Thursday, May 31, 2012

forever locked

Thank goodness tomorrow is friday! I feel like it has been the longest week ever!!!

Here are some of my photos from Manarola, Corniglia and the "love walk" between Riomaggiore (from HERE ) to Manarola (again, all in the Cinque Terre).  We of course did the cheesy thing and put our own lock up. Hopefully when we go back in 20 years, it will still be there! 

Quote of the DayIf you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it - Mary Engelbreit

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

if only stairs were slides, how fun it would be on the way down....

The most southern town of the Cinque Terre is Riomaggiore, and it's home to the best Nutella gelato I've ever had.  Yes, that's right; I said Nutella gelato.  They took that wonderful chocolate spread and made it into a dessert. How can you go wrong? Photos of that later. Anyway, so this is what it looks like. Houses on top of houses. Stairs everywhere. Lemons everywhere. And I love it all.

Quote of the Day: When life gives you lemons make grape juice and sit back and watch the world ask how you did it - Tori Truax

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

window shopping only....

Milan is simply, a huge city.  But its Duomo is quite spectacular.  So if you ever plan on visiting Milan, one day is enough.   However, I did fall in love with the most fabulous little bakery in "old Milan" and seeing The Last Supper was very cool too.  And I was able to gawk at all the wonderful displays of Versace, Chanel, Valentino, Miu Miu, and seriously, people I've never even heard of (nor could ever afford); but then again, Milan is known for its importance in the world of fashion, no?

Quote of the DayFashions fade, style is eternal - Yves Saint-Laurent 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

off the beaten path

When I read somewhere that you need a good map of Venice, I laughed it off.  We got lost countless times; and we still never got a good map. But that's half the fun.  And like Rick Steve says (the European travel guru), you're on an island, how badly can you REALLY get lost? So for anyone thinking about going to Venice, my advice is, forget the map. Get lost!  Venice is romantic.  Obviously there's St Mark's Square and the Rialto bridge which are flooded with tourists, but a couple of wrong turns will get you in much quieter areas, which is just as fun.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Have a great week ahead! :)

Quote of the Day: Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can - Danny Kaye

Thursday, May 24, 2012

taste the rainbow

The grand total of photos I took on my trip to Italy is 4583 (GASP!), and as you're all probably assuming, I haven't even looked at each picture yet! I plan on doing so this weekend.  So I've compiled a vague list on how to divide up my photos to share them with you. We'll see how it goes....

Anyway, when people think of Italy, they think of Rome, Florence, Venice, gelato, wine, pasta, and the like. I plan on showing you my take on all those as well, but I wanted to start with something less popular; the island called Burano. It's just a quick vaporetto ride from Venice, and it's slightly farther than the more well known island Murano (famous for their glass).  We decided to skip Murano, and head to Burano, where they are famous for making lace.  There's a little section of the island that's filled with beautiful little pastel coloured buildings crammed side-by-side.  It's hard not to smile when looking at them all.  It definitely had us wondering whether the residents are told what colour their house has to be, and if not, how do they even begin to choose what happy colour to use? Anyhow, hope you like my pictures; sorry for the essay :)  

Quote of the Day: The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most - John Ruskin 

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