Cherry Blossoms

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A few words from Brittany:
Justine and I have wanted to take cherry blossom photos for years now, but it just so happens that every year one of us is out of town and ruins the whole thing…and it doesn’t help that our blossoms last for only two short weeks either! We (Justine) found this awesome spot in one of the residential neighbourhoods lush with blossoms and I could not believe how fortunate we were to have the place to ourselves (a hidden gem if I ever saw one)! When I first shared these on Instagram I had so many messages asking where it was – but of course, by then, they had all already fallen.

Chianti

A few words from Brittany about our stay in Chianti:
We had such an interesting visit in Chianti, mainly because of this place we stayed…yes we stayed on this estate! From the photos I realize it looks very grand and luxurious, but there was definitely more to it than that! Our AirBnB (you heard that right, this was listed on AirBnB) was actually a winery! Before that it was…a monastery! We stayed in a house that used to be the Bakers quarters, complete with a massive open oven for baking bread.
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Florence

A few words from Brittany about our time in Florence:
Florence was one of our last stops on our Europe trip. Although we were only there for a day, I’m so glad we got to experience a truly one-of-a-kind place! Unsurprisingly we left Cody at a museum by himself while we explored the streets and took photos. That man can spend a LONG time in a museum! We went to many different museums during our travels and while I do enjoy them, a girl can only take so much! Meanwhile, Justine and I were on a mission to find the most photogenic gelato in Florence. I will count this a major success judging by the photo above! This was probably Justine’s third gelato of the day…the girl loves ice cream. The wonderful thing about travelling with Cody and Alan is that it allowed us to take photos together for once! I’m not going to try to play it cool here, we carried our heels in our backpacks just for these photos. I don’t regret it for a second. The most amazing part of our day trip was climbing the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio, which is Florence’s city hall. Here we were able to see an incredible view of the city’s skyline! While every other tourist was at the cathedral, we practically had the place to ourselves. It was the most incredible view to take in and one that I won’t forget anytime soon.

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SAN GIMIGNANO

While in the Tuscan country side we had to make a pit stop at San Gimignano, I’ve been once before and everyone I know thats been recommended visiting, so naturally we had to visit!
A few words from Brittany about our time there:
Think rolling hills and amongst them, the most quant little village that feels like the equivalent of Disneyland, Italian style. Along with the stunning views, San Gimignano is home of the most AMAZING gelato shop, Gelateria Dondoli (world champions)! What I thought was just the sweetest thing ever, is that the owner actually stands outside the shop and greets every single tourist coming through his doors (in whatever language they speak too). It was just that extra little touch that made our experience so much more memorable. The gelato itself was absolutely incredible and I had the most amazing passionfruit of my life! One of the things I loved most about this village is that it was small enough to get around in a day, unlike many of our other day-trips, we didn’t feel like we left so much unseen! That being said, there are plenty of side streets and small pathways to get lost on (in a pleasant sort of way).
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San Marco Square

When you go to Venice you have to do some touristy things, I remember my first trip there probably around 15 years ago, and I distinctly remember feeding the pigeons. Brittany, however, is terrified of birds, so this was quite the adventure for her. While taking a few shots at sunrise in the square I was being a total pageant mom, the second that bird landed on her head I could see the look of sheer terror in her eyes and I just started coaching her to “smile, smize, look over there, etc” she just nervously laughed the whole time but it was an adventure none of us will forget!

An Afternoon In Milan

A few words from Brittany about our short stop in Milan:
As I type out the title for the post I think, how tragic! To travel all the way to Italy and only spend an afternoon in Milan…it just doesn’t sound right does it? To think of the things we could have seen, the places to visit, the clothes to buy! Sigh. That’s the thing about Europe, there are way too many places to see and absolutely no way to see everything in a single trip (more realistically I’d imagine that taking years).

Anyway, the reason we even saw Milan at all was because we flew there from Mykonos and made a pit-stop as we drove down to Venice…even though we saw a very small part of the city, I’m so glad I got to see as much as I did because it was absolutely breathtaking! Of course with the small window of time we had, we decided to take in the views at the Duomo di Milano…because you don’t go to Europe and not spend vast amounts of time in cathedrals! Dedicated to St Mary, the Milan cathedral is the third largest church in the world.

When we entered the Basilica, mass was well underway and we got to hear a bit of the (Italian) sermon before we explored other areas of the cathedral. I can’t believe that people are still welcome to go to church there, with the tourists wandering about and everything…it’s so odd to me that something so historical and immaculate is still used for it’s original intent, but I love that it is!
Though the church itself was beautiful in its own way, the real show was the views from the roof! In fact, if you ever visit Milan and want to see the cathedral, I’d skip the church all together and get right into the lineup for the rooftop. Oh the stairs you will climb, but it sure is worth the view!

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