Last month we took a five day trip to Italy. It was our most ambitious travel plan yet since we were bringing along our kids and we wanted to visit three cities: Pisa, Florence, and Venice. It was a wonderful trip and we were able to see a lot of things. It started to get really cold by the end of the trip (see here!) so I wish we could do Venice over with a little bit warmer weather but other than that it was totally doable. First, we flew into Pisa and made a quick stop to see the tower before jumping on a train to Florence.
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I’ve been busy today because we leave on a two week trip tomorrow to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. It is about 20 degrees warmer than Paris so I’m excited to shed the heavy coats for some lightweight sweaters. This will likely be the last trip we take before we move back to the US. After researching some here is our itinerary. Spain: Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Arcos de la Frontera, Tarifa, Granada. Portugal: Salema, Lisbon. In addition we’ll take a day trip to Morocco. I’m fluent in Portuguese so I’ll be able to use my language skills at least on part of the trip! I’d love recommendations if you have them.
photo by Christian Chaize available here.
This is basically my travel uniform. My goals when I dress for travel are first, being comfortable and second, trying to not look like a slob. I start with a comfortable pair of dark skinny jeans and striped t-shirt. I add a trench coat to look more polished and a scarf that can fold out and do double duty as a blanket. I always wear these black wedge booties because they feel dressed up but I can walk all day in them and not feel a thing (they are also great with a skirt or dress on another day.). For overnight flights I keep a pair warm socks and a beanie handy and I change into them when I’m ready to sleep. In the morning before the plane lands I just brush my teeth and apply some lipstick before I have to meet someone.
Last month we rented a car and made a trip down to the Loire Valley, which is a few hours south of Paris. We stayed in a little town called Amboise and had a great weekend visiting chateaus and seeing the country. The Loire Valley is known for it’s chateaus but with our time and kids tagging along we only made time to see two. First we visited Chateau Chambord, which was very large and beautiful (reminded me of Downton Abbey!) It has a really amazing staircase that I didn’t take pictures of but it was beautiful.
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I’m writing this from Copenhagen! I’m doing a house swap with the darling Brittany of House that Lars Built. We bought some tickets a few months ago because they were 30 Euros. Now that I’m actually here I’m questioning the decision of coming here in the dead of winter. We are traveling with kids but also brought along our friends Rubi and Stanton who are some of my favorite people ever. I’m excited to get into the city tomorrow and do some exploring. Have you ever been to Copenhagen? What was your favorite thing you saw or ate there?
I also write for Babble, here are my posts this week.
See what they did at one of my favorite spots in Paris.
8 Dresses for Valentine’s Day.
I want all of these but especially that peony print.
Sweet new things at JCrew.
I love cooking a meal for Valentines Day. Here are so fancy but easy recipes.
photo from Paul’s instagram