Feng Shui will tell you... you should surround yourself with images of what you wish to attract into your life.. So I'm doing a bit of Feng Shui 'Ruby Style' and creating myself a Virtual Travel Angel, as once again my thoughts are turned to travel and a longing to return to Italy!! A place where passion and gusto are interwoven into the fabric of life.. and the eye is blessed with earthy beauty, dramatic, raw and imposing..
It's been some time since I posted an IF IT'S TUESDAY entry. For those of you who are new here.. the IF IT'S TUESDAY posts are where my passion for photo alteration began.. Gussying up my old scratchy travel snapshots I took in the pre-digital era. One in particular that has seen many a resurrection is my 'Angel With Cross' from the Pont Sant'Angelo, Roma. I think this is variation #5... and today I have transported her to the back alleys of Old Roma in front of the shuttered windows of the Albergo Sole where I stayed in 1996.
Now although I usually prefer to travel to destinations near the sea [eg Venice] .. All of Italy stole my heart.. and I couldn't help but fall in love with Roma.. So many things to love in this city.. The Vatican City [see here], Piazza Navona, and her many fountains and the winding cobbled alleys beckoning one to get lost and wander in search of the perfect coffee.. Which is not hard to find almost anywhere in northern Italy.. so let's wander a bit shall we ..
THE DELIGHTFULLY RUSTIC FACADE OF ALBERGO SOLE
VINTAGE CARS A BONUS
THE PANTHEON AND HER OUTDOOR CAFES
A MORE RUSTIC BACK ALLEY AFFAIR
AND A CLOSEUP OF THE FACADE WITH IT'S FABULOUS FADED FRESCO
BEAUTY IS EVERYWHERE IN ROMA!!
& ANOTHER FAVOURITE
OR MAYBE IT WAS THE WAITER!!! [UNFORTUNATELY NOT IN THE SHOT!]
AND FINALLY.. NOT A CAFE.. BUT PIAZZA NAVONA AND
BERNINI'S TONGUE IN CHEEK - 'FOUNTAIN OF THE FOUR RIVERS'
MOCKING THE CHURCH BY HIS RIVAL BORROMINI
So some of you are probably thinking.. well.. why not just pop over there this year!! .. and some of you probably will... but for us poor antipodeans who were long ago banished to the dark nether regions of this earth.. travel to Europe is about a twenty hour flight... therefore something one doesn't do for a quick one week of travel. Both times I visited Europe were extended trips of nine weeks or so... and both times I tried to take in as much as I could not knowing if I would be able to return.. Although.... I did throw my three coins in the Trevi Fountain each and every time.. so there must be another trip in the waiting and I just need to get that Virtual Travel Angel into gear!!!
I'll be back later in the week with some more shots of Italy in the same colourway ...
Blues & Browns inspired by the sea and coffee!!
Or long chats about Italy at a seaside cafe!!
IMAGE SOURCE & CREDITS:
All Text, Photography and Artwork by [Being Ruby©]
Location: La Bella Roma, 1996