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I spent my last weekend in Italy visiting two amazing places: Cinque Terre and Florence. The above pictures were taken in Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is an area in Italy made up of small coastal villages and beaches. It's insanely beautiful! When we arrived, we hiked from one village to another (about 1hr 45min) where we then hung out on the beach for a few hours. I rarely (never) hike so I thought I was going to die at times lol...not even joking though. But I'm so glad I pushed myself to complete the hike because it was really a once in a lifetime opportunity and the view was priceless! The beach was heaven. Literally. The water was the perfect temperature and crystal clear. Me and my friends rented a paddle boat that has a water slide on it and paddled out into the ocean. It was so much fun. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the beach, and living in New York City with no car makes it very hard to have that perfect beach experience so I really took in every single moment of this day. After the beach, we ate dinner at a cliffside restaurant. I ordered fried calamari and shrimp and they served the shrimp whole - eyeballs and all! I was so grossed out lol. Italy never fails to give me culture shock. But besides the shrimp everything else was great. (:


The Duomo, Florence

Duomo detail

Florence streets

Central Square, Florence

Street Art, Florence

City Hall, Florence

Replica of the Statue of David (Michelangelo)

Just some cool architecture

By the river, Florence

Pasta with chicken and cream sauce (the closest thing to Chicken Alfredo in Italy)

The BEST ice cream bar I've ever had!

This was cool.

Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Florence.

Florence was great, too! It was extremely crowded though, very much like Manhattan. There was so much shopping and so many interesting buildings, and architecture. Florence is notorious for their genuine leather, and there are leather markets on nearly every corner. I bought myself a bag and some of my loved ones as well. They were so cute. After we shopped and did some sight seeing, we had lunch (picture above) - DELICIOUS! They do not have chicken alfredo in Italy, or chicken parm either lol the American interpretation of Italian food is so far off haha. I really enjoyed the food in Italy though, they use much fresher ingredients than back home. It's so much more expensive to eat out though, especially with the conversion to USD. But it was worth it! After lunch, we went to the Salvatore Ferragamo museum. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take any photos in the building or I would have loved to share them with you guys. It was interesting, especially the way they set everything up. One of the rooms had huge briefcases that were nearly as high as the ceiling to display some of the art work. We were exhausted by the time we were done at the museum and couldn't wait to get back home.

This will be my last Italy post, I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my adventures here. I am open to answer any questions you have! Check back soon for a new outfit post(:

Brittany Jade

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