I am definitely having one of those “coming off of a trip-high” days. Bleh. I miss pasta as an option at every meal. I miss ebony-eyed waiters rambling off compliments in Italian and looking at you as though you were crazy for not understanding and swooning immediately. I miss cappuccino and Nutella at breakfast and diving into bottles of wine at dinner and lunch…
I digress. One of the joys of travelling for me is finding stores that are off the tourist-beaten path. I sort of hate all the tourist-y things when they pull you away from “breathing in” a country and all of its flavors, people watching, and culture intoxication. Before I left I bought 4 books. Two were maps of Rome and Florence, and 2 were “Shopper’s Guides” – tiny 3×3 inch books that take you on walks around cities and lead you to tucked-away gems for an unusual travelling experience. Loved them. Because of these little books I discovered a flea market and an incredible dinner theater in Florence and several fascinating antique and knick-knack stores in Rome. It was stupendously enlightening. And just the sort of thing I adore about travelling.
On one such jaunt, I happened upon a store in Florence that was just too adorable to not snap a bunch of pictures of (much to the disapproving eye of the sales clerk). The store is close to the Ponte Vecchio (which is obviously uber tourist-y because, let’s admit it, you’ve heard of it) called Boutique Nadine.
I want to design a wedding that looks like this store…
Cue the vintage angel choir:
the attention to detail:
and lastly, the bicycle: