Quando a Roma

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The Eternal City. Boy, has this place restored my faith in this trip. I have to admit that I’d been pretty homesick, but Rome is incredible. There’s an energy here that I don’t think you can understand until you’re gazing at the Coliseum, wandering through the Sistine Chapel, or throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain.

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While their culture does seem slightly “behind” ours, it’s a lot more charming than it has been in other places. They have the conveniences of big cities in America, but you still get that historical vibe. It probably also helps that I’m picturing myself as Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.Gregory Peck, where are you?

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We squeezed in every cheesy, touristy thing we could do and still had plenty of time for lots of gelato I think I’ve gained 50 pounds from Nutella-flavored ice cream and exploring all the small side streets, which was a nice break from the too-rushed pace we’ve had up until Rome. We head out this morning, and we’re flying into…wait for it…Paris! I couldn’t be more thrilled. For those of you who have been: do you have any recommendations? Other than Laduree, of course!

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Florence


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Next on our schedule was beautiful, artsy Florence. I won’t lie; I had some crazy high expectations for Florence. A friend of mine studied abroad here and just raved about it.

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Did it live up to my expectations? Yes and no. At first – not at all. While the Ufizi had incredible works of art and David left me in awe, it wasn’t until sunset at the Piazalle Michelangelo that I fell in love with Florence, too! Florence also has this incredible blackmarket with amazing leather, so it is a great place to get gifts for all of your friends and family.

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(Plus, I did love all the fleur de lys. It’s like Kappa heaven!)

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P.S. Mama Bear, if you’re reading this, Happy Birthday!

Greece

Greece has been such a whirlwind! We decided to go here instead of Spain at the last minute, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m somewhat of a history nerd, so having the opportunity to see all the ancient sites I’ve spent countless hours reading about has been incredible. I’m sure I’ll say this about every place I visit, but, if given the chance, you absolutely must go to Greece.

Athens
Athens was incredible. Everywhere you go, you have a view of the Acropolis, which is breathtaking. While the history runs deep, this is very much a modern city. And, if I’m being completely honest, you can still see a lot of the remnants of the riots. However, I don’t think any of that takes away from the beauty and the energy of the city.
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Corinth Canal
We just did a brief photo stop at the canal, but it was beautiful. The color of the water was perfection. Plus, if you’re a lot braver than I am, you could even go bungee jumping!

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Mycenae
As a history nerd, I loved stopping to see the Grave of Agamemnon and the incredible views.

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Olympia
Olympia was amazing. There’s something about standing on the ground where so many men competed to win glory and respect for their city states. And I had to laugh at the world’s most embarrassing walk of shame, where each city had to make a statue of Zeus and write below the name of the cheater, his family, where they lived, and how he cheated. And you thought that walk from Sigma Chi was bad.

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Nafpaktos
Nafpaktos has stolen my heart. It was devastatingly beautiful. I’m a sucker for the ocean, and this picturesque village was beyond perfect. And they had the best coffee of my life to boot! I hope with all of my heart that I get to come back here one day. (Anyone want to go in on a beach house in Greece with me?)

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Delphi
Apollo was always my favorite god, so, of course, I was excited about Delphi. The museum had so many structures depicting scenes from famous myths, which had me swooning. Plus, the remaining ruins where absolutely stunning.

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Thermopylae
Thermopylae was another quick stop just so we could get a photo of the King Leonidas monument. Under his statue, it translates to the equivalent of, “Bring it,” which is what he said when the Persians came to attack. What a badass.

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Kalambaka
We spent the night here before heading to Meteora, and it was truly a lovely mountain village. The people were incredibly helpful (I passed on my sinus infection to Melly, and one of the luggage guys drove us to a pharmacy to get her medicine!), and it was the exact picture I had in my head of a Grecian town.

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Meteora
I won’t lie. I wasn’t super pumped about going to Meteora, especially after I heard that some other people on our trip were doing a day cruise of some islands. However, Meteora was truly magnificent. (Quick side note: Parts of For Your Eyes Only, a Bond film, was taped here!) The rock formations were amazing, as you can see from the pictures, and the monasteries were beautiful in their own quaint way. I’m not super religious, but it was very sweet the way people came in, in tears, and kissed the icons. Did it beat an island cruise? Maybe not, but it really did leave us in awe.

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We have one more day in Athens, which we’ll spend at the National Archaeological Museum and Sounion, which is where Poseidon’s Temple is. It’s supposed to be beautiful at sunset, so don’t worry, many pictures will come.

Also, I just noticed that everything I packed is striped. Oops!

Euro Trip – Days 1 and 2

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(View from our flight from Harrisburg)

Good morning, lovely followers!

With the help of all of your feedback (thanks!!), I’ve decided to do a mix of both an update of my travels AND some Delight of the Day posts. I’ll also add some pictures of yours truly once I recover from this awful cold. I currently look like Rudolph. Super attractive. If at any point I become one of those obnoxious people who never stops rambling about things, please tell me. I hate that!

