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Venice

Venice was our last and final stop in Italy. We planned to spend just 2 short days here but I think we managed to get our fill. It’s such a gorgeous and unique city, but honestly after 2 days it all starts to look the same. And since the streets are water, you end up walking everywhere and it’s fairly easy to get lost with all the little twists and turns. We set out each day with no particular agenda, especially the second day since it rained for most of the day. It even rained enough to flood Piazza San Marco.

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Despite the weather, it was a fabulous finish to our time in Italy. We got a nice sampling of all it has to offer during our 2 weeks. Maybe one day we’ll go back and see some of what we missed, but for now our traveling days are going to be limited to domestic destinations due to the arrival of our little one in July. We find out in less than 2 weeks if Baby Woodruff is a boy/girl! We’ll finally know if my gut feeling was correct or if my hubby’s wishful thinking won out.
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Florence & Tuscany

The third stop on our trip was Florence. I think Florence was probably my favorite city. It still had all the charm but was a little more laid-back. We had planned to rent a car for a day so we could see some of Tuscany as well, but that didn’t pan out like we wanted so instead we booked a day tour of Tuscany. It turned out great! We probably saw a lot more of Tuscany in that tour than we could have seen in one day on our own. I think it worked out for the best honestly. We visited Pisa, Vinci (the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci), San Gimignano and Sienna, as well as a fabulous lunch with wine tasting.

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If you are planning a trip to Florence, a MUST for your list is to visit Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset for some breathtaking views of the city. It was by far the coolest thing we did in Florence. All these people were hanging out, enjoying a drink while a street musician was playing some chill tunes. It was perfect! Our next and final stop…Venice!
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Naples, Pompei & Mt. Vesuvius

The second stop on our Italian tour was Naples. While we were in the area we also climbed Mt. Vesuvius and toured Pompei. Naples had a charm a little different from Rome, but still very beautiful and full of life. Mt. Vesuvius is big! I mean, it’s a volcano after all. We thought it would be a cool to climb to the top of a volcano and it was! A little tiring, but definitely worth the hike. And Pompei was so much grander than we imagined it would be. It’s amazing how much of the city has been unearthed and is still in almost pristine condition. You could literally spend all day winding through the cobbled streets.

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And finally on our last day we took the train to Sorrento and planned to spend the day leisurely in a gorgeous seaside town perched on a cliff. However, about 30 minutes after arriving, I took a little misstep down some rocky steps and twisted my ankle. It swelled immediately and looked rather horrible. It scared the mess out of me and my hubby both and we thought our trip might have been over right then and there. Thankfully, it wasn’t broken and I was able to hobble around on it pretty well with a compression sock so our trip wasn’t spoiled after all.  But, note to self and anyone planning to trek down steps in Sorrento: wear something better than flip-flops. You live and you learn. I hadn’t planned on doing much except strolling around town and it was a nice warm day. Anywho…here are some of the highlights.
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Mt. Vesuvius in the distance
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I love this man right here! He is my husband, my source of laughter and entertainment, my partner-in-crime, my greatest supporter, my love, and the father of our unborn child. I can’t imagine life without him.
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These kids were having a blast on that thing!
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Yep! Those tiny little figures on that ridge are people. They had access to a private tour hiking the rim of the volcano. Can’t say that I’d want to do that, but I bet it was an awesome view all around.
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When in Rome…

Ok, so this post is seriously late. We went on our grand Italian vacation in September. But life has been pretty insane since then and I am just now done editing the images from our first stop in Italy, ROMA! It’s a lovely city! Cobbled streets and statues, art and so much history. 3 days was fairly sufficient time, but we could have definitely spent more time in beautiful Rome. Next stop…Naples. Stay tuned for images from the city by the bay.

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Meghan & David : Manteca CA Wedding Photographer

This was a bittersweet day for me. Meghan & David’s wedding was my last official job in Alabama before we made the big move to California. I had it in the back of my mind throughout the day, along with the news that I was expecting which I had found out just days before. I made a point to enjoy myself and do my best since I wasn’t sure when I’d get to shoot another wedding again. Thankfully, I’ve already booked 2 weddings here in California so it won’t be as long as I thought.

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Their ceremony took place at Sacred Heart Chapel and the reception followed at the Fairhope Inn. It was a lovely November day for Meghan & David. A perfect way to close the book on BubbleWood Photography in Alabama.
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