Pics of the Week – Blue Grotto Edition

Two years ago I had never heard of the blue grotto.  The human fish, aka Scuba Steve, saw some sort of look of the world’s most amazing swimming holes, with the Blue Grotto atop the list.  Seeing pictures did not nearly prepare me for the incredible beauty inside.  In fact, if you are able to swim in the blue grotto, it is imperative to bring a snorkel mask with you to see where the grotto gets its magnificent blue color from, an archway actually under the entrance!  Additionally, I have a post coming later on the ultimate insanity on getting inside during normal operating hours so stay tuned for my turn “snuggling” with an Austrian woman.  Until then, enjoy this iPhone 6 pic inside the Grotto Azura, a little blurry but you get the idea.

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Up to 15 boats can fit into the Blue Grotto at one time, it is SO big!

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 – The City of Brotherly Love

Three years ago I did something I never ever thought I would or wanted to do.  I begrudgingly moved to Philadelphia.  It was a move that I do not regret.  While I have not nearly explored my adopted city to the fullest, it does in fact have redeeming qualities, and beautiful buildings.  Below is a picture of City Hall.  I want to go back and capture this at night because I love when the clock glows yellow, you can see it for miles.

I fully intend on doing a post on this city down the line, and if there is anything you want to learn about, please leave me a note in the comments!

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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 – Tourist at Home

Last night, my husband and I went to the Longwood Garden’s light show, Nightscape, in PA.  Walking through alleys of plants with music, psychadelic lights, or watching larger than life fireflies dance across pine trees was only half of the experience.  While I love traveling and getting away, it’s so nice to explore and enjoy things close to home.  Below is one of my favorite photos from the night, a very Tim Burton-esque experience.

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Nightscape at Longwood Gardens, August 2015

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 ❤ ❤ ❤