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We (my sister, Melly, and I) left good ole Pennsylvania Monday afternoon and headed toward Chicago for our first layover. I’ve never been before, but it looks super pretty from the plane, so I’d definitely like to visit some time. (Plus one of my BFFs and Chicago Prepster live there!) Anyway, we had a 4-hour layover and decided to make the best of it with our last American meal – a phenomenal cheeseburger. I’m all about the health.

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(Our last American meal!)

After Chicago, we headed to London for a 13 freaking hour layover. Because I can’t sit still for longer than two seconds, we decided to venture outside of the airport to Leicester Circle. As you know, I’m crazy OCD I like to plan things out, so I haven’t been sleeping much. That, paired with this awful sinus business, has me pretty exhausted. So exhausted that ALL I could think about was getting coffee. Leicester Circle, you didn’t disappoint.

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(Thank you, God.)

There really wasn’t much else there, so we decided to head to Piccadilly Circus since it’s only one Tube stop away. (We’re pros now. Honest!) Of course, it started pouring while we were there, so we basically hid in Starbucks until it was safe to run back to the station.

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Overall, nothing super excited has happened yet. But maybe that’s because I’m still riding the high of skydiving for the first time (thanks, honey!!). We should be landing in Athens at 3:00 am this morning, so I’m sure I’ll have better updates the rest of the week!

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(My view from Heathrow. Riveting stuff, right?)

What are your favorite places in Europe? Or, if you’ve never been, where would you most like to go? (It’s never too late to book an impromptu trip and meet up with us!)

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(Plugged in, as always, so I can keep up with y’all

Packing for Europe

As you must know by now because I never shut up about it, Melly (my younger sister) and I are heading to Europe in exactly one week! Our trip begins in Greece, covers all the big spots in Italy (Milan – my friend is doing a law internship there!, Florence, Venice, Naples, Capri, and Rome), hits Paris (doing the most romantic city on the planet with my sister seems fitting), breezes through Edinburgh, and ends in Dublin (for my sister’s 22nd birthday. Trouble will ensue).

Anyway, as if planning the whole trip wasn’t stressful enough, I’m now working on what to pack. We’re staying in a lot of hotels and apartments with washers and dryers, so I plan on doing a lot of laundry in an effort to reduce the amount of clothing I bring. I need to have room to bring more back. Duh. I definitely plan on bringing everything I’ve included in this post, along with an old blazer and a few other sun dresses. In terms of jewelry, I think I’m just bringing my watch, my monogram necklace, and pearl earrings so I don’t have to worry about losing anything. Do you have any other recommendations?

 Stripe Sun Shift

J.Crew Sun Shift, $98

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J.Crew Sheath Dress, $98

Lilly Pulitzer Macauley Dress, $188

Jackie Cardigans from J.Crew, $65

Cotton Sweater from Vineyard Vines, $125 (Take 25% off with code FRIENDS2013)

Eyelet Dress from Vineyard Vines, $165

3″ J.Crew Chino Shorts (in pretty much every color), $45

Tie-Front Shorts from Banana Republic, $49.50

Bikini from Victoria’s Secret, $46

J.Crew Eyelet Skirt, $75

Lilly Pulitzer Mardi T-Shirt, $58

Kate Spade Crossbody Bag, $178

Jacks Rogers, $110

AG Adriano Goldschmied Skinny Jeans, $172

Murfee Scarf, $118

Michael Kors Runway Watch, $250

Folding Wayfarers from Ray-Ban, $160

Wedges by Ugg (who knew they had cute shoes?!), $104.99

I Need YOUR Help!

Audrey in Paris

By now you’ve all heard me mention that I’m going to Europe this summer with my younger sister. Well, in fact, I leave May 27! That’s just over two weeks away!

 In case you have any interest in where I’m going, here’s our itinerary:

·         Greece (Athens, Delphi, Olympia, and Meteora)

·         Italy (Milan, Venice, Florence, Naples, Pompeii, Capri, and Rome)

·         France (Paris and Normandy)

·         London

·         Scotland

·         Edinburgh

Jackie in Greece

There are definitely several places I’m bummed about not visiting, but we only have 5 weeks, so we figured we’d hit our favorites. (Side note: if you have any hotel suggestions, please email me! I’m overwhelmed with choices! Preppydelight[at]gmail[dot]com.)

 

 So now I need your help. I was going to do a bunch of pre-scheduled Delight of the Day posts, but I’m kind of worried that items will sell out, and I’ll get you all excited for nothing L I AM taking my phone with me (I do social media work on the side, so I have to have access!), so there’s the option of just doing posts about my trip. What would you most like to see? http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZGDV62N

Delight of the Day 7/19

Today’s Delight of the Day is the Around the World Watch from Urban Outfitters, $34. I love this watch! It’s so different from everything else out there right now. The metal is gold, which is perfect for all of my stacks, but it would also be really cute on its own. As you may know, I recently applied for a flight attendant position, so I’m all about trying to travel more, and this fits perfectly with my plans 🙂 Would you wear this watch, or are you sticking with your Michael Kors?