Travel Diary // Italy

Ugh, sorry for the delay friends! It’s literally been a month since I got back and with starting a new job and such, I have been all over the place. But I’m here for the final installment of travel pictures from my trip and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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^Florence // Although our initial touch down into Italy was in Pisa, it was pitch black and we jumped immediately into a bus after our RyanAir flight, so I’m going to count Florence as our real first Italian destination! We happened to arrive on la notte bianca, and walked off the bus into seriously the busiest streets I’ve ever seen! It was one crazy Florence city party! Anyway, we had our own personal architect tour guide (aka my brother Nick), who showed us the beautiful buildings, delicious food (gelato withdrawals anyone?) & an overall fantastic time! We spent most of our time in Florence staying at 2 awesome Airbnb locations and doing day trips – see below!

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^Pisa // We didn’t expect to go to Pisa, and to be quiet honest, most of us weren’t that excited! BUT that being said, it really blew us away! We went around 9am, and with almost no one around we could truly gaze at this amazing thing! We took about a half hour to observe and gawk before we were off to Cinque Terre…

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^Cinque Terre – Riomaggiore & Manarola // This might be one of the most beautiful places of all time! It was beyond gorgeous and it was mind blowing to think about people building and living in these buildings so far away from other cities! (Also, if you have a moment to check out their INSANE vineyards, which are pretty much vertical…). We had a fantastic time basking in the sun and watching Nick go for a dip. I would highly recommend checking out these breath taking cities. *FYI, it isn’t particularly easy to get to Cinque Terre, if you ever have any questions, let me know!

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^Wine Country – Greve in Chianti, Casamonti, a few small villages throughout the area  // This day was one of my favorites from the trip! We explored a few quaint villages before (and after) we had an amazing dinner paired with 3 delicious Casamonti Chianti Classico wines. We learned so much about wine and olive oil making in Chianti, and how the Cinta Senese pigs almost went extinct (!). We also had one of the fluffiest tiramisu cakes I have ever seen/tasted (evidence here). It was such a change of scenery from Florence, and the fresh air was extremely refreshing!

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And then we came home after 2 weeks of bliss! It was so sad to leave, but 2 weeks away from home, exploring multiple cities and countries was exhausting! I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but I won’t deny sleeping in my own bed was effing amazing. And as I mentioned in my post about Germany, I might not be an expert, but I would love to help with any travel questions you may have! And make sure to check out my Instagram pics for more candid outtakes!

Travel Diary // Germany

It’s been a little over 2 weeks since I’ve gotten home from our fantastic EuroTrip, and I finally got my sh*t together, going through all of the pictures and editing them down to post! Today’s pictures will be of our 5 days in Germany – starting off in Frankfurt, moving onto Munich and Nuremberg, and circling back to Frankfurt before we left for Italy. Unfortunately it was a bit rainy and chilly (not unusual), but we had expected it and it didn’t stop us from site seeing. Luckily we had a few clear afternoons with a bit of sun which made up for it!

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^Frankfurt // Although it was a short stop, Frankfurt had the quintessential “Germany look” and we ate a delicious meal right next to the town hall in the old center of town. We had a nice walk by the river, took in all of the greenery (it was so green compared to CT at the time) and nursed our jetlag. We got up bright and early the next morning to head to Munich, but we loved our time in Frankfurt and can’t wait to go back someday for a longer stay.

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^Munich // Curtis and I didn’t quite know what to expect when we went to Munich, but we fell in love! It was clean, not too crowded, full of delicious beers, sausages & pretzels, and overall a beautiful city. We had family showing us around which was amazing, and we joked about how we were on the “Church tour of Europe” (seriously though, Munich has sooo many gorgeous churches!). We stayed right outside of the city so we didn’t get a sense of the night life, but we had to save something for our next trip, right?

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^Nuremberg // Nuremberg is where my Opa (grandfather) grew up, and while I’d been when I was younger, it was so nice to have him show Curtis and myself around. It is a medieval city with a fortress/castle on the top of the hill which we had a wonderful time exploring (the sun came out just in time!). We ate at a fantastic restaurant over the river, explored some more beautiful churches, and had an amazing custard cake before we left – aka a wonderful time!

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We had an amazing trip exploring Germany with family and friends, really getting a sense of it through their eyes. We can’t wait to visit again, and if you have any questions about traveling to any of these locations, let me know, I would love to help if I can!

Onto Italy next! And if you’d like to see more candid shots from the trip, check out my instagram!

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EuroTrip // Germany & Italy

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Words cannot express how excited I am for my family’s little EuroTrip! It is going to be the perfect blend of exploration, relaxation & family time that I need so desperately right now. I’ve been missing my brother Nick a whole lot, and seeing him in Florence in his element will be amazing! It started off as just a trip to Italy, but since Europe is surprisingly small, we started day dreaming about where else we could go. My boyfriend Curtis hasn’t been to Germany, so we wanted to find a way to get there as well – but we probably wouldn’t have actually acted on adding it to our itinerary without the assistance from my grandparents, Oma & Opa, who will be joining us. My Opa grew up there and they got married there, so we’ll be visiting their old stomping grounds and seeing other family who still lives there.

SO – the itinerary is a little loop of Germany {Frankfurt –> Munich –> Nuremburg –> Schlüchtern –> Frankfurt}, then a short flight over from Frankfurt to Pisa on RyanAir and into Florence for the remainder of the trip. This is where we will be meeting up with my parents along with other family members joining us from Germany (full house!) and spending most of our time. We hope to make it to Cinque Terre for a day trip, possibly another day trip to Rome, and definitely some wine tasting in Tuscany. As you may guess I am extremely pumped! I’m off tomorrow afternoon but Reg will be holding down the fort on G&M, so things will be as smooth as ever! I will post a million photos when I return and hopefully get some outfit posts from cute alleyways and cafes as well! See you in 2 weeks! xo Christa

*PS – anyone remember this?

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