Category Archives: Travel

December 19, 2012

Italy Trip // Florence & Pisa

Whenever I travel around the United States, it’s always fun and I enjoy myself. But it’s never really anything beyond a vacation. But when I visited Paris earlier this year and then even moreso after I visited Florence and Lucca, I felt like… Yes. I could live here. I can completely and fully visualize myself walking down these streets everyday, building a life in these beautiful historic towns.

Florence especially was a marvel. A bizarre and wonderful mix of old and new. It’s in a place like Florence where artisans still exist, the food is extraordinary and the people are so friendly. Just looking out your hotel window it felt like you could feel the pulse of the city. Can you imagine being able to look out on a city this beautiful every single day?

The art, the culture, the beauty at every turn. I loved Florence.

There’s only one shot of Pisa in this set of photos but it’s one of my favorite photos from the whole trip. It’s such a touristy thing but we decided to check out the leaning tower and I was amazed to find that it’s seriously delightful to see in person. It just makes you giddy to do the whole, “holding up the tower with your hand” bit.

One more post to come…

December 18, 2012

Italy Trip // Tuscan Countryside & Lucca

Now that wedding season is over and the year is winding down, I spent the past few days going over all the photos that I took on my honeymoon in Italy.

After having visited Italy, I can safely say that it is one of the most beautiful places in the world and I loved every minute of my time there.

We stayed at an adorable little bed and breakfast in the Tuscan countryside for part of our journey. I woke up a little before sunrise our 2nd day there and just soaked in the amazing beauty around me as the sun came up. Vineyards and olive trees and the most gorgeous estates. We even did a cooking class during our stay and made the most delicious food. If you ever have a chance to do a cooking class while in Italy, I highly recommend it!

Then came Lucca. Lovely lovely Lucca. Lucca was hands down my favorite part of Italy. This town is so full of charm and beauty and serenity. We rode bikes around and around and around the entire city. Doing full loops around the perimeter of this walled beauty at least 3 times. We biked to gelato shops and then biked to dinner and then biked around the whole city once more. I LOVE Lucca.

This is just the first of three posts I’m going to be making about my trip so enjoy these photos and stay tuned for more!

July 5, 2012

A snippet of New Orleans

Last year I visited New Orleans and my enduring memory of the place was that there is a LOT of great food. Too much. I’ve never felt so full in my life. So for one reason or another, the photos from New Orleans got archived and life sped forward and I just forgot to look at the photos til now. It’s funny looking at the photos and remembering oh yeah, there was more to NOLA than the food! There were incredible cemeteries, lovely little streets, odd eclectic shops. Most of these are in film, maybe I’ll rummage through my digital photos from the trip and make another post later on. =)

March 14, 2012

Paris Trip // The Beginning

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway

Airplane tickets booked, a darling apartment in the 6th arrondissement has been rented out, and Tony and I are learning our way through basic French via a Nintendo DS game (My French Coach). We are SO ready for Paris!

Midnight in Paris Intro
It’s funny, France has always been one of those places I’ve wanted to visit, but never urgently. I never yearned for France, or gave it much active thought. I never would have considered myself a francophile. There are quite a few other places in the world that I had placed higher on my list of MUST VISIT places than France. It was just one of those “Oh it would be nice to vsit” sort of places for me.

But somehow in the past 2 years or so, Paris has crept into my subconscious. Maybe it started with Julia Child. I devoured her memoir, My Life In France (I can’t recommend it highly enough) and came to admire her tremendously. And her Supremes de Volaille aux Champignons (chicken in mushroom cream sauce) recipe from Mastering the Art of French Cooking is SO so good. After that came The Sweet Life in Paris by the charming food blogger, David Lebowitz. It’s really one of the most hilarious reads ever. I kept reading out loud parts of it to Tony and then catching myself mid-sentence with wild guffawing. There was also Lunch in Paris – A Love Story, A Paris Wife, and Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. One book after another.

