The Lady’s Guide to Adventure

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With spring already grazing us and summer right around the corner, this is the perfect timing to go out on an adventure. I put together a few things you might like to think of. Also, please try avoiding trash by reusing bottles and tupperware – and don’t throw your waste just into the nearest shrub.

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

Where and when to go.
Be spontaneous. Personally I prefer sunshine and warm weather, but of course with a rain coat and solid shoes walking around in the mud is fairly easy. While during summer months the forecast is fairly reliable, so you can plan when to go. However, I would also suggest taking the chance when perfect weather comes around. Living in an area close to a lot of mountains and woods, I can take pretty much every local train or public transport to get to pretty places. If this is not the case, make a list of places that are easy to reach by public transport or bike (personally I think taking a car is a bit of a cheat, but of course you can). If you live in a city, check the surrrounding area for public woods, national parks, lakes or mountains. And then just go, that is the most important part. Don’t put it off.

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

What to take with you.
Well, I will write a seperate post about this sooner or later, I do want to mention a couple of things. Having too much things with you – no matter if in your backpack or in your life – makes things more complicated, yet there are things that are very worth carrying. Besides food and a bottle of water, I do recommend a raincoat or umbrella if the weather should indeed change. One of the most annoying things while hiking sure are too thin or wet socks – pack a second pair. Even if only on the way back home, you will be glad about them. Same goes for bandaids and sunscreen – you do not expect sunburn and sore feet, but better to be prepared than sorry.

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

What to wear.
You know me, I’m not exactly a person to dress most appropriate for nature – or at least what we consider appropriate now. After all women used to wear dirndls and shoes like these to climb mountains a few decades ago still. As long as they are comfortable to you and good to clean, wear whatever you like. Wear something that is comfortable, not too heavy and not too light. I recommend linen and depending on temperature two or three layers – maybe a cardigan or an aditional scarf.

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

What to do.
I would also bring a journal and a couple of pens as well as some pens – collect flowers and leaves (only the ones not protected by nature protection, of course), make sketches and write thoughts down. Take photos – maybe even analog ones. Take risks (within reason) – maybe take another path, take analog photos only even though they might not turn out well. Of course, depending on whether you walk on your own or with other people, you might want to pack different things – a card game, perhaps. For the journey with the train and maybe once you reach your destination, pack a book. And if you forget something or don’t want to bring anything – just enjoy nature in all its beauty.
Last but not least: run down the hills like Judy Andrews did in The Sound of Music!

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

Shirt – Vintage | Skirt – handmade | Bee Cardigan Pin – ModCloth | Tights – elbeo | Socks – calzedonia | Shoes – neosens | Backpack – Leaflings Bags | Lipstick – kiko
Also the title is of course inspired by two of my favourite books, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

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a few london memories

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Last month I spent a couple of days in London, with a good friend of mine. Since we’d both been to the city before it was a very relaxed holiday. The only things that were actually to dos were visiting the Natural History Museum and the BBakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. The later is a bus tour through London (a really touristy thing I never did in any city, ever), but combined with some Afternoon Tea – the most delicious little treats, you can see them later on. I highly recommend it, if that sound like your thing.

london photo moomin store covent garden

london photo moomin store covent garden
Moomin Store in Covent Garden

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Queen’s Theatre – Les Misérables (which we saw, it was fantastic)

london photo bbakery bus tour afternoon tea

london photo bbakery bus tour afternoon tea
BBakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

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Henry Fordes Books (a beautiful old bookstore with lovely booksellers)

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Natural History Museum – Minerals

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Bubble Wrap in China Town (the original and it was delicious)

now on to the things I got in London
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A couple of gifts for my friends and family – a book, chocolates, a trinket tray and a candle.

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Okay, the two Moomin stores were also on my list, I found a couple of lovely things. A cup (I really wanted one) and tea, also the wonderful map, a biro, a pin and a book. I think the things I found are adorable and I’m really excited for the tea.

london photo les miserables jekyll and hyde
Personally I always need a playbill for every musical I get to see and I also considered this pin super cute. The novel Jekyll and Hyde (which I found at Henry Fordes) was on my to read list for the longest time and I’m glad I found it used for only a couple of pounds.

london photo vintage trousers chequered beyond retro
At Beyond Retro I found this wonderful pair of pants. It has some strong Teddy Girl vibes going on – also I really wanted some fabric pans.

london photo vintage edwardian skirt chequered beyond retro
At the shop I also found this Edwardian Style skirt by Calvin Klein. It fits perfectly and just matches my current wardrobe so well.

