the last stop of our trip (*tear) was florence and it was so much fun to be in a bustling city! tuscany and cinque terre were both fairly quiet and mellow, lake como was pretty mellow but a little more city-like, and florence was pure CITY. our hotel was super modern and artsy and hip and located 2 steps away from the arno river — i highly recommend this place! as i’m sure you can tell by the photos, we spent most of our time in florence shopping, eating, more eating, more shopping, sight-seeing, and lots of walking. they have the coolest vintage shops sprinkled all throughout the city and we attempted to find as many as we could because old italian stuff is just really cool. another thing i absolutely loved was all of the neat signage and typography around the city. (it’s so nice to be inspired outside of pinterest and blogs for a change.)
i am pretty surprised that we managed to get by on our whole trip by knowing approximately 6 words of italian. (americans are spoiled – everyone else in the world knows english!). this was also the longest consecutive amount of time reis and i have spent together just the two of us and we had the BEST time. we are so thankful, blessed, and fortunate we were able to go on such an incredible honeymoon. i can’t wait to travel more with him and we already know we want our next european venture to be france and amsterdam…saving our pennies until then!
there is something purely magical about lake como. i don’t know what it is — and i don’t like picking favorites…but i think lake como might have been my favorite stop on our honeymoon! but that’s not true because i really fell in love with every single place we went! we took the train from cinque terre to milan (which, btw, the milan train station is kinda ridiculously cray cray. reis is slightly directionally challenged and this place was STRESSFUL), and then from milan to como. we stayed at albergo terminus, an amazing hotel built in the 19th century located right on the lake. it had a semi-haunted/eerie feeling about it, but in a cool way…think hollywood tower of terror kind of creepy. it was the perfect walking distance to everything – restaurants, shops, the lake…we loved it. i really loved how each place we went to in italy was SO different – it definitely made each place really exciting to explore.
on our first day there we went shopping (i was on the hunt for the perfect leather bag), had our routine afternoon gelato/cappuccino break – cremeria bolla is SO GOOD, and walked around the lake. we discovered the most beautiful little park that was covered in leaves and obviously perfect for photo-taking. the whole atmosphere was so romantic with the brisk air, the pinkish/yellow sky, a slight fog hanging over the lake, and being with my new husband! i’m telling you – italy in the fall is truly AMAZING. everything from the colors, the weather, being able to bundle up in boots and scarves (!) — it is so beautiful! the second day in como we went to bellagio, a swanky town across the lake. but since i got photo-happy and there were wayyy too many pics for this one post, that post is coming tomorrow.
image of vernazza (one of our stops in italy) via
november will pretty much be the BEST MONTH OF MY ENTIRE LIFE. i am getting married to my best friend. we leave for ITALY (!!!) on our honeymoon the day after our wedding. then we fly back to hawaii 10 days later and our north shore reception will be held in reis’ parent’s backyard 2 days after thanksgiving! and my whole family is flying out for it too!! i can’t believe it’s all coming up so quick! so much to do – so little time! but i am enjoying every single minute of it. it’s so weird — i want the next two months to fly by so it can be here already, yet i want it to go super slow so i have more time to do everything i want/need to do for both our CA wedding and our HI reception. i am trying to blog as often as i can (which obviously isn’t happening) just so i can re-live this special time in my life when i’m feeling nostalgic. but dang…time is of the essence and any of it that i do have is spent crafting, scheming, and designing (three of my favorite things!). so considering wedding stuff will be taking over my life (plus 2 more trips to california before the wedding), this will probably become “my wedding diary” blog for the next 2 months. hope you’re okay with that.