Honeymoon Blues: Venice, Italy

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A small city, big hearts, history, small town charm, gondola rides through narrow canals, filled with a whole lot of love while being serenaded with “Amore!” This can only be in one place! Venice, Italy! Today we are continuing are honeymoon blues series with the second stop we visited while on our honeymoon. We headed east from Milan, on a 2-3 hour bus ride (depending on what form of transportation you take.) We thought it might be farther but to our surprise, it turned out quicker then expected, and full of beautiful scenery along the way. One word: Vineyards! I’m sure flying would have been quicker, but trying to stay on budget worked out in our favor because we saw some of the most beautiful views along the way. We ended up staying in Venice for just about 2 days. It may sound like a short time, but it honestly isn’t that big of a city. We were walking around the island knowing where we were going by the end of the afternoon. If its one thing I loved, is the uniqueness of the small city which is made up of a bit over 100 small islands! It was like no place I have ever been.. no cars, no highways, just small walkways, canals and boats.. and charm!  A whole lot of it too. Simple life, yet to us it may seem so complicated since obviously it’s not our norm. Nonetheless, it was beautiful and just so romantic! Its quiet, quaint, charming and intimate all at once, Id say its the perfect setting for two love birds on their honeymoon.

Tip#2: For those traveling on a budget and wanting to get around in Europe. There are many great options. But for us there was one in particular, recommended by my best friend. Travel via bus! Especially for those not at a great distance. We used: Flixbus. Sooo economical! There are other great bus company’s but this is the route we chose.

Our Venice arrival with a view and narrow streets! Can you tell we were excited?!

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Where we stayed: Centurion palace, luxury for Venice but we got a great deal since we went in the winter months! And it was our honeymoon, so why not? Such a clean and private and beautiful place.

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Honeymoon Blues: Milan, Italy

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Today, we decided it was time to start a small series called, “Honeymoon Blues” Down here in sunny south florida, were in the midst of summer, a very HOT summer as usual! This heat had me just reminiscing on the cool, chilly weather we got to experience on our honeymoon this past December. Can I just tell you guys, it was one of the best experiences my hubby and I have gotten to share together in our travels?! Seriously it was so memorable and probably one that we will forever remember. It was romantic, busy, yet relaxing and one that had us in awe. I remember us just thinking to ourselves, “these are places we only see in the movies!!” To say the least, we enjoyed the places so much that we decided it was only right to walk you through our honeymoon and then you may understand why we reminisce on our honeymoon so much! It was literally our dream honeymoon!

To give you a little insight into our honeymoon adventure and whats to come on the blog.. All in all, we visited 5 of the major cities in Italy and we wandered out a little further north out of Italy. For those other two cities ,you will just have to stay tuned for to find out where else we went!

Tip #1: If you don’t mind a little cold weather for a couple of days or even a couple of weeks, travel to Europe in the winter months! Flights are way less expensive and the tourist lines are much shorter! Plus, if you’re from south florida, you’ll finally be able to wear those winter boots!

Where we stayed: Hotel Mini Tizianoimage
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Milan’s Cathedral: Duomo of Milanimage
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Feeling on top of the world!lol

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele IIimage
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Arco della Pace: Porta Sempione

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-Jen ❤

*all images are property of Grace Fulfilling Life*

Recap: Colombia Trip & Family Love

imageLast month, hubby and I headed on vacation to my first home, Colombia! It was an exciting time for us for many reasons. One being that although most of my family still lives there, I hadn’t been in over 10 years! It was especially exciting for me to show my husband the place where I initially grew up as a child, where I first lived and called a place a “home.” Essentially, it was moving and exciting showing him such a big part of what makes me, ME, and the other part of what has made me the person I am today. We got to see my father’s side of the family, which my husband had never met and that was such a special moment. I felt like it showed him the other side of what makes me Jennifer, gestures, my sense of humor and other little things we just bypass on a daily basis, that I get from my father’s side. Of course, we spend lots of time with my mom’s side too, and that was special in itself because we have so many memories together, that the list goes on. It was fun, it was humbling and it was a great time with family. I think that part of this trips success was how much we enjoyed all my family and how we spend such good quality time with them . They’re good people, they are grateful and live a simple life. They have a passion in them to appreciate and love with all their hearts, that maybe as a small child I did not know how to appreciate because I was far too young to even know what that meant. They showed Xavier and I so much love that we will forever hold close to our hearts until the next time we see them.

This trip meant a lot to us, the time we spend was needed in our hearts and minds. It was good for us to leave our reality for a little while, and see things we don’t get to see here in Florida. There is something about seeing greenery all around you, tall green luscious mountains, horses by the rivers, herds of cattle in the fields, natures fresh air and the small town folk sitting around tables enjoying small talk and the more simple things in life. It was definitely a breath of fresh air after some storms that had been thrown at us. It was good for the soul. It was a good reminder for us that family is with us, that in the midst of whatever trials are thrown our way, we are blessed. We are blessed with the opportunity to have had the chance to travel and travel safely, see family and have family, to love and be oh so loved by all our sweet family, that whether it’s here or in Colombia, we have loved ones that surround us and embrace us, and that even through sorrows we still have a happiness that is much much greater!

Psalm 23:1-3, The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.

Hope you guys enjoy our photos and the scenery. Pictures don’t do this beautiful country justice.

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how handsome does my hubby look in the Colombian jersey?!

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