In January I was lucky enough to live in Florence for three weeks for a short term university exchange. In that time I managed to eat my way through the city, from trying the best pizza between classes, to hopping from one incredible pasta place to the next, to ignoring the European winter and tasting all the gelato I could! Since I spent so long in Florence, I was able to try heaps of different eating spots (and sometimes go back a second and third time!) so I feel confident enough in my recommendations to pass them onto fellow travellers heading to this Italian city! Keep reading to see what places I recommend, what you absolutely must order from their menu, and to pick up some tips I learnt while I was there! If you enjoy this post please give it a “like” so I know, and let’s get into the Florence food guide!
In January I spent three weeks studying overseas in Florence and on our weekends we would hop on a train and spend our free time exploring different Italian cities! Today we’re travelling to Venice where I weaved my way through the masked crowds celebrating the first day of carnevale, stood in awe at the incredible architecture of the historic floating city and bobbed along in a gondola with my friends! If you enjoy this photo diary then give this post a “like” so I know, and let’s get to Venice!
January has left us and takes with it one of the most memorable, incredible and valuable months I’ve ever experienced. For all of January I was overseas studying at the European Institute of Design in Florence, Italy! I had an amazing time embarking on that journey and the trip is something I’ll take with me forever. I thought I’d dedicate my entire January Favourites to it, because instead of trying out new makeup or discovering new tv shows to watch, I was going on day trips to different Italian cities every weekend, tasting some of the best food, and creating amazing memories with new friends. If you enjoy this post please give it a “like“, and let’s crack on with the monthly favourites!
Even though I was legally considered an adult in Australia when I turned eighteen, my twentieth birthday is right around the corner, which means this is the last blog post I’ll write as a teen! I thought I’d use this little pocket of time before I enter my twenties (*loud yelling*) to look back on the past few years and reflect on what I’ve learnt, and also to almost give advice to my younger self. All in all, I really enjoyed my teen years – acne, friendship drama, life crises and all – but I definitely went through moments where I learnt lessons that I’ll take with me throughout my life. I’ve been thinking about this post during January and it’s been really nice to write down these thoughts as reminders for the year ahead too. Since I’m overseas at the moment (currently in a hotel in Paris after just being in Florence for three weeks, but that’s neither here nor there) I can’t take my usual style of flatlays for this post. Instead, I thought I’d use snaps of myself in different cities, because if time travel does exist and self conscious 13-year-old Jessica does fly through space and time and get her hands on this post, at least she knows her future is full of travel, great company, and many Insta worthy moments, no matter how sucky she thinks things currently are. If you enjoy this post please give it a “like” and let’s get into the life lessons!
Since I’m currently studying in Florence, this past weekend I hopped on a train with some friends and spent the day in Pisa! It’s a beautiful little city and I’m so happy I was able to explore the place during my time studying overseas. We walked through the streets, soaked up the gravity defying beauty that was the leaning tower, did the classic tourist pose and stopped for lunch with the monument peaking up over the shops and apartments around us. If you enjoy this photo diary of sorts, give this post a “like” and let’s get into Pisa!
Since I’m staying in Florence for a few weeks to study, yesterday Natalie and I made use of our time out of the classroom and visited the Gucci museum! For the first time ever too, the original museum of the iconic Italian fashion house had some new additions to its exhibit, appropriately called the ‘Gucci Garden’. Feeling like Charlie in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, I clutched my golden, or in this case pink, ticket and made my way through the museum, jaw permanently dropped and camera at the ready to capture it all. Photos don’t do the exhibit justice, so if you’re a fashion lover and find yourself in Florence, put the Gucci museum at the top of your list! Keep reading to see inside the Gucci Garden, and don’t forget to “like” this post if you enjoy it!
I know last week was prime time for discussing our 2018 goals, but since the new year I’ve been busying packing a suitcase, boarding various planes and flying across the world – happy new year indeed! Now that I’m settled in Florence, I finally have time to discuss my goals, resolutions and reminders for the year ahead. Keep reading to find out what I hope to achieve, what I want to do more of, and what I’m going to keep reminding myself throughout 2018!