The magical autumn charm at its best…

Autumn is my favourite season and I love everything about it. The colour, how can anyone not like the colour? Beautiful yellows, burnt oranges and dark reds make it the most charming, happy time of the year. The weather, not too hot not too cold, just the way I like it. Yes it will get colder towards the end but we are not talking about that. 🙂

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Last autumn we decided to go to Mornington Peninsula. A beautiful region in Victoria, short drive from Melbourne or a lovely ferry ride from Geelong. It’s the wine country or so I like to think. Gorgeous beaches overlooking Port Philip Bay, acres and acres of wineries and good food AND the hot springs! Yup that’s where we headed on a slightly chilled autumn morning. Steaming hot natural springs, you can just immerse yourself in the water and fall asleep.

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Next day on our way home we decided to stop at The Enchanted Maze Garden and enchanted we were. It turned out to be the most beautiful, breathtaking place I have been to and with my love for autumn I didn’t want to leave. It felt like we just walked in to a fairy tale, massive orange coloured tree line with orange and red leaves EVERYWHERE like a carpet, black wrought iron tables and chairs covered with colourful leaves, a massive green maze with a Japanese water feature, random sculptures and little games, a charming cafe with homemade fudge (YUM) and sweets and shelves and shelves of candy in jars, colourful lollies and kids running everywhere. It was just amazing.

Here are a few photos to make you jealous (if you too like autumn) 🙂 and in a few weeks it will be autumn again and hopefully will be as beautiful as the last.

p.s – I am sorry I haven’t been able to read your posts lately as I have moved houses and still without internet. At my friends place it took me more than 3 hours to get this post up as it is sloooooow.

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Pisa: words not needed….

This is another one of my favourite places and i still can’t believe I was there. The architecture mind-blowing, the weather wonderful, the place mesmerizing and the experience unforgettable. I don’t think any more words are necessary to describe how amazing Pisa was/is. So here are some photos, hope you will enjoy them as much as I did. 🙂

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Someone teach me how to live life…..

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“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning” J. B. Priestly

So another New Year is here and everyone seems excited about it and their New Year’s resolutions. I never was excited about the New Year or never really made resolutions. For me New Year is just another day. But to keep myself and everyone else positive I thought I’ll put a few words out there………

Turns out I don’t have any words of wisdom, so here are my ramblings while gulping down meloncello straight from the bottle. 🙂  (I am not drunk, it’s just so hot out here)

Ok so I love my life… sometimes…. but then again that’s how everyone rolls isn’t it? 🙂

I have so many things in queue and they are very fair and small goals just to get my life back on track. I am not lost or anything, I know what I want and what I want to be doing, I just don’t know how to get there. And I have had enough of running up and down and not get where I want to exactly. So I am hoping to change a few things this time around.

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland

I need someone to tell me how to get things done. Don’t we all you say? Everybody’s lives would have been so much better and so much easier if there was a little gene in bottle or an angel on your shoulder, but the problem is there are no such things. It’s you and only you can figure your way in and out of things you want.

“No one saves us but our selves, no one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path” – Lord Buddha

“In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.” Theodore Roosevelt

So for a little inspiration, a little guidance I turned to Google. (C’mon it’s what we all do, isn’t it?) 🙂 I rammed through pages of inspirational quotes by people wiser than I am and it helped. It really did. Not just reading through but actually believing in them. So I wanted to share some that inspired me and I hope I remember these through the coming year of ups and downs. Like they say;

”It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up that matters.”– Vince Lombardi

On a different matter I now understand why they say ‘youth is wasted on the young’ so true. I am still young (considerably) 😉 and still I feel like by the time we finish school, go through university, get a job and earn something to be able to live independently you have spent the best times of your lives and don’t even know it. Oh well that should be another post all together. However, this is what I live by now. I always keep reminding myself this and is my golden rule at the moment.

“If you want to do something, you will find a way, if not you will find an excuse” – Anonymous

So this is my plan number one for the foreseeable future.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius 🙂

This new year I hope all of you will have enough motivation and guidance to carry out the things you need to do, I hope along the way you get inspired because life without inspiration is no fun life, I hope all of you get at least a bit spoilt by someone who loves you, I hope everyone will have a job regardless of you like it or not, I hope this year you will remember to smile and I hope you all will have a good 2013. 🙂

”Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” Roy Goodman

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light ” – Aristotle Onassis

Florence: If there is a heaven, this is it…..

