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Life is filled with tragedy, with long patches of struggle and with, I think, beautiful bursts of joy and accomplishment. Blessed with those moments, you just try to relax as much as possible and focus on the little things, like the joy of changing your baby’s diaper.

~ David Dastmalchian

 

Once you get to that point when you can just be yourself and relax, I just think that you’re so much happier in general.
~ Jacqueline Emerson
..recalling the very last glow of summer sun rays.. on the way, the splendid way, for our family vacation :))

 

happy girls are the prettiest

I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
~ Audrey Hepburn

— photographs were taken with an analog Olimpus camera —

Christmas Haul

It is quite obvious the Christmas season is on the go and that the moment of giving the presents gets closer and closer. On account of that, we are all starting searching for some wonderful ideas and looking for beautiful gifts for our friends and families. A few weeks ago there was such a crazy weekend of insanely active shopping – it was the BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY weekend. Of course, as the majority of us, I went shopping too. I did that with one of my best friends and we had a blast! As we’ve spent the whole day on running from one store to another we did some good shopping! After that day I was almost done with my Christmas shopping, for real, there are hardly any presents letf to be bought this year! As some members of my stunning fam keeps reading my blog I cannot share most of the gifts I bought, but of course I can share some – I decided to upload the pictures of BATH AND BODY WORKS, THE BODY SHOP and MONIN products I bought. I thought it would  be interesting for you and I hope you’ll find my photographs pleasant to eye.
Did my best to share the CHRISTMAS MOOD, which is more then present in my heart at the moment.

Italy – Elba

Elba

We came to Elba after eight years, when we first visited the island.

Meanwhile, during the time between our trips to Elba, we’ve visited quite a few places inclueding some islands such as Šolta (Croacia) and Malta. Even though we’ve seen a lot, Elba amazed us and we found it really fascinating.

The experience of rediscovering all the places we’ve visited 8 years ago was fantastic. There were a few sea spots which we loved before and found them great this time either, such as ‘Best Beach’ and the black sand beach, which’s name I still can not remember, but yes, it was literally BLACK! According to the topic of beaches, my absolute favorite was the seaside in Chiesi. Such a beautiful area with a few gelateria’s and with the unbelievably aquamarine color of water, warm stones to lie on and relax while sunbathing. Outstanding, what’s more to say. There are also some view terraces, where you can see wonderful landscapes, beautiful mountains, gorgeous sea, deep green forests and stunning red, yellow and purple stones.

Not only was it a sentimental journey, but also a giant blast of visiting such a paradise. This time we’ve spent our vacation on the west side of the island and as it turned out it was even more beautiful than the one we’d already known.

Elba, by local people is called ‘L’Isola dei Colori’ and I can’t disagree, it’s like a drop of rainbow situated on the globe. Plum and lavender colred stones, blue: from deep dark blue to very light turquise tone of sea water, green trees and mint seledine stone which is a fundament of a few mountains, yellow, what to say, sand: from white through yellow and ohra to this previously mentioned black, then orange, red and even pink, colors of all the gorgeous flowers, for instance my favorite bouganvilla and oleander.

All in one word – the actual island of color.

Italy – on my way

Italy - on my way

On the way to Elba, which was pretty long (about 1500 kilometers), we’ve visited a few cities in Italy.

When we were going to Elba, we visited Florence, which was just as beautiful as I remembered it from the last years’ trip which took place in september/october. Also we stopped off in Siena. I have never been there before and I was so surprised that it actually looks like a cinnamon city with the only one white building – the cathedral. The area I liked the most in Siena, was the old town if I can call it this way. It is basically the part of the city where the oldest buildings are.

When we were staying in Siena, if were 2 nights I suppose, we lived in a beautiful B&B guest house named ‘Villa Veronica’. Wonderful place, I’m telling you. The house was situate nearby the main part of the city. The room we got was really pretty with terracse-door, with which we could go out directly from our bedroom to the beautiful garden. There was a nice place to sit and have a cuppa’ coffee, a table with a few garden-armchairs. Then, if you keep walking through the garden space, you’ll find a swimming pool with clear, warm water and a bunch of deckchairs perfect to sunbathe on them. What’s amazing , while relaxing in a pool you’ll be able to see fields and meadows of the tuscanian Italy. Stunning view.

Breakfasts were served in a porche, actually on the veranda there was a buffet and the tables were on a terrace. For breakfast, as the Italians eat, you could have a piece of delicious cake, Mulino Bianco biscuit, some orange juice, but also something salty like for instance a slice of a good quality bread with prosciutto crudo and cream cheese. To drink you could have a cup of tea or great coffee served by the host, who is so kind by the way.

So basically, what’s not to love

From Siena we went directly to Elba, and after a week and a half spent on the island we started our way back to our home in Poland. We had only one big stop and a few gus station ones in Italy, then we stayed in a hotel in Austria and then we got to go to Poland. The big two-hour-lasting stop I mentioned before was in Pisa. I’ve seen the famous tower of Pisa for the very first time and I quite enjoyed our little walk there in the city. We had some delicious gelato, meant ice cream, and we strolled a little around the well known buildings, which were close to the tower .

I am so happy I had opportunity to see so much on the way to the gorgeus island of Elba. All these stops made our route a bit more interesting, hahaha. I hope you’ll like the pictures I took during our trip. Here, I attach photographs from the way to and from Elba. Stay tuned for the next dose of photos made in Italy, next time: Elba!

 

Morning Inspiration: summer edition

Summer Blueberry Smoothie

Great for a hot, sunny morning. Really, I mean r e a l l y easy and r e a l l y delicious breakfast idea.
To make this beautiful and tasty smoothie, you’ll have to take some pre-frozen blueberries (they’ll taste much better if you freeze them by your own than if you buy them frozen at the grocery store) and blend them with oat milk. It will be quite nutritious and very very good!