Just a Little Breather

Hello 2017! Let me start off saying I apologize for being so MIA from this blog. Originally I created this as a way for me to stay creative and share my experiences, but then I started getting stressed out by it. So naturally, the postings became less and less. I think this year I’m going […]

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest has my heart. This city took me by complete surprise. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but every corner I turned there was something that took my breath away. Here are a few of my favorite photos.  

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NYC Street Art

One of my favorite things about New York is that every corner you turn, there’s always something interesting. There are days where I just go for a walk, with no destination in mind.  Sometimes it’s a beautiful walk, sometimes it’s a walk filled with garbage, slush, pigeons, and maybe a rat sighting. Check out the […]

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All Aboard!

Hey guys sorry I’ve been a little M.I.A…  life happened… ha ha ha…(still debating if I should start a new section called “Gia Adulting”) Aside from my life being a bit of a hot mess, I wanted to share my recent trip, well, cruise to the Bahamas on the Norwegian Cruise line! Luckily I was with a […]

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Roma, Italy

If I could change one thing about my trip, I would definitely have extended my visit to Italy’s capital, Rome. Having only stayed three days there, I can tell you it was certainly not enough time. My Italian adventure began in Venice and I thought, “Venice is so beautiful, I love it!” Then I went to Florence and thought, “Florence […]

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My Highlights of Florence

Florence is incredibly charming. Unfortunately, I only had a few days there, so I didn’t get to see all that it had to offer. What I did see, I absolutely adored. Here’s are the highlights of what I did: Santa Maria Novella and the farmacia, which is around the block. Check out my post about […]

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The Beauty in Stillness: Palazzo Pitti

I’ve always loved statues, not only because the amount of work and skill that goes into them, but also for their unique beauty. When I look at statues, it creates an overwhelming sense of peace and calm. In order to make these statues, the sculptor must chip into a piece of stone/marble, and with one small mistake and the […]

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Always Look Up: Palazzo Pitti

When I first walked into the Palazzo Pitti I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of art on the walls and the lavishly decorated rooms. I thought, ” wow… this can’t get any better”, then I looked up… There are no words to describe how breathtaking the ceilings are… Most of them are painted in […]

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Salvatore Ferragamo Museum

For you Ferragamo fans, Florence is also home to the Ferragamo Museum. They exhibit models of the beautiful shoes, the fruit of Salvatore Ferragamo and his daughter’s genius. The actual shoes are archived and stored properly in special wax paper, to preserve them. One of the coolest parts of the museum for me, were the wooden […]

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Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

If you’re in Florence you have to check out the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella! This is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world (it has been continuously active for 4 centuries!). It has an incredible variety of ancient and modern herbal remedies. What I loved was how natural and refined their perfumes […]

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Biennale: Island Di San Lazzaro

I got a chance to take a boat out to the Isola San. Lazzaro/ dei Armeni to see the exhibit which won the golden lion (as in the first prize) of the Biennale. (In a previous post I talked about the art Biennale, you can check it out if you haven’t already!) ‘Streetlights of Memory- A Stand by Memorial […]

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Biennale: Conversion by the Recycle Group

I saw another of the Biennale events exhibit called  ‘Conversion’  by the Recycle Group, held in the Saint Antonin Church. Since I’m not familiar with visual art/contemporary art I find it difficult to understand it at times. Recently, I have come to the decision that if a piece moves me, makes me think, or inspires me, […]

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Biennale Arte: All The World’s Futures

It’s the 120th anniversary of the first Biennale, an International art Exhibition hosted in Venice (this year curated by Okwui Enwezor). The Biennale historically is hosted in two locations the Giardini and the Arsenale. However more recently they started opening more private palaces around Venice so as to be able to display more art from different countries […]

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Take a Walk with me through Venice

Venice is simply breathtaking. As you walk through the city it feels like you have somehow turned back the clock and landed in a different era. Every corner you turn is beautiful. I hope you enjoy the streets (as they call them here calle) as much as I did walking them.  View of the Salute from the […]

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The Asian Art Museum of SF

I really enjoyed getting in touch with my inner half-Chinese self at the Asian Art Museum. Being a halfie, I don’t know as much as I should about China (though I’m relatively close with my Chinese side). What’s nice about this museum was that it’s not extremely overwhelming, making it very friendly to the casual visitor. The Asian […]

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Golden Gate Park: Rose Garden

 When in Golden Gate Park, stop by the rose garden. I don’t have much to say about it except that it truly is lovely! After stopping by the Rose Garden, be sure to head over to the Conservatory of Flowers- although I didn’t get a chance to go inside  (I wish I had) I did […]

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Golden Gate Park: Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden, located in Golden Gate Park, is a little gem that makes you feel like you are visiting Japan within San Francisco city limits. It’s a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The serenity of the garden is punctuated by the occasional screaming child and/or tourist attempting yoga poses […]

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SF Chinatown

Being a New Yorker (as I’d like to consider myself) of course I had to check out the Chinatown out here in SF! I must say it is quite different. It’s far less crowded and a nice change from people trying to sell you things every step you take(‘Rolex! Chanel! Louis Vuitton!’). I really loved […]

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17 Mile Drive- Pebble Beach, CA

Ah the famous 17 mile drive… I actually took these first two photos in the stretch before entering the drive. While it is beautiful, I personally think it’s a bit overrated since all of Monterey Bay is breathtaking and serene. To enter Pebble Beach’s 17- mile drive you have to pay $10 in order to […]

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is so cool! The view of the bay is seriously wonderful. There are petting stations where you can touch a variety animals including starfish, sea urchin (which I’m still going to call Uni…), sea cucumbers, decorator crabs and baby bat rays. Personally I opted not to pet them… maybe next time… or […]

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Point Bonita Lighthouse

If you want to do something a little less touristy, go to Point Bonita in Sausalito, California. It’s  located right across the bridge from San Francisco in the Marin Headlands. What’s super cool about this lighthouse, aside from being absolutely breathtaking, is that it’s still active! They’re only open Saturday through Monday, so I would check their […]

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The Golden Gate Bridge

Today I ventured out to the notorious tourist trap, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. I recommend going to the bridge earlier because oh my god is this place gets crowded during the day! Even with all the people and riding bikes and walking, the view is amazing. I felt like I got the […]

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Muir Woods, CA

My friends and I decided to be outdoorsy and explore Muir Woods. It was absolutely breath taking and a nice change of pace from NYC. Muir Woods is located in Mill Valley, CA and is about 554 miles of naturey goodness. It’s known for it’s stunning Sequoia trees (commonly known as Redwoods). For you Star […]

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