SUMMER SALES AND SCORCHING DAYS, a little history, gluttony and Lana del Rey. July was quietly eventful for us, with unplanned trips and things too good to be missed.
A late inclusion into Festival Jardins de Pedralbes' elegant roster of acts, Lana lined up with artists such as Julio Iglesias and Earth Wind and Fire, in a month-long music fest seemingly geared to a more mature crowd. Being a Lana fan, I dragged the boyfriend to the show, finding ourselves out of place in a gaggle of teens set out to start a stampede. Amidst the squealing I Love Yous, I didn't mind the pale singing and even paler stage presence. Lana's live performances tend to leave many unimpressed, but a fan is a fan and I am a fan nonetheless!
Soon after was Milan, which lasted a weekend plus some. Over there, we spent our 8th year anniversary, breaking the diet with hearty Italian fare, and possibly the bank too with end-of-season shopping. A tourist at heart, I took some time to see a few sights, which in Milan I hadn't yet had the chance to do. With the previous trip being booked to the brim with presentations, shoots and interviews, I'm far from complaining. But naturally, this time being on this side of the camera is far less nerve-wracking.
So that was July. Summer ensues!
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Petit Palais Milano, Maio Restaurant Milano, Pinacoteca di Brera, Colonne di San Lorenzo, Ristorante Sant'Eustorgio, Castello Sforzesco and Duomo from Via Dante, Milan. Lana del Rey at Festival Jardins de Pedralbes, Barcelona. Photos by Lady San Pedro.