lily k.

We made it to Florence! There is something ordinary about Florence that I love (of course “ordinary” is relative to Europe, not the States). There’s tons of shopping, foot traffic, food, and gelaterias for days, but also a grounded sense that Venice didn’t have. There’s so much texture everywhere, even if it’s just a ratty door that’s naturally aged over the years.

We wrapped things up in Venice today by aimlessly meandering and eating this and that. I found a shimmery macaron that may have tasted better than Laudurée (it’s too hyped). Second picture from the bottom is the entrance to our hostel. Quite lovely indeed. I love the tiles here - simple but perfect!

No no, Venice is the place for lovers. Everything here looks so artificial, except that it isn’t, really. It’s unreal how photogenic it is here. The whole city is infested with tourist traps, but today, Shan and I wandered into Cannereggio to get away from the crowd, in search of a particular coffee shop. We definitely walked for miles, but it was worth it! We finally tried Italian gelato, and it was money. Also, people here actually hang their laundry on clotheslines.

We said goodbye to Paris, and hello to Venice. Everything here looks fake? It’s flippin’ gorgeous, but it throws me off because I feel like it’s like an amusement park that’s been built to mimic the actual Venice. But this is the real thing! There are so many tourists here, that I’m uncertain how to make the experience more authentic. I guess I’ll figure it out tomorrow.

Today was a wonderful day in France. Versailles is such an utterly lovely place - the air was crisp, autumn was ever present, and the quiet town of Versailles was alive. I liked the city even more than the opulent palace. To end our time here, Shan and I took a night stroll around Montmarte (where we are staying) and had dinner outside over wines on the most perfect Parisian night. Great end.

There seriously is a reason people say Paris is for lovers. It is so effortlessly romantic, and everywhere you turn is a photograph - I definitely feel less of a need to document because if I tried, I’d have no time to absorb and take in the city. Paris was not high on my priority list, but I’m so glad it made it there.

We made it!

We made it!

Why does everything in LA taste so good? Makes it hard to hate.

Mint plaza Blue Bottle - perfectly paired with Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E and that flirtatious summer breeze.

Mint plaza Blue Bottle - perfectly paired with Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E and that flirtatious summer breeze.

Alameda. I’m starting to think that I like beaches up here more than the beaches in SoCal. I’m sure the rest of the world disagrees with me, but something about the misplaced weeds, coarse rocky sand, weird ground formations, peace + quiet, and the San Franciscan skyline does it for me. 

Alameda. I’m starting to think that I like beaches up here more than the beaches in SoCal. I’m sure the rest of the world disagrees with me, but something about the misplaced weeds, coarse rocky sand, weird ground formations, peace + quiet, and the San Franciscan skyline does it for me.