Last summer I was able to visit Europe for the first time; in fact, it was my first time out of the country since I moved back to the United States at almost eight years old. Traveling to other countries and experiencing different cultures stole my heart and opened my eyes in innumerable ways. Ever since, I’ve been itching to not only go back, but to travel and see even more of the world.
Lucky us, my husband’s cousin is getting married in Croatia this fall. You bet we’re jumping all over this opportunity to go back to Europe.
We haven’t figured out any of the details yet, but we’re hoping to extend the trip beyond the wedding to spend about two weeks overseas. We are obviously making a pit stop in Croatia, but we’d also love to see Italy and Greece – maybe fly through Paris. If you’ve been around this space, you’ll know that my solo Paris trip wasn’t exactly all I had hoped it would be. But I would love to revisit, this time with my husband, and give the city another chance.
One thing I learned last year was that I’d enjoy visiting less popular cities – ones that aren’t overcrowded with tourists and that give you a real view of what daily life in those countries are like. So if you have any suggestions, I’m all ears! Nothing has been booked yet, so our plans are wide open.
In the meantime, I’m getting my daydreaming in by visiting cute cafés- like Madame Monsieur in downtown LA (owned and operated by a Parisian family!) – and watching movies set in Europe – like Under the Tuscan Sun (allll the heart eyes).
I’m also experimenting with my wardrobe…because I’ll obviously have to dress the part. How do the French pull off that perfectly tousled, effortless style while still looking classy and good AF? It’s a mystery remaining to be solved. My only hypothesis is that they just don’t give a damn. Less hair brushing, less fuss. More wine, more sweets. Cliché? Maybe. True? Probably.
So, I’m wearing my PJs in public, legitimate just rolled out of bed hair, and red lips to top off the ensemble. Hey, at least I’ve got months to practice.
Photos by Tony Castle Photography, edited by me.