Monday, September 22, 2014

La Tour Eiffel.

 1950's dress from a vintage shop in Florence.
Flats from H&M.

Hello
The Eiffel Tower is simply so beautiful I wanted to dedicate a whole post to it and the pictures pictures I took. Most were taken on the first day I was out and about, and the first time I saw it through the trees walking towards the river I could help but feel like a giddy little girl.

We took a boat ride along the river and saw the city and the Eiffel tower stands tall and pretty up from all of it. It's almost like it casts this spell on you and you simply cannot stop taking photos because it's just so beautiful and entrancing...I looked through all my photos and most are just of it, ha.

That evening we walked up underneath it and got to look at it up close. I never thought it would be so...big? It's absolutely huge! We timed it perfect because it was nearly sunset and we saw her light up at 8'olock, and then the first ten minutes of every hour she sparkles and glitters. I got to sit on the green in front of the Eiffel and just admire her, but it almost didn't even seem real to tell you the truth and it was hard to feel understand what I was actually looking at. From a young age we're fed all these images of the Eiffel and it's almost like we become desensitized to it and then when you see the real thing, you can't believe it or grasp truly what you're seeing because it doesn't seem like you could finally be seeing this IN PERSON. Despite my slight desinsitivity towards it while gazing, I thought it such a special and spectacular moment that I'll remember forever! x

With much love, Lauren.

Laduree, Paris.

Hello everyone!

Long time no see! I am finally back from a five day trip to Paris. It was beautiful, nostalgic, and lovely...but I am very much so glad to be back in my Florence! I have LOADS of photos to share with you all and it's kind of overwhelming...so I thought first I post a little about a smaller trip I did to Laduree. 

I've wanted a Laduree macaroon since I first heard about them years ago. I don't even think there are any shops in Ohio, so it was a slim chance I could ever get to try one. I was really annoying, too, and would see macaroons all sorts of places but never wanted to try my FIRST one until it was a Laduree macaroon.

They don't disappoint. We went to the original store and it was impeccably beautiful and ornate. The site of rainbow colored macaroons displayed behind the glass and the delicious pastries was enough to send me head over heels before even tasting one. I've wanted to try these forever, so this is my one thing I splurged on while in Paris. I got a box of six for 16 euro which isn't actually as bad as I thought it would be. Although all of them looked delicious, I chose Rose, Salted Carmel, Raspberry, Chocolate, Mint, and Coffee. 

I ate the Rose one as my first macaroon ever and it was delicious. I was scared I might not like them because a lot of people say they aren't worth the hype, but I could pop macaroons in my belly one right after another. I saved the chocolate for last (hearing it was the best), waiting a few days trying to draw my purchase out longer. It definitely was the best, and now seriously can't wait to go get another one at the Laduree here in Florence! 

Ahh, makes me smile just thinking about the experience. Dream come true!

With much love, Lauren.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mt. Vesuvius + Pompeii.

Inside the bath house which was the public spa.
The 2,000 year old stone streets are still intact!
A cast made from the bones of an actual person left in the position they died in.

That's Vesuvius in the background! 
The view from uptop of Volcano when we climbed it.
It was really hard to get good pictures of the volcano because it's just massive, but here you can see the gases coming up from the inside!
At the top of Vesuvius!
A ring I bought that has lava ash as the stone!

I've always been really interested and intrigued by the tragedy that happened in 79 AD in Pompeii. I watched a documentary on it then this summer which only made me more excited to see everything in person and study it! I absolutely loved climbing the volcano and touring the town, like I thought I would. It was an awesome experience to walk these 2,000 year old streets but also very sobering to see the casts of the bodies of residents who once lived here. Very grateful I had the chance to see this great city in person-- one of my favorite parts of this whole trip so far and something I always hope to cherish the memory of! x

Off to Paris for five days-- I won't be taking my laptop with me, so if you'd like to keep up with my adventures there you can follow me on instagram with @passingwhimsies :)

With much love, Lauren,

Monday, September 15, 2014

Almafi Coast: Positano.

Pink Crop Top: Aeropostale.
Circle Skirt: c/o OASAP.
Bathing suit: JcPenney's.

Hi there! 

The second day of the trip we explored and relaxed in a local town to Sorrento called Positano. I actually thought it was much more beautiful than Capri; something about all the buildings going up the mountain and the fog on top was just breathtaking. It was a relaxing day with no activities planned-- just do as you please! I looked around at shops where they have beautiful linen clothes perfect for beach wear, but so expensive I could never afford anything. I did buy a little souvenir of a hand painted picture of Positano I got from a local artist for 20 euros. That's kind of a lot, but I felt like it perfectly captured the scene and feeling I felt in Positano that I hope to remember! For lunch I had the best pizza I've had in Italy yet, and sipped a strawberry smoothie on the beach. One of my favorite things was probably sitting at the shore line and collecting sea glass as the waves came in.

I actually didn't plan my outfit to be this top and skirt (not a huge fan of red and pink together!) but I had accidentally worn the top I planned with this skirt the previous day! It ended up going quite well and matching perfectly with my swimsuit though which you can clearly see beneath my clothing, ha. Just a beautiful day all around, really!

I still have photos to post from climbing Mt. Vesuvius and touring Pompeii. Want to get it up hopefully still today because I leave for Paris tomorrow for a school trip for five days! Sorry that all these posts are crunched together so soon-- I just have so much to share with you guys and it seems like not enough time to do it! x

With much love, Lauren.

Almafi Coast: Capri.

Hello everyone!

Last night I got home from a three day trip to the Almafi coast: Sorrento, Capri, Positano, and Pompeii! We had a hostel in Sorrento and the first day went to the island of Capri; here's the photos from it!

It was actually my least favorite day of the three. Don't get me wrong, Capri is BEAUTIFUL, but I just found Positano to be even more so and the day was kind of ridden with a lot of anxieties for me. Capri is an island so we had to go by boat to get there and the last time I was on a boat was about 12 years ago and I remember feeling wicked sea sick. I didn't throw up, but ever since then I've been really scared about having that awful feeling again, and with my OCD about throwing up it doesn't make it that much better. So when I found out we were going on a boat I kind of freaked out and had a panic attack, but obviously had to do it because I needed to get there. I knocked myself out with Dramamine and actually slept and was relieved to think the worst was over...then as soon as we got off the boat we got right back on another smaller speed boat to do a tour around the island. I freaked out and was so scared because it was the type of boat I had been on last time and felt sick, and I was so worried someone else might get sick, too. So I kind of spent the whole ride around the island just praying, my eyes closed, and ready to get off, ha. Thankfully no one got sick (although multiple people almost did) and I didn't get sick either. I don't even get motion sickness, but my OCD tricks me into thinking I am/will and it's just a nightmare of panic. It kind of set the mood for the whole day of me being weary, but I did end up enjoying myself for the most part on the beautiful beach and having lunch at a cafe just above it. Ah, my favorite part was laying on a rock just out where the tide comes in and suntanning, and falling asleep to the sound of the waves. It was lovely

With much love, Lauren.