Italy, Part I

Earlier this month, after the kids finished up school, we kicked off summer with a family vacation to Europe.

We started the trip with a few days in Florence. Florence is an incredible city filled with incredible art and so much history. You can just walk and walk and walk and never get tired by taking in all the sights.

We picked up a rental car and drove to Southern Tuscany. The drive in Tuscany was absolutely amazing. We kept saying, “is this place for real” as we made our way from one village to the next.

I have a such a soft spot for Italy. My wife is half Italian and I am quite convinced that I was Italian in another life. I love the people, the food, the joy of life and the espresso. Oh, that espresso.

Part II here.

(Cameras: Leica M3 & Hasselblad 503cw, Film: Kodak Portra 400, Developed & Scanned: Richard Photo Lab)

Cuba, Part I

Havana, Cuba. April 2017 | Part I (part II here)

Lauren and I made a trip to Cuba last week.

We spent three days exploring Havana and one day we made it out to the countryside and wandered Viñales. It’s quite clear we didn’t have nearly enough time and we need to go back, sometime I hope very soon.

Cuba is an amazing and fascinating place. So much history, culture, art and music. Some of my favorite moments were the late night jazz we caught at a few small rooms and then walking back through the lively streets.

But most all of all, I loved connecting with the people we met. So warm and kind. We were invited into people homes and hearing their stories.  Living a hard life for sure, each in their own way.

Part II here.

All photographs were taken with a Leica camera and Kodak Portra 400 film, developed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab in California.

London, England

England, February 2017 | Part I

Our oldest daughter is a senior in high school. She is heading off to college in the fall and I’m getting quite sentimental with each passing moment. I mean, I am immensely happy for her but I am sad for me.

So I planned a trip for the two of us. A week in England. We spent most of the trip in London. But we also made a few days trips outside the city. One day we went to Oxford and then later in the week we drove to Brighton and explored a bit of the south coast.

England is a wonderful country. So much history, tradition and beauty.

I am so grateful we were able to make the trip together.

Part II here.

(All photos above taken with a Hasselblad 503cw and a Leica M3 with Kodak Portra film)