Italy

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Six days in Venice, two days in Florence, and two days driving around the tuscan countryside. This trip can be summed up with me freaking out because I’m so inspired and stopping constantly to take photos. My poor husband. He’s so patient with me.

Italy is a dream. When we returned, we were most often asked what our favorite place was, and the truth is, it’s an impossible question to answer. It’s the same as if you asked that about the US. It’s so vast and different wherever you go. Each area shines for different reasons. What I will say is that I loved it all. It’s old, it has history, there are cafes everywhere, you can drink the most amazing red wine all day long, it’s breathtaking and charming and will forever hold my heart.

If you want to know some reflective thoughts, I would say that I wish I brought a camera that was lighter weight and I wish we spent more time in Florence. SO much to see and two days is not nearly enough. It’s also the place we found the best food! When you head to the tuscan countryside, you have to take a vineyard tour. As for Venice, ride a gondola at least once, pack light because there are stairs upon stairs upon stairs, and pay for cell service so you can utilize your phone maps. I can’t tell you how many times that saved us from getting lost.

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