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Before I share some bits on the Venice Film Festival and our trip at the weekend I thought I would share some film photos I took while we were on our familymoon. I am really happy with how these ones came out. I think in future all photos of Venice should be taken with film.

My favourite is the photo I took of the little boy sitting (dangerously I might add) on the edge of the vaparetto stop with his captain’s hat and mini gondola. It isn’t a perfect picture but it just feels so right.

I also love how the black and white so perfectly captures the texture of the city.

Like this? Check out my thoughts on how shooting on film can improve your photography.

read ‘em and eat

kranz dal ciocolato from Dal Mas Pasticerria in Venice

This week was mostly about working at my new job. I am working some extra hours to start as some things need to get done before the kids roll in on Tuesday. It is really great been back in an environment where I actually get to speak to people every day (Tim aside). I am looking forward to getting into more of a routine though once the school year relaxes into ‘normality’ (whatever that is).

Yesterday we went to the Venice Film Festival which is where this breakfast shot is taken. Need to work on food photography that is taken while eaten while walking to catch a waterbus.

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READ ‘EM >>>

No ‘real’ reading this week. Hopefully I will get back into my Gabriel Garcia Marquez book this week.

EAT >>>

Generally the first thing I know do when I arrive in Venice (okay this is only the second time I have done it, but still) is turn left out the station, walk for about 5 minutes and on your right you will find a, likely busy, Pasticerria called Dal Mas. Inside order a kranz dal ciocolato. You pay by weight and it is a little pricey. One of these bad boys rocks in at about €4.50 to €5.00 but they are good! Like seriously good. We ate ours at the Vaperetto stop waiting for a waterbus to the LIdo before 10 in the morning and it did keep me going until we had dinner at 7pm.

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Well the summer holidays are kind of at an end with me working (although I am hoping there are still a good month, or two!, of summer here still), but I thought it was time to share some of what I got up to in the summer. Aside from our familymoon which I will share photos of later (I only had my film camera for that), we did a few little trips on our own.

First up was one of our ‘local’ towns which is about an hour away called Aquiliea. It was an important town in Roman times, was one of the biggest cities in the world in the second century AD and was an important Christian centre during that period. Now the town is a lot more modest with a population of only 3,500. The main ‘pull’ of the town is the Roman town that is slowly being uncovered (where possible). There is a self-guided tour around the town on which you see the ancient forum, some roads and a harbour.

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There are also a beautiful basilica and a former convent that have absolutely beautiful fifth century mosaics that cover a large expanse of floor. The floor is kind of warped in some places but it is amazing how much of the mosaic is still around. It kind of makes me feel like I should take up mosaic. I am sure there are trendier ways of it being done than I remember from my childhood. Aren’t all those ‘old crafts’ cool now?

We climbed up the bell tower which isn’t too many steps, but they are always so narrow. I suppose back in the day it was just used by one guy going to ring a bell and who wasn’t competing with other tourists coming back down or going up.

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Plus there is a cute cat.

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And a pizza restaurant which advertises itself with a giant pizza slice.

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We didn’t go to the archeological museum but there is always next time.

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Don’t you love when you come across a hashtag on Instagram that no-one else is using. It works as a great ‘filing system’. I have started ‘filing’ my images into several categories and #buildingsoftrieste is one I started to tag all my photos of the buildings I capture in Trieste. There sure is some fancy architecture around here and it is great when I want to brag to friends or family who haven’t visited yet to show them the beautiful city I live in.

I also tag my food pictures with #mycreativeeats. I love food and this is a great repository for mini-recipes (you know the kind that are just ingredients thrown together and not really recipes at all). I also just started #mypancakeclub which I would love people to share their own pancake inspiration to. Just a unique topping or addition to the mix. I love pancakes!

Moving on from my own ‘creations’. I love #notmynonni (nonni being grandparents in Italian) from @notmynonni. Italy’s elderly make up a large chunk of the population and they are such brilliant characters.

I’ve found participating in hashtag challenges (is that what you would call them) or just tagging pictures are a great way of coming across new (to me) Instagrammers (particularly in my new part of the world) and a friendly way to grow my Instagram following. Though I suggest when hashtagging don’t go overkill!

