Travel Diary: Italy, 2016

Venice is no doubt one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world. The floating island feels miles away from the rest of time and civilization, being car- free and having lavish architecture. It is truly a time capsule that feels barely changed from its construction in around 400AD. Venice’s history is truly a remarkable one. Built upon a marsh, the island was constructed by refugees who fled nearby mainlands upon the collapse of the Roman Empire. They overcame every obstacle to complete the city, and the grandeur of the buildings is allegedly a nod of proud resilience to the Barbarians who exiled them. After learning a bit about this history from my mother as we wandered the streets, I no doubt saw the city in a different perspective. The tale is certainly an inspiring one.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We stated in Sirmione, a peninsular on Lake Garda. I love lake holidays and Garda is certainly some of the clearest blue most beautiful water I’ve seen. It looked like the Caribbean at times and provided a refreshment from the heat. We took a ferry trip to a few of the numerous towns lining the lake, pictured here are Bardolino and Garda, as well as Sirmione.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Verona is another beautiful city, which like Venice felt a little like a glimpse into history! Italy definitely provides an unaltered glimpse into the past which I just do not see in the UK. Observing these cultural differences is what makes travelling really special, reminding me of the breadth and diversity in the world both past and present. The final two images are at the scene of Juliet’s balcony, or Casa de Giulietta. The site is obviously about love, (made famous because it allegedly inspired Shakespeare’s writing) and the graffiti walls of names upon entry were an eye- opening sign of the vast differences in the way generations portray their thoughts, yet the evidently timeless similarity in the purpose of our messages. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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