I hope everyone is enjoying the last bits of summer. While I’m loving the slow pace of August, I’m also getting ready to jet to Australia before the month of September. As always I’m a little nervous about flying. I’m not a good sleeper on planes so I’m not sure what I’m going to do to occupy my time. Regardless of the flight I’m really excited to explore Melbourne and the surrounding regions of Victoria.
What are your tricks for getting through long flights? Any suggestions for shows, books, or podcasts I should queue up for my trip?
Sam and I popped into Catalina yesterday to hang out on my family’s sailboat. We spent the day swimming, BBQing, and just enjoyed a simple day of hanging out. My little sister was living in Boston for a summer intensive with the Boston ballet and just got back. She’s such an amazing dancer. I love that she’s been experiencing new cities every summer since she was 13. She’s already spent her summers in New York, San Francisco and now Boston. I missed seeing my little munchkin and it was really great to spend a whole day with her where she couldn’t just sit on her phone like most teenagers do ( the reception on the island is not great).
I’m also really excited that as of yesterday I am going to Australia at the end of the month. Keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn’t fall through like our trip to Finland earlier this summer. This is going to be the longest flight and trip I’ve ever taken without Sam. I’m a bit nervous but also really excited.
This was shot on our second to last day in Paris. We are notorious for extending our trip and this time was no different. We wanted to have a couple extra days in Paris to enjoy the beautiful weather and the gardens that were in full bloom. Our lovely little hotel was located right across the street from one of my favorite places in Paris the Jardins du Luxembourg. We spent the afternoon sipping rosé, and eating cheese with a close friend that was visiting from home. It was the perfect Parisian afternoon.
I’m back home now and even though we were gone for nearly three weeks it fells like we never left. It went by so fast and I’m wishing I was still there. The only thing left to do now is start planning on how to move there with three dogs.
After out trip to Italy encountered some hiccups that prevented us from moving forward with our original itinerary we decided to make the best of it and head back to Saint Tropez for a few relaxing days on the beaches of the mediterranean. One of the most important lessons we have learned from all of our traveling is to expect the unexpected and to go with the flow. Stressing out only leads to more problems, so whenever something goes wrong we just relax, breathe, and make a new plan. We never consider our plans to be set in stone and always allow ourselves the opportunity to change our travel plans to best suit our needs and wants. This is exactly what we did when we realized our plans in Italy were rapidly falling through. Rather than getting upset or forcing a trip that was becoming exceedingly impossible, we simply decided to adapt. Our 2 days and nights in Saint Tropez ended up being exactly what we needed. We lounged on the beach, enjoyed over priced yet stunning meals. Our favorite was the stunning Residence de la Pinède (picture with yellow beach chairs and carbonara). We loved hanging by the magnificent pool of the Kube Hotel and had fun just being together in a new place.
Italy was the next stop on our European road trip after Provence and it was stunning. The views from our hotel took our breath away in every direction we looked. Driving from France was a little hectic as people drive faster and the roads are a little narrower but it was worth it. The Coastal road, hectic as it may have been provided some of the most stunning vistas Sam and I have ever seen. We spent our brief time in Sestri Levante strolling the streets and doing our typical routine of finding the best local fares and enjoying them by the sea for sunset. The pizza was as good as they say (even though pizza isn’t my go to) and the seafood was spectacular. Our initial plan was to drive from Sestri Levante to Florence then Milan and finally back to Paris by way of Geneva through the Alps. We had an issue with our hotel in Florence which threw off the rest of the dates and we ended up opting to head back to Saint Tropez. I definitely want to come back to Italy when I have more time. I have been dying to see Venice and Milan and although it wasn’t in the cards for this trip, I’m definitely heading back soon.