Roma Snaps

25 April 2007

I started writing about my wonderful trip to Italy – I was doing a shoot at a pizza factory in a pretty little town in Marche region, then spent a lovely few days in Rome. But realised that I couldn’t possibly finish writing in time because I’m off to California again tomorrow. So for now, I’ve rustled up some shots from the Campo dei Fiori farmer’s market – as you can probably tell, I love artichokes :)

Oh and before I go, my dear fellow blogger Barbara is organising ‘A Taste of Yellow’ in aid of the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s Livestrong Day – as you know if you are a fan of her blog, Barbara is a cancer survivor. I’d really love to take part but just can’t fit it in before my trip so please visit her site and lend your support by making something yellow in time for the 7th of May. I’m looking forward to reading her round-up!

See you in a few weeks!


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  • Once again these pictures are amazing, I am so jealous :)

    Posted by Chicken Fried Gourmet | 25 April 2007 #
  • I love Campo dei Fiori – you have such a eye for capturing the sense of a place perfectly!
    Have a wonderful trip – are you perchance visiting San Francisco?

    Posted by Anita | 25 April 2007 #
  • so beautiful. and so jealous.

    Posted by marie | 25 April 2007 #
  • Good morning.
    I was impressed.
    Here is a market where the person, the vegetable, light, and air were terribly
    assumed to be living alive.

    Posted by y_and_r_d | 25 April 2007 #
  • K, I’d say I’d be sad that you didn’t write more about Italy here….

    But then I realize I get to see you in a few days!


    Posted by matt | 25 April 2007 #
  • beautiful photos as always! enjoy your trip to california!

    Posted by Kat | 25 April 2007 #
  • There is nothing like food photographs from italy. it is one of if not the best place to take pictures of people with their food. These are beautiful images. Thank you for sharing!

    Posted by Fer | 25 April 2007 #
  • Superbes photos quel talent !!

    Posted by mercotte | 25 April 2007 #
  • Keiko, the photos are wonderful – you’ve really got an eye for a special shot! (sorry, if this doesn’t translate well from Estonian:) Will we get to see the photos from the pizza factory, too?
    It was great meeting you finally last week – cannot wait for the next time!!

    Posted by Pille | 25 April 2007 #
  • dear keiko, nobody does a travel photo journal like you do a travel photo journal – this totally captures the feeling of wandering around campo de fiori (and having your breath taken away by all that artichoke bounty!) meanwhile, have a lovely trip!

    Posted by Joycelyn | 25 April 2007 #
  • Wonderful shots – so evocative. Makes me want to go back again soon.

    Posted by Ian | 25 April 2007 #
  • Campo dei Fiori is certainly one of my favorite spots in Rome! Glad you liked our treasure. BTW, I live 12 miles from ke Marche, so you should have called and come to lunch.

    Posted by Judith in Umbria | 25 April 2007 #
  • Wow! You really captured the essence of us, Italian people…
    Thank you…

    Posted by Sara - Piperita | 25 April 2007 #
  • oh the lovely campo dei fiori! looking at these images brought me back to the square, and i can hear the earnest and rapid conversations in italian, that charming banters, and all the colours around. thank you!

    and i hope you have a wonderful trip to california!

    Posted by Lil | 25 April 2007 #
  • These shots are so real, I feel transported. I’ve been to Italy before, but not to such a place. I’ve been asking myself lately, do Italians really eat sun dried tomatoes, or is that some sort of American thing? There’s my evidence. Also, I’m surprised to see that one can purchase artichokes already trimmed. Genius.

    Posted by Mary | 25 April 2007 #
  • You’ve just been to Rome, and now you’re checkin’ out Cali? I am completely jealous!

    Posted by s'kat | 25 April 2007 #
  • Hi Keiko – I love how you can capture the feeling of an entire market atomosphere in a handful of shots. Just gorgeous!

    Posted by gilly | 25 April 2007 #
  • looking at these photos makes me want to jump out of my seat, hop in the first cab i see, and get on a plane to italy. why are you torturing me?!

    these photographs are sincerely exquisite and i thank you for sharing them with us. what a darling market. those artichokes?! wow. i still need to learn how to better prepare them. i’ll put that next on my list, as they are at the prime of their season. that and asparagus…

    Posted by linda, the village vegetable | 25 April 2007 #
  • very very well taken!!
    Have a nice trip again = )

    Posted by suzie | 25 April 2007 #
  • and then when will you be in cote d’azur? ;-) have fun again in california…can’t wait for more of your photos…yum!

