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ROME PT. 14 - the end by Caitlin Trickett

And just like that, it's all over.

[2:50 AM - bags packed and under 50 pounds - leaving in 1 hour - mix of emotions]

It is with equal parts happiness and sadness that I write my final post about living abroad in Rome. I'm sad to leave behind all of the wonderful things I have grown to love about this beautiful place but happy to be going back to the comforts of home. 

The first day in Rome I remember getting out at 7:00am (thanks jet lag) and exploring around my home for the next four months. With nowhere in particular to go I simply chose a direction and walked. At one point I came upon an archway. I crossed through the archway and then through a colonnade only to look up and see St. Peter's Basilica reveal itself in that beautiful pink early morning light. It was probably the most amazing moment of my being here. It was then that I realized the magnitude of what this experience would hold. "Wow, I'm in Rome." This realization would come about at random moments many times this semester.

Rome is much more than I ever imagined it to be in both the good and the bad kind of way. Dean Martin sings of a romantic Italy that I only saw a handful of times; a quiet side street hidden in Trastevere, the sound of a lonely accordion in an empty piazza, that rare smile from a barista as he hands you a cappuccino. Rome is an unforgiving place most of the time. The 'glamour of it all' is only occasionally enjoyed...when it's not tourist season, or when you can go a block without breaking an ankle on the cobblestones, or when you're not having to dodge piles of trash, or when you're not almost getting hit by a Vespa. Rome managed to make everyday life a little bit of a challenge.

Of all the things I have learned in these past 17 weeks I would say I learned the least about architecture (if you'll remember, learning about architecture is what I came here to do). No, I learned more things about food, fashion, cars, photography, people, and most importantly myself. Rome gave me the gift of time. Time to think, reflect, dream, play. 

In Rome the world was at my fingertips. I 'carpe diem'ed' everyday and drank in everything the city had to offer. It is said that Rome will welcome you when you arrive and forget you when you leave and now I understand. I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to study abroad and it is something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. With a few tears in my eyes, it is now time to leave the apartment for the last time, catch my flight to the States, and watch out the window as Rome vanishes into the distance, becoming nothing less than my sweetest memory.

Until we meet again. Ciao Roma.

[A huge 'thank you' to those who kept up with me and my blog. That's a wrap on my time abroad but I'm excited to write about the adventures to come.]

17 Giovanni Bettolo, Rome, Italy - Home away from home

17 Giovanni Bettolo, Rome, Italy - Home away from home

ROME PT. 13 - BOTANICAL GARDENS by Caitlin Trickett

My time in Rome is coming to a close so I'm rushing to check some final things off of my 'To Do' list before I leave. The Botanical Gardens have been something that I've wanted to see for awhile now and it was nice to be able to peruse around in the park for a couple of hours photographing exotic plants from all over the world. The Cactus Greenhouses and Bamboo forest were probably my most favorite pieces. The park was a nice change of pace from the noisy, congested Rome. Here are some photographs from my time at the park today. Enjoy!

That's Amore - Joey and Shaelyn Engagement by Caitlin Trickett

How many couples can say that they had their engagement shoot done in Rome, Italy?! I don't know but Joey and Shaelyn can! Last Sunday was the perfect day for a photoshoot (minus the freezing wind). The three of us had a fun time playing around in the side streets of the city center before heading down to the riverbank to snap a few more shots. With Castel St. Angelo and St. Peter's as a backdrop you can't go wrong. These two looked great which made my job very easy and they were such troopers when the temperature dropped towards the end of the day. The love that Joey and Shae have for eachother is so apparent and I was happy to have been able to work with them. What a great opportunity they have had to travel Italy together! Here is a collection of some of my favorite photos from the shoot. Enjoy!

FOOD AGAIN - ROME pt. 12 by Caitlin Trickett

Here she is again:  Food! This month's edition is a bit lacking because I was having way too much fun and eating too many good things to remember to photograph them ha. I did a lot of traveling this month so I got to break away from the Italian pastas and try other dishes special to Spain and Switzerland. Looking back there were many delicious dishes that I wish I could share with you but you'll have to take my word for it when I say that "I've been eating good in the neighborhood" lately. So here are a few dishes for you to sink your teeth into:

^ This past week's Spring Break consisted of many good things including the homemade meals that happened 3 times a day everyday. This little spaghetti with meatballs combination was enjoyed twice while on the trip because the meat was SO delicious. We thought about taking a few back with us when we left but decided to keep them as a sweet memory. Just one more thing to persuade us to come back to the Amalfi Coast again someday.

^ Cesar surprised me with his culinary creativity by bringing out an "egg pancake" of sorts. It was a simple egg and saltine cracker combination and it was so delicious! We had this every morning during Spring Break week with a side of toast and strawberry jam and roasted red peppers. Oh and Peach Tea, you can't forget this because we had at least 4 cups each everyday.

