Venezia, Italia: Sei bellissima! My husband and I just returned from a lovely little getaway to Venice (with our 4 month old, stroller and all!) Despite it being nearly freezing (literally), we had a wonderful visit. I had actually forgotten how beautiful Venice is… my previous visits to the city on water always happened to be in the peak of summer: in scorching hot August, over crowded with tourists, high season and therefore, ridiculously expensive. In contrast, visiting in January meant that there were far less tourists, shorter lines (if your the museum-goer type), more hotel vacancies, better prices in general, and *bonus* no awful canal smells that grow stronger from the intense heat and humidity the summer brings… just be prepared to bundle up! While we nearly froze one of the days, we made sure our little one was completely bundled up in several layers and the great thing was that he’s still at the age where he mostly slept in his warm “cocoon” stroller lining complete with a rain/wind cover for added protection while we walked …
After spending a week in Cape Town and along the southern coastline, I headed further inland to where one of my best friends is from and experienced my first South African Safari adventure on a game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.
As I sit here in Milan, freezing my little butt off, I can’t help but think fondly on glorious sunny trips of mine to warmer places around the world: in this case, Exuma Bahamas. If you’re a beach lover like myself, check out a couple other recent posts: “Sorrento, Italia” and “Cape Town Coast, South Africa“.
Sorrento, situated at the northern end of the Amalfi Coast, is one of my favorite places to visit when we head to the south over the summer. Stunning, isn’t it?
Images from my visit to South Africa a few years ago. The Cape Town coast was absolutely beautiful and the view from Table Mountain was amazing.
“Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle.” -Unknown
The island of Capri: One of the many stunning places to see while in Italy. Located off the southern coast, the gorgeous island is just a boat ride away from Naples or Sorrento and makes for a beautiful day trip or weekend getaway. (Photos taken this past August when my husband and I visited with some friends).
Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky. – 14th Century Sufi poet Hafiz (Photo taken during my 2012 Thailand visit)
“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” – Roy Disney
R E M I N I S C I N G Thinking back on an excursion my sister and I went on, located off the coast of Koh Samui, Thailand: It was a preserved national park and we spent the day kayaking, hiking alongside monkeys to the top of the mountain, and taking in the gorgeous views.
“She is delightfully chaotic; a beautiful mess. Loving her is a splendid adventure.”
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. – Wayne Dyer
One of my all-time favorite destinations in Italy: Cinque Terre. Located in Liguria, Cinque Terre is made up of five small towns that span the northwestern Italian coastline.
Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.