I found my favourite city in the WORLD! Ok so I haven’t seen most of the cities in the world so let me be fair to all other cities that are frowning at me, Florence is my favourite city SO FAR. I fell in love and I still can recall the feeling when I woke up in the hotel room and looked out on to the beautifully calm streets, when I walked the narrow streets filled with gorgeous people, taking in the fresh morning air after climbing hundreds of steps to get to Piazzale michelangelo, the smell of coffee when I passed a tiny cafe or the taste of freshly baked pastries on the side of the road. If that is not love, I don’t know what is. 🙂

I think that is enough explaining, here are some photos. Hope you see what I saw….

Ponte Veccio (old bridge)

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Piazzale Michelangelo – you will never forget the view you get of all of Florence from this place and you would not want to leave. The bus drive back down from top of piazzale michelangelo was one of the most scenic and best drives I have ever had in my life. That’s when I knew I was in love. 😉 If you are in florence don’t forget to climb about 200 stept up to this place and then take a bus ride back down. Trust me you will LOVE it. Oh and do it in the morning too. 🙂

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Through the winding roads of Southern Italy…..

We are on our way covering southern Italy. After visiting Pompeii we are off to the beautiful Amalfi Coast. The little car (there are ONLY little cars everywhere you look) was expertly manoeuvred through tiny streets, sometimes taking almost 360o turns, passing busy locals, wandering tourists and little shops of all things Italian.

A little after the sun has set, we arrived in the beautiful town of Amalfi where on one side the glowing blue Mediterranean Sea and on the other, steep mountains covered with Mediterranean style houses. A sight like no other.amalfi and coast (7)

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The breathtaking views were only second to the experience of walking through the town of tiny cobble stone paths and alley ways peering in to little shops and admiring and tasting the local speciality, limoncello. It’s a liqueur made with lemons, as the area is a known cultivator of lemons, and there are cute little shops with bottles of all shapes and sizes. It was a typical Italian tourist town as it was filled even at night with people, chatting, sipping coffee and eating oversized pizzas. With much hesitation we drove out of Amalfi through Positano and few other breathtaking and daring coastal towns to Sorrento, our stop for the night.

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Next day we drove around Sorrento absorbing the chilled morning air and amazing views all around us while heading towards Naples, the food capital of Italy. Naples was different. The city was literally made out of houses, horizontally and vertically. But it was impressive, regardless of what the Romans have to say about Naples. 😉

Our first stop was Piazza del Municipio, the massive building with high glass roof and delicate architectural details really fascinated me. Also it was a popular spot for newly wedded couple to take photos as we saw more than a few of white gown and tuxedos posing to photographers instructions. 🙂 Unfortunately I didn’t see the typical Naples way of drying clothes above the streets as it was a cloudy day but, the experience of walking on the main street with braches of streets with similar style multi-story apartments looking in to each other was nothing unusual.

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Our final stop at Naples was San Gregorio Armeno. It’s supposed to be world famous (forgive me for not knowing) for cribs and other ornaments. Locals said during Christmas time it is impossible to walk in that area as everyone comes here to buy Christmas ornament. They weren’t exaggerating; there were shops after shops filled with different ornaments and bigger statues of pretty much everything. It was quite a colourful end to our southern Italy round up in two days. 🙂

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Lake Turano: your eyes ain’t tricking you….

I was staring at this massive body of blue-green water and I just couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. The water was so calm and crisp and glistening with the morning sun and the mountains rising above, surrounding it to provide that little extra care. I just can’t explain how I felt when I was there, breathing in the fresh morning air but I remember thinking ‘I couldn’t picture my life any better than standing here right now and if I die, I would be the happiest dead person.’ 🙂

Then….. I saw this.

Picturesque medieval towns nestled between green mountains. I felt like I was inside a story book, running through pages filled with beautifully coloured pictures. I was grinning from ear to ear while snapping this amazing scenery all around me.

Among the charming towns that arise around Lake Turano, there are two not to be missed. Castel di Tora and Colle di Tora.I am lost for words here, so just enjoy the photos and I hope you feel the joy I felt walking in this lovely italian country side.

If this is not the perfect picture postcard of Italian countryside, I don’t know what is. 🙂