^ At the beginning of March Cesar and I went to Barcelona and tried the famous Paella which is a Spanish dish composed of rice and a seafood medley. While there were yummy aspects to the dish we couldn't quite get over the different textures and the fact that some of our food still had its face.

^ I've set aside the brusselsprouts with pancetta and replaced it with a colorful, fresh salad. No matter what I'm eating I love to couple it with a heaping bowl of salad topped with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Tuna cakes are also a very quick, easy, and filling dish to make so I've been whipping up some of those lately as well.

^ This was one of the most amazing things I'd seen in a long time:  An All-American Breakfast complete with a stack of 3 pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, and a cup of coffee. This little gem of a place is known as Homebaked and sits atop a hill just south of Trastevere. While it's probably a 3 mile walk from my apartment I like to treat my self on occasion and I am never disappointed. 

^ My friend Hannah Breshears came to visit Rome a couple of weeks ago and opened my eyes to all sorts of wonderful shops and restaurants I'd never knew existed. This particular day we got brunch at the Babington's Tea Room next to the Spanish Steps and indulged in a ham and cheese sandwich and a pot of chai tea. I felt so fancy!

^ Another excellent example of Hannah's restaurant introductions is Prati Urbani. This place is relatively new with a hip environment and an extensive menu of delicious foods. I've been back three times since ordering things like Chicken Meatballs, Cheeseburger, Cheesecake, and Chicken Burger. Prati Urbani has everything and I'm a huge fan.

^ Roommate Kelley is at it again with her creations. To add to her gnocchi-making genius she has now embarked upon mastering the art of the Pici Pasta. A pasta dish famous in the region of Tuscany, Pici is a thicker pasta made from scratch and typically coupled with a ragu sauce. Kelley did good and I hope she lets me participate in the next eating of Pici Pasta.

So there you have it:  Food Again March Edition. I suppose the month of April will be my last 'Food Again' post so I'll try to only eat the best of the best to share with you before I head back to the states. Thanks so much for taking a look! 

TOUR DE LA VILLA - ROME pt. 10 - VILLA D'ESTE by Caitlin Trickett

TOUR DE LA VILLA - ROME pt. 10 - VILLA D'ESTE

Oh my goodness, Villa d'Este! This was probably the most beautiful in mine and probably everyone else's opinion. The villa grounds sit on the mountainside in the small town of Tivoli just a stones throw away from the city center of Rome. The villa itself was gorgeous with 3 stories of many rooms with beautiful frescos but the gardens below it were even more breath-taking:  fountains, trees, reflecting pools, gardens. I am definitely going to have to pay another visit to the quaint town of Tivoli for Villa d'Este sake and also for the excellent food and wonderful views. 

^ The main fountain about midway through the gardens.

^ The main fountain about midway through the gardens.

^ Looking back at Villa d'Este from within the gardens below.

^ Looking back at Villa d'Este from within the gardens below.

^Looking down towards the reflecting pools and above the main fountain.

^Looking down towards the reflecting pools and above the main fountain.

^ A gorgeous overlook. You could just barely see the top of St. Peter's dome in the distance.

^ A gorgeous overlook. You could just barely see the top of St. Peter's dome in the distance.

^ Yet another view to the main fountain from across the reflecting pools.

^ Yet another view to the main fountain from across the reflecting pools.

^ An archway looking out towards Rome.

^ An archway looking out towards Rome.

^ Looking down the main stair leading into and through the gardens.

^ Looking down the main stair leading into and through the gardens.

^ The lovely Tivoli in the afternoon sun.

^ The lovely Tivoli in the afternoon sun.

Well there you have it:  Villas of Rome! Whew, I feel like I've just run a blogging marathon with all of these posts! This weekend was one to remember and may be competing for 'number one favorite' thus far with all of the beautiful places I got to visit. Thank you again for taking a look and have a wonderful week. Ciao!

EN VOGUE IN ROME by Caitlin Trickett

Finally had the chance to photograph the lovely Caitlyn Juarez on Sunday in and around the streets of Rome. A big 'Thank You' to her for curbing my photo-taking appetite! Hopefully this won't be the only shoot we get to do while we're here. Enjoy!

[shot with Canon Rebel t3i l Kit Lens and 50mm lens - Edited with Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop]

WEEKEND - ROME pt. 08 by Caitlin Trickett

WEEKEND - ROME pt. 08

FRIDAY l The weekend began with an early morning visit to the beautiful Vatican City's Necropolis and St. Peter's Basilica. The view of Rome from the top of the dome was breathtaking (literally because we had to climb over 550 stairs to get to the top ha) as was the sight that was the inside of St. Peter's Basilica. I was at a loss for words when I saw the church for the first time. I mean, my goodness! Friday continued with a walk along the river and then a very delicious Mexican cuisine for dinner. Boy, do I miss Mexican food!

^ Halfway up the dome! I stopped to take a few photographs looking down onto the ground floor of the basilica. This was a great perspective!

