Beautiful Scotland

IMG_3157My first trip to Europe in 2013 has been one of the best experiences of my life so far.  I had dreamed of going to Scotland for a long time because it is the birthplace of my ancestors.  I spent most of my time in Edinburgh and enjoyed every minute.  This city is incredibly beautiful and full of history.IMG_3136This is the view from my apartment which was just down the street from Edinburgh Castle.  I don’t think I could have found a better location!  Cute little stores and restaurants were right outside my doorstep and a ten minute walk put me in the center of Princes Street, a popular shopping street complete with some of my favorite stores  – H&M and Topshop.IMG_3147IMG_3457If you ever find yourself in the gorgeous city of Edinburgh, be sure to check out these locations:

Exploring Italy

IMG_0669After an exhausting 18 hours of traveling, waking up to this view in southern Italy was an instant cure for my jet lag.  The tiny village I would call home for the next week was waiting for me to explore its charming restaurants, beautiful churches, and winding cobblestone streets.  This was the perfect place to relax before taking on some of Italy’s most famous attractions.IMG_5831Visiting the ancient ruins of Pompeii was definitely a highlight of the trip.  Exploring the city and seeing the remains of the people who lived there thousands of years ago was something I never thought I would get to experience.IMG_0763
Spending the day at Salerno beach was probably my favorite part of the trip.  While this beach was a bit rockier than other locations on the Amalfi Coast, it was the perfect place to lay in the sun and cool off in the waves.IMG_5962Walking up the street to the Colosseum in Rome was an incredible experience.  This ancient building has so much history and is absolutely stunning.  The way it is lit up at night makes it even more beautiful.

This was my first trip to Italy and it will not be my last.  This beautiful country has so much to see and do and I barely scraped the surface.  I can’t wait to go back.