As promised, I’m writing from the road and sharing some of the amazing places that I’m visiting by showcasing photos from my iPhone. I spent the last week discovering just how incredibly beautiful Umbria is in Italy and I have a feeling that I’ll be back sometime very soon.
Everywhere I looked in Umbria, I found another incredible sight. It was as if they spent the last few thousand years getting ready for my visit. IF that is the case, then I am quite impressed with their dedication. If not, well… I’ll forgive them. This time ;)
Up, up, and away!
I was attending the Travel Bloggers Unite conference in Umbria and giving a lecture and photowalk in Perugia. It was wonderful to see so many friends gathered all in one place and take part in a conference with so many diverse travel bloggers with so many great ideas. Their passion for travel is amazing and quite contagious I must say. There is nothing like being surrounded by people who inspire you and push you to be the best that you can be. Thanks to all of the attendees, the conference was fun and informative. I’ll have a full review when I get back home.
The speakers and many of the attendees of the TBU conference stayed at the Valle di Assisi 4 star Hotel & Resort and thanks to the owners of the hotel I had the chance to get my first helicopter ride. While I’m not too fond of heights, I have no problems with planes, so I was expecting to have no issues with the helicopter either. Not only do I not have issues, I loved it. I can’t wait to have another opportunity to get back in a helicopter to do more arial photography. What a way to get around. Umbria rocks from the ground and from the air, you really need to add this region of Italy to your travel plans — trust me!
One of the things that I love about taking photos with my iPhone is that I always have it with me and that it is so small. It allows me to get some very spontaneous photos like the one above from a flag throwing ceremony that was put on before the big opening night dinner at the conference. These guys really were amazing and the acrobatic juggling of the flags that they did was impressive to say the least.
The Umbrian tourism board people were warm and hospitable in every sense. With so many bloggers at the conference, they had their hands full but did a masterful job of making sure that we had the chance to get a great taste of the region. My head is still swimming with visions of Spoleto, Todi, Assisi, Perugia, Narni, and Orvieto.
To my great disappointment ;), we ended up touring several of Umbria’s amazing wineries. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you just how much I hate wine. After several hours of debate and arm twisting (3 seconds) I decided to join the group and partake in sampling some absolutely delicious Umbrian wines at several different wineries. If in Umbria, I would highly recommend the Roccafiore and Barberani wineries.
I’ll leave you with a few more iPhone photos from the trip so far. I’m really enjoying the spontaneous fun nature of this kind of photography but don’t worry, I’m still pulling out the big guns to take my regular travel images and will have a ton of images to share with you in the near future.
Meanwhile, look for more iPhonography post in the near future. I’ve been busy :)