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bucket list….{my italian adventure part 1 of 4}

30 euro bellinis'--hell yeah!

30 euro bellinis’–hell yeah!


 
anyone who knows me knows that ITALY  has been on my bucket list for many many years now.  and it took surviving ovarian cancer (and a generous check from my mom and dad) to finally push me to go.   it’s been 3 months since i returned from my 10 day adventure there and it’s now just settling in that i actually did it.  a warmth washes over me when i think of it.  and when i look back at the photos…my heart races hand-in-hand with my mind.  it really did happen didn’t it?  it wasn’t just a dream.  and it was absolutely perfect.

photography helps me to taste life twice.  these photos remind me of the textures, colors, tastes and smells of my italian adventure.  and to daydream about another trip down the line.  hopefully sooner than later.  see the thing about an italy addiction is that you can never satiate it.  you constantly want more.  you dream of making more memories and exploring new places.

dreams keep us afloat.  they surround us with hope and cushion the reality of life.  i remember sitting in a chemo room with my sister as the IV pumped into my veins….dreamily surrounding my reality.  my sister put a photo of vernazza in cinque terre on my iPad screen saver.  the beautiful palette of colors from that photo taunted me and filled me with hope and light to get through some of my darkest and hardest days.

i took so many photos that it’s impossible to add my favs to just one blog post…so i am breaking it into four different posts….just in an attempt to capture it all and properly document it…as well as  to remind myself that dreams really do come true. and that i should never put dreams on the back burner like i did before.  life is happening NOW.  there aren’t any dress rehearsals!

the italian adventure crew.

the italian adventure crew.

train from milan to santa margarita (cinque terre)

train from milan to santa margarita (cinque terre)


the announcement of the trains arriving and departing in italian made my heart swell with excitement!

the sound of the trains arriving and departing in italian made my heart swell with excitement!

 

i asked the travel agent to book us in the best hotel we could afford as this was my first taste of italy.  and the hotel grande miramare did not disappoint!

i asked the travel agent to book us in the best hotel we could afford as this was my first taste of italy. and the hotel grande miramare did not disappoint!

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my sister and a friend were anxiously awaiting our arrival in santa margarita and we celebrated on the lovely terrace of the hotel.

my sister and a friend were anxiously awaiting our arrival in santa margarita and we celebrated on the lovely terrace of the hotel.

jet lag and all it was time to celebrate a dream come true.

jet lag and all it was time to celebrate a dream come true.

sisters.

sisters.

dipping my toes in the ligurian sea.  pure bliss.

dipping my toes in the ligurian sea. pure bliss.

a lovely rainstorm greeted us on our first night on the town.  it was a cool and glorious night.  a perfect gift as i adore rain.

a lovely rainstorm greeted us on our first night on the town. it was a cool and glorious night. a perfect gift as i adore rain.

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a well deserved toast.

a well deserved toast.

and lots of additional toasts at the hotel bar...which we closed out just about every night.

and lots of additional toasts at the hotel bar…which we closed out just about every night.

taken from the balcony of my room.  what a view and first impression of italy.

taken from the balcony of my room. what a view and first impression of italy.

our walk to portofino.  not the safest walk but certainly one of the most memorable from our trip

our walk to portofino. not the safest walk but certainly one of the most memorable from our trip

our walk to portofino.  not the safest walk but certainly one of the most memorable from our trip.

our walk to portofino. not the safest walk but certainly one of the most memorable from our trip.

and we are off...

and we are off…

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a new friend joins the group.  and our lives.

a new friend joins the group. and our lives.

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lovely portofino.

lovely portofino.

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our trip was at the end of october so not a lot of boats were out...but it was still so beautiful to see the ones we did.

our trip was at the end of october so not a lot of boats were out…but it was still so beautiful to see the ones we did.


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besties.

besties.

lunch by the sea.

lunch by the sea.

part 2/next stop–cinque terre.

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