Pops of color and fun in Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

1
Back to Lake Como! Our last stop by boat was to Bellagio. I sure am glad we decided to go on one last adventure even though our feet were already killing us (me!). These are just a small handful of all the Bellagio photos I took. I’ve got a whole other handful to show you of a villa we visited while there, as well. If you ever find yourself in Lake Como, I hiiighly recommend a hop over to Bellagio. In the meantime, take a little walk around with me and enjoy!
2

3
The first thing we did when we got there was eat a late lunch followed by gelato, of course! They had some vegan options and they were soooo good!
4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12
I don’t know why this photo came out almost like it’s smudged, but it feels fitting.
13

14
It was so gorgeous! I wish we could have stayed longer, but we just barely made the last ferry. Next time, Bellagio… next time!

How wolves change rivers (aka how nature works it’s magic)


Time for a little break from Lake Como. I watched this video by Sustainable Human when it first came out and I have no idea why I didn’t post it before (actually, now that I think about it, must have been exams and assignments…). I posted it on my Facebook page, but now that I’ve seen it again, I realized that I needed to post it here, too. I wish information like that presented in this video was taught in school. It wasn’t until my time in Kenya for my Ecology & Wildlife Conservation degree course that I realized just how important every single species is to an ecosystem. From the tiny bugs to the top predator, they’re there for an absolutely necessary reason. Unfortunately, humans have really upset the natural balance, but I love how this video shows how easily and quickly nature fixes a problem.

Read more »

A gorgeous villa in gorgeous Lake Como, Italy

x

While visiting Lake Como, I got to see a few magical villas. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to live in one. My favorite was Villa del Balbianello in Lenno. It is currently a tourist attraction and it’s no wonder why! (Interesting tidbit: It also happens to be where a scene from Star Wars was filmed.) It felt like I had a little taste of paradise while walking around the garden. I took so many photos, I had such a hard time picking which ones to show you (part of the reason it took a while to get around to posting these… sorry!). Even on the boat ride going around, I took so many snaps. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves from here!
1x
This building was actually in Lenno, before reaching the villa.
2x

2xx

3x

3xx
My brother and I enjoying the spectacular view.
4x

5x

6x

7x

7xx

8x

8xx

9x

10x

10xx

11x

12x

13x

14x

15x

16x

16xx

17x

18x

A short trip to picturesque Lake Como, Italy

como1
A couple weekends ago, I went on a short, somewhat spontaneous trip to Lake Como, Italy. If you follow me on either Facebook or Twitter, you’ve already seen a sneak peek of my trip. I hadn’t heard too much about Lake Como before and I have no idea why because it’s the most picturesque place I’ve ever been to! It’s no wonder so many celebrities have homes here (I saw many beautiful villas only to later find out they were the home of a celebrity). I couldn’t stop taking photos… of everything! It’s amazing how much beauty a touch of paint can add to a building and town as a whole. I wish every town had color like this! The buildings are built on beautiful mountains that surround the entire lake. Most of these photos are of the gorgeous sights from a few of the boat trips I went on from town to town. A boat as a means to get around in place of a bus is so much nicer! I’ve been to Italy (Venice) before and have been itching to explore more of the country ever since, Lake Como has only made that yearning even greater!
como2

como3

como4
This white villa is one of George Clooney’s homes.
como5

como6

como7

como8
I loved the reflections of the buildings in the water… they were like paintings.
como10
This villa is Richard Branson’s.
como11

como12

como9
There’ll be more posts/photos to come after this one so come back for more villas, lakeside villages and gorgeous sights!

Meditation: a daily act to love yourself and to love life

meditativethoughts
Love. Understanding. Forgiveness. Trust. Compassion. Kindness. Peace.

These are a few of the words that I use during my meditations. I breathe in love for myself and I breathe out love for the Universe and everyone in it.

Breathe in: “I am love, I love myself”
Breathe out: “I love the Universe and all those in it”

The same goes for the other words and any others that I may need on that particular day. When I feel as though the words and breaths have brought me to a peaceful place, I let my mind quiet down and listen to the sounds around me.

This has grown to be a daily ritual of mine and the days that I don’t make the time to meditate reflect that. There are many different forms of meditation. Different ways work for different people at different times in their lives. No way is wrong if it helps in even the smallest way. But these small ways all bunched up together make a world of difference for you, all those around you and the Universe.

There are many harsh aspects to the world and they have taken their toll and so many of us have false beliefs about ourselves that prevent us from living a full life, life as our true selves in and out. This meditation helps to heal those false beliefs and turn them around into the truth… that you are completely amazing and have everything you need, right now, to make life great!

Imagine life without doubts and all those other mental barriers. I’m not saying this is a one time quick fix and you will immediately go jumping for joy in the nearest field, but it may just make your insides smile and that smile will reach your face and allow your whole body to ease a sigh of relief. And that will soon start reflecting in your day to day life.

Give it a try! What have you got to lose? I’d love to hear all about it… even if you try and fail, let me know!