North America, Europe · 17 Days · 66 Moments · September 2017

South of France & Italy 2017


21 September 2017

Perfection. ๐Ÿ’›

20 September 2017

Rome ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
The last supper!!! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น When in Rome (literally) #pizza & #Red wine
Jerry took this sweet photo in Rome. A man and his companion enjoying the sunset!
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿšƒ๐Ÿš–
One more hike to the top of Monte Solaro!!! It was a chilly morning and we were the only people at the top. Magic ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

19 September 2017

A few cute images of my hunk JGP!!!

19 September 2017

Jerry played! But not enough. Everyone loved it especially the staff since they listen to the same pianist every single night. Jerry apparently earned some drinks that night. ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽฉ
We hiked to the top of Monte Solaro! We bypassed the chair lift and had a beautiful hike up & back. Followed this up with lunch at Ristorante da Gelsomina!

18 September 2017

I think I eat with my eyes. ๐Ÿ‘€ Special Vegan treats from the chef.
Beautiful flower arrangements and art all around Caesar Augustus.
The organic vegetable garden was beautiful. Every morning the chef harvested the produce for use in the kitchen. True farm to Table.
Hiking around the Isle of Capri with this guy.
Jerry hired a boat, we cruised around Capri a bit. The water glistened in the sunlight! The Tyrrhenian Sea surrounds Capri. Faraglioni Rocks in the background. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

17 September 2017

One word - Fancy. Wow. It just feels like old world Italy. This is a home transformed into a luxury boutique hotel. The idea is that it feels as if it is your home away from home. And....You can have whatever you want. I felt a bit uncomfortable at first. But I figured it out. I also learned how to use the bidet. ๐Ÿ˜ณ I want one of those at home. Very civilized.
Landed Capri! Breathtaking views on our way up to Anacapri and our hotel, Caesar Augustus!
Peter took us to meet the Ferry. We took the Ferry from Sorrento to the island of Capri!!! Just about a 20 minute commute. Can't believe I could call my mom from the Ferry and there was a perfect connection!! Of course the Asian tourists are insane. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

16 September 2017

Day trips to Positano & Ravello! Both seem pretty crowded, but of course they are absolutely charming. I'm thrilled we are here in September (less crowded) even though it has been a bit chilly at times and we have seen a bit of rain! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
Jerry had a driver pick us up from the train station in Naples- Peter. Peter was this sweet young Romanian. I learned that Naples isn't the safest city. So Peter whisked us off to his luxury car and drove us along the coast to our beautiful hotel. We stayed at the gorgeous Hotel Luna Convento in Amalfi. This was a Catholic Convent turned into a hotel. The same family has been running it as a hotel for 5 generations. The view from our room and for all of our meals was beautiful and expansive. It was a very unique hotel, definitely felt like a convent in the best possible way. Peter stayed with us for 3 days and took great care of us. He wants to visit LA so hopefully we will see him again, and then Jerry can be the chauffeur. ๐ŸŽฉ We didn't love the town of Amalfi. Much too crowded and touristy. Also there was too much exhaust in the city center. The crowds were a bit jolting after the serenity at Le Fontanelle. We are getting spoiled.

15 September 2017

Big back pack. We bought too many pairs of shoes in Cannes. Jerry needed the first class train car so he could work on his big proposal!!! What your paying for is actually an adult sized high chair.
Beautiful views for our morning runs and also at breakfast. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

14 September 2017

Adorable little San Gusme with Maria. Jerry is holding court with Guildo, Maria, and their architect - as he often does! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Also we snuck in a visit to Tenuta Di Arceno to see renovation progress ๐Ÿท

13 September 2017

Such a sweet experience. โฃ๏ธ We have so much gratitude to have had this visit to Hotel Le Fontanelle in Tuscany. โฃ๏ธ
Pizza, I mean Pisa!!

12 September 2017

More Lucca! And me messing up more perfectly good architecture shots.
Amazing medieval town founded in 180AD. You can just feel the depth of humanity here. It's amazing how everything seems to be different, but humanity is really still the same. Same Same, but different. Road bikes around the wall, ate amazing food, and discovered that this little town hosts an unbelievable music festival in the summer. This year, The Rolling Stones! We will maybe return one day for a fab concert.
Quick stop in Florence to get rental car.
Venice is so romantic, or maybe itโ€™s the company โ™ฅ๏ธ.
No more shopping. It was filled to the max at the outset and I still managed to shove in 3 new pairs of shoes and a winter coat! Off to the train station. We walked with back packs to the train to get a little work out.

