Monday, April 30, 2012

i just said goodbye to my mom a couple days ago.  she was here visiting me for about a week - we went to cinque terre last weekend and spent a few nights in manarola, which was beautiful.  we got stuck there an extra night due to a train strike, but luckily we were able to find a cute little apartment to stay in for the day/night where we were able to hang out, enjoy the view, and cook our own delicious dinner.  the rest of the week, we just hung out here in florence in the warm sunshine (finally).  it was so good to have her here, we had a great week together.
obviously made some cat friends in cinque terre

our beautiful meal with italian colored pasta
sunset view from our balcony
gardens in florence
yea so i went back to cinque terre yesterday with some friends...
and did that extremely hard hike, but it was beautiful and worth it

Saturday, April 14, 2012

i was so happy to have my dad and alex here this past week.  we spent easter together in santa margherita--one of the most beautiful places on earth.  it was right on the coast and our hotel overlooked the bay, filled with tons of boats.  there were palm trees and brightly colored houses all along the shore line.  we took a train to cinque terre one day, where the houses were built into the hills all along the ocean.  my dad and i took a path between towns, called via dell'amore, and had lunch at a little cafe built into the cliff.  then we hiked between two other towns--we weren't exactly looking for some intense mountain climbing, we just thought it would be another casual trail like the one before.  but instead we walked up and down a billion stone stairs in the mountains.  on easter, we took a boat to portofino, another seaside town.  then back to florence: we pretty much saw all of florence in one day--from piazzale michelangelo to the top of the duomo, and from palazzo pitti and the boboli gardens to piazza signoria and the ponte vecchio.  after one exhausting day of being their tour guide, we spent the rest of the week relaxing, catching up and eating lots and lots of delicious italian food.
alex, dad and me on our hotel balcony
pretty boats in the bay
cinque terre
love locks on via dell'amore
via dell'amore
the stairs that went forever
there were so many cats in cinque terre
me and alex on the boat to portofino on easter
view of portofino
santa margherita
alex and florence
i'm so blessed that i got to spend a week with two of my favorite people in the world.  we had a lot of fun, and i miss them already!

Monday, April 2, 2012

this weekend i went on a trip through my school to a few cute little medieval towns in italy: perugia, assisi, siena and san gimignano.  we got to eat some free meals, stay in a fancy hotel, had tons of gelato, and it was beautiful.  see for yourself...

Assisi had pink bricks in every building
Duomo in Siena
Tower in San Gimignano

towers in San Gim
makin a little love under the flowers
best gelato in the whole world. no joke, i ate seven different flavors