So tell me how do you use hashtags and what are some of your favourites? And also how irritating is it that you can’t click on tags on the Instagram website?!

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We had our first summer visitor this week and we did a little bit of exploring. The weather put on a great show and we had to head to the beach. Now, when I say “beach” this is a bit different to what I grew up with at home, ie sand gradually giving way to sea, with waves either gentle or aggressive. The beaches here are cement stretches that turn to rocks with a drop into water where you can’t touch the ground. I have to say though, that even though the beaches themselves might not be as pretty to photograph I prefer the fact that I don’t get sand all over me when applying sunscreen and that there aren’t really waves which I am still kind of nervous of as an adult. Plus the water is much warmer than that in Cape Town.

We decided to take a little boat trip across the harbour to the fishing village of Muggia. I hadn’t yet visited so it was new for me too, which is always fun.

The beach is a strip that admittedly looks onto the industrial complex that stretches between Trieste and Muggia although the water itself is clear and lovely! It is the village itself that is quite lovely. We didn’t go into any of the churches (as we were in shorts) and ignored the sign for the medieval castle assuming it would probably just be a shell. After wondering around and snapping pictures for about 15 minutes we simply found somewhere to eat and settled down for about an hour in the heat of the day.

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We settled on ‘Trattoria Splendor’ which seemed like somewhere the locals headed and had a simple but delicious pasta with mushrooms. The lady (who we assumed was the owner) thought we were absolutely crazy for wanting to sit outside (in the shade) when it was so cool inside. After muttering a lot while taking our orders she promptly sent her husband out with our drinks and food. He was a delightful flirty old gent of the kind that you find quite endearing. I would recommend anyone to try it out if you just so happen to be in the area, the menu is predominantly meaty however.

I’m looking forward to heading back with other visitors in the coming months, and maybe I’ll duck inside one of the churches.

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This month for the #1day12pics challenge I went with a theme again. It was suggested by Lauren who thought that “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” would be appropriate as I am getting married this month. It was great fun and not too hard to fit into the theme as it was the most beautiful blue sky day (which has since continued). I love this as it gives a great insight and will be a lovely reminder to me in the future of our first summer here in Trieste.

I took part using my iphone and posting on Instagram again, I did struggle a little bit to keep it to every hour but did take 12 pictures.

I thought I would share the pictures in reverse. Above is the gorgeous sunset that ended the day while we were having a bbq at our friends’ house. I am currently a little obsessed with the blue sky in the evenings. This was about 9pm and hence a big jump in the ‘hourly’ rate.

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6(ish): A new necklace (worn to bbq). Who says you can’t put a little effort in, even when hanging out with friends at home? | 5(ish): Blue plastic bottle (reflection) filled with ‘frizzante’ water. | 4(ish): Two churches in Trieste which are pretty old. The one on the left is 17th century and the one on the right is 12th century. Taken while walking home. | 3(ish): Trying a new gelato flavour.

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2(ish): reading in the shade. This seemed a popular book on my feed! I love this classic cover but this one from (I think) Rob Ryan is truly beautiful. | 1(ish) Shorts season! A new pair as I haven’t worn shorts in years but after the temperatures this week (a consisten 32ºC) think I will need a ton more. | 12(ish) Watching the world go buy while sitting on the pier. What better way to spend a blue sky day. | (11ish) Said blue sky.

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10(ish) Laundry feels more manageable when the sky will dry it in a few hours. 9 (ish) breakfast for two with ‘borrowed’ plates (ie come with the rental). It was about the only way I could squeeze borrowed in.

I haven’t shared the 12th picture of a fan which I took on waking up. We have an old ceiling fan. I have to say I just wasn’t that happy with the picture and will probably delete it from Instagram. I suppose the one problem with Instagram (and that I have particularly found with challenges) is that you just take and share and sometimes even as you are sharing it you know it is not your ‘best’ stuff. This is also a problem I have found with my ’100 happy days’ challenge’ as what makes me happy isn’t always that photogenic. Posting on a blog allows more time for consideration while as Instagram is … instant.

What are your thoughts. Have you gone back and deleted Instagram pictures?

Also don’t forget to link up if you took part and posted on your blog or Instagram.