For the last leg on our Tuscan road trip we woke up in Orvieto. Well, not exactly in Orvieto but a charming little hilltop town just on the outskirts of this special city. A crumbly town built into a cliff with meandering streets and houses covered in flowers.
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Siena is often overlooked. Nestled between the two powerhouse Italian cities, Florence and Rome, unless Siena is specifically on your travel itinerary, it’s easy to whiz by on the A1 onto bigger cities. But with plenty to see and plenty more places to eat, our Tuscan road trip through the Val d’Orcia (think endless rolling hills of green, tall cyprus trees and fields of wheat) started off in medieval Siena. All you need is a car, a map and your best sense of adventure!
Canadian girls don’t shy away from loading up the car with a tent and heading to a provincial park for a weekend of camping. Sleeping under the stars, all snuggled up in a tent is very refreshing, but there is a ton of work involved, especially if you’re the ‘organizer’ in your friend group. We used to go camping once or twice every summer but for the past few years trips abroad have taken precedence over camping – honestly, an all inclusive down south is less work and stress than camping. Lately I’ve become enamoured by the idea of ‘glamping’ (glamourous camping…or camping for brats) – sleeping under the stars in a beautiful canvas tent, with all the comfort of home! You can glamp all over the world (surf + yoga retreat in Portugal anyone?) but really I just like the idea of staying in Ontario – we do have the best camping in the world!
The perfect picnic does not exist, but a girl can certainly try! Summer is in full swing (albeit it’s been more of a sluggish meander)! We are finally getting some warmer weather to enjoy the sun. One of the easiest ways to enjoy the outdoors – without heading outside of the city – is planning a picnic in your favourite green space. Picnics are an informal way to spend time with your friends or loved ones, to just relax and read a good book by yourself, or chill with your dog. ‘Cause lets be real, dogs are better than humans. Almost always.
Jess and I haven’t been to Ottawa in years. The last time I went, I was probably still in my teens and likely unimpressed with our Nation’s Capital. As luck would have it, both Jess and I had the opportunity to visit Ottawa separately for work and we decided to make a road trip out of it! Ottawa is a good long drive from Toronto (about five hours) and the drive takes you through some seriously cute towns. Looking to stretch our legs and do a bit of exploring, we pulled off the highway at Gananoque – a seriously instagrammable little town.
Sorry Charleston, move on over. Don’t believe me? For those who have visited this city, you’re probably far from surprised. Nashville has music to fill your soul, barbeque to block your arteries, a rich cultural scene, and undeniable Southern charm. More than just a country hot-spot, Nashville is truly a small-town trapped in a big city, with a welcoming atmosphere that did not go unnoticed by us tourists.
No trip to Orlando is complete without a visit to the happiest place on Earth! Disney World in May is hot hot hot. The temperature soared to 36C (97F for the yanks!) and the sun was stronger than anything we get in Toronto. Comfort and style are the two key ingredients when it comes to planning a Disney World outfit. Jessica and I kept our outfits basic but we made sure we had a few twists to keep things on trend and super cute.
Have you ever been to Celebration, Florida? It’s pretty much, well, the perfect place for a celebratory dinner when you visit Orlando. Jessica and I (with the hubs and hubs-to-be) met up with our family for a quick trip down south and a bit of a family reunion. Orlando is pretty much a touristy fam-jam dream. Big old chain restaurants full of families, minivans and kids line every road around Disney, Celebration is our go-to for a more grown-up night out.
After 2 weeks on the road we finally made it to San Francisco. I’ve always wanted to visit this city, it just seems full to the brim with sites to see and places to visit. The Golden Gate Bridge, the Painted Ladies, the super twisty road, China Town, Alcatraz…the TROLLEYS! Luckily, we set aside a few days to explore San Fran from top to bottom (or from top of the hills all the way to the bottom). We spent our first full day on the waterfront, eating chowder, checking out the sea lions, and taking a boat cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and around the harbour. A boat cruise is probably the best way to really appreciate San Fran’s unique city-scape and get the best pictures. You can find tons of blog posts about visiting San Fran’s waterfront area. So I thought I would share our adventures a bit further into the city where we found gardens, butterflies, shopping and the best darn Greek food I’ve ever had!