11 September 2017

Eating with my hunk at Hotel Londra. They had a separate vegan menu!!! The world is changing.๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ
The other bridge in Venice!!
#Art everywhere #curvy
My ego messing up a great photo.
We walked for miles to find the perfect spot to eat! We were looking for authentic home Italian cooking (where they don't cater to tourists) with some non meat antipasto. Usually these trattorias have beautiful beans and of course lots of veggies. We ended up at a restaurant that Jerry had been to on his last trip to Venice which of course he could have never found had he been looking for it. The energy must have pulled him back. It was perfecto!! " YES I am going to eat this entire Pizza" & NO we could never find this restaurant using the map on the back of the card!!!
Morning workout sabotaged by this cute little wine stall. ๐Ÿท
Jerry's yoga postures.

10 September 2017

Vegan!!! Chef's vegan creations. Bistro de Venise.
La Traviata at perhaps the most renowned opera house La Fenice. La Traviata just happened to have it's premiere at La Fenice in 1853. I was moved to tears. Oh Violeta ๐Ÿ˜ข What an unexpected experience. I just mentioned to Jerry that when in Venice the opera is in order. The next day we had 5th row seats. Voila! Loved the translations and also the modern interpretation.
Finally.
Hotel Londra Palace. Boutique hotel. Every detail is beyond perfection.
The tower in Piazza San Marco-(St. Mark's square). Panoramic views.
Lunch. We were fighting over the beans. Tratttoria alla Rivetta ๐Ÿท
Arrived Venice!!! Waiting for water Taxi.

9 September 2017

Elise Notre-Dame de Bon Voyage - I loved having this beautiful church next to our hotel. It was so comforting.
Love-Sex & Durex. Condom vending machines everywhere. Interesting.
Big Hair. Don't care. This is our last night in Cannes.
Romantic rainy day in Cannes with this man. โฃ๏ธ
Yoga fun in the streets of Cannes!
I never tire of mother nature's beautiful bounty. Perfect little creations. Here they are on full display getting all the respect they deserve.

8 September 2017

Dinner at La Mome. Hip bar and restaurant. So much energy. Tiny tables. They even have little side tables they bring when your food arrives. Makes for such intimate dining. Guests dancing in the streets and lingering. Our reservation was for 10pm. Late night dining is standard. Tagliolini with truffle. Salad with creamy artichoke dressing, and vegetable ratatouille. Tres Bien. But....insane amounts of smoking. ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿฅ‚ VEGANโฌ…๏ธ
Somebody found new glasses in Cannes at Marc Le Bihan Opticean.
Did some unexpected damage at Shann Accessories earlier in the day!
We checked into the very chic Five Seas Hotel. A very unique check in experience complete with massages. Le Roof at the top of five Seas!!๐Ÿท
Beautiful Dinner Last night! Had some challenges with the vegan request, but we managed.
Ville Franche Sur Mer - Our Morning walk through this picturesque town. Founded in the early 14th century. The Citadel is the fort that was used for protection. Its ancient Saint-Pierre chapel was entirely decorated by the French 20th-century writer and artist Jean Cocteau.
We had the pleasure of staying at the beautiful historic Welcome Hotel. 35 Rooms. Fruit, baguette, and latte over looking the sea this morning.

7 September 2017

Ville Franche Sur Mer!
Cรดte d'Azur
Earl Grey at Heathrow. Better late than never.
Having to take the escalator UP to top deck! Someone ๐Ÿ”upgraded our seats!๐Ÿ”
Very excited for our adventure. Vacation starts in the airport of course. ๐Ÿท
James was so kind to drop us off at LAX international terminal. Flying into Nice via Heathrow.
Pretending to be sooo LA! I have to get my nails touched up before we depart. ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป
Ran to mail box before departure. Surreal to be driving down Ocean Avenue. ๐ŸŒด
Italy in Cali at management meeting. Jerry wanted to start our trip early so I trekked to Westlake, I mean Italy.

4 September 2017

Jerry working hard preparing for his management meeting before we depart for South of France and Italy. Work hard play hard. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