A Photo Diary from Italy

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The weather is so beautiful here in Wales lately, but it’s still so cold. My friend who helps me take new pictures is currently sick (so no new pics) and my body’s recent huge cravings for sun, seemed like a good reason to share one of the warmest, sunniest and most memorable moments from last year - my first ever trip to Italy. I have visited quite a lot of places last year, but Italy was just so unique and left such a vivid impression on me that will definitely last a lifetime. From their crazy driving, to their finest and most stunning coastlines. Not to mention all the wonderful, mouth-watering food everywhere you go. But let me tell you how my whole journey started.

On the New Year’s Eve from 2013 to 2014, I was at one small gathering with my Italian friend Gloria, who comes from Milan and who was also studying in Frankfurt as an exchange student. Some months ago I told her about this amazing place in Italy I have constantly seen on the internet, but could never remember the name. On that party, that topic was somehow brought up again, and she said Cinque Terre. I quickly looked it up on the internet on my phone and bingo! That was the place I always had in mind! What followed after, was a bit of a dream (not sure if from one too many glasses of champagne, or because of excitement). She said ‘oh it’s not too far away from Milan, we should go there!’. My jaw dropped to the floor. I didn’t think she was for real, but almost five months later we had the whole road trip planned and I was in a plane on the way to Milan.

From the first seconds I set my foot on the Italian ground, I knew I was in for an adventure. We spent the weekend in Milan walking around the crowded city centre, eating gelatos, drinking cappuccinos and trying out different pizza places. Let me tell you - it felt like heaven! And I did not regret a single pound I gained by the end of my vacation. We also managed to squeeze in a night out before our road trip began. A little party never killed nobody, right? The life in Milan is so vibrant, I cannot imagine what’s happening there during fashion weeks. On Monday morning, we were already on the road and on the way to the Italian Riviera. Some hours later we reached a town called Lerici. We dumped our suitcases in our rooms and off to the beach we went! I caught a cold in Milan but that did not stop me from running straight into the sea and splashing around like a child. The water was cold, because it was May but that was literally the moment when I thought to myself - YOLO.

We spent an amazing day in Lerici trying out local Limoncello and food, and the next morning we were up bright and early ready to hop on a ferry to Cinque Terre. If only you knew how excited I was. And no, that was nothing like the excitement, when I first saw the Alps, or the aaah’s! and ooo’s! when we were driving through some exceptionally stunning locations on the way to the coastline. It was the moment I was dreaming of for years, to see the incredible, beautiful and mesmerizing Cinque Terre, so my heart was pounding like crazy. I don’t want to get into too much detail about it, but if you’ve never heard of that place just look it up on the internet and then put it on your travel bucket list right away, because it is hard to describe it - you have to see and experience it for yourself. Local people, cozy cafes, stray cats, salty sea air and the incredible colors of each village, will truly leave a remarkable impression.

I am looking at these pictures and remembering all the crazy things that happened that week on the road, and I couldn’t be more happy and grateful to my friend Gloria for it all. Depending on my plans, I might go to Italy this summer again, so here’s to many more adventures like that! Oh wanderlust, I swear you are incurable. P.S I still haven't brought that roll of film from my analog camera that I had with me in Italy, to a photo lab. It's been 9 months since that trip, oops! But it will be so exciting to see those pictures when I will do it. Ok, enough talking! Now have a glimpse below at the beautiful life in Italy - it is truly incredible.

With Love,
Bri






































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18 comments

  1. I really really love your blog! Seems that we share the same interests!
    I’ve just started a blog as well! It is about the backstage of the fashion world.
    Check it out and follow me if you’ll be interested :)
    http://backstagetales.weebly.com

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    1. Hi Irina!

      Thanks, you're right we have something in common:)

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  2. This post makes me want to take the first plane, train, bus or even bike trip to italy!! <3
    Love your photos of the adventurous road trip!

    Warm Hugs,
    Cheraine from C h a n e x t

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    1. Thank you SO much for such a sweet comment! <3 Italy is definitely one of the most amazing destinations in the world. Go there in spring or summer if you get a chance!

      With Love,
      Bri

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  3. What amazing photos! I visited Italy last May and am dying to go back. We went to Portofino but never made it to Cinque Terre, it's on my wishlist!

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    1. Oh, thank you Whitney! That's a pity though because Cinque Terre isn't too far away from Portofino. We stopped there for a cup of coffee on the way to Monaco, but now that I look back on it, I would do some things differently and stay in those places a little longer, instead of trying to see entire Liguria and South of France in one week. So I guess you did a good thing by focusing just on one place! Also check out Positano, it looks unreal! x

      With Love,
      Bri

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  4. What a beautiful set of photos, makes me want to travel this summer :) cheers! ~ www.shoesandsashimi.com

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    1. Glad to hear it! Remember, traveling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer! :)

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  5. Wow, look at the photos! Looks like a postcard dream -- absolutely beautiful. You are so lucky to have visited Italy. Thanks for sharing your experience through these photos. x

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    1. That made me smile! Thank you Stephanie for your lovely comment. P.S I am happy that I found your blog, you have so many wonderful photos of your adventures and trips! x

      With Love,
      Bri

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  7. You always looking good and your blog updated constantly.

    Good job, dear ! The place is awesome anyway

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    1. I'm happy to hear that you liked this! x

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  8. Nuostabus įrašas! Cinque Terre buvo pirma vieta Italijoje, kurią įtraukiau į "must visit" sąrašą :D Perskaičius ką parašei dar stipriau panorau ten apsilankyti :)

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    1. Aciu Zivile! Cinque Terre yra tikrai kazkas sunkiai apsakomo:) Tai labai unikali vieta, toli nuo didmiesciu surmulio, bet kartu pasizyminti ir labai gyvybingu kaimeliu aura. Ko gero del turistu surmulio. Nors kai mes buvom ten geguze (ne per pati peak'a) ju nebuvo tiek daug, kiek, kad speju liepa :D tikiuos, turesi proga ten kadanors apsilankyti! :)

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  9. It's a pretty awesome review! Thank's for sharing your colourful story!:)
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    1. Thank you for your comment! I cannot wait to visit Italy again. :)

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