One Last Adventure In Torino

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Hello!

After flying back to the US and getting back in the swing of life in California, I have completely fallen behind on my last couple blog posts from my summer abroad! So to catch up where I left off..

After me and my dad flew back to Torino from Croatia, we had one more full day left in Italy until we were scheduled to fly home. We decided to take a train about 30 minutes out of Torino to an incredible monastery on top of a mountain known as Saint Michael’s Abbey. The grueling hike to the top of the mountain took an hour and a half. After we reached the top we met a new friend named Fillipo. Meeting Filipo was the highlight of our day. He loved practicing his English with me and my dad so he gave us a personal tour of the monastery and another castle down the hill. He shared  history behind the building and all kinds of fun random facts about living in Torino. Meeting Fillipo is a memory I will never forget!

IMG_4513{The beginnging of our climb}
IMG_4428{Trails}IMG_4439{Absolutely incredible views!}IMG_4434 {Ruins of the monastary}IMG_4457{One last adventure in Torino}IMG_4466{One last adventure in Torino}
IMG_4472{Zodiac Arch}IMG_4444{Saint Michael’s Abbey}IMG_4460 {Wanderlust}IMG_4471 {Zodiac Arch}IMGP0401{My Dad and I}IMG_4481{Butterfly arches}IMG_4487{The ruins of St. Michaels Abbey}IMG_4494{My dad and Fillipo pointing to where we will visit next time we visit!}IMG_4505{St. Micheal’s Abbey}IMGP0409

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Dubrovnik, Part 2.

IMG_4245{Main Street of Dubrovnik}

No visit to Dubrovnik would be complete without walking the Ancient City Walls! The views overlooking the town and the sea were absolutely breathtaking! Mine and my Dad’s leisurely walk along the walls was definitely a highlight of our stay in Dubrovnik. I’m missing this beautiful city already!

IMGP0127{Walking the Ancient City Walls!}IMG_4121{Spectacular views}IMG_4140{Beautiful, sunny day}IMG_4155{Views of Old Town}IMGP0142{Lots of stairs to climb}IMGP0132{Dubrovnik, Croatia}IMG_4184{Beautifully designed buildings}IMG_4206{Views of Old Town}IMG_4156{Views of Old Town}
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IMG_4127{Dad and me!}IMG_4289{View from Fort Lovrijenac}IMG_4285{Cool hallway}IMG_4282

Dubrovnik, Part 1.

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Ending  my summer abroad in Dubrovnik was one me and my dad’s better ideas.

The memories I made during the final leg of our trip to Croatia will last me a lifetime… from walking the ancient city walls… swimming in the salty but warm Adriatic Sea.. laying on the white pebble beaches of Banje, my dad’s cliff jumping experience, kayaking around Lokrum Island.. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. Here is a photo diary from my three days exploring Dubrovnik, Croatia:

IMG_4053{Old City of Dubrovnik, Croatia}IMG_4070{Banje Beach}IMG_4073{Pretty fleurs}IMG_4061{Cool design}IMG_4077{Entrance to the Old City}IMG_4023{Quiet streets}IMG_4057{Part of the city walls}
IMG_4040{Eating Gelato all summer long 🙂 }IMG_4055IMG_4074{Dubrovnik at sunset}IMG_4139{Gorgeous red-roofed houses}IMG_4254{So many cats everywhere!}IMG_4268{View from Fort Lovrijenac}IMG_4145{So in love with this place}IMGP0232{The beginning of our kayak adventure}IMG_4130{We went around Lokrum Island…}IMG_4306{And ended at this cave}IMG_4247{Street art}IMGP0270{Racked up a $70 beer tab.. It’s okay, we are on vacation}Untitled design{Dad jumped off this rock!}IMGP0276{This cliff side bar had awesome views}

The Island Of Korčula

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Korčula is Croatia’s hidden gem.

From our first stop in Vella Luka my dad and I took a bus to the Old City Of Korčula where we spent the remainder of our weekend. There we met our new Croatian friends, Marco and his family. We stayed in one of their apartments called the “Apartments Blue House”.  Because we were their guests, Marco and his parents treated us like royalty! During the day they chartered us around in their personal boat and took us to the secluded island of Badija, which was the highlight of our weekend! There we laid out in the warm sun, drank Croatian beer, and swam around in the turquoise water of the Andriatic Sea. I can now say my life is complete.We also spent some time wandering around The Old City. I fell in love with the  towns beautifully designed buildings, narrow stone streets and gorgeous red-roofed houses.

