Venice is the most romantic place I've ever been. Last year I had the opportunity to visit during Carnival, which was especially fun!
A couple of my friends and I took a weekend trip stayed in the most beautiful home. Bruce, our cheerful and welcoming host, greeted us at the train station fully decked out in costume for Carnival. His wife even made fresh fruitcake for us to enjoy.
We spent the weekend wandering aimlessly along the streets, eating homemade pasta, throwing confetti around, enjoying happy hour at a cute little wine bar. I love being spontaneous when I travel. We found so many hidden gems in Venice, like the beautiful outdoor bookstore pictured above.
Saturday morning, we planned to visit Murano to watch some glass blowing artisans and shop in the little glass boutiques. It was freezing and raining, but we braved the weather and took the ferry over to the island. Even in the rain, Murano was gorgeous.
By nighttime, the weather cleared up, so we celebrated with confetti... and dessert. (I had a pink meringue!)
Such a perfect weekend. Arrivederci, Venice! Until next time.
Besides Venice, Cinque Terre is probably my favorite place in the whole world. Made up of five charming little towns along the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre feels like stepping into a fairytale. Colorful houses sit along rugged terraces, their rich colors contrasting against the crystal blue water.
Each of the towns, Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, has its own distinct personality. The towns are close to each other, so it’s possible to hike between them. Cinque Terre has the most breathtaking views of the vineyards, the sea, and some of the prettiest sunsets imaginable.
I visited Cinque Terre in late March, and spent a long weekend there. I spent my days hiking through the vineyards, sipping Sciacchetrà (Cinque Terre’s famous wine) and eating pesto. My only regret is that I didn’t have more time. (Just another excuse to visit again!)
Where to stay: If you’re a budget traveler like me, Cinque Terre has lots of good options to choose from, including hostels and home rentals. Depending on your budget, there are also some more upscale hotels in the area.
How to get there: Taking the train is really the best way to get to Cinque Terre. Try to avoid driving, because cars can be a bit difficult to maneuver through the narrow, winding streets, and you won’t need a car once you arrive.
How to get around: If the weather’s nice, hiking is a great way to explore. Each of the five towns also has a train station!
What to eat: Cinque Terre is famous for its pesto and gnocchi. To drink, you have to try Sciacchetrà, a sweet white wine made from white raisins.
What to expect: The time of your life! Cinque Terre is a little slice of paradise.
Hi, friends! Thanks for checking out my blog. I'm excited to share some memories with you from one of my favorite trips, hiking the Yellow Mountains in China.
While studying abroad in Shanghai, my friends and I decided to take a weekend trip to hike the Yellow Mountains. We took an overnight train, during which we stayed up and ate trail mix and oreos all night. The next morning, we arrived at the base of the mountain range. We took a rickety bus up a winding road and arrived at our hostel, which was located in the basement of a hotel. Call me crazy, but I kind of love traveling on a tight budget. It adds so much adventure! We paid about $8 per night, and got exactly what we paid for (you can use your imagination!) We took freezing cold showers (thank goodness I brought shower shoes) and embarked on our little adventure.
We hiked for hours, climbing up seemingly endless sets of stairs into the clouds. Pictures can't do this place justice. It was one of the most breathtaking sights I've ever seen. Lots of the bridges we crossed were filled with love locks.
The next morning we woke up at 3:00 AM, threw on our clothes and headed out into the darkness, half asleep. We made it to the outlook just in time to see the most beautiful, vibrant sunrise.
Thanks for stopping by. A little about me — I have a latte each morning and drink about 7 cups of tea a day (I'm not exaggerating.) I live in Atlanta where I'm going to law school. I like long distance running and I love my city and I love exploring our beautiful earth. I believe in being vulnerable, following our passions & being free.
I started this blog to document and share my favorite moments while traveling. This is a place where I process my ideas, share the aches and joys of my heart, speak truth, and shine light on the beauty I see in the world.
I've realized that what I probably love most about traveling is the same thing I love about writing — the way it connects me to myself and other people. I hope as you read my words, you feel connected to our shared humanity.
Thank you for reading. :)
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