2013 was a big year for my little family (which includes me, Greg, and my two pillow pets, Uni and Fred). 2013 will forever be the year we said, “Peace out societal rules! We’re off to see the world!” Yea, it was scary (like, really scary). But we did it and I wouldn’t trade one minute of it! Not even one of those 30 minutes where I was locked out of our unconditioned Thailand bungalow in my underwear.
I miss traveling.
This world has so much to see.
So, to stop myself from jumping on the next plane out of here I like to go back and look through my Instagram profile. Day dreaming about the beaches of Thailand, the amazing sunsets in Boracay, or drooling over the thought of a gyro in Greece has become a weekly obsession of mine. This week, I thought I would take you along with me down that Instagram memory lane. One glorious 2013 month at a time.
We started off 2013 in San Francisco, CA. After 4 and 1/2 years there, it was hard to say goodbye.
An afternoon skipping rocks on Lake Tahoe.
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December 3rd, 2013 · Greece · By: Casi
Vacationing while long term traveling is a must. It’s tiring stuff! Constantly planning, researching, plane trips, long bus rides, and ALL THE WALKING! After a busy 2 weeks in Italy we were ready for a couple days of island relaxation on one of the lesser known Greek Islands, Corfu.
We also needed this relaxation time because we had decided to climb Mount Olympus…less than a week before we actually climbed it. Smart! *insert eery foreshadowing music here* For 3 days we stayed at the Pink Palace, famous for it’s fun parties, beachy goodness, and it’s pink exterior.
The view from our room
We spent 3 days lounging on the beach
Yes, Greeks eat potatoes (french fries) in their gyros!
We even went on the Pink Palace’s famous booze cruise…not too many pictures from that craziness! You’ll have to visit and see for yourself.
It was the perfect relaxing 3 days before a jam packed week of Greece sightseeing including exploring the Greek Orthodox monasteries of Meteora and a grueling 2 day hike up Mount Olympus. Stay tuned…
Tags:beach·booze cruise·Corfu·Greek Islands·Pink Palace
November 6th, 2013 · Italy · By: Casi
The first question everyone asks us about our trip is, “What was your favorite place?” My #1 is Bali. Greg’s is Chiang Mai. But a very close second for both of us is Venice, Italy. To me, all of Italy was just amazing. But Venice. Ohhhhhhhh Venice. I dream about this city often.
Besides the fact that it is a beautiful city built on water with canal lined streets, the buildings are so colorful, the food is SO good, the people are strong and blunt but so nice, the small alleys are so quaint, and don’t get me started on spritzes!
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Tags:andar a cicheti·bàcaro·cicheti·Gelato·Hotel San Maurizio·Italian spritz·photo walk·pizza·Venice·Venice Canals
October 30th, 2013 · Italy · By: Casi
While we were in Florence we decided to take a day trip to Pisa so we could see that oh so famous leaning tower. This ended up being one of my favorite days of our trip because who doesn’t like watching people fail all day long!? Not sad or painful or mean fails! I’m not sadistic! Geez! Just really really ridiculously hilarious fails, ala Buzzfeed. Ok, some of those Buzzfeed “Biggest Kid Fails Of All Time” do look a little painful, but the fails I’m about to show you from the Leaning Tower of Pisa are more painful to the brain because you just can’t believe how stupid people are willing to look in public for a picture. Including us. Except we nailed it!
I’m guessing she is going for the dinosaur eating the tower pose?
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Tags:Fail·Leaning Tower of Pisa·Pisa·tourist
October 18th, 2013 · Italy · By: Casi
Italy seems to be the place everyone and their mom (well my mom for sure) has asked us questions about. Mainly, where should we go in Italy? When? And the biggest question: do you have some special power to convince my significant other to take me there? My special power comes in pictures, just show him/her all these lovely pictures + a glass or 2 (or 3 or 4) of their fave happy beverage + memorize their credit card number and you will be in Italy in no time!
The when is easy, not during summer when it’s balls hot! Preferably, May or September for prime warmness and minimal crowds. The where: Rome, Amalfi Coast, Venice, and I hear Cinque Terre is incredibile. But I never put Florence on that list, and I feel really horrible about that now that I have looked at our pictures from there. Florence was gosh darn impressive! The Duomo, the parks, the food and leather market, and the perfect sunset from the Ponte Vecchio. How could I leave out such a gorgeous city. Bad traveler, bad!
Be sure to show these little beauts to your hubs tonight! Don’t forget the scotch!
Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (a.k.a. Il Duomo di Firenze) Our hotel, Hotel Costantini, was right outside of the Duomo so we got to walk past it a lot!
Walking up the steps to the top we couldn’t take our eyes off this fresco painted by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari in 1579.
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Tags:Duomo·farmers market·Florence·Giardino di Boboli·leather market·market·Parks·view