Sep 132015
 


Today, we visited Vatican City. The museums are a labyrinth of priceless art, and there is so much to see that it's impossible to appreciate everything in one day. From architecture, to sculpture–it's kind of over-stimulating. Plus, it is so crowded in there. I can't even imagine what it's like when it's not the off-season. #vatican #italy #vacation #travel #art #architecture #rome

Sep 132015
 


We didn't do too much in Rome today. We tried to go see the Trevi Fountain, but it was dry and under restoration. In the afternoon, I met up with the beautiful Barbara to do a photo shoot at the Villa Cellimontana. She is an American Tribal Style belly dancer here in Rome, with grace and a kind spirit. I am so grateful to have this opportunity to photograph a dancer on the other side of the world! Truly a dream fulfilled! #bellydance #ats #tribalstyle #italy #vacation #rome #bellydancer #travel

Sep 132015
 


We had a really good lunch at Cacio e Pepe, one of the restaurants featured in the Rome episode of Anthony Bourdain's Layover series. I had, well, their Cacio e Pepe: a simple but glorious dish consisting of fresh, homemade pasta, cheese, and pepper. #rome #italy #travel #food #cacioepepe

Sep 132015
 


Sadly, it's our last night in Italy. Before its end, I challenged myself to take a night photo of the Colosseum. It's hard to get a good vantage point since it is always surrounded by people, and half of it is currently covered in scaffolding for restoration. I managed to catch this one during Blue Hour, and although it's not ideal, it sums up a Rome that I will remember–a bustling contradiction of the modern and the ancient–its people and lights reflected on the rain-slicked streets. What a beautiful place! #rome #italy #colosseum #vacation #travel #nightphotography #italia

Sep 132015
 


After a hiccup in air travel related to electrical failure, we finally made it to our final destination: Rome, Italy! Here is the view from when we got into our hotel room this afternoon. #rome #italy #vacation #travel

Sep 132015
 


The Basilica of St. Mary of Angels and the Martyrs in Rome. This is the first photo I have posted that I was able to edit on a computer. I left my laptop at home for the trip, so I was editing everything on my phone. Also, as soon as I touched down in Rome, I was immediately trying to identify which buildings I've "Ezio'd" (scaled in Assassin's Creed). I think visiting a place I have immersed myself in through a video game made it more exciting for me. #italy #rome #italia #roma #rooftopview #cityscape #travel