IMG_3951{Korčula, Croatia}IMGP0069{Badija Island}IMG_3875{The Old City Of  Korčula}IMG_3962{A Franciscan Monastery built in 14th century}IMG_3953{Would love to have a teal boat just like this one}IMG_3872{Medieval Korčula}IMG_3886{Beautiful Croatia!}IMG_7465{Alley ways of Korčula}IMG_3876{A medieval tower remade into a bar.. so cool!}IMG_7477{Harbor}IMG_7470{Window views of the city}IMG_3889{The Cathedral of St Mark}IMG_3912{Climbed to the top of the cathedral’s bell tower!}IMG_3909{Views from high places}IMG_3905{The Cathedral of St Mark’s Bell Tower}
IMG_3907{Croatia, you are perfection}IMG_3921{Window views}IMG_3902{My dad and I}IMG_3910

Croatian Vacation

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Friday marked the first day of my post-study abroad travel with my dad, and let’s just say so far it’s been an adventure. From almost missing our flight to Split (completely my fault), to randomly getting on the first ferry to the island of Korčula and ending up in the town of Vella Luka. I couldn’t be happier with how our trip is going. Here are some highlights from the first two days of our 8 day “Croatian Vacation!” 🙂

IMG_3786{Waiting for our Ferry to Korčula with our new favorite beer}IMG_3794{Split ferry port}IMGP0013{Dad loves Croatia already!}
IMG_3820{Mapping out our trip}IMG_7424{Our ferry ride was just a tad windy!}
IMG_3839{Sunsets are prettier over the Adriatic Sea}IMG_3846{Goodmorning from Vella Luka!}IMG_3843{Shrines are set up alongside the coast for fisherman to pray at when bad weather hits}IMG_3861{Port of Vella Luka}IMG_3852{Pretty villas lining the streets}IMG_3854{A lovely church we passed by}IMG_3859{Our mode of transportation}

Amsterdam

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Have you ever visited a place and just thought.. wow, I could really live here.

That’s exactly how I felt about Amsterdam. Everything from the architecture to the cheese, I was in love. My visit to Amsterdam was on for the books. The city itself is not only beautiful but it was so full of life- that also could have been influenced by the gay pride festival going on all weekend. Let’s just say I clearly picked the right weekend to visit! There was so much going on in the city and it  was unlike anything I have ever experienced! My highlights from this trip included touring the infamous red light district, walking beside the canals in the neighborhood of Jordaan, popping into a few coffeeshops, browsing through the floating flower market and participating in all of the gay pride festivities going on throughout the city.

Amsterdam definitely made my top 3 favorite places ever list. I will definitely be making my way back to the Netherlands sometime soon. Afscheid Amsterdam 🙂

IMG_3643IMG_3590{Dam Square}IMG_7219{I want to ride my bicycle!}IMG_3628{Hanging flowers}Processed with VSCOcam with s1 preset{Flowers at the Floating Flower Market}IMG_3638{Cheese tasting was definitely on the agenda}IMG_7349{LOVED Amsterdam’s architecture}IMG_3624{The Floating Flower Market}IMG_3635{Wishing I would’ve picked up a pair of these 😉 }IMG_3641{The Floating Flower Market}IMG_3639{Gorgeous blooms}IMG_3644{A highlight of my trip was walking beside the beautiful canals}IMG_3606{Popped into a sex museum for some entertainment}IMG_3650{A beautiful hidden neighborhood we stumbled upon}IMG_3646{Taking a break with some Dutch brews}IMG_3632{Fleurs}Processed with VSCOcam with s1 preset{Canal chillin’}IMG_7232{Rasta flavored lolly pop}IMG_3648{Walking around the Red Light District}IMG_3607{The Red Light District}IMG_7145{Red Light District’s Canal}IMG_3659{Here you can see some red lights *prostitutes not pictured*}IMG_3664{Amsterdam’s largest coffeeshop chain}IMG_7159{A music festival for gay pride weekend}IMG_3621{so.much.cheese!}IMG_3732{Found love}IMG_3719{A parade floating down the canal}IMG_3721{Gay pride festivities!}IMG_3738{Gay pride festivities!}
IMG_3718{Christy, Taylor and I}IMG_3716{View from the water on our canal tour}
IMG_3750{The neighborhood of Jordaan}IMG_3754{Walking around the neighborhood of Jordaan}IMG_7259{Picture perfect}Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset{Iconic signage- I[AMSTERDAM]}
IMG_7272{Celebrating Taylor’s 21st in our posh Airbnb apartment}Processed with VSCOcam with s1 preset{Toasting to a fantastic weekend}IMG_3773

Endless Summer

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Why do the summer months pass by so quickly?! It seems like just yesterday I flew into the Torino airport to begin my study abroad journey and now I am down to my final week here! These past 10 weeks have gone by in a flash. My study abroad program ends on Friday and (lucky me) I get to to end my summer with one last exciting adventure: Croatia.

My Dad is flying over Thursday afternoon (Yay!) and we will begin our journey exploring the Croatian coast on Friday! Some places we hope to hit are Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korcula, Pelijesac, Mjljet and maybe pop over to Bosnia for a day. We aren’t planning anything (hotels, transportation, etc.) so we have the freedom to do what we want, whenever we went!

I can hardly contain my excitement!! Looking through pictures makes me have a serious case of wanderlust for this place. I cannot wait to experience all it’s beauty for myself.

On a side note: If you have traveled to Croatia before I would love any can’t-miss spots or recommendations of places to go/things to see. 🙂

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