Sierra's View: March 2017

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Italy // Siena

I know, I know, you are probably sick of these Italy posts. Even though my mother and I were only there a week, it was an experience that was so amazing. I know that I have been lucky to travel the world and go so many places, but this is my first time to Europe and I absolutely fell in love. In those six days we were there, we wanted to see as much as we could so we did not stop! One week in Tuscany is not enough! I don't know how people do Italy in a week. I could spent two weeks just in Tuscany/Florence area. Either way, one day when I return with T Money (hehe), we will head down and hit Rome and Naples and up to Venice and even Milan (we didn't get any time In Milan like we wanted!). Our next stop was Siena. I know that so many people love Florence and don't get me wrong, I loved it as well! So much! For me, however, I liked Siena even more. It was less touristy and a "smaller Florence." I loved that we were in a town up on a hill and experiencing it with, truly, almost no one there. It was a cloudy day and kind of eery, but it was still beautiful and very fun.

This room. I could not handle it! 

I loved that I was able to spend an hour just exploring the art, architecture and cathedrals in Siena. They were stunning! 

I think I want to sit here and eat lunch in July. Yes? 

I love the tops of these roofs. 

You could see for miles in the Tuscan landscape. 

 I loved these windows. 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Italy // San Gimignano & Greve in Chianti

Italy posts:
Day 2: Florence 
Day 1: Montecatini

Oh, man. I am so excited to share these photos with you today. I know that there are a lot, but our day 4 in Italy was spent in (yes, even more!) of the countryside of Tuscany. We spent the day traveling through Greve in Chianti. It wasn't as green as it would be right now (Oh man, next time I go to Italy, I am going in March or April!) because it was January. But, even for January, the sites were absolutely stunning. We drove through Chianti and made our way to the old, OLD town of San Gimignano. One of my favorite parts about Italy was seeing all of the old towns that were up on a hill. San Gimignano seemed a little "touristy" for us, so that is saying something (Imagine how I felt in Florence!). I don't know about you, but when I travel, I like to really be immersed in the culture. I wanted nothing more than to stop at these adorable, brick, old homes and ask to stay a night. One day when I go back ;). I will let the pictures do most of the talking. 
I wish I had my camera on this day. As you can tell, some of the photos are not near as beautiful with a cell phone! With that being said, I am happy that I didn't have to lug around my big camera the entire trip. 

I tried to edit this so that it looked like a painting. Cool, huh?! As you can see from some other photos, I went for this look. Can you tell that I was on a painting-esque editing roll?!

Unreal. These pictures do not do it justice. 

Next stop: San Gimignano.

I loved this little corner. Don't you want to just sit there and read all day? 

Sigh. Those views are to die for. I miss them.