Sydney is one of my favourite cities. So much to see and some great architecture with the Sydney Opera House right up on the top of my list. I spent a couple of days there recently and here are some shots I took. The history is fascinating so you can read about it here if you are interested.
“[Jørn] Utzon made a building well ahead of its time, far ahead of available technology… a building that changed the image of an entire country.”
Early morning view
Early morning view
Early morning closeup
Sydney in the blue hour
Vignanello (translates to “in the vineyard”) is a medieval village about an hour’s drive from Rome. Vignanello has been producing wine for centuries and still does today although there has been a major shift towards producing hazelnuts. These hazelnuts supply the major chocolate company Ferrero Rocher amongst others.
Most families in Vignanello owned their own cantinas (wine cellars) which were dug into the mountain/hillside and there they stored their homemade wines. Sadly these are no longer in use and have either been blocked/boarded up or turned into storage spaces. One of the main attractions is the castle, Castello Ruspoli which was unfortunately closed at the time of our visit.
This village is unadorned and untouched by tourism giving it an authentic atmosphere and an interesting experience to say the least.
An old cantina blocked up
An old cantina probably used for storage.
You can see cantinas in the hillside at the top right of this photo.
I caught this magical sunset in Rome, the Eternal City, and that’s where I left my heart.
I’m back in Australia! I had a fantastic time and took lots of photos (over 10,000) so I have a big job ahead of me sifting through the happy snaps and deciding which ones are worth posting on my blog. While we did a lot of sight-seeing, I found it impossible to take my time and much to my disappointment, most photos were taken on auto. Traffic and crowds interfered with composition and my very patient family sometimes lost their patience waiting for me 🙂
I hope I don’t bore you with my photos as I’m sure most of you have already seen the sights. I will post my regular photos here as well and will add a new tab on the menu bar for Europe. To kick off, here are a couple from Paris.
Paris, Arc de Triomphe