zdravo, dbrovnik!

Dubrovnik Croatia #100DaysofMiaPrima

The bus pulled away from the airport, rounded a hill, and I looked out to see a site that’d take my breath away: gray-green hills, sparkling water, and boats that blinked in the evening sunlight. What a welcome to Croatia! I’m looking forward to a visit to the Gruz markets tomorrow morning for some fresh Mediterranean food, a jaunt into Old Town, and a hike up to Srd.

Vidimo se uskoro!

Sarah

This post is #53 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

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Bonjour, Paris!

Ciao, Italia!

Hallo, Holland!

hallo, holland!

I’ve spent the last couple days (and soon tomorrow too) taking day trips to various Dutch cities. Amsterdam was a must, of course, but today I spent hours in Delft (of “Delft blauw” fame) and tomorrow I’ll be in Den Hague. I’ve got lots of photos to share, but in the meantime, here’s a snippet:

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tot ziens!

Sarah

This post is #46 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

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Bonjour, Paris!

Ciao, Italia!

Otherwise Known as s’-Hertogenbosch

genova, italia

Day three of our Memorial Day travels included a train ride from Torino to Genova– a charming seaside port town that boasts rich economic history, the absolute best pesto, and the most Italian palazzi (palaces) I’ve ever seen in one place.

When we were initially planning the trip, my sister wanted to visit Cinqueterre, but it was logistically too difficult to manage with a visit to Torino already confirmed. Instead, we visited the seaside village of Boccedasse, just outside of Genova. As in Cinqueterre, the colorful houses of Boccedasse hug a blue Ligurian shore and pesto foccaccia is in no short supply (and an absolute must).

The stay was a quick one, as we set off for Pisa to catch our flight back to Holland just the following morning. But we departed with no rejects on how much pesto we consumed and a desire to visit Genova again– maybe next time for a longer stay with a seaside view.

Fino a prossima volta, Genova!

Sarah

This post is #44 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

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torino, italia

First stop on our Memorial Day (or actually “Whit Monday” here in Europe) long weekend was the Italian city of Torino. Thanks to a five month-long study abroad stint, I’ve already visited most Italian cities you can think of: Firenze, Roma, Venezia, Sorrento, Capri, Palermo, Cefalu, Amalfi, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Lucca, Milano, Siena, Arezzo, Assisi… But on at least three occasions, I’ve been asked by Italians if I had yet to visit Torino. Until this weekend the answer was the negative, but now I am happy to say I’ve experience the beautiful northern city.
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Torino is unlike any Italian city I’ve visited; tourist are few (the Holy Shroud exhibition being the exception) and many residents don’t speak English (which makes an excellent opportunity for practicing your Italian). Cafes range from the traditional old-school counters so common in Firenze to chic modern establishments like those seen in Milano. Shopping is a plenty as are gelaterias, street vendors, and pastry shops.
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Gorgeous views atop the Mole, the cathedral bell tower, and  Monte dei Cappucini reveal an ancient city surrounded by the even more venerable Alps.
A più tarde, Torino!
Sarah
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ciao, italia!

 

Selfie in Torino, Italia

Selfie in Torino, Italia

More to come. 🙂

A presto!

Sarah

This post is #41 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

so sweet

When in Paris…

…enjoy as much pastries, coffee, and sweet things as you can!

I know I did. 🙂

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à bientôt!

Sarah

This post is #37 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

bonjour, paris!

After three different trains (The Netherlands, Belgium, France), I’ve made it to Paris! I’ve walked over nine miles today while exploring the city (in the rain). Tomorrow morning I’ll be up bright and early to head to the Catacombs before visiting the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise (where Oscar Wilde in buried) as well a bike tour of the city.

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Until then, à bientôt!

Sarah

This post is #34 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

the freshest restaurant in amsterdam

Yesterday, my friends surprised me with the most fantastic brunch I have ever experienced. The Restaurant De Kas, which is situated outside Amsterdam’s bustling city center in a serene (but classy. Think: adorable frites stand and it’s own bird king.) park, serves the bounty of its onsite greenhouses on its every-changing menu. I could describe to you what exactly it was we ate, but no words will do the meal justice. Photographs might be second best to tasting the food for yourself…So “Eet smakelijk!”

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As if the day couldn’t get better, we stopped at a vegan gummy store before ending the day with a Narnia-inspired ballet. Not to mention the simple joy of sitting back– coffee in hand–and taking in the enchanting sites of Amsterdam.


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Tot ziens!

Sarah

This post is #31 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

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so that’s what she’s been up to…

Sure, I took a hiatus from this blog for a couple months. But trust me it was worth it.

Here’s (some of) what I’ve been up to:

Launching a vintage clothing shop, called The Gibbson Girl.

Gibbson Girl Etsy Banner 1.18.15

Overhauling my personal website

(new art included).
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Updating my nonprofit, The Uncovered Artistry Project for the Valentine’s Day season.

I think some relaxing with my favorite cat is order.

Siberian Cat being weird

Cheers!

Sarah

Baby Went to Amsterdam

Ready for a quick trip through the stunning Netherlands? Scroll through my favorite photographs from my week-long stint in my sister’s new home.

canals and bicycles in amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam bike culture

bike culture at its best

vintage shopping in Jordaan in Amsterdam

vintage shopping in Jordaan in Amsterdam

camp back packs amsterdam

the moment I realized that I bought the right back pack for this trip

hagal slag

hagal slag (aka sprinkles. but doesn’t it sounds so much better in Dutch?)

amsterdam holland

Badgers’ pride in Den Bosh

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beauty at the rijksmuseum

Heineken Experience amsterdam

the Heineken Experience. there’s only one.

den bosch garden of earthly delights mural

Hieronymus Bosch leaves his mark

Dutch roses

Dutch roses in bloom

high top sneakers european fashion inspiration

black eyelet high tops that served me well on cobblestone, train platforms, and bike pedals alike

stroop wafels

stroopwafel- a dessert second only to gelato in my book

bike riding in the netherlands

the best thing about The Netherlands? a beautiful and thriving bike culture. not to mention no hills.

den bosch cathedral

the cathedral in Den Bosch

den bosch in the rain

a little bit of our nanno in Holland

Want more inspiration from Amsterdam? Check out my newest Pinterest board:

baby went to amsterdam pin board pinterest

tot ziens!

Sarah