A Santa Maria Novella Epiphany

Ciao loves! I hope everyone had a fantastic labor day weekend, I have a post coming later on that :) First, below are some pictures from Santa Maria Novella which is actually the first great basilica of Florence. It may not be super high up on people’s must-see lists but to me it is one of the most beautiful things of Florence that I have seen. It is right across from the main train station, the square is surrounded by super cute flowers, and there is some great restaurants in the Piazza. We even wandered into a super cute Florentine boutique right by the square so really an all around great vibe.

This originally was just going to be a short little post with my pictures of the church and an outfit of what I have been wearing around Italy but I actually had one of my favorite moments while meandering around the square. At one moment when I was just taking in the beauty of what I was surrounded by I finally had a feeling come over me where I felt a little more like myself than I have the past couple weeks. For anyone that has traveled for a long period of time or has moved several times, maybe you will get what I am saying even though it is hard to explain. It is strange because I usually adapt super easy to new changes like when I moved to NYC, for me that was a very smooth transition and I just felt like it was easy to be myself and get into a daily routine. Italy has been slightly different, don’t get me wrong I have absolutely loved it so far but it has just taken a little bit of adjusting that I am not used to. There definitely are a lot of cultural differences for example, how they dress, what times of day they eat at, restaurant etiquette, public transportation, language barrier etc etc. However, when we left the square something just felt right like everything was clicking and a flush of gratitude came over me. I don’t know if this will make any sense, lol…am I the only person this happens to!? It was like the universe telling me I am so blessed to be experiencing something that is really pushing me out of my comfort zone, challenging me, and forcing me to learn new and beautiful things. However, this isn’t something that can only happen by placing yourself half way across the world, even though it is a fantastic way to do so, but I believe it can happen many ways like choosing to take a new and different class that has nothing to do with your major but is something you have always wanted to learn about, or can be done by choosing to take the bus system in your city if you always take the subway, you get the point.  I just hope that everyone continues to have chances to expand themselves to something bigger like traveling and when the opportunity presents itself I would hope you would take it because, from experience, you always come out a better person in some form. To me that is really what living a “peachy” life is about.

Well, below I have some awesome pics of the basilica, the cute little shop we found, oh also…some pictures from shopping earlier that day. Before we went to Santa Maria Novella we had a historical tour around Italy it was so interesting to learn about the stories of such a, well, historical city. Then after, we were starving so we stopped at an AMAZING panini shop called L’ Antico Vinaio, and finally did a little spending at the market. The ‘strappy’ leather sandals I am wearing below are one of my finds. Well, enjoy :)

 

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What I wore, it was hot and Italians never wear shorts!

 

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Santa Maria Novella

 

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The Italian Leather ‘gladiator’ sandals I bought from the market!

 

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Full head to toe :)

 

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The Piazza at dusk… pictures don’t do it justice.

 

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Cool shoes and cool tiles.

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