Icons of Florence, Italy: Feeding the Stomach and Soul

Icons of Italy

Each city, country, street, or neighborhood has its own identifying markers that make that place special in its own way. One city can stand out for its culinary scene to some, while others may remember it for the sweeping views and gorgeous colors.

Florence, Italy will always hold a special place in my heart (and stomach). I had the privilege of calling this city home for five months, living on Via Ricasoli, the same street that plays host to the David. For me, Florence represents a feast for the eyes, the soul, and the body. Postcard views, priceless art around every corner, and an endless buffet of italian culinary delights kept my proverbial jaw open for five whole months. I can still taste La Giostra’s pear and pecorino tortellini, can hear the birds softly chirping in the peaceful Boboli Gardens, and can see the majestic duomo rising overhead, backlit by a stormy sky.

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Icons of France: Embracing the Five Senses

Colors of France

Each city, country, street, or neighborhood has its own identifying markers that make that place special in its own way. One city can stand out for its culinary scene to some, while others may remember it for the sweeping views and gorgeous colors.

France was the first country that I took interest in at a young age, and is responsible for kickstarting my love of travel. Back then I loved its history of monarchs, its chic fashion and iconic foods. Today, I look at France with different eyes, seeking out the senses each city embraces. From the blindingly bright purple haze of the lavender fields in Provence, and the graphic lines of the iconic Eiffel Tower, to the various notes of spice, florals, and earth in a sip of Bordeaux, each city and region of this country speaks to me in a different and beautiful way.

I’d love to know, what characteristics about France stand out to you?

Happy 100 Posts!

This is officially the 100th post on An American Girl in Transit! Thank you to everyone who has followed along with my travels! I could not have continued without the love and support from this community.

So here’s to you, all of my readers, the biggest inspiration out there.

Seven Super Shots From Around the World

One of my favorite things about the travel blogging world is the friendliness of its members. Perhaps it has more to do with the nature of fellow travelers, but in one moment, a complete stranger can become an instant friend, whether through twitter, connecting via a blog, or even just over a cocktail on your latest adventure.

I’d like to thank Jenny Neill for introducing herself to me through email and connecting over our shared love of travel, blogging, and photography. She has also invited me to participate in the latest travel blogging meme, Seven Super Shots.

As photography is one of my favorite ways to share the sights and feelings of a place, I am happy to share with you all my Seven Super Shots from traveling to over 15 different countries around the world.

1. Takes my breath away

Sunset in Huanchaco, Peru.

This photo was taken in Huanchaco, Peru without any filters or special settings. I did not edit it at all. I am constantly astounded by the amount of natural beauty in this world. This sunset was so warm and inviting, and watching the golden orb dip lower down was truly a magical moment I will never forget.

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Adjusting Expectations on the Inca Trail

Three months before the start of my trip to Peru, I decided to sign up to hike the Inca Trail. I’m not sure where this idea came from exactly, except the thought that I would be going to Peru, and that is just what you do.

To say that I am not an athletic person would be a huge understatement. I have tried joining gyms, and just could not motivate myself to actually go. In the summers I play tennis, but that doesn’t extend past New York’s all too short summer. I’ve tried yoga, pilates, cardio barre, you name it.

I simply do not like to excercise.

So when I signed up for the Inca Trail, I’m not really sure what I was thinking. Continue reading