What are your favourite things to do in London?

the main thing in life is to know your own mind | Snufkin Tattoo

Snufkin Tattoo Moomins Ankle Wanderlust

When I got the Snowglobe by the end of January, I also got my dear Snufkin, the perfect travel companion. He is of course also the perfect inspiration to just get out more, to dream about wandering and fell like me with his wanderlust. He is also my reminder to be less wasteful and to be more minimalistic. While I am still on the journey, Snufkin (the moomins in general) is a huge inspiration for me in that regard. To be more attentive, to appreciate natur, to collect in memories not things.

Snufkin Tattoo Moomins Ankle Wanderlust

Most certainly there is still a lot to learn, but so far I think I am on a good way. Also, the tattoo was done by Ella, as always, but I think we will have to fix his hands to match the colour of his face. Other than that I lovehis design, I think it’s adorable, even with this little backpack and the berries (as you know no tattoos on me without plants). The healing was a bit difficult, though I assume also because the skin in my loweer legs is rather dry do to the weather. For now, while I do have tattoo plans for summer/autumn I will wait as to donate blood again (four months waiting time…). Did you get any colour on your skin recently?

The Adventurous Life of Miss Aurelia

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dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

If I was a character in a Wes Anderson movie, I would have a house full of fossils and minerals which would be very neat and in a certain order. I would have some beautiful old cabinets and every little tooth or mineral would have a little handwritten note attached to it. In the afternoon I would lie down and have a nap from exactly 2 pm to 4 pm. After the nap I would just sit exactly in the middle of that forest green couch and read Frankenstein with my two cats sitting on each side of me. In this vision I would live through a lot of adventures, always bringing something home from my digs. Tall plants would cover the stairs and entryways to the rooms, because nobody would ever cut them or restrict them.

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

I would always wear themed berets, wondering Is it just ironic or already inappropriate to look at fish fossils while wearing a sushi beret? I don’t eat fish, but I feel weird about that. Then again I might be overthinking things, considering old fish bones probably feel rather indifferent about embroidery depicting food made from their descendents. Then I would go on admiring fossils and geological exhibition pieces, reading about earth history, feeling like this is the path for me. Of course, my palaeontology inspiration would be portrayed by Bill Murray and by the end of the movie I would finally get to meet him.

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

Mendl’s would also be part of my Wes Anderson universe, so I would have a little box of treats each Sunday morning, in stressful situations you would always find me eating a tiny cake on said forest green couch while breathing unsteady. Obviously my cats would greet the guests by first walking around my symmetrically and then walking around the guests. Of course, guests would be rare, because I would prefer not to be disturbed in my regulated daily routine. Much rather I would pick up flowers at the same shop as always, before drinking a cup of tea.

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

Shirt – Boden | Pinafore – handmade | Tights – ??? | Kneehighs – Hunkemöller | Shoes – Deichmann | Beret – ellenithelabel | Mendl’s Brooch – hungry designs | Earrings – Vintage | Bracelets – Gifts and/or old

childhood memories | Seefeld Snowglobe Tattoo

seefeld austria snow globe winter leg tattoo

Every year on my birthday we travel to Seefeld in Austria, it’s less than two hours away from my home, so it’S the perfect weekend get away. While I have severe issues with my birthday, I get incredibly sulky and cranky – I know that, but I cannot do anything against it, because thoughts race in my head and I can’t control that -, I love this place with all my heart. It is of course because of all the memories tied to it. I have a couple of posts about this place, you can find them here.

seefeld austria snow globe winter leg tattoo

seefeld austria snow globe winter leg tattoo

I mentioned this before, but somehow I find shin tattoos rather uncomfortable to be done. The transition between bone and flesh is so weird and just in general it’s rather ticklish and my leg tends to twitch. Yet, I think it turned out so lovely with the snow and the alpine flowers (ghostweed). As always Ella worked out my idea just perfectly – the wood detailing especially is a dream. The healing on this one was quicker (I got it late January) and easier than the Big Girls one for some reason. I feel like bigger areas heal a lot better than delicate ones.

seefeld austria snow globe winter leg tattoo

siamo così fragili quando siamo innamorati

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

When I was in London a couple of weeks ago, I really wanted to see a musical again. I saw two when I first was in London four years ago, but the last two times I did not manage to watch any. However this time we got to see Les Miserables. This is something I wanted to for the longest time – I never got to see the movie, either, or read the book. However, I finally did see the musical and it was glorious. I cried a lot (then again I always cry) and enjoyed it even more than I expected.