    Posted by Maya | 26 April 2007 #
  • Enjoy California, Keiko!

    I can’t believe you were in Le Marche! That’s where my father’s family is from (Ascoli Piceno).

    I can’t wait to read about it.

    Posted by Ivonne | 26 April 2007 #
  • although there are too many stereotypes the shots are always great!

    Posted by comidademama | 26 April 2007 #
  • Great photos as always, Keiko.

    Posted by Cenk | 27 April 2007 #
  • Thnaks Keiko for the mention.Enjoy your trip.

    Posted by Barbara | 27 April 2007 #
  • Just stunning photos, really. The colors are great this time of year!

    Posted by Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy | 27 April 2007 #
  • What a gorgeous smile!

    Posted by Trig | 27 April 2007 #
  • Lovely artichokes and wonderful pictures… I would like to go back to Rome…

    Posted by b comme bon | 27 April 2007 #
  • Keiko! It’s been a while between posts, but the wait was worth it. Fantastic shots!
    Have fun in cali!

    Posted by Melissa | 28 April 2007 #
  • Dear keikosan,

    first time to leave a message though I’ve been a great fan of your beautiful photos since last year!

    Thinking that you were just in Rome(where I live) makes me strangely content.I love to see the eternal city seen through your lens.

    Posted by ari | 28 April 2007 #
  • Beautiful. You make the day to day elegant. Have a great trip.

    Posted by Nerine | 29 April 2007 #
  • Once again, lovely pictures. You’ve captured the hustle and the bustle of the market, can almost smell the smells and hear the noises! I’m glad it’s artichoke season soon here in the UK, not to mention asparagus! Have a safe trip to the US!

    Posted by Flux | 29 April 2007 #
  • I wasn’t able to go to Rome when I was in Italy a few years ago, but your photos are making me think of planning another Italian sojurn.

    Safe trip and cannot wait to read your posts…

    Posted by jasmine | 30 April 2007 #
  • Argh! Great candid shots besides the many beautiful foodie shots! You make me fall in love with food all over again and again and again!

    Posted by Linda Xiong | 30 April 2007 #
  • Your photos let us feel the spirit of the market. Like being there (without the airfare!) You are a gifted photographer!

    Posted by Deborah Dowd | 1 May 2007 #
  • Gorgeous photos, keiko. And those artichokes look beautiful. I can see why you’re attracted to them. Have a good trip in California. Hope to see more beautiful photos!

    Posted by Lynn | 2 May 2007 #
  • jolis photos!!

    Posted by lory | 2 May 2007 #
  • Keiko!

    there is such a vivaciousness in your site these days! Brava!

    Opulent, generous, succulent, sensual, delicious. What a gift you and your eye are. Thank you.

    Posted by shuna fish lydon | 3 May 2007 #
  • Of course we do eat sun dried tomatoes! ;-)

    Your blog is lovely, Keiko.

    Posted by Antonella | 5 May 2007 #
  • Keiko, Rome is our favourite city, and the market in Campo dei Fiori is one of our favourite destinations. I don’t know if you had a chance, but there’s a bakery in the piazza, called just “Forno,” I believe, that makes unbelievable pizza bianca. By the way, I love the photo at the top of this post. I’m not sure if it was you’re intention, but those artichoke leaves look like rose petals strewn along the ground. Gorgeous as always.

    Posted by rob | 5 May 2007 #
  • Dear Keiko San

    I am currently studying patisserie in Australia, I was just surfing on plating ideas, and landed on your magnificent site… you gave me a lot of inspiration on how wonderful life could be traveling and creating art of desserts… hondo arigado gozaiimasuu!! >.>

    I support you, good luck __ Posted by Ruriko | 6 May 2007 #
  • Hello! As a newcomer to blogging I would just like to say that your photos are glorious and I have enjoyed reading your entries. We love artichokes too, in fact – it’s the ONLY vegetable my 13 yr old son likes.
    Thank you for sharing your travels with us.

