Rocky mountains, clear seas and Roxy – Oh, my!

Hello!!

Sorry it’s been a few days since my last blog! You stay busy living in the South of France!! So, today I wanted to share with you guys some amazing photos of a beautiful place we visited over the weekend!

They are called the “Calanques” and are basically large beautiful rocky mountains that are made up primarily of limestone and form steep valleys to meet the clear blue Mediterranean sea! There are a lot of different ones along the coast of the South of France but I can’t imagine any being more lovely than where we were!! We got lucky because there was even a little “plage” (beach) with sandy shores!!

You can see in a few of the photos however, there was a SUPER windy road we had to take down to the beach. HOLY MOLY – NOT for the faint of heart!! Haha, it was literally like one lane and curvy, like hair-pin turns, and, well I just closed my eyes most of the way. But, once you get to the bottom, it’s totally worth it!!

Super gorgeous though, and there were not many people so we felt like we had our own private beach!! Then we took a hike up along the top of the Calanques and saw some people rock climbing! Pretty cool!!

Take a look below at the slideshow, Roxy also quite enjoyed herself! We can’t wait to come back and visit in the summertime!!

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XOXO

<3 Lauren

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Just got back from a backpacking trip around Haiti with my girlfriend! Here’s some photos and stories from our trip.

Just got back from a backpacking trip around Haiti with my girlfriend! Here’s some photos and stories from our trip. http://ift.tt/2n3xQWw http://ift.tt/2rwI9rB January 23, 2018 at 12:45PM

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Nothing is eternal: wonders of Italy

   0kWhJ7gjCmY Italy, as I have already mentioned, is multicultural country. Surely, you wouldn’t find second Italy at any corner of the world, where different periods, cultures, genres are gathered in one place. The first city, greeting me, was Pompei, one of the essential heritages of Roman Empire,  attracted with it’s ancient and narrow streets. You walked along that streets, where millenniums ago a volcano, called Vesuvius, destroyed the whole city. The mountain raised in front of my eyes. It was so harmonious, that I couldn’t even imagine how this calm creature could be exploded one day and eliminate everyone, living in this ancient city. No one lived in the city but the walls, ruined pieces of Roman Empire reminded me about the existence of Pompeian people,       even the portraits, protocols on the walls silently approved about the unique type of culture of the city.  I was sitting on the stairs of ancient Roman theatre, trying to be fully engaged in the lost civilization. Nothing is eternal. Who would guess there were times in Roman culture that Great Emperors were sitting on the same stairs, watching Roman theatre and having rest after serial conquests and negotiations. And now it’s just an Italy and I was just a simple tourist and the stage kept silence. Naples was the second Italian city that greeted us. I didn’t manage to meet with Mafiosi but tried pizza in it’s motherland. I really advice you to try it also. The taste is not compared with pizzas, made in the other corners of the world. Naples is a city of typical Italian atmosphere. People, living here are simple, hospitable and ardent. If you want to appear in medieval times, visit also Siena, a small fortified  city in the region Toscana. This is the only Italian city that medieval traditions are realized in every day life. For example, walking along the streets, I noticed engravings in the form of animals on the doors. I was informed that since medieval centuries, habitants of Siena named the streets after animals: street of Turtle, street of Horse, Bird, etc. As soon as we arrived to the city, someone met us in the costume of medieval knight. The day, that we arrived, was a Feast of Palio dell’Assunta, which is celebrated in the beginning of August. It’s  a horse race competition, held in Siena. The winner arranges hospitality and banquet, inviting all habitants of the city and foreigners.  I was honored to be the part of the feast. Talking about Siena, one should mention about Florence as well. Surely, I was admired of the city. But the limited time didn’t allow me to feel the breath of Dante Alighieri, Raphael, Da Vinchi. I was admired of the  Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, built in 1434 by the architecture Philippe Brunelleschi. I met also with the sculpture of David, by Michelangelo but our meeting lasted very short because of not being able to be fully engaged in the atmosphere as the whole city is noisy and crowded. Pay attention also on typical thematic shops (Shop of Renaissance, shop of Pinocchio).If  an Italian architecture Bonanno Pisano wouldn’t make mistake in the construction of Pisa tower, may be not so much tourists would be attracted by the city. The cheapest souvenirs are found here.  At the evening, the reflection of sunset was spread on the city of shrew women’s trail. Very literary description, really? Let me explain. The actions of the tale  “The taming of the shrew”, by Shakespeare were realized in the Italian small city, near to Verona, Padua. It was marvelous scene to follow how the last glimpses were slithering across the river of the city and passing through the statues, were spread along the whole city.
And finally, Venice. Unique Italian city is not repeated anywhere. It has its special colors, special aristhocratic atmosphere, even native Venetians are met here rarely. We associate Venice with narrow channels, masks, historical and educational centres. But Venice is more than just a piece of art. It is fragile construction on water, which may be disappeared one day but, anyway, each tourist tries to fix the special monuments, homes, channels in their cameras as if to show this marvelous creation to their grandsons after 100 years.
And the state of knights was also met on the road, San Marino. A small, colorful city with small and narrow stairs and streets. This state was a little discovery for me.
Rome and Vatican: the basics of the whole civilization. Looking to the ruins of Rome, I felt the absence of force. I felt and realized that there are no eternal power  and states. Empires are like people. Each of them has its time to die, to be destroyed and reborn again as their grandsons with new qualities, new type of Empire, country. Roman Empire welcomed and invited me to mentally change my time vision and go back through the centuries and I felt emtiness in front of the majesties of previous civilization. I was just a robot, comparing with a typical Roman wise man.
Italy is a country, where I grew up one step forward!
Omnes viae Romam ducunt!!!!!

 

 

 

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