Vlog series: Tuscany trip

I wanted to make a different kind of travel post so after stalking people on YouTube I got the (brilliant) idea to try to do a travel vlog for this trip.

I have to confess I was kind of skeptical about this whole vlog thing but it was actually fun and I got to capture tons of footage for you guys.

So here it is! Hope you like it 馃檪

 

My favorite place to hide

13My italian family lives in Tuscany. They have a beautiful place in the mountains of Coreglia. I spent most of my childhood in this house and every time I go there, it reminds me of聽happy times.

My grandparents used to live there. I never met my grandfather but my “Nonna” was the reason I went every summer.

Now that she is gone, I still go there every two years and disconnect myself from the world. No cell phone or internet. Just me, the mountains and nature. On the upper floor lives my aunt Anna and on the lower floor my aunt Gabriella with my uncle Paolo.


2My days there begin very early. I like to have coffee in the garden and go for a long walk. Walking in the forest is like therapy for me. The only sounds you hear are bird singing, the wind and the river.

6The house has a big garden on the back with my uncle`s herb, fruit and vegetable garden. I love when it is strawberry time.

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The town is close to our house and we normally go walking to say hello to some old friends and walk through the picturesque streets.

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We sometimes go to the farmers market and I have so much with all the vibrant colors around.

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Someday I would love to live in a place like this. In the city we often forget what the wind sound like because all we hear is the noisy streets. There is a big difference waking up and knowing nature is surrounding you rather than get lost between tall buildings.

Maybe it is just nostalgia talking right now. I miss visiting my nonna Emilia`s place and remembering how lovely her voice sounded when she called from her balcony “Ciao cocca!”9

 

 

4 rooms with an impressive view: Italian edition

There is something magical about opening your window and seeing a wonderful landscape or breath-taking scenery. There are no words that can describe the feeling you get when you open the curtains and paradise is waiting for you outside.

I found four amazing pictures of Italian rooms with a splendid view. Let’s just visualize we are there…soon.

1) Let’s leave our shoes right there before stepping out.

hotel 1 view

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2) Good morning sunshine.

hotel 2 view

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3) Imagine sitting here. I could spend hours writing and writing non stop in that chair.

hotel 3 view

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4) I love this view (and the incredible smoothie and fruits that apparently come with it).

hotel 4 view

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Wanderlost: 5 places I want to visit

Lately, I have found myself in a state of nostalgia of the places I have visited and how wonderful it felt. I find myself with the desire to be anywhere except here. Has it ever happened to you?

Trapped in our daily routine we often forget how big the world is and how many things we still have to see. Personally, I want to find the courage to move but there are still many things I have to sort out before I go.

Meanwhile I want to share with you the places I would love to visit. It is kind of聽a small bucket list.

1) My father-in-law was from Sicily. Mr. Carmelo was one the most special people I have ever met. He sat whole afternoons telling me about this wonderful place.

sicily

(Photo credit: http://09am.com/sicily-italy/ )

2) Since my mom is Greek, this country has been part of my heart since a little girl. My mom made sure I learned Greek and I will be truly thankful for that my whole life. I stumbled with this picture on the internet and fell in love with it. My aunt has been there and told me it is magical. This is the Melissani Cave, Kefalonia.

kefalonia greece

(Photo credit:聽http://besttravelphotos.me/2013/11/12/melissani-cave-kefalonia-greece/ )

3) A dear friend went on a short trip to Istanbul. He really loved the place and gave me amazing tips for my future trip. The only word I know in Turkish is “Yavrum”, depending on the context, it means “my dear”. Since Turkey is near Greece I might even visit Istanbul and Kefalonia at the same time. Convenient right?聽

istambul

(Photo credit:聽http://www.anascreccatravel.com/en/index.html)

4) Blame Woody Allen for this one. When I saw the movie “Vicky, Christina, Barcelona” I fell in love with this city. I have plans to live there one day, who knows.聽

barcelona

(Photo credit:聽http://www.flickr.com/photos/sb4lynn/7084635515/in/pool-72006205@N00/lightbox/)

5) The Taj Mahal, India. This has been on my bucket list since a little girl. I would absolutely love to go there.聽

India

(Photo credit:聽http://www.youramazingplaces.com/15-places-top-travel-list/)

I would love to know, what are five places that are in your bucket list?