Memoir of an Italian Summer

Venice

You charmed me with each and every winding street you took me through, with every glass of wine and with every bridge leading to pretty shops and mesmeric worn out houses.

Wondering through the alleyways with no end destination in mind; just observing the little old lady emerging from her home, hanging up her washing and children playing in the square- like any other ordinary day. 

Laying beside the canal in the warm nighttime breeze and listening to the notes of the untroubled water was comforting; drowning out the clamor of tourists on the street. Despite being built upon by a restless town, the lagoon remained undisturbed. 

I remember breathing in at that second, inhaling the present moment for what it was,  and for a minute- everything stopped. 

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The Amalfi Coast

A picturesque scene of quaint towns, submerged within the mountains and surrounded by turquoise seas. 

The crisp ocean air brushed against the warmth of my bronzed skin. Lost in the movement of waves rolling back and forth before crashing harshly against the boat surface.

As the night draws to an end, there is nothing but silence in between the clicking of my heels against the staggered cobble stone streets.

Although I am not a lover of sweet Limoncello- and climbing a million stairs in a vertical city is exhausting, I would walk up them a thousand times more, all to end the night with another Amalfi sunset. To gaze upon hues of magenta, a red blue ombre slowly spilling into the deep horizon. 

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Thanks for stopping by!

Ciao, Leah x

 

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Summer Bucket List + Journal your Journey

Summer Bucket List + Journal your Journey

My favourite season is upon us which means late nights in the pleasant warm air and the irresistible smell of BBQ filling every block in town.

It’s the time of year where everyone and everything comes to life and I’m feeling a pep in my step.

I always enjoy compiling a list of activities I want to accomplish by the end of summer, as well as setting short term goals to achieve by the time Autumn arrives.

My sunny season plans usually look the same every year so I also decided to share with you my New York bucket list to get excited for my first summer living in the big city.

 

Anyway, just things I wanna do…

  • Beaches, beaches, beaches. And lots of volleyball.
  • Concerts and music festivals
  • Camping
  • Water Parks
  • Take a salsa class
  • Plan and book an Italy trip (already in the process, yayyyy!!)
  • Roller skating outdoors
  • Yard sales
  • Learn how to make a dress
  • Hiking/Running

 

Things I wanna do in New York…

  • The Hamptons/Montauk/Fire Island
  • Try AS MANY food spots as possible
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Canoe ride in Central Park
  • Brunch on a rooftop, pool on a rooftop, movies on a rooftop…everything on a rooftop
  • Outdoor movie at Bryant Park
  • Attend a baseball game

 

Make it last a lifetime. Here are some creative ideas to document your summer plans coming to life.

 

Scrapbook

This is your chance to use your imagination and make something you can physically flick through when your future self is reminiscing summer 2019. Collect anything and everything that can be glued into your own personal scrapbook; movie stubs, concert tickets, museum visitor maps, train/flight tickets and even candy wrappers that left you sweet summer memories. Of course combine this with your regular photos from the day. The best part is that you can be as messy and disorderly as you want and just go with the flow.

Blog

For those of you contemplating starting a blog, what better way than to document your summer months than on your own web space. You can practice taking more put together photos and enhance your writing abilities as you know you’ll be showcasing this project to the world.

Travel Video Diary

If writing isn’t your thing, have a go at filming each day. You could go vlog style or just make a compilation of your favourite photos and videos to the background of your summer playlist. This doesn’t have to be a clean-cut montage of a perfect summer in your dream vacation spot. No matter if you’re staying in your own city and doing regular activities, every year is different and new memories are made. It’s the videos that are caught in the natural moment that always hold the most amusing recollections.

Memory Jar

If you’re not interested in starting a project but still want to recall the little moments of your summer, have a go at making a memory jar. Each day write something/anything. Whether it’s an activity you did, an interesting conversation you had or your positive mood that day. Write it all down on a strip of paper; keeping it short and sweet. As summer draws to an end you should have a jar over spilling with all sorts of happy reminders that you would have soon forgotten.

 

What’s on your summer bucket list? Leave your plans in the comments below!

 

Laters,

Leah XO