Our last city before we joined our TopDeck tour in Rome was Catania, Sicily in Italy.
My travel partner/best friend has Sicilian heritage, which motivated us to travel to Catania as it was close to the village his grandparents were from. Catania is not a very touristy place and being a little unorganised the two things we wanted to do; travel to the village and the Mt. Etna were booked out. We also got horribly lost one night and it was not fun.
Whilst our stay involved some bummers, reflecting back on it I do appreciate that we visited Catania. It was an authentic italian city with beautiful views of Mt Edna, great weather and we did enjoy some nice food. There may have also been an incredibly hot waiter at a cafe that we could not converse with, but he was incredibly nice (and good looking! I thought I should mention that again). Also, looking back on it now it was probably beneficial that our stay in Catania was more slow-paced because after that our crazy and amazing TopDeck tour started.
I am excited to revisit Sicily in the European summer and travel to it's amazing islands.
Playsuit: Popcherry, Hat: Sportsgirl, Clutch: PopBasic, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bracelet: h&m, Shoes: Novo
I always feel vulnerable wearing whites and lighter shades. The constant paranoia that I have spilt something on myself unknowingly (which to be honest would not be out of the ordinary) plagues my mind when I'm out and about. That is why this white playsuit scares me a little and has hung on my dress rack for much too long.
There's just something nice about wearing white, especially in summer. It's sort of refreshing, as long as you stay far away from tomato sauce.
Our next stop in Italy was Florence. I've learned that each of the major Italian cities are one of a kind, their uniqueness distinctly separates them from one another. Getting out of the train station I knew I was far away from glamorous Milan and in a new old beautiful city with amazing scenery, ready for me to explore.
Walk, get lost, walk, stumble upon substantial buildings, walk, get lost, gelato stop, walk, pasta stop, walk, pizza stop and walk is all we did.
The architecture, rivers, bridges and the back drop of fields and trees makes Florence one of the most beautiful cities I've visited. We spent quite a bit of time just sitting, watching and soaking it all in.
Florence is incredibly beautiful. We spent 3 and a half days in Florence, if you're just planning on exploring Florence the city by walking around and taking in the sites two days would be optimal. You definitely don't get sick of how beautiful the place is, but we did struggle to find things to do that wasn't just sightseeing. But the city is filled with note worthy galleries, so if that's your thing a week might not even be long enough.
Have you been to Florence? Did you also spend your days walking around, eating and getting lost?
Bag: Longchamp, Boots: Hunter, Jeans: Tommy Hilfiger, Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger, Jumper: Tommy Hilfiger, Coat: Zara, Gloves: Target
Don't mind the incredibly derpy face in the last photo, it's my 'it's freezing face'.
I won't forget our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower. The night we got into Paris we decided to take a stroll around Montmarte. Whilst we were up on the hill of the Sacre-cœur bascilla observing the Parisian Skyline a tall beautifully lit tower stood out amongst the view.
There's such a hype created around the Eiffel Tower with the steel building representing romance and elegance in society. Although this trip was my first time to Paris, I felt as though the Eiffel Tower was a monument that I'd seen everywhere without actually seeing it (hello Paris themed everything at Typo). I always thought the Eiffel Tower was 'pretty', maybe I just thought that because it would always appear on cute bed sheets and colourful canvas, but it wasn't until I laid on my owns on it that I truly appreciated it's beauty. The structure is massive and positioned between beautiful gardens, very very very green grass, substantial residential buildings and the Seine River. Even the cold could not take away from it's impressive nature.
A full post on my stay in Paris will eventually go up :)
Have you been to Paris? If so, were you equally as impressed by the Eiffel Tower?
galleria vittorio emanuele ii // milan cathedral (duomo) // navigli // arco della pace // sforza castle
After a lengthy and somewhat stressful journey from Melbourne, to Dubai, to London and then to Italy, I'd finally made it to my first European city; Milan. A land of italian speakers, driving on the right hand side, vast history, incredible shopping, glamorous people with adorable dogs and impressive coffee.
Having only travelled to some of Asia and across Australia I hadn't witnessed many significant buildings that were older than I could've imagined and contained such rich history. The first thing I laid my eyes on when getting out of the metro station in the city was Duomo. I was astonished by the size and meticulous detail at every inch, it was nothing like anything I'd ever seen before. In the city centre I saw no offices or residential skyscrapers, just beautiful old buildings that were art galleries, churches and most importantly shops. Melbourne is famous for shopping and contains an equal proportion of big name stores and small boutiques everywhere, however in Milan it felt like big name stores were everywhere and those individual stores were all massive. Being a self-confessed shopaholic I enjoyed it just a little (helloooo Zara).
Our stay in Milan was a short one filled with jet lag, however we were able to have much needed catch-ups with an Italian friend, drink some superb coffee in a cafe playing Chet Faker, drool over some of the amazing cars, start the shopping adventures and be in awe of each picturesque street and building.