Ancient Rome

IMG_8448Rome was saved for last on our trip.  Vast and beautiful, we were sometimes overwhelmed by just how much there was to see there.  Our legs also had the workout of a lifetime.  I was disappointed that the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps were under restoration at the time that we were there, but I can appreciate and respect Rome’s efforts to preserve the history and culture of this ancient city.

My highlights:

IMG_8110(Seeing preserved ruins scattered throughout the city)

IMG_8274 IMG_8413(Vatican City)

(Seeing Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam)

IMG_8130 IMG_8217(Visiting the Colosseum – while eating the biggest donut we could find)

IMG_8080(The Pantheon at night)

IMG_8462(Having dessert at 1 am while the streets were empty)

(On our last night in Rome: Having dinner together at Life)

Sean and I loved this trip for the simple things.  We had on great pairs of Nikes, carried everything we needed in two backpacks,  and wandered everywhere while barely looking at a map.  Visiting Italy had always been a dream of mine, and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to see so much of it, together with Sean.

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A Glimpse of Tuscany

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We made a short stop in Siena on our Italy trip, so we tried to make the best of our day there.  I had always wanted to see the countryside of Tuscany, so we booked a wine tasting tour and explored the region of Chianti.  We saw cypress trees lined up and vineyards that stretched for miles.  I saw but a glimpse, but it was enough.

My highlights:

IMG_7915(Wine tasting)

IMG_7966(Visiting a castle for the first time)

IMG_7985(Having dinner in the Piazza del Campo)

IMG_7988(This panna cotta)

The Art of Florence

IMG_7781Florence, for me, is the city that felt the most immersed in art and in it’s history.  And although Sean and I visited two of their most well-known museums, the city itself is filled with sculptures and street art (if you look closely).  The cobblestone streets, and the beautifully aged buildings that lined the Arno River made for the most picturesque sunset.

My highlights:

IMG_7492(Visiting the Uffizi)

IMG_7569(Having lunch at Fiorino D’oro)

IMG_7657 IMG_7690(Day trip to Pisa – We just missed the rain!)

IMG_7758(Seeing Michelangelo’s David at the L’accademia)

IMG_7825(The view from Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset)

Venetian Charm

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Sean and I went on a ten day trip through Italy this past June, and out of the five cities we visited, Venice was our favourite.  I will never forget the moment when we stepped out of the train station for the first time and saw the beauty that is Venice.  There is something so charming about the city, and although we went during peak season and the narrow streets were flooded with tourists, I still loved every minute of our time there.

My highlights:

IMG_7092(Wandering the streets and alleyways)

IMG_7441(Having a night cap with Sean at Cafe Florian in St. Mark’s Square)

IMG_7313 (Taking a day trip to Burano)

IMG_6752(Eating two cups of our favourite gelato every day)

A Birthday in Boston

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We spent Sean’s 27th birthday in early August with close friends slurping oysters back at the Island Creek Oyster Bar in downtown Boston.  We went on a mini-road trip together, and explored the harbour front, feasted on lobsters and clam chowder and walked into little Italy, Chinatown, and of course, wandered our way around Quincy Market where the boys had $3 pints and the girls had $1 sangrias.  We didn’t get a chance to catch a game at Fenway Park, but that’ll just have to wait until our next visit.

Sean and I have been friends since we were fifteen and sixteen, and for as long as I can remember, he’s been the kind-hearted, hard-working and patient guy that he is today.  He is intelligent, funny and charming, and always makes life an adventure.  I try to remind him often that I’m so proud of him for all that he has accomplished in his life, and I try not to take for granted how hard he works to give us the life that we have.  I believe that God has tremendous plans for Sean, and in his faithfulness, nothing will stop him from realizing the biggest of dreams.  Sean is the most loving husband, grateful son, faithful brother, and loyal friend.  I am so lucky to have this handsome guy for a husband, and so blessed to be loved by him everyday.

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Happy Birthday to you, b.

With all my love, Heesunee

Romanced in Paris

IMG_2806IMG_2951Par La Seine

I asked Sean to walk down the river with me almost everyday, and we did.  We walked along it during the day and at night, and the last picture of Paris for me, is this river.

IMG_2994 IMG_3277 Par Les Musées

We visited two museums: Le Louvre and Le Musee D’Orsay.  The museums are very different aesthetically, but both house some of the most beautiful artwork in the world.  Some of Van Gogh’s paintings (kept in Le Musee D’Orsay) were one of my favourite pieces to see in person.  His brush strokes create such incredible movement in his paintings and the iconic pictures I so often saw in art books became so real.

IMG_3203 IMG_3097 IMG_2848 IMG_3239Par L’Architecture

The city boasts some of the most renown structures.  The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower is a beautiful one, and the ice cream truck parked below has some pretty great soft ice cream.

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Wherever you walk, there are streets lined with cafes where you can snack on a smoked salmon platter with French bread, or have a romantic lunch out on a patio.  The desserts are not only decadent, but they’re all so pretty.  And who could leave Paris without enjoying some crepes along Le Champs-Elysee or taking a bite into a chewy macaron?  Sean and I passed by a sweet little bakery on our way to a park one day, and picked out the most chocolatey dessert they had.

IMG_2781 IMG_2778Par Our Little Hotel Room

We stayed in this quaint boutique hotel in Paris’ China Town.  We were a two-minute walk from the Metro, and a one-minute walk to a bakery where we grabbed pains au chocolat for breakfast on more than one occasion.

IMG_2796 IMG_3123 IMG_3814Par La Culture

I love the way Parisian women dress and carry themselves.  They always look as though they’re on their way to somewhere special.  Men in suits, stop to enjoy a cup of espresso during their lunch break out on a bustling patio.  Musicians give an impromptu performance in an open square.  And me, I just enjoyed being romanced by my hubby in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Runaway Bay

This past week, Sean and I were in Jamaica with family.  What a blessing to spend days reading on a white, sandy beach with clear blue skies and a warm ocean breeze.  Sean’s parents gifted this trip to all the kids and grandkids for Christmas.  We couldn’t be more thankful.

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We stayed at the Jewel Beach and Golf Resort and loved it.

IMG_6492IMG_6518More on Jamaica and family to come.