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

The 19th century has a special way of storytelling, especially the romantic era is very emotional and has a certain mix of showing a lot and not showing at all. As I’m writing this text, I’m near the end of Crime and Punishment which is fastly becoming a favourite. Of course, neither Les Mis nor C&P is Italian like my caption, but I think this one is very fitting for the era. The quote is by Robert Emanuelli from a book I want to read in the near future. I’m someone to fall in love quite easily, not really love love, but this kind of romantisised feeling towards people I see on the street, I talk to, anything really. I’m a daydreamer, so I give people a personality based on a few clues. The day I took those pictures for example I was totally smitten with a very kind and courteous book seller. Don’t you love those what if moments?

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

Pussybow Blouse – Gracy Q | Shirt – Vintage | Tights – calzedonia | Kneehighs – British Library | Brooch – Little Moose | Earrings – Vintage | Bracelet – Gifts (rather old) | Shoes – Deichmann | Lipstick – Kiko

come fly with me

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come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

My fatal flaw is and will probably forever be procrastination. I do want to tackle that this year, but this year is already three months old (which is a damn quarter) and I am maybe 1% better at doing my stuff. Apparently I procrastinated stopping to procrastinate. The thing is once I do something – work, write blogposts, read etc etc – I like it. I enjoy working on things, I love being productive. I’m ambitious and enjoy hardworking (typical Capricorn here), but I struggle. A lot.

come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

It is hard for me, to start somewhere. I’m easily overwhelmed and it’s a lot easier to just browse on my phone. Of course, the last weeks I also needed some relaxing time after that semester, the exams and working at the lab, but sometimes the relaxing might be done a lot more productive. After all, I like putting my words in thoughts on here, I like painting. I do realise it’s easier for me to get things done when I am not at home – I read a lot while staying at my grandparents, when I travel I see a lot, I visit museums and art galleries, botanical gardens and castles. It’s just staying at home doing nothing is so easy. It’s not what I want deep down, but it’s damn easy and as soon as you stop doing things (e.g. I also managed to sew a lot for a couple of days), it is hard to pick them up again. Same goes for studying and doing things for the blog.

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come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

I have this tendency to just waste two hours before I have a certain appointment, because I tell myself I cannot do anything in that time anyway. But, to be real, I could. I definitely could. I could read about 100 pages and even have time for a snack, I could edit photos, I could clean, I could, I could. But I don’t. They say realisation is the first step to improvement (it’s a saying in German at least), but I know about these things and I do not alter my behaviour. Maybe I will after that post. Maybe it’s also the bane of human existence to complain about not doing things instead of doing things.

come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

Top – Vintage | Skirt – Vintage Ralph Lauren | Tights – calzedonia | Beret – Diefental | Shoes – Deichmann | Trench Coat – Zara (VERY old) | Necklace – By Simon Italy | Earrings – Vintage | Lipstick – kiko (Limited Edition)

Places pictured: Bench at Covent Garden | The Tower | The Royal Arcade

pink fluffy clouds

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Don’t worry we shall have wonderful dreams, and when we wake up it’ll be spring.

– Snufkin, Finn Family Moomintroll

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pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

Wednesday I came back from London – I had a lovely time and since it was the fourth time it was spent really relaxed. Mainly just walking about the city, a bit of shopping and having nice snacks. I will write a bit about that soon. That day we spent in Notting Hill and Camden – and in the first we found houses matching this shirt perfectly. The first picture is already a few months old and taken in Munich, but I could not help including it.

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pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden7

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

Moomintroll is one of my favourite positivity inspirations – while I identify more with Snufkin, I think Moomin is so happy and just a sunshine. He is round and fluffy and all around content. At the moment I’m a bit moody, my moodswings are really intense and due to my semester break I’m a bit lazy as well. So it is a bit difficult writing for the blog, too. I try my best, though.

