After three fabulous days and nights in Paris, we were off to the south of Italy to meet up with my dad and, as another surprise to my mom, my sister. We landed in Naples and drove (with a white knuckles) along the coast down to Amalfi. By far our favorite part of the trip was the boat we rented from Gianni and his crew. Highly recommended to anyone! After fun in the sun, we headed up to Rome for some delicious bites and holy sights before making the long, sad trip home. It was lots of family time, but it made for one amazing summer vacay!
Probably one of my all time favorite family life memories will be surprising my mom with a trip to Paris. We were planning on meeting up with my Dad who was on business in Italy and I managed to make it all the way to the airport with her before revealing that I had scheduled us three days in Paris. She had never been and it was so awesome to experience it for the first time with her. We ate amazing food, drank great wine, went to adorable markets and did some fantastic shopping. We also managed to fit in some sightseeing too! For a city that already held such a special place in my heart, Paris delighted again with a whole new set of treasured memories.
I pick back up in Kyoto — hands down one of the coolest cities in the world. We got a little taste of almost everything Japan has to offer there (temples, zen gardens, ramen, wagyu beef, ryokans, nightlife, bamboo groves, kaiseki, sake, high speed trains…the list goes on). We rounded out our trip with a few more days in Tokyo, taking in some sumo and the craziness of Robot Restaurant, and a day (and night) of relaxing onsen in Hakone. Japan stunned us all in the best way possible and I’m sure it won’t be the last time we visit.
Japan is one of those places that changes you. From the food, the people and the natural beauty to the fashion, the city bustle and the cultural “norms”, this gorgeous country leaves an impression …and leaves you wanting more.
Our trip began with a couple short days in Tokyo, then we were off to Kyoto and Nara. I’ve gathered some highlights, but please feel free to shoot me an email if you have any specific questions about what we did, saw or experienced! We’d love to share!
On seemingly every block on every street in Venice, there is some sort of mural or painted wall…an Insta Blogger’s dream. I tried to fit in a few quick shoots, but honestly, we were too busy making our way to the most awesome coffee shop, a delicious, hip restaurant, or to soak up more sun on the boardwalk. This fun striped piece was right by our place, so Phil and I made a pit stop. Shop my outfit below!
Apologies for such a delay between posts! As you may know, I was out on the West Coast for some time and it’s taken me a while to settle back in from my vacation mindset. If you follow me on Snapchat (@toethatline), you might have gotten a little taste of said mindset and seen the amazing AirBnB I called home for 8 days, the sunny walks on Venice Beach, the amazing food and general fun times with LA friends and my own Momma, who accompanied me for the first few days. And, let’s not forget Phil. What a trooper! He made the trip with me and was a perfect angel through the flights, hikes and lots of sunbathing!
Shop my first-night-on-Abbot-Kinney-look here!
My husband and I have a little running joke that our trips our “cursed” with the best first day, and each day after pales in comparison. Maybe it’s the excitement upon arrival or the novelty of experiencing something new, but having any sort of amazing day is not a bad curse to have. We chuckled at the irony but not with surprise when our first day in Seattle turned out to be one of the most amazing vacation days we’ve had it. We just got lucky.
We were up early for a behind-the-scenes tour of Pike Place Market and just as it was ending and we were heading back outside, the clouds broke for some unexpected sunshine. We took a walk around the very cool and up-and-coming Pioneer Square (lead by my brother-in-law, who happened to be in town on business). And as luck would have it, we literally ran in to some family friends who, also by happenstance, were visiting Seattle the same weekend. We bounced off to lunch at the famed Salumi (a Batali family gem) and just as we finished realized we were minutes and only blocks away from the ferry to Bainbridge Island, a place we were hearing all day that we must visit. With a little hustle, we boarded the ferry and were off to experience some of the best views the city has to offer. The skyline was magical and lit perfectly by the super shiny afternoon sun. We disembarked on Bainbridge and strolled the quaint streets, stopping for a little wine tasting before (again) sprinting back to the ferry for departure. A quick shower and change of clothes and we were back at it, stopping at Taylor Shellfish on Melrose for oysters before our dinner reservation. After slurping the best oysters of the trip (and not for lack of trying), we headed around the corner to Sitka and Spruce for an absolutely fantastic first dinner. To polish off the night even more perfectly, we met up at classic Seattle cocktail bar, Damn The Weather, with our family friends and chatted and sip late into the evening.
While nothing would compare to the success of our first glorious day, the next few days were still absolutely incredible and made for one fantastic Valentine’s Day trip (or President’s Day, if you prefer). I would highly recommend any of the adventures above if you plan to visit Seattle as well…and I’ve got many more recommendations where those came from. We packed a lot in the weekend but, I must say, I didn’t pack that much in my suitcase! Shop my looks below!
The hub and I had the lucky fortune to visit French Laundry while we were in Napa…so what did I wear? A British line of course! I’m absolutely obsessing over everything from Finery London. Check out all their gorgeous (and affordable!) stuff here!