Pomp And Circumstance

A Broad Abroad: More Positano!

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on January 2, 2013

Our everyday picnic lunch

The view from our terrace

Husband – looking good – waccah waccah!

The view from the top of town

I wish I could’ve taken these home with me, but alas – at 800 Euros, it was a no-go

And you, lovely lady, would have been so happy hanging on my wall

Long walk on a rainy day

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A Broad Abroad: Positano!

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Uncategorized by Miss Pomp on December 5, 2012

…by way of Sorrento.

After Lucca, husband and I hopped a train to Sorrento, where we arrived late with nowhere to stay and ended up in this hostel:

Sorrento was beautiful (check it out in the pic above), but after all the big cities we had been in, we were ready for a glass of wine on a small terrace overlooking a teeny town, so we hopped a ferry to Positano, Italy. Positano is a small village on the Amalfi coast – with a population just under 4,000, and a single road that weaves through the entire village in one large and weaving loop, it is the stuff dreams are made of. I know I sound cheesy, but I can’t help it, it’s just the perfect place. Our bed was rock hard, we had no lights and no hot water in our B&B for almost three full days, and it rained almost the whole time we were there (including one 2 am storm that kept us out of bed watching the torrential downpour and lightning from our terrace for about an hour), and still I just felt like I never wanted to leave. I mean, Justin and Jessica stayed here once upon a time, so you know it’s gotta be good.

Our first full day in Positano we decided to pretend it wasn’t rainy and cold, and threw on our beach duds, and walked on down (you can walk anywhere in this town in 10 minutes). This day we left the camera in our room, so sorry for the grainy iPhone shots, but fear not!  I have some awesome shots of Positano to share with you at a later date!

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(On Me: Blouse – Konrad & Joseph via Anthropologie(last seen here), Shorts – J. Crew, Bag – J. Crew Brompton Hobo)

If we’re ever rich, I want a villa here. And one in London. And Africa. And Costa Rica. Well, looks like I’ve spent all of our imaginary money already. Whoops.

A Broad Abroad: Monterosso al Mare to Lucca

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Fashion Files, Inspiration, Pomp Day-By-Day by Miss Pomp on October 30, 2012

We spent our last morning in Monterosso al Mare getting some last minute pastries and cappuccinos and sending postcards home to our fams. 

And then we hopped a train for this place:

We had heard about Lucca the night before from a couple of friendly waiters that said they visit the city about once a year. Lucca was founded by the Etruscans, and then in 180 BC it became a Roman colony. Sheesh man, THAT IS BEFORE JESUS! That is REALLY stinkin’ old.

There is a giant wall built around the city that was originally made for military use as defense against intruders, but now serves as a promenade that surrounds the whole city. Husband really wanted to do this:

MISTAKE. This thing HURT, and I mean it HURT BAD. We only rented it for an hour, and I had to take a break before the end because the seat was so stinkin’ uncomfortable.

(On Husband: J. Crew, On me: Dress – Anthropologie, Chambray – H&M, Bag – J. Crew, Sandals – Sam Edelman)

Here’s the deal: I wasn’t a big fan of Lucca. Now, this is just one ladies opinion, so feel free to totally disagree, but here was my overall impression:

The architecture is beautiful, and you can feel the history just walking through the town, which is great. I think that 50 years ago, or even 20 years ago, it would probably have been an awesome place to visit, but there were a LOT of tourists (I realize we were 2 of them, but still), and when you see a beautiful old building from medieval times and it has a Game Stop in it, it just feels wrong.

So, we stayed for only 1 day,  BUT, we had a great meal and met some really nice people that we really enjoyed talking to, so I guess it was a success!

A Broad Abroad: Italy – The Cinque Terre Part Due!

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Fashion Files, Inspiration, Pomp Day-By-Day by Miss Pomp on October 25, 2012

After recovering from our late night out and day of hiking, we spent our second full day in the Cinque Terre checking out the 4th and 5th towns – Manarola and Riomaggiore. It was a sunny, beautiful day (although a bit windy and chilly at times), and there was nothing better we could have done than ambling along the coast (and eating lots of yummy things along the way).

