We started our trip in Siena and stayed in Relais Campo Regio for 3 nights which I highly recommend. It is a charming boutique hotel with only 6 rooms right in the center on a popular street. The service was impeccable.
Then we explored the hills and vineyards of Tuscany on vespas. THAT was fun.
We stopped at a vineyard called Poggio Amorelli where they had this waiting for us in the cellar. A lunch of breads and spreads, pasta, cured meats and cheeses, dessert and 7 different wines. Ive never been happier!
There is a place called Bar dell’orsa in Monteriggioni that cannot be missed! We went twice in 2 days. So so so delicious.
Hopped on the train to Pisa…
Lucca for a few days… rode bikes on the walls of the enclosed town, watched bubble football (hilarious!), have eaten pizza and pasta everyday since the start of this trip! It is so idyllic in Lucca :)
Another restaurant that cant be missed is Villa Bongi. It is where the locals go :) it’s outside of the walls, hidden in a beautiful tree covered escape. The restaurant looks like a mini italian mansion. The dishes were unique (for Tuscany) like chesnut parpadelle with wild boar ragu, cucumber and fennel puree soup; very very yummy.
Visiting Cinque Terre tomorrow. Cant wait!
Don’t doubt those feelings that you feel in your gut when someone doesn’t wish you well and doesn’t believe in you. Believe in yourself and be the stronger person by being kind but pulling away from them and move toward those who appreciate who you are now, who you’ll be in the future and especially who you were in the past. Appreciate those who are proud of your desires and growth and stay away from those who are not. It has taken me awhile to learn this and to finally have the strength to protect myself but now I am able to love those who give me light even harder, put that energy in my soul and receive the gifts the universe has been waiting to give. There is so much we are capable of receiving, we just need to learn how to outgrow that which we hold onto.
I just want to be around nice people who care about others’ feelings and genuinely want the best for others. Sensitive souls. And I’m not afraid to say that anymore.
(Artist: Emma Cowlam)
With him, he has helped me fly,
watered me so my petals could bloom,
shone a light on the hidden pathways I could not see,
side by side,
led me to discoveries we share eternally together,
he is my rock,
I see the universe in him,
I am seen by the universe.
I find this to be the truth. The path to yourself is not so much “happiness,” it is a slow, sometimes painful, sad and ugly process–in a beautiful way, if that makes sense. I find that often times we only want to find the happy side yet in reality, to feel balance we need both extremes; we need to bounce from dark to light, light to dark, to find ourselves in the middle. In the middle is where we can truly meet ourselves, the self that is and will always be there.
During eons of evolution, from the simplest of living forms to the most complex, there has always been the day to day struggle to protect oneself. In our highly evolved cooperative social structures, this survival instinct has gone through evolutionary changes. Many of us no longer lack food, water, clothing or shelter; nor do we regularly face life threatening danger. As a result, the protective energies have adapted toward defending the individual psychologically, rather than physiologically. We now experience the daily need to defend our self concepts rather than our bodies. Our major fears end up being with our own inner fears, insecurities, and destructive behavior patterns and not with outside forces.
–from the book “The Untethered Soul”
“Everything you can imagine is real.”
Edinburgh is easily one of the coolest cities I’ve ever been to. I loved it. All the gothic pointy buildings, castles, dark lines and bag pipe music echoing in the streets :)
The countrysides were beautiful too. It was such a fun trip (Im not going to say it was a vacation because we squeezed in so many activities that we were go go go everyday–quite an adventure :)) with great friends.