^ Halfway up the dome! I stopped to take a few photographs looking down onto the ground floor of the basilica. This was a great perspective!

^ Beautiful mosaics on the walls walking up to the top of the dome. So much detail!

^ Beautiful mosaics on the walls walking up to the top of the dome. So much detail!

^ The very rewarding view from the top of St. Peter's dome. 

^ The very rewarding view from the top of St. Peter's dome. 

SATURDAY l On Saturday the sun was shining so we (Cesar and I) decided to take a walk to the lovely Villa Doria Pamphili located in the middle of a very large park on the top of a very large hill in Trastevere. While we were dissapointed to find that we couldn't get onto the Villa's grounds we were just as satisfied to walk around the park. Nature is definitely something I miss seeing everyday. We picked some oranges from the trees at the front of the Villa for a little afternoon snack then headed back across the river for more walking about the city. The rain decided to stop by for a bit to say "hello" so we stopped in a cafe across from the Palazzo Farnase to have a couple of cappuccinos. Saturday was finished off with a delicious homemade plate of speghetti and Gladiator.

^ The view from the top of the stair. This weekend seemed to be a lot about "getting on top of things to have a good vantage point".

^ The view from the top of the stair. This weekend seemed to be a lot about "getting on top of things to have a good vantage point".

^ That's me! And behind me is the beautiful Villa Doria.

^ That's me! And behind me is the beautiful Villa Doria.

^ The gardens at the front of the Villa reminded me a lot of a scene from Alice in Wonderland or perhaps Versaille?

^ The gardens at the front of the Villa reminded me a lot of a scene from Alice in Wonderland or perhaps Versaille?

^ These oranges ended up being the dry, bitter type only good for making marmalade. They were so so sour but we had fun picking them.

^ These oranges ended up being the dry, bitter type only good for making marmalade. They were so so sour but we had fun picking them.

SUNDAY l The last day of the weekend was a lazy one. I got up around 11:00 to go for a short run towards Monte Mario just north of Prati (the Tiber river has taken over the riverwalk on account of all of the rain so I had to abandon my usual running spot).  I then grabbed my roommate Caitlyn Juarez and we took a walk towards school for a photoshoot. I'm so glad I got my fix in! So fun. This shoot will get it's own post in a couple of days but here is a little sneak peak:

Thanks for taking a look!

BELLISSIMA by Caitlin Trickett

This post is a bit different from the others so I'm not considering it to be a part of the ROME pt. 00 series. The other day I had the opportunity to visit the MAXXI art museum designed by Zaha Hadid and let's just say that it was pretty amazing. The architecture was okay (sidenote: as an architecture student studying architecture in Rome I'm supposed to fawn over a good Hadid building but...eh), what I was most looking forward to seeing was the Bellissima Exhibition. It was so gorgeous! So well done! I definitely plan on going back to the museum to take another tour around to catch all of the exhibits I missed while bee-lining for the Valentinos and Guccis.

http://www.fondazionemaxxi.it/2014/07/01/bellissima/?lang=en

The "arkansas l valentino" tag at the top of the cover is my motif for this series of photos because I took images from the exhibit and underlayed them with "fashion portraits" that I took back home.  Close to a year ago I picked up Kimye's Vogue April Issue and read it all the way through. Since then I have found a "sophisticated" appreciation for fashion, more specifically fashion photography. Back home I have done a few shoots that "tread lightly" (very lightly) in the pool that is "fashion" photography and I absolutely love it! I've been itching to take portraits ever since I've touched down in Italy because..it's Italy:  the perfect backdrop for all things fashion, all things photography. I've got at least 3 willing models that I am going to take full advantage of while here and I can not wait. Here are a few of the double exposures I played around with:

YOU CAN'T ROME WITHOUT CESAR - ROME pt. 07 by Caitlin Trickett

YOU CAN'T ROME WITHOUT CESAR - ROME pt. 07

[I win Corniest Entry Name 2015 - In direct reference to Kanye West's song Flashing Lights

Cesar shows off the finer things with a Sunday stroll from Trastevere to Palazzo Taverna. My favorite type of photography is portrait and since arriving in Italy I haven't been able to get my portrait-taking "fix" so I decided that I would rope Cesar into a short session today...

Fun Fact:  007's new movie is going to be shot in Rome this month! At one point in the film, Daniel Craig parachutes onto this very bridge; Ponte Sisto and involves himself in a Fiat 500 car chase. 

OUT HERE IN THE STREETS - ROME pt. 06 by Caitlin Trickett

OUT HERE IN THE STREETS - ROME pt. 06

Neither words nor photographs can accurately portray just how beautiful the city of Rome is. It is more wonderful and curious than I could have ever imagined a place to be and I'm in disbelief everyday that I get to spend FOUR MONTHS here.  I know that it will go by all too quickly so I try my hardest to explore with every chance that I get.  Here are some photographs I've taken of my many adventures through the winding streets of the older city sector.