(Pants and tank – J. Crew, Leather jacket (a couple shots below) – Anthropologie)

I never met a statue I didn’t want to mimic

The hike from Manarola to Riomaggiore is known as the Via Dell’Amore – “Love Walk” – couples fasten padlocks to this chain-link fence and throw away the key to symbolically lock up their love.

We stopped here on the Via Dell’Amore to picnic…. A baguette, prosciutto, brie, pesto, and a nice bottle of red wine… life doesn’t get much better than that.

 

Husband – “Let’s go down by the water”

Me – “Okay”

I titled this one “Consequences”

And another highlight of the day – we had the best gelato of the entire trip in Riomaggiore. I mean, of the ENTIRE TRIP. We stopped at Gelateria Centrale, and had Fragola (strawberry) and Fior di Latte (literally translating to milk flower) gelato that would have literally blown my socks off – had I been wearing socks.

 

If you have a good gelato place, I’d love to hear about it, I’m willing to travel pretty far for a delicious gelato.

 

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A Broad Abroad: Italy – The Cinque Terre!

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on October 23, 2012

Our first stop in Italy was the Cinque Terre, a beautiful collection of five towns (hence the name) along the coast in northern Italy. We arrived at our home base in the Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare, late in the evening after our EXTREMELY long day of travel, and spent a late night out with some new friends (we’re talking like 3:00 am people, the latest we stay out at home is like, 10:30, so this was a BIG DEAL). 

The next morning, we did what any red-blooded twenty-somethings who spent a night out way too late would do: We went for a hike.

While we were completely exhausted, the view was beautiful, and we probably couldn’t have enjoyed ourselves more. We hiked from Monterosso al Mare to Vernazza, enjoyed some gnocchi and wine, and of course some gelato, and basked in a beautiful sunny day in a beautiful coastal Italian town. Could life really be better than that?

The view from our hotel window in Monterosso

 

A view of Monterosso through the vineyards along the hiking trail

Our first glimpse of Vernazza tucked along the coastline

Happy chappy’s

Vernazza!

 

Tomorrow we’re off to Manarola and Riomaggiore! Have any of you been to the Cinque Terre? 

 

A Broad Abroad: Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere – Italy!

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on October 11, 2012

Let’s face it, travelling takes a lot of, well, travelling. For all the moments we spent eating delicious food, seeing beautiful things, and did I mention eating delicious food….we spent many a moment travelling from one place to another. In fact, I think we may have travelled by every means possible: We travelled by plane, train, car, bus, tube, boat, and donkey. Just kidding about the donkey.

At this particular moment we had taken an overnight train from Paris to Italy by way of Nice, France, and were going on 22 hours of travel and not much sleep…

I’ve come to realize that I really love train travel, although the lack of sleep is something I could do without.

And I’ll throw in this beauty for your viewing pleasure…

 

And the answer is yes, I probably was about 48 hours passed the point where I should have washed my hair.

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A Broad Abroad – Versailles!

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on October 9, 2012

Our VERY favorite day of our entire trip (I’m talking all 5 weeks, 4 countries, uncountable amounts of towns/cities/villages) was the day we took a bike tour of Versailles. You know Versailles, it’s known as the home of this lady….

Or more recently, this lady…

If you are going to Paris, DO THIS, I’m not joking, it was awesome.  I booked the tour through Fat Tire Bike Tours for husbands birthday (thanks to the recommendation of the lovely/stylish/not to mention BA Ashley from Love Letters – thanks friend!), and it may be the best gift I’ve ever given him.

Folks, this was not your average tour (in my mind, tour=snooze fest). We met in Paris with a group of about 20 and took the train to Versailles, where we were given bikes (and ponchos – you know, due to the pouring rain). First we road to an outdoor market where our guide – a twenty something New Zealander named Costy who was hilarious and awesome – told us where to get the best goods – fresh meats, baguettes, cheeses, wine, fruit – I’m literally drooling just thinking about it. After picking up a load of goodies for a lunchtime picnic, and eating some freshly made crepes with a side of fresh squeezed orange juice, we road to the grounds of the palace of Versailles. We stopped along at different spots for Costy to fill us in on some of the more interesting facts about Versailles….among my favorites (and forgive me if I’m remembering incorrectly, I’m definitely not a historian):

*In early Paris, there was no sewer system, people just tossed their waste right out their windows (I’m talking poopies here, people), and then when it rained the waste washed straight down the street into the river Seine, which consequently was the water source for the people whose poopies were washing into it.  YIKES. All this resulted in a very stinky Paris, and due to said stink (among other reasons) the royals decided to build a palace at Versailles to live in.

