Thursday, April 19, 2012

Italy & France

We met Sarah & Devin in Florence and started our Prius journey through Italia and into France. It was so much fun having friends from home here to hang out with. Plus, Sarah has been to Europe several times and Devin speaks fluent French so we had some experienced travelers to help us out. I felt really confident in Italy since Italian is so close to Portuguese and I think it's my favorite country in Europe so far. Mainly because I understood what was going on. They are pretty bastardly drivers though. The tolls in Italy are also outrageous so I think we'll take a train next time or just fly in. I have some plans for the Amalfi coast. Here are some pictures from our trip...

Florence, Italy

Siena, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

Group shot! Stranger in the background.

Lemonade on the top of a mountain!

Halfway on our first hike. I was fueled by the thousands of carbs I ate in Italy.

Cinque Terre, Italy
Devin & Sarah

I loved all the colors. 

This bird stared right into my soul.

Terrifying and magnificent all at the same time.

He couldn't maintain the stare.

Maybe my favorite shot from the trip.

One of the Cinque Terre cities.

Nice, France

Flower market in Nice. It was nice ;)

French soap! 

I just sent my measurements to France ya'll!!! (quote from Bridesmaids)

The French Riviera...don't come here to lay out.

Until now, I'd only heard about the French Riviera from a Paula Abdul song.

Sarah looking oh so French in her cute shirt and glasses!

Nice, France

Les French Kiss!

A super rich hotel we tried to sneak into to see a museum. We did not succeed.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


It's warming up so travel season has begun! I've always been in love with tulips so naturally I couldn't wait to get to Holland and see rows and rows of flowers. I really wanted to ride a bike wearing wooden clogs, traditional milk maid attire, with a basket full of flowers through every field in Holland but no one else was really into it so we walked around the Keukenhof instead. Boring, I know, but I had a great time and loved the Netherlands.
I know it's cliche, but the second we crossed the border we saw about 8 people riding bikes. No one had wooden clogs on but I found it entertaining. Holland is the land of bicycles and rascals. I'm serious. There is at least one rascal for every 6 bicycles on the road.
We stayed with some friends in Brunssom and saw the tulips, went to a cheese farm, bought a lot of cheese, went to Amsterdam, the Rijks Museum, the Heineken Brewery and walked all over the city. It was beautiful and I loved it and can't wait to go back.



The Milk Maid



More tulips!

The Keukenhof

Rembrant at the Rijks Museum

Canal in Amsterdam