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Tuscany Landscape

Photo Credit: www.worldfortravel.com

Ah.. The sweet life, as only the Italians know how.

It has been a roller coaster ride for me these past couple of weeks. At first, I thought I was going to pursue a new career path and take a break from the rat race. It took a while to convince myself that it’s alright to leave a job that is no longer gratifying. My traditional background strongly dictates that I be “responsible” and continue plodding wearily. By the time I made the decision to leave, I was already picturing myself lounging around the house for the next couple of months, maybe even going back to class or develop a fashion app for iPhone or Android mobile devices.

And just when I reached that momentous mental breakthrough, I was talked out of it. I won’t bore you with too much details but my decision was borne out of much deliberation and careful considerations. However, I still need a break. I was burnt out. There is no way I could’ve stayed if vacation was not part of the picture. I need a breather.. And soon.

So at last, we arrived at the most exciting portion of this blog. Because I wasn’t planning on taking a vacation so soon (I thought I had 3 months to come up with something), I turned into a travel agent on steroids overnight. I had to book the flights, accommodations and everything else 10x faster than I would normally do. I don’t know how I managed to pull it off, given that I am such a planner (more like an organized freak) but somehow I did it.

I am pretty happy with our itinerary because it has everything I love: fashion, photography, culinary pursuit, art galleries, science museums, palace tours, fashion museums (Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo), architecture, sight-seeing, culture exploration, scenic drives, essay writing, people watching, beach lounging and of course, shopping. Europe has so much to offer that there’s no going around the culture and sensory overload but I am a very willing participant. I cannot wait to go back! I am so excited to shop for the famous Florentine leather; eat tapas, Florentine steak, home-made pastas and of course, the gelato. This is also my first time to try Airbnb.com and an agriturismo in a Tuscan village.

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Accommodation in Tuscany

We will be visiting Barcelona, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Siena and Tuscany (Volterra, Montepulciano – think Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon, San Gimignano, The Crete Senese). I will be posting all about it here in my blog, including pictures, reviews, tips and everything in between.

I have carefully planned all my outfits so that I have room for all the shopping I will be doing and most importantly, so that I could remain fashionable while traveling, especially in Italy where fashion is just as prevalent as the culture. That means, no Crocs shoes in my luggage! Hehe.

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Accommodation in Barcelona

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Accommodation in Florence

Ciao and happy travels!