Have you ever heard that phrase “Eat your way through Italy” ?

Well, it is no joke!   This was our second time in Tuscany and both times it was basically…walk around a little, soak up the gorgeousness … eat pasta & drink wine … repeat.  It’s one of those times in life where ya just can’t worry about it.  The pasta is all freshly made & phenomenal.  Fortunately, in Italy, the pasta is intended to be the course between the starter and the meat so the portions are small.  My go to was a side of insalata or grilled veggies with a small pasta dish and lots of wine.  Oh…and  bruschetta which my husband loves and I was happy to indulge in a few times.

A picture is worth a thousand words, right?!!  This one is, anyway.

Pienza is my favorite Tuscan village.   People travel from the ends of the earth to visit The Vatican in Rome but this…this wood and stone chapel dwelling in the center of Pienza is the kind of place you would expect Jesus to meet you.   Simple.  Real.  No distractions.  The Holy Spirit in all His glory.  Breathtaking.  Here Jesus is everything as He should always be.

The first time Jeff and I traveled to Italy, we visited this village…this chapel.  The memory of being inside this church and the feeling that permeated every fiber of my being never faded.   The undeniable presence of Christ and the striking simplicity that is His character  is something I couldn’t wait to experience again.  This photo (from our second trip here) is one of my favorites I’ve ever taken.

Once again, Pienza.  This is pretty much what every front door looks like there.  Not all of Italy is like this, obviously…but this is the stuff dreams are made of.  If I could only visit one place in all of Italy it would be Pienza.

A few snaps from Florence & Pienza.   One evening in Florence, we stumbled into this gorgeous restaurant for a pre dinner glass of wine.  The glass turned into a bottle plus a glass.  Then we walked across the city to the Trattoria where we made dinner reservations earlier in the day.

Jeff has pointed out that I’m obsessed with taking pictures of  quaint little churches and cats.  And other people’s dogs and my food…  The list goes on.  But hey, I’m working on my photography skills!

What is Italy all about?  Wine, cheese & churches.   This is tongue-in-cheek of course.  Like anything else in life, it is what you make of it.

Jeff is pretty obsessed with cheese.   Especially the premium, super aged, STINKY kind.  I’m not sure if it seems stinky to me because I don’t eat dairy or if it really does stink that much.  Either way, this cheese shop in Pienza is pretty impressive.  Pienza is known for its cheese.  Needless to say, we traveled home with a back pack full of smelly pecorino.

And that’s a wrap for Italy.

Next up is a glimpse of a few quick jaunts in New England over the past few months.  A girls’ weekend in Portland, ME., a staycation with hubby in Providence, and a trip up to North Conway, NH.

I haven’t been taking as many photos as I’d like lately.  Breaks are always good but when I don’t keep space in my life for my creative outlet, I feel incomplete and I miss it.  I’m still trying to figure out a balance and I’m honoring the uncertainty around the time it takes to achieve said balance.   Things are happening, growth is evident, and I sense a progression…an unfolding of my vision for this creative space and for living life to the fullest.

The Gypsy Cafe in Lincoln, NH.  Fabulous little spot to stop for a healthy lunch.  I forgot to take a picture of my food.  I wish I had because it was so fresh, vibrant & delicious.  I had curried kale with blackened salmon.

Jeff and I kicked off the summer with a mini staycation in Providence.   Fabulous time.  So fabulous, in fact, that we’ve already planned another one for the end of September.

Thank for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed the photos.  I hope you guys made some beautiful memories this summer too.

 

 

 

 

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