Milano is so gorgeous and their shopping isn’t bad either! Their duomo is so unique, I love it. We took the metro into the city and explored for a few hours. They have the worlds best panzerotti there! They are like scone dough filled with fresh Mozzarella and tomato or prociutto. So good. We also tried a dessert one somewhere else that was chuck full of Nutella, dusted with powdered sugar. 😋 Seriously 50 shades of yum.
Welp, I hope everyone has had a good Sabbath! We have. Nick and I have started watching Hart of Dixie. Has anyone seen that? It’s kinda stupid but kinda cute… and we are currently listening to a Texas rainstorm outside.
Cinque Terre means five lands in Italian. It was also the most breathtaking (literally and figuratively) place we visited. There are five cities along the northern Italian coast each is a mile or two away from each other. Each city is made of cute cobblestone streets and colorful houses.
Tip: You can take a train between each city, but you can also hike between each city, too. We were advised by a local to buy the day train pass for 16 euros each, but we thought we would save money by buying 2 one-way passes and then hiking between the other cities. Turns out, we had to ride the train a few more times than we thought aaaand the hikes cost money too, which the day pass would have covered, so if you go just buy the day pass and save yourself some time, money, and hastle. 😂
Anyways, we did 2 hikes, and it was so stunning! It was a lot of up and down because you’re hiking in the mountains right by the ocean, but that gives my current favorite hike (Angel’s Landing in Zion) a run for its money. The first hike we did was from Corniglia to Vernazza. Halfway through the hike there is this tiny bakery out in the middle of nowhere. They have the most amazing lemonade slushies. 😋🍋 Everywhere you look there is a fresh lemon tree, so they are amazing!
We wore our swimsuits on the hike, which was good because we were sweating despite the sea breeze. And a few of the cities have nice places to swim in the ocean to cool off! Unfortunately, the waves were far too big to swim in the day we were there but we sat near the ocean and watched the giant waves. Seriously, if you are ever in Italy, you have to go here. I absolutely loved it. 💛
Driving through Tuscany, Italy was breathtaking. I have never seen so many fields of sunflowers in my life! I knew I had to take a picture.
The only issue was that, once you get on the freeway in Tuscany, there are very few exits. You are basically on the freeway for a long time. As we drove by these flowers, it was like they were all staring at the cars passing by and teasing us with their beauty because we couldn’t even slow down to see them let alone take a picture of them!
We couldn’t even find any ways to get to any of them. Finally, we found an exit and ventured off to these one-lane back roads where we didn’t even know if we were allowed to be. We crossed a bridge and made it to a dirt road that was covered in giant puddles from recent rain.
Finally we saw some beautiful fields in the distance. We carefully drove our rental car through puddle after puddle until we got close enough to pull the car over. As you can tell from the photos above, there were mountains in the distance. The lighting was perfect and the flowers were huge! Honestly, our earth is so diverse and beautiful. What a gift from God! 100% obsessed with it.