From Milan, With Love

Our final stop in our Italy-Greece trip was back where it all began. Milan, a fashion capital up there in the ranks with Paris, London and New York. A major component of Fashion Month, and I was there, in the middle of it all. My dream was to be able to catch a show during my visit, but during the planning, it just wasn’t possible to fit into our already packed schedule. So, I settled for the next best thing. A walk around the city, filled with art, history, food and just a little fashion.


Duomo di Milano

The Duomo di Milano is a Catholic Church in Milan, considered the 2nd largest cathedral in the world, is over 600 years old. You don’t even have to be religious to appreciate the incredible architecture of the structure and the awe-inspiring art that lies inside. With a whopping 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles and 700 figures, plus the stained glass windows and paintings, the Gothic era church is truly impressive.

Louis Vuitton Time Capsule Exhibit

While we walked around the Piazza di Duomo, something caught my eye. There was a long line of people waiting to get into what seemed like an oddly placed square structured, that didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the architecture in the plaza. As we approached the entrance to the Museum by the Duomo, I realized it was what seemed to be a pop-up exhibit for the Louis Vuitton Time Capsule. And I was right! My husband rolled his eyes, but I promised I’d take him to the best Italian foodie experience that night if we could go see the exhibit after the church tour. 
In this traveling exhibit, Louis Vuitton’s story is told through an exclusive selection of one-of-a-kind objects from the Maison’s archives from 1854 to today.  Presented as a thematic itinerary, the exhibit celebrates the strong pioneering spirit that has characterized the Maison since its creation 165 years ago. Focusing on four fundamental aspects: inventions, travel, the art of preserving objects and the icons of the Maison, Time Capsule shows just how visionary Louis Vuitton has been in foreseeing travellers’ desires and needs as everyday means of transportation has drastically evolved over time.” – Time Capsule Exhibition in Milan
 “For this Italian edition, one of the special pieces on display is “Boîte Milano”, a unique trunk made for the International Exhibition of Decorative and Modern Arts of Paris in 1925.”

I was in awe! I was a little bummed that we didn’t get to visit the Fundazione di Prada, but I figured that was the most fashion my dear husband could take. We ended on a high note, visiting the one place that houses all things food in Milan, Eataly. It’s towering 4 floors packed with food to dine or to shop, wine as far as the eye can see and the best gelato in the city. I even found a fair trade, vegan chocolate scoop for myself. It was quite the experience. 


This takes us to the end of our wonderful trip. Next I’ll share a travel guide for you! Many have asked, so I’ll do my best to compile something very special. Until then, Ciao! Arriverderci!

Manarola: The Cinque Terre Postcard Town

As I was planning our European trip, I had certain must-see locations and one of them was Cinque Terre. I’ve poured through travel blogs and they had all recommended a visit to this magical land by the sea. I’d also looked into the Amalfi coast, but I became obsessed with Cinque Terre due to the easy travel, walkability, and and colorful cliffside vistas. Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Northwest Italy, only a 3 hour train ride away from Milan, lies West of La Spezia and is composed of 5 villages connected by hiking trails or 5 minute train rides away from each other. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, we stayed in the middle town of Corniglia and we explored 4 towns in a long exhausting day, leaving one for last, Manarola. Many of those amazing bird’s eye view shots of Cinque Terre are actually taken in the village of Manarola. Although, all of the villages are extremely colorful, beautiful and picturesque, there’s something very special about this one that has everyone flocking to this specific spot for the ‘gram. 

We loved all the towns; they each had different vibes, beauty and so much history. Something very magical had us stop in our tracks when we visited Manarola. Maybe it was the quiet, peacefulness in the morning as shops and cafes were setting up, or the waves gently rocking the boats on the dock as we made our way up, or the stillness before the town awakened to the hustle and bustle of the tourist as they made their way into the town. Whatever it was, we felt as if we were the only ones there that morning, as we said goodbye to that leg of our trip while we sipped our espresso and breathed the cool breeze of the Ligurian sea before we continued on to the next adventure.

Outfit details

Top: Shein
Faux Leather Shorts: Shein
Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Italian Getaway

For years, more than I can remember, I’ve dreamed of visiting Italy and Greece. Obsessed with Greco-Roman mythology since I was a teenager, I said those are the 2 places I absolutely have to visit before I die. Well, the dream became a reality when my husband and I got serious about planning my dream trip and realized it was much more attainable than I thought. I researched what the best season to travel is, and found that the season starts in April and ends in October. Since our wedding anniversary is in October, it was the perfect time to go. Turns out that the end of the season has beautiful weather and is super cheap to travel! 
The first part of the trip was in Italy, Cinque Terre being the main attraction. We stayed in the town of Corniglia, which is the highest point of all the seaside towns and is centrally located in the middle of the 5 lands. It was quiet, peaceful and so beautiful. We spent the first day exploring the town, had a lovely dinner and they even let us take a bottle of wine back to our AirBNB room from the restaurant Il Cecio, which is associated with the B&B. We got caught in a little rain, but it was so romantic, we didn’t care. The next day was meant for exploring. We hiked a little through the trails that lead to the next town over, but realizing that it would take us 2 hours just for the full hike and we only had a day and a half to be there, we decided to buy a train day pass (16 euros each) so we can check out all all the towns instead. We hopped from town to town, having lunch in Vernazza, coffee in Monterosso al Mare, then dinner in Riomaggiore. The last morning, we had breakfast in Manarola, the famous seaside town that’s the star of all those beautiful photos depicting Cinque Terre, but I’ll leave that one for the next post. The villages were filled with steps, hidden treasures and lovely people. It was truly an amazing experience!

Ate all the pasta and drank all the wine!