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This week has been a BEAST. Monday started out good enough, but it went downhill from there. I felt like I couldn’t make any progress. I felt like everything was going wrong. I felt extremely behind. And I was just FRUSTRATED. I felt like I was battling inside my head ALL.WEEK. Butttttt… I made a commitment this month, so let’s skip to the good stuff.
What’s up with you this week?!
Well, now that Valentine’s Day has come and gone, I can share the surprise on the blog! I surprised my husband with tickets to Europe yesterday for our 3rd annual Italian adventure. We had been going back and forth about going because of the state of world right now, but we both agreed that Italy would be a safe choice. I still wasn’t convinced, but Friday I got a fare alert on a great flight from Dallas to Europe. I put it on hold to think about it a little more. On Saturday, I realized that if I didn’t take the opportunity to relax, recharge, and reconnect with my husband… it was going to be a long year. Self care is real right now, friends. SO. I booked the tickets on Saturday night and had to keep it a secret until yesterday!
Italian Adventure – Where are we Going?
I’m still working on these details, but I think we will definitely return to Florence (and stay at the St. Regis Florence). I’ve been toying with the idea of making Florence our home base for a longer period of time and making day trips to some of the smaller Tuscan towns. I’d love to visit Siena, Montepulciano, and get into the hill towns.
We’re definitely going to stay in Cinque Terre again. I’ve been checking out the AirBnB options – has anyone ever used this? Fill me in on everything we need to know if we do! I’d love to go a little further up the coast and visit Portofino.
And, I have yet to experience staying in Venice proper. I’ve stayed on Isole delle Rose, Guidecca, and the mainland… I would love to stay in the heart of Venice and spend a few early mornings and late nights roaming the canals when we feel like we have the streets to ourselves.
Italian Adventure – What are we going to do?
Italian Adventure – Your Thoughts?
I LOVE scouring blogs for ideas. Whether it’s restaurants, tours, hotels or things to experience, I love to source my information from other bloggers. Now I’m flipping our Italian adventure planning to you:
Be sure and check back on Saturday for my Venice Italy photos from our April 2016 adventure. (If I’m being completely honest, editing those pictures probably convinced me to pull the trigger!)
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Warning: This post is completely superficial and contains shopstyle links that may earn me a few pennies towards a future adventure.
I’m not going to lie. The unseasonably warm temperatures this weekend have me feeling COMPLETELY ready for spring. It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve done any shopping and yesterday morning, I found myself browsing all my favorite websites to check out what’s coming. With the promise of an adventure on the horizon, I’ve pulled together a collection of my favorite spring dresses for Italy.
Spring Dresses for Italy
If you know me at all, you’ll know that I don’t typically wear long dresses. But these dresses have me swooning and imagining long leisurely dinners at sunset on the Vernazza harbor. I purchased a Rachel Pally dress for the L.O.N.G. flight to China and I’m completely obsessed with how soft it is. (I’m still kicking myself for not buying the one Amanda wore in Arizona – it was on super sale! I wish I had pulled the trigger on it!) I can imagine wandering the streets of Florence wearing this navy dress with my husband before slipping into the Golden View for chianti and jazz.
I’m imagining sipping bellinis and listening to string quartets serenade San Marco long into the evenings in Venice. This striped number or even the brocade floral dress would take me back in time I’m sure. With short, casual stripes, I can imagine making pesto in Cinque Terre again, enjoying the warm as I roam Manarola. Maybe I’ll stop to enjoy an ice cold limoncello on the walk back this time. Maybe I’ll take in the Accademia or the Uffizi in Florence for a few hours to escape the crowds during the day. Or maybe I’ll just sit on the steps of the Piazzale Michelangelo and watch the sun set over the Ponte Vecchio.
Oh yes, all these spring dresses for Italy have me feeling some kind of way… nostalgic for trips past and excited for adventures anew. Now, I just need a plan.
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