lago di braies in the italian alps

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lago di braies in the italian alps

After spending our morning in Milan, Dan and I started our long road trip to the Italian Alps. What started off as just highway for about an hour, quickly turned into one of the most beautiful and scenic roads I’ve ever been on - mountains surrounding us and so many quaint little houses and endless vineyards built into every corner of the mountains. 

Since we were on a highway still, there weren’t too many places we could pull over to take pictures but you can see all the view along the way in my vlog! I also vlogged every day while we were in Italy, and you can check out all those videos on my YouTube Channel.

We fell asleep to the sound of rain and woke up at a cold 5am ready to catch the sunrise at Pragser Wildsee also known as Lago di Braies. Since this lake is surrounded and thus sheltered by mountains, it was a perfect mirror reflection early in the morning duplicating the landscape surrounding it. It is honestly one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen in my life and I still look back on our early mornings here wondering if it was really real.

Dan and I spent the next couple of days driving around the Dolomities, stopping every few seconds on the side of the road for photos because South Tyrol is actually one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever been lucky enough to visit. We visited Lago di Braies several times, saw the Dolomites, visited the World UNESCO Heritage Site and basically were just constantly in awe of the landscapes around us.

One of my favourite and most memorable moments was driving back towards our accommodation and noticing all this fog building up on the surface of a lake. We quickly turned off the road, parked and started walking towards it to take photos, it was so quiet and absolutely peaceful. While we taking pictures, the fog quickly started travelling towards us and soon enough we were drenched in rain but I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.

It was hard to leave the Italian Alps. It was only day 3 of our week in Italy, but it had quickly become one of my favourite places I have ever travelled to in the world. I know I’ll be back one day! For now, our road trip continues and we make our way from the Alps to Venice which all the photos will be coming from there in my next blog post!

All photos edited with my Amalfi Lightroom Preset Pack (coming soon!)

 

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milan, italy

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milan, italy

Dan and I had been living in Gdansk, Poland for a couple of months before deciding we wanted to head out and explore a new part of Europe. We hopped online and found cheap tickets on a budget European airline from Gdansk to Milan and then Naples back to Gdansk, so we bought them and off we went! I vlogged our entire trip through Italy and will be posting all the videos on my YouTube channel + the episodes for each day here on my blog too! I'm a little behind on my blogging at the moment, so you can actually watch most of our week on my channel already - stay tuned for all the photos that I will be posting here weekly though!

Our first stop in Italy was Milan. I have always wanted to see the Milan Duomo, so I was really excited that we were heading there first. We landed at Bergamo airport, a lovely little city about an hour out of Milan surrounded by beautiful mountains. We hopped in our hire car and drove straight for the city. Dan and I's usual overseas driving includes Dan driving and me giving him directions on which lane to stick to and where to turn - we make a good team!

When we arrived in Milan and started walking towards the city centre, we realised we had completely underestimated the heat of an Italian summer. I thought Australia was hot in summer, and while it comes quite close, to be honest I think Italy might just be that little bit hotter! To be fair, we were also visiting while Italy and all of South Europe was experiencing a heatwave so intense they named it the "Lucifer heatwave"!

As we turned the corner, my first glimpse of the Duomo came into sight and I was taken away. The sheer size of this building was so overwhelming! Not to mention the longer and closer you look at it, you start taking in all the beautiful details, the colours - everything about it was amazing! We spent a couple of hours walking around the main square in Milan and sat down for a lasagna and pizza lunch and decided that we were happy enough to head off. Our main destination was still a while away from us!

Back in the car, we settled in for a long 4 hour road trip to the epitome of why we came to Italy in the first place - we were heading to the Italian Alps! The drive there was nothing short of amazing. What started off as a normal highway, quickly turned into a (140km/hour) road surrounded by mountains, old buildings perched up on the edges of cliffs and endless amounts of vineyards planted in any patch of land up and down the side of the mountains. Although it was a super long 4 hour drive, the sights along the way completely made up for it and we spent our entire time taking photos and awing at the views just outside our window.

As soon as it became dark, we arrived at Pragser Wildsee, also known as Lago di Braies. I was so excited to see it, I didn't care that it was pitch black so we parked the car and set off for a walk to visit the reflective lake, which delivered everything it promised me from the pictures I've seen online. We took a few long exposures and happily went back to the car where we "camped" ready to wake up to visit it again the next morning at sunrise which will be in next week's blog post!

All photos are edited with my NEW Florence Lightroom Preset!

 

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primrose

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primrose

model  gia @ gaga models

film  dan @ i make films

photography  julia trotti

 

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