Summer tales #4

Hopping in the car and driving to Italy

"The best summer memory I have is this one family trip I took to Italy in the 90's. We headed out from Germany towards Italy with no plan. We just jumped in the car and drove. Somehow we ended up in Gargano, which in in the southeast of Italy. It's a mountainous region with several peaks, forming the backbone of the Gargano Promontory projecting into the Adriatic sea, the "spur" on the Italian "boot".
We found a beautiful resort where we wanted to stay, but they didn't have any free rooms yet. We had to kill three days, so we decided to drive around. We traveled to the Amalfi coast and visited the archaeological site in Pompeii, where houses and inhabitants were buried under meters of ash and pumice from the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Then we headed up towards Rome and, in some mountain village, ate the best pizza we ever had. The people were baking pizza in stone ovens that were buried in the ground. It was August in Rome, and it was so hot that I fainted one day. Ha, and our bed completely broke in the hotel. It just collapsed. So after all this adventure, we drove back to Gargano and went to this hotel up on the cliffs where you could sit in a pool with a view of the sea across the horizon."

Sigrid is my mother. She lives in Germany, is now retired and loves fashion. For this shooting she brought a vintage Jil Sander suit from the 90ies.

Anna Berger