Italy Preview II: From Botticelli to the Bluest Waters


I’m writing to you today while under that enchantment of emotions known best to travelers–a dizzy mix of exhaustion and euphoria. Though I’ve seen such wonders over the past few weeks, I’m a hobbit at heart, and am looking forward to some rest back home…and writing blog posts regularly again, of course!

I have so much in the works for the next few weeks: landscapes, art, photography, and travel advice galore (including tips on how to survive Renaissance church stairways as a claustrophobe). Once more, however, please accept this iPhone-born teaser as a glimpse at things to come! 


I can’t wait to gush for hours about my new favorite place on Earth: the Cinque Terre! We visited all five of its pink-hued villages…


…and even hiked across mountain and seaside cliff for three hours to access two of them!


More frantic yet utterly astounding was our 24-hour Florence escapade–featuring many greats of European art history that I had only seen in textbooks before!


Finally downloading my hundreds of Actual Camera photos from this trip will be so exhilarating–I will be delighted to relive the adventure all over again! (Though only after I’ve collapsed following my sixteen-hour plane journey.) How do you return to “real life” after a long period of travel? 

2 thoughts on “Italy Preview II: From Botticelli to the Bluest Waters

  1. marinegirl1 May 2, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    After long travel periods sleeping is definitely the first thing to do, if jet leg permits it that is. I don’t know how many days I’ve spend either trying to stay up a little bit longer just so I’m not sleeping at 7 Pm, failing and waking up at 4 Am, desperately trying to find something to do until it’s acceptable to get up. To return to real-life normally doesn’t take that long and isn’t to hard for me, carefully unpacking and reliving the memories associated to the souvenirs is alway included. Then a couple of days dreaming of the beautiful places left behind until no one wants to hear the stories anymore usually helps to bring me fully hack into real life mode.

    • Keely May 5, 2016 / 7:54 pm

      Haha, I am literally stuck in the exact cycle of falling asleep at 7 and waking up at 4! I know it will pass, though, and in the mean time I’m taking advantage of the fact that at least it’s helping me get up early 🙂

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