    Posted by nicisme | 6 May 2007 #
  • Colors at the photos are so nice..

    Posted by Deniz | 6 May 2007 #
  • Hi, I’m Italian even if I don’t live in Rome I go often there, compliments, you have captured the real essence of Rome

    Posted by Ady | 6 May 2007 #
  • I actually love the radicchio up there!
    Outside Italy that variety is as rare as expensive … so lovely!

    Posted by Francesco | 8 May 2007 #
  • Oh Keiko! I just got back yesterday morning from Roma! What delicious memories you have brought back :) I’m afraid I didn’t get to do much foodie shopping but I did get to sample those fantastic artichokes at a restaurant in the Jewish ghetto – they seemed to have been flattened and deep-fried. Really unusual and completely delicious. We had drinks in the Campo de Fiori a couple of times – just one of the many wonderful spaces in a beautiful city.

    Posted by Jeanne | 8 May 2007 #
  • You’ve captured it perfectly! Bella Roma!!

    Posted by Lorraine@italianfoodies | 9 May 2007 #
  • so pretty!

    Posted by rachel | 10 May 2007 #
  • you have caught the real italian aboundance! good job!

    Posted by izzi | 10 May 2007 #
  • Natural & wonderful shots.. Loved them Keiko!

    Posted by Sea | 11 May 2007 #
  • INCREDIBLE pictures as always! I think someone commented this about ur blog and its so true that ur pics just make the world seem like a sunny happy place!

    Posted by Dhana | 19 May 2007 #
  • J’étais en Italie en même tant que toi… et tes sublimes photos me rappellent mon merveilleux voyage ;-) Merci Keiko pour tant de beauté !!!

    Posted by Camille | 20 May 2007 #
  • Keiko, your photographs are truly exquisite, you really showcase the relationship between the people and their food. They really so speak a thousand words!

    Posted by Dr. Velvet | 22 May 2007 #
  • Your photos are so amazingly beautiful! They have the ability to transport…and I was indeed transported to that wonderful looking market. Thank you for taking me on a nice little trip in the middle of my day :)

    Posted by joey | 22 May 2007 #
  • So beautiful, Keiko. I hope your having a wonderful trip. Looking forward to seeing some of your shots in LA! :)

    And we must re-arrange a time to meet up.

    Posted by Mae | 24 May 2007 #
  • At last you are in Rome!!
    Keiko..My dear friend.. next time you must came in north of italy..tatina still waiting for you!

    Posted by Gourmet | 28 May 2007 #
  • Toujours aussi magnifiques, ces photos! Merci de les partager avec nous.

    Posted by Myra | 2 June 2007 #
  • hey keiko, where are you?

    Posted by Maninas: Food Matters | 4 June 2007 #
  • Keiko, I’m missing you’re updates! Please post again soon. :-)

    Posted by Doris | 5 June 2007 #
  • Beautiful shots, as always.I especially love the purple colors in these photos.
    Hope you are having loads of fun now.

    Posted by obachan | 10 June 2007 #
  • Wow! That’s what I call a market! Your pictures help me feel like I am right there, and capture not only the look but the feel! A mini-vacation for the home-bound!

    Posted by Deborah Dowd | 12 June 2007 #
  • Update soon Keiko! I’m missing your beautiful pictures!

    Posted by evinrude | 13 June 2007 #
  • Wonderful shots as always!! What else I can say…

    Posted by Deniz | 14 June 2007 #
  • Hi Keiko, your photos are absolutely stunning. I really enjoy your blog I have to leave a comment here. (usually I’m just an invisible lurker.. heheh)

    Posted by Fiesan | 29 June 2007 #
  • I was just there! I took a picture of those beans, too!

    Posted by Daniel Rubinow | 9 July 2007 #
  • oh my goodness! i stumbled across your site while doing to reading on Italy. Off the images you have here, this one jumped out and sure enough has to do with Campo Dei Fiore. I was there about 9 years ago and now resent not haven taken 3 minutes to take it all in. Thanks for taking me back there thru your pics. Lovely.

    Posted by Bren | 3 January 2008 #
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