And this past year, Midnight in Paris ended up being one of my top films of 2011. In the same way Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona moved and inspired me to go to Spain, Midnight in Paris enchanted me. It made me think, I *have* to go there.

Paris has seeped into my life. And so we decided that since we have some free time in May, let’s just go for it! I’m so excited and also a little nervous. Paris has been so romanticized and the expectations are pretty high. I’m simultaneously ramping up my excitement and spazzing out, while also trying to keep my cool and be more nonchalant about the whole thing.

If anyone has any recommendations for things to do and see in Paris, please leave a comment!

August 30, 2011

Engaged!

After attending so many weddings as the photographer, I guess it’s my turn now to be the bride! So surreal and exciting at the same time.

A lot of people have been asking how it all went down, so I figured that if there was ever a personal thing to blog about, this is it!

Things to know about me:

  • I adore dogs. I mean, really really love dogs. Especially my dogs!
  • Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite places in the world. It’s just spectacularly beautiful there.
  • Apple cidar is my favorite drink eveeeer. Forget wine or beer or soda, bring me a bottle of apple cidar (I don’t even need a glass) and I’m good.
  • Tony and I met because of our mutual love of video games, but my primary objective when playing games is pretty much to FIND THE TREASURE. I love treasure. I want to become a treasure hunter one day.

How it Started
I had been away on a girl’s trip up to Mendocino from Sunday through Tuesday. And when I got home on Tuesday, I found my apartment filled with balloons. This led to a scavenger hunt that Tony had arranged. The scavanger hunt was in the form of puzzles, and after I finished the puzzle, I was given my prize: A trip to Lake Tahoe!

I was so giddy with excitement since Tony had been working so hard lately, and I’d been wishing he would take a sick day or something. So the fact that he took 3 whole days off work to surprise me with this trip blew me away.

In Tahoe
Tony treated me to some of my favorite things. An hour long couple’s massage, a massive lunch of TACOS (my favorite food!), and then finally took me up on a hike to this gorgeous view of the lake. He had brought up a bottle of apple cidar and it was amazing sitting on top of this mountain, overlooking the most gorgeous lake and having that spot all to ourselves.

The Proposal
He asked me if I wanted a present, which got me super alert (and a little tense) and then preceded to crack me up by reading a poem I had asked him to write weeks ago titled “The Hair on My Head”. I sometimes request random and silly poems for him to write, the other assignment I gave him recently was to write something called, “Where has all the Poop gone”. I was laughing, HARD. And I thought, “Huh, so he was just tricking me, I guess he’s not proposing!”

At which point he brought out a scrapbook called “The Adventures of Tony and Hannah” that he had been spending months putting together. It chronicles our whole journey from our very first date when we watched the worst movie in existence, The Legend of Zorro (the movie had a horse running on top of a moving train. I mean, really) and all the places we’d gone, the things we’ve done, the food we’ve eaten.

If you’d like to see a few pages from the book, you can do that here: Scrapbook

But it wasn’t until I got to the pages about our dogs that got me crying. My beautiful dogs, such a huge part of our lives and our familia. They couldn’t come with us to Tahoe, but I’m so glad they were in the book.

That’s when Tony brought out the treasure box. This adorable little thing that he had spent so long looking for because he knew it would be perfect for me. Waaay better than a regular box, a Tiffany’s box, any other box in the world. And inside was the most stunningly gorgeous ring.

Everything about the proposal was perfect and so in tune to who I am and who we are as a couple.

We were crying and laughing and I nodded my answer yes. I’m so grateful that we were able to have that amazing moment to ourselves. Almost as soon as we were done wiping away the tears, these two older ladies came hiking up the hill, saw us, and offered to take our photo. What great timing!

Still enjoying the post-engagement bliss and trying my hardest not to worry about all the stuff that’s going to come after (wedding planning, ahhhh!). I’ll be writing about all that stuff in the months to come. In the meantime, thank you all my dear friends, family, and my wonderful clients who have shown so much happiness and support for this new development in our lives. You’re all the best.