*It is believed that Marie Antoinette and her husband King Louis XVI didn’t consumate their marriage for 7 years. WOWZA.

*One of the Louis (I think either XIV or XV, can’t really remember) commissioned a lake to be built behind the palace. THEN he commissioned the people to build him naval ships to scale a tenth of the size of regular naval battle ships, and then held mock naval battles on the lake for his entertainment. During the winter, the lake would freeze over and they would do dog sled races. This guy sounds like someone I would want to be friends with.

Which brings us to our picnic lunch. Around noon we stopped at the end of the above-mentioned lake and had our picnic. Prosciutto, fresh bread, brie, red wine….it really doesn’t get much better.

After lunch we rode to the palace, and checked out the many ornate and gorgeous rooms. There’s not much I like more than an old portrait, wallpaper, and gold gilded awesomeness, so I was a pretty happy camper.

Please, if you go to Paris, don’t not do this. It was worth every penny!

Do it.

A Broad Abroad – Paris!

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Fashion Files, Pomp Day-By-Day by Miss Pomp on October 4, 2012

After London we took the Chunnel to Paris (that sucker goes FAST). We spent our first full day in Paris trying to do all the “touristy things,” knowing that we wanted to see those things (the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Champs-Elysees), but also wanted to spend the majority of our time ambling, EATING, and just enjoying ourselves.

I had gelato twice a day. I mean EVERY DAY.

In fact, I ate so much gelato (and pasta, and bread, and wine, and cheese) I grew nervous I would be shaped like this by the end of the trip…

We spent time in areas that were lovely for lounging…

And saw the lady herself…

Honestly, I hope I never grow up – because things like this are still my favorite…

After spending day one on all the “You should really see” sights, we spent time wandering around and eating good food and drinking good wine. We stopped by Montmartre more than once, and ate LARGE and delicious hot dogs…

and spent an evening picnicking in front of the Eiffel Tower. It was one of the coldest nights, and we were FREEZING, but it is one of my favorite memories of the trip – snuggling close to each other to keep warm, drinking wine and laughing with one another.

And while we were quite freezing, it was worth the wait, and the shivering, when this moment happened:

You’re thinking, “Oh no, she’s already done talking about Paris?  I haven’t been this disappointed since Jen and Brad split up!” but not to worry, our best day around Paris is yet to come! Check back for a couple pics from our awesome bike tour of Versailles!

A Broad Abroad: London! Portobello Road Image Diary

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on August 14, 2012

One of my absolute favorite places we visited was London. It was rainy and cold, and I wore my rain boots and trench coat every day, and absolutely had the time of my life, despite the 12 coffees I had to get each day just to keep my body temperature from falling to dangerously low…well…lows.

This particular rainy day, we ventured to the Portobello Road Market, and wandered the streets for hours checking out all the fun antiques and other fun not-so-antique-y items.

Here’s a couple of the things that made my day.

 

Awesome leather bag.

Rad guy who designed awesome leather bag…And husbands thumb.

Cool shelving in All Saints

All Saints decor – Wall of antique sewing machines

Fresh made crepes with Nutella – YUM

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A Broad Abroad: Barcelona Part Deux (The More Fun Part)

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on June 15, 2012

In my opinion, one of the most fun and memorable things you can do on vacation is join with locals on the things that they are the most balls-to-the-wall passionate about. In most of Europe, that’s soccer…I mean football…but soccer….you know what I mean.

In  Barcelona, there is nothing the locals love more than FC Barcelona matches. Do it people, join the fun! Get your tickets, buy the jerseys, and go! And when everyone else is chanting “BARCA! BARCA! BAAAARCA!” you chant along with them…and when they’re singing other things and you can’t tell what the heck they’re saying, just make loud noises with a smile on your face. Trust me, it will be awesome.

On this particular night, we watched live as Messi broke the record for most goals in a season. That, my fellow Americans (and other rad people from other rad places), is not a night I will easily forget!