~Theme of the week: more like two weeks…~
Hello lovely people! I’ve got to start this off by saying that I accidentally deleted almost all of my pictures on the blog so far, and that it is going to to take me some time to restore them, but I fully intend to! Also it has been about 10 days since my last post so a lot has happened! The biggest adventure was my trip down to Palermo in Sicily which was truly one of the most unbelievable experiences of my entire life. Because I saw so much I am just going to upload each picture with commentary, instead of trying to summarize everything generally in one longer post. Hopefully I don’t delete this too and leave contextless descriptions that only cause confusion! I’ve got my fingers crossed…
OKay so this one is not in Palermo, it’s in Viterbo at Sant’Andrea, which my drawing class met at last Tuesday. My roommate and I always have trouble finding the right place to go and end up 10-15 minutes late.
Also at Sant’Andrea, I just really loved how the light came across the door.
Also still in Viterbo, we visited this building in my Art History class, we caught it at a good moment in terms of lighting… this facade is really unique and interesting because it’s very low relief sculpture and painting combined in a way that really just casts the smallest shadows and is only obvious when the light is in the right place.
Palermo! So a quick few words about our journey there, we took the 6:25 am train into rome and then another train from the city center to the airport. This was all very stressful and exciting for me, and accomplishing it with just my travel partner Mary was really a boost to my self confidence. One the plane I had a window seat and watched the Med as we flew. The landing was incredible too, the winds were very very strong that day and we ended up circling the airport for a goof 15 minutes waiting for them to die down enough to actually land! After the 15 minutes we approached and I had never experienced anything like that kind of landing before in my life…. it was actually kind of fun, because I had faith in the aircraft and the pilot, I knew things would be okay. For anyone who has flown before, I am curious to know if you’ve ever flown Italian style. Flying Italian is a whooole other event in itself! It’s a very close knit, dynamic culture, and the whole flight there was music and talking and when the plane lands there is cheering and clapping and commentary, it’s very social. I imagine it’s obvious that I’m not Italian due to my general shyness and lack of participation more than anything else. But after this very interesting flight and landing we were finally in Palermo! We took a bus to the main city, which was another new thing to figure out, and found our way to our air bnb, already recognizing that palermo was very different from anywhere we had been before, and that it had been much too long since we had seen the ocean!!
I was one of the first to board…
I love modern technology. I could track where I was by the minute of the map, makes me feel better about traveling alone.
Church in Palermo
This fountain was incredible, there were mermaids, dragons, camels, dogs, dolphins, horses, it was great!
The fountain was in a piazza in between two churches.
The churches in palermo have a lot of influences that aren’t Roman Catholic because the island was under control by many different empires in times past.
The orange domes here were really spectacular at sunset!
See through leaf!
Lots of boats and fish this weekend.
We spent most of our time in Palermos many gardens! They were really incredible, it was refreshing to be somewhere so green again, and also somewhere so close to the ocean! The smells really brought me home, the warmth of the evening and the smell of sweet roses were calming physically mentally and spiritually.
I’ve never smelled anything as sweet as these roses!
On our second day there we went to Mondello beach!
I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to swim!!
I was really fond of this building because it was painted, and all the real architecture and sculpture from antiquity was painted in very bright colors! Things like this make it much easier to re-imagine that time so long ago…
The pigeons were really colorful here too!
If you look closely you’ll find a cat!
Greenhouse in the Park
I don’t know which genius put brioche under gelato but I LOVE it.
Sicily is famous for ‘arancine’ aka friend rice balls! Mine had smoked salmon in it, and was ‘volcano style’ which essentially means really hard to eat and spills everywhere!
It was really uplifting to spend time in the sunshine! I got a little bit of a sunburn and recharged my happiness batteries. It was REALLY sunny though!
Pair this with an imagined smell of orange blossoms and the feel of sun on your skin.
We literally stumbled upon this by accident! This church was really interesting to me because it is considered “young” by Italian standards, yet is OLDER than my Nation….
I am currently working on a small painting of it as well!
Pure lapis, what a way to go.
This was an interesting artistic choice/technique.
I love the sass of these two…
Taken so I could draw it later, but I got frustrated at all the little finicky bits 😦
Lastly, some lovely foliage in the courtyard of a church we didn’t get to go to 😦
Well there is a lot more about Palermo that I would love to share, but unfortunately it is rather late here and I have a field trip tomorrow to a TWO THOUSAND year old garden!
I hope that everyone is doing well, I really do wish I could add more to this, but these next two months are going to be really busy and really full of new places and travels! This weekend for example I am going to Malta! I’ll get to see the sun again! Please let me know if there’s anything you are curious about, I hope you’ve enjoyed everything! Much love and best wishes! ❤