Pic of the Week – Sorrento

In the heart of Sorrento, Italy is the Valley of the Mills.  It’s unassuming until you’re on top of it, and when you are, it is beautiful.

Valley of the Mills
Valley of the Mills

Pic of the Week – Capri

Capri is an absolutely magical and beautiful island with so much to offer.  I’ll be blogging about our trip to Italy in the upcoming weeks, and I hope you followed along via Instagram as we traveled around Capri and the Amalfi Coast.

Below, the pic of the week is taken from atop Mount Solaro, the highest point on the island, in the town of Anacapri, which can be reached via walking, or a 13 Euro round trip chairlift ride.  The views are breathtaking during your ride up, down, and upon arrival at the top.  Enjoy!

View  of the Il Faraglioni from atop Mount Solaro in Anacapri
View of the Il Faraglioni from atop Mount Solaro in Anacapri

Pic of the Week – Venezia

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Campanile di San Marco

In honor of my upcoming trip to Southern Italy, I wanted to post an almost 10 year old throwback from my time in Venice.  I was shocked that Venice ended up being my least favorite of the Italian cities I visited on that trip, despite being the most unique geographically.  I think with more time and better preparation that very well could change, as I was such a travel novice back then.  With that being said, I certainly loved being on the canals and enjoying the view.

Pic of the Week – Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard

Today’s pic of the week is incredibly timely.  I head up to Martha’s Vineyard tonight for a few more days of summer in the USofA.  With this trip being my second time to the Vineyard, I’m excited for another round of late night treats at Back Door Donuts, delicious seafood, and the beautiful gingerbread cottages of Oak Bluffs.

The photo seen below, taken in Vineyard Haven, outside, you guessed it, the Black Dog Cafe.

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A black dog outside the Black Dog Cafe, Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard.

Pic of the Week – Sunset over Sydney Harbour Bridge

I’ve been writing a lot about our Australian adventure recently, as so much of that trip was filled with “pinch me” style moments.  Is this real?  Are we really here?  Am I really staring at these beautiful Sydney landmarks?  Yes, yes, and yes.  And in the spirit of keeping those pinch me moments at the forefront of my memory, here is the beautiful Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunset.

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Sunset over Sydney ❤ ❤ ❤

Pic of the Week – The Algarve

My husband and I spent a week in the Algarve, which is the southern most region of Portugal, last September.  The cliff side beaches were absolutely beautiful, but the water, even for September, was freezing.  My husband, the human fish, could barely go in, and that’s saying something!  But nothing, regardless of water temperature, beats lying on a beach and letting all of your troubles float away, no?

The beautiful Algarve, beaches are just better dotted with colored umbrellas, no?

Pic of the Week – Chicago!

Chicago is one of my all time favorite US cities.  It’s a city where the second I step out of the cab at my hotel I feel at home, I feel like I could live there.  Between the sweeping landscape of Lincoln Park, to the beaches of Lake Michigan, despite their winters, this city has it all.  Don’t even get me started on the food!  When I found out Lou Malnati’s delivered to anywhere in the US I lost my mind!  I believe we have one deep dish pizza left in our freezer and I’m concerned that might not be enough!  On my most recent trip, my boss opened my eyes to Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder, aka a semi-holy and inappropriate religious experience over pizza pot pie and Mediterranean bread.  #nomnomnom

The thing about Chicago that has always been unfortunate for me is that I am always there on business.  I try to sneak in some pleasure trips here and there and extend through the weekend, but I’ve never had the opportunity to truly explore the city.  And after going there five times now, I finally got to do the architecture boat tour!  If you are ever in Chicago, this tour is an absolute must.  And behold, my pic of the week as a result!

Photo taken with my HitCase fisheye lens

Pic of the Week – Florence, Italy

On my first trip to Italy I completed the typical Rome/Florence/Venice itinerary.  I had the expectation that Venice would be my favorite of the three, as it is so unique and unlike any other city in the world.  However, Florence came out on top with Rome a close second.  Behold, the Duomo.

Getting ready for a climb to the top!