Before we left San Gimignano we decided to take a spontaneous day trip to Siena! This short but sweet visit left us wanting more. Unfortunately, we had limited time so we saw the following sights and made the most of it.
1. Had lunch by the historical area Palio di Siena where they hold The Great Italian Horse Race dating back to medieval times. We ate margherita pizza, walnut and truffle oil spaghetti and tomato parmesan spaghetti
2. Strolled along to the Palazzo Pubblico to see the Italian medieval architecture with Gothic influences
3. Walked by Piazza del Campo to see the Fonte Gaia “Fountain of Joy”
4. Climbed up the bell tower Torre del Mangia to take a million photos from the top
5. Visited the spectacular Gothic Cathedral Duomo di Siena
We hope to have the opportunity to return for a longer stay.
PS: to see our honeymoon in San Gimignano click HERE and I’ll be posting our trip to Florence next!!
San Gimignano, Toscana …yes, we were under the Tuscan sun
It was simply our taste buds’ dream come true! We stayed at a country villa I Pini a few minutes walk from the main village. The villa was owned by a wonderful couple, Francesca & Benjamin, who harvested olive oil & produced Vernaccia white wine right from their backyard. They were truly inspiring to us. Honestly, the agenda for Toscana was to relax by the pool and eat…A LOT. San Gimignano had such fresh food which was literally from farm to fork. But our ultimate favorite spot… the absolute top notch place to go to was Pluripremiata Gelateria….which has held the title of the world’s best gelato! We still long for their pistachio and mint chocolate gelato. We had at least 5 scoops a day each!
Until next time…we’ll miss feeling the hot sun by the pool, the Vernaccia wine, the dried local boar meat, the smell of fresh pasta, the friendly smiles and waves, the ever so mouth watering gelato and running through the old alley ways!
..next stop Siena, Florence & Rome so stay tuned.
Martin fulfilled a lifelong dream of mine and brought me on a 3 week tour to Europe last April for our 1st anniversary. Martin had a jam packed itinerary where he handed me envelopes at each train station to reveal the next leg of the trip. I found myself in London, Paris, Rodez, Barcelona, Venice and Verona where he popped the question at Juliet’s balcony! Our last stop in Europe was Ireland where I met his lovely family and extended family in Galway, Mayo and Tipperary. He had also scheduled an extended stop over in Chicago before heading back to Vancouver. He did an amazing job and I never felt so special.
…so blame me! I totally lied in my last post and I wasn’t back. The truth is I was in over my head with a massive list of “To Do’s” two of which were to pass my National Board Exam in Accounting and to get married in Ireland. No big deal, right? The good news is I was able to accomplish both. Now there is a bit of time to breath. So here’s a bit of catching up from now on!
Thanks for dropping by again..
I seriously can’t wait to say “I do” to my mister right ! After we got engaged I immediately got into my typical Type A mode and obsessively researched wedding blogs like crazy. Thankfully we have a long engagement so I can do my research!
So in between working with numbers full time & studying part time I like to spend a little time clicking away for some inspiration. So click away…drool and dream with me!
invitation: handkerchief invites & personalized stamp
the dress: feathered dress & vintage dress
personalized: rubber boots & shoe messages
venues: italy – villa & ireland – castle
oh look a wedding set in Ireland with an Asian bride..click here !
Find more on my pinterest : )
photos above are by me and my beloved iphone.
xoxo – tincy
Mairt and I sent out these diy invites for our engagement party! we got the idea from pinterest. There’s a real trend for diy weddings at the moment. Something about making it yourself makes it mean so much more PLUS there’s a bonus of making 100 cards for $23.00 WHAT A DEAL!
Most of the materials we had in our apartment already like:
- printer ink
- black stamp ink
All we needed to buy was:
- recycled paper & linen paper (paperzone)
- white envelopes from (paperzone)
- twine (michael’s)
We downloaded the typewriter font on dafont and typed the message desired. We then printed our message on recycled paper with our printer. The best part was stamping our thumbs into a shape of a heart! Mairt and I spent an evening at a coffee shop stamping our thumbs into the shape of a heart…hehe. It took a few tries but we finally mastered it after 15 attempts…so make EXTRA! I also made white paper labels for the names of people we invited. With some help from a friend we assembled the cards into cute little packages! We tied the labels around each invite with twine to make it more personalized.