farm house in San vito which I must say is the most loveliest B&B I have had the pleasure of staying . This was a perfect base to explore Asolo "The City of a Hundred Horizons". Such a dainty little town in the hills with beautiful architecture and a relaxed atmosphere it was lovely place to wander the streets.

An Italian friend of a friend recommended we visit Valdobbiadene, the home of Prosecco wine as I had mentioned how charming rolling hills of vineyards are. We drove to Valdobbiadene but instead of stopping we continued up the hill surrounding the town. Each viewpoint on the way was full of hundreds of purple/ blue and brown butterflies, I’ve never seen so many it was enchanting. We continued to climb the hill then once we had reached the peak it was the most magnificent view. The distance was incredible with snow top mountains in the far. The Treviso landscape is rather flat with enormous mountains rising.