Florence Romance

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Florence is easily a walking city, which makes for days filled with nonstop exploring. One day we booked a walking tour that included a visit the Uffizi Museum, which brought on a whole new appreciation for the renaissance era. But one of my favorite days was trekking up the bell tower at the Duomo. The narrow stairways were packed with people coming up and down the tower (luckily neither of us are claustrophobic) but it was so worth the view at…

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Florence Part Two

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I’m stunned to know that anyone could take or leave Florence. Looking back on these photos reaffirms my love for this city and the wonderful time we had there. We drove from Lake Garda, which makes me laugh now thinking of absolutely insane it was to drive in Florence (without navigation), but now it just adds to the story. One of my best friends and her family were wrapping up their time in Florence when we arrived so on our first night…

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Bubbles In Florence

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Florence was one of the cities I was looking forward to most in Italy. I had heard from so many different people that Florence was their favorite city, while on the contrary, others favored Rome and said Florence was just ok. I was eager to see the hype of both places and which side of the scale I would fall: Team Florence or Team Rome. I won’t say until I post about Rome, but I’ll start with alluding to the…

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A Sweet Day in Lake Garda

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Looking back on these photos makes my heart swell for Lake Garda. I want to go as far to say that Garda may have been my favorite place in Italy, but I kind of feel like I’m cheating on Rome. We drove from Salò to Riva del Garda, which is the most northern town on the lake, making stops along the way at a couple of the little towns on the east side of Garda. The drive itself was spectacular and though…

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Peachy In Lake Garda

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Lake Garda was a bit of a wild card when planning where in Italy we wanted to visit. I had always heard about Lake Como, but for the most part had overlooked the entire Italian lakes region, let alone known Lake Garda existed before about May. The seed was planted when one of my favorite travel bloggers had gone and the photos looked too good to be true. And just like that, it started popping up everywhere. I began doing my…

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So Long, Lake Tahoe

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When I moved to Tahoe five and a half years ago, it was under the assumption that it would be a place I’d stay no longer than 18 months. I was in a completely different place in my life. I was living in midtown Sacramento, working at the State Capitol and had a social and young professional life I adored. I had visited Tahoe a few times, but never did it ever cross my mind that it would be a place I’d consider…

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