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pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

The break in London was quite nice to just be away from everything for a while and we even ended our trip with seeing the sun rise at the Airport on our way back home. Sunrises and sunsets with pink clouds are my favourite. The way the sky is coloured like an artwork makes me feel totally at peace. And maybe also wish I was a 19th century artist.

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pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

Shirt – etsy | Skirt – Vintage (Resales) | Tights – calzedonia | Shoes – funtasma (via amazon) | Jewellery – Vintage, Second Hand, Gifts | Lipstick – kiko Intensely Lavish Lipstick in 04

Moomin in the Snow

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moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

Between studying for my tests I decided to take the time to write another blogpost. I have a couple more outfit shots saved, that I just have to edit and think of a text. Well, my exams are in the first two weeks of February, so I have one more week. And after that I have about two and a half weeks of chemistry “internship”. So not the most chilled weeks, but I enjoy my studies, so that’s fine. Last weekend was spent in Seefeld with my best friend and family, so that was a nice break.

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moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

Since currently I’m spending most of my time at home, I’m living vicariously through travelling blogs, books and movies, feeling my wanderlust stronger every day. I would also enjoy spring and summer again, but the beautiful snow isn’t too bad either. It also fits with my love for the moomin stories.

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

I like how cosy the moomins are, how much there is to learn from the books – from enjoying what life gives you to not focusing material goods. It felt rather cathartic to read a book that is actually for kids and just relate to this so much. Nevertheless I do hope to get to wander a bit soon again for real and not just through Snufkin and Moomin’s adventures.

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow
I could not resist including this photo.

Jumper – Vintage | Skirt – handmade | Tights – calzedonia | Beret – the other sparrows | Shoes – Deichmann | Lipstick – sleek True Color Lipstick in Stiletto

a tiny guide to lucca

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When I decided to go to Florence a priority of mine was to spend a day in Lucca, too. I remembered the city from a few years back and from a book I read in class in 11th or 12th grade. And while I wasn’t feeling to hot that day (my throat was a nightmare), once more it was a lovely day spent. Since I am obsessively neat with writing down everything I do while travelling (in order!), I can easily write this guide more than three months after I’ve been there. As stated above it’s only a tiny guide, but it is wonderful to explore Lucca by foot or bike without a real plan – however maybe these can be a few stops on your journey.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

How to get there. When you’re staying in Florence, you can get to Lucca directly by train or Flixbus in about an hour and a half. Then you just have to walk about five minutes and you reach the old town.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

What to do. I ended my journey there, but I want to mention it here first: go to the Botanical Garden. I love botanical gardens in general and Italian ones in particular, but this one takes the crown. I took a few pictures you can see at the end of this post to get a look. Another thing that is basically a must is walking on the city wall – or taking the bike to just ride around the city! There are two beautiful churches you should have a look at – while you have to pay for Cattedrale San. Martino, it is very worth it and you can attend one or two other places with the ticket. The other one is in the middle of the town, San Michele in Foro, a very plain church, but very impressing nevertheless. Both of them are beautiful from the outside alone, but you should go inside as well. Most famous is maybe Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro, a lovely place to just stay at for some time and enjoy the buzzing people. While being at Lucca I realised that the museums are very sparely visited, but if you find the time, do have a look at Palazzo Mansi – because it’s not only a beautiful palace, but also great museum featuring instruments and clothing from past centuries. AND it has a lovely garden, too.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

Where to eat. I only had little snacks and ice cream all over town, but I did have tea at the Tea Room which is part of the Palace Hotel (Via S. Paolino, 103). It was a lovely place to watch people passing by and just relax for some time – also, they have really good tea.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

Where to shop. I wasn’t sure whether to put this in the food category or this one, but I opted for this (obviously): Chocolat (Via Cenami, 1), a chocolate/sweets shop that not only looks adorable outside and in, but also – most importantly – the sweets are delicious! Another unique place to shop at is American Market Di Betti Faustina (Via Della Fratta, 13 15) – Betti has wonderful fabrics that are very unique. Especially if you’re looking for border prints, this is your place to go.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden