Pictures by Christian Samuelson
Better than the movies
Italy is one hell of a country, the fact that this one boot shaped country can hold so much beauty, from the heel to the top, is astonishing. Not only is it beauty remarkable, but the diversity of its cities is worth equally as much praise. Rome, Milan and Venice could not be more different, to name but only a few.
Now, don’t get me wrong, Venice is everything you see in the overly romantised movies, with sunset trips aboard a gondola, hoards of tourists and palazzos left right and center. It can be overwhelming at times. But if you ditch the map, get lost in a little side street and take a minute to soak in the paint chipping off the side of a building, you realise, this is not Disney, this is real and captivating. Even the not-so-uncommon flooding of Piazza San Marco makes you think, holy cow, we are standing on stilts.
As part of my amazing birthday surprise I talked about, we spent a night in Venice, in the beautiful Boscolo Venezia. Our accommodation made all the difference, as its location, away from the crowded attractions, helped us avoid the tourists traps, to eat and drink like true Venetian locals. Not only that, but, with it being the only hotel in Venice with a private garden, it was also the perfect setting for a light and shade style shoot. Don’t you just love how the leaves’ shadows give my ash pink Cos dress an epic pattern?