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notes on italy, 8

June 7, 2011

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as i stood there i thought to myself, “if the world were to end right this minute, and i lived out my last minutes drinking a negroni and eating proscuitto in the hills overlooking florence, then i’ll die a very happy man.”


  1. June 7, 2011 6:53 pm

    The first picture of this set just made me wish to wallow in it.

  2. June 7, 2011 6:58 pm

    Love the pictures of the double exposure with the people and the landscape. And perfect sentiments. I’m glad you enjoyed Italy.

    Your pictures make me want to go back, badly.

  3. June 7, 2011 7:15 pm

    you’re not wrong, eh. negronis!

  4. June 7, 2011 7:31 pm

    This is the perfect escape!

  5. June 7, 2011 7:37 pm

    sounds wonderful. wish i was there overlooking that beautiful land.

  6. melissa f. permalink
    June 7, 2011 7:56 pm

    i’m sitting in my minivan in front of my house with two sleeping people strapped into their carseats. i’m looking at these pictures on my phone and i just want to cry– partially because they are beautiful and partially because i’m so happy that regular people can experience life in this way. thank you for posting so many photos of your trip (and for doing what you do in general).

  7. June 7, 2011 7:57 pm

    these are so beautiful, brian.

  8. June 7, 2011 8:51 pm

    If experiencing it was half as good as seeing these glimpses, I’m booking a flight today. Beautiful and inspiring.

  9. June 7, 2011 9:15 pm

    I was in Italy around this time last year (albeit further NE and only for 36 hours!) and there’s something about the haziness of those far off, blue green hills that takes me back immediately in my mind. I can smell it and feel it. Can you please go back ASAP so these posts never end?? Thanks ;n )

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  11. June 7, 2011 10:26 pm

    YOUR LIFE IS NOT REAL!!! these are lovely, please continue to share

  12. Trish permalink
    June 7, 2011 10:56 pm

    thanks for sharing these lovely photos. I really love visiting your blog and seeing what you have posted.

  13. June 7, 2011 10:59 pm

    Indeed. Such a beautiful place and great food. I love the lighting in photos 2, 4 & 4, and the rays of sun in photo #10. Cheers!

  14. June 8, 2011 1:09 am

    Gosh, nothing has ever made me want to visit Italy as much as these posts have.

  15. June 8, 2011 9:35 am

    loving your Italy photos, Brian

  16. Sheryl permalink
    June 8, 2011 12:21 pm

    Love the wonderful clarity of your Italy photographs. They create such a feeling of romance, nostalgia and yearning. Although the yearning might just be me – I’m desperate to know where you were staying!!

  17. Birchstar permalink
    June 8, 2011 1:12 pm

    I’m not sure I can take any more of this perfect-ness.

  18. June 8, 2011 1:53 pm

    How lovely.

  19. June 8, 2011 2:40 pm

    wow these are really amazing! :) it looks exactly where i went to a wedding last weekend in tuscany!

  20. June 8, 2011 4:55 pm

    just looked thru your flickr! LOVE your photos!

  21. VWalker permalink
    June 8, 2011 6:46 pm

    That meat table, I’m so jealous. These are great

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  24. June 9, 2011 6:12 pm

    These are such lovely photographs. I’ll spending my spring semester abroad in Bologna next year. I look forward to being able to look out my window and see shots like this

  25. June 10, 2011 11:50 am

    so happy.

  26. Alessandro permalink
    June 10, 2011 12:09 pm

    Stop drinking Negroniii! Aperol Spritz is the best choice! Foreigners don’t know negroni is out of fashion here in Italy, do you? ;-) Nice pics anyhow, I’m always happy taking a break and visiting your blog!

    • June 10, 2011 12:11 pm

      oh but i never choose my drinks based on what’s ‘in fashion’ – it’s all about the taste for me, and i prefer the negroni. thanks for the compliment, though.

      • Alessandro permalink
        June 10, 2011 12:39 pm

        I know, and it’s the reason why I think very highly of you! Anyway ”de gustibus non disputandum est”, I don’t like Negroni.. Happy to see you’ve been to ”Cibreino”, next to Cibreo, you’re a good walker!
        The next time, when you’re in Via Tornabuoni (Palazzo Strozzi), remind Procacci, you’d like that!

  27. June 10, 2011 12:11 pm

    I love this series . It’s a picture book of dreams!

  28. June 18, 2011 6:48 pm

    i share everyones sentiments on this one – heavenly.
    you do what you do very well! thanks so very much for sharing you talent with us x

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