Honeymoon in Italy & Going Home

FlorenceDuomo Bon Giorno! Our belated honeymoon in Italy was so amazing. G and I went to Italy! I still can’t get my head around it. We ate so much pasta, pizza, and drank bottles of Lambrusco (admittedly, not the finest wine but after a hot day of wandering, it is simply the best). Our tour began in Venice and we made our way by train to Bologna, Parma, Cinque Terre, Pisa (just to see, you guess it, the Leaning Tower), Florence and finally Rome.
After Florence and Rome, we really felt a little burnt out (in the literal sense too! It was the height of summer). In hindsight, we should have done the busier cities first and finished up with calmer towns like Bologna. We’ll know better next time. We are definitely returning so we can explore more of the Tuscany countryside, and eat more rustic Italian food. YUM!
We’re finally back in Melbourne and everyone’s asking me how does it feel to be back. Well, it’s mixed feelings. It’s definitely good to be in one place for now. We were travelling so much in Europe it felt a little unsettling at times. I’m a home girl and I like doing things at home, baking, cooking, blogging, so having a home business makes a lot of sense to me. At the same time, I miss seeing all these amazing places and meeting interesting people, tasting all those foreign delicacies that I could only dream about years ago. I am immensely grateful and fortunate to have had that opportunity!
florence04 Right now, I’m putting a lot of attention to Etsy and business is picking up! The other day we were featured in A Place For Twiggs, the features here if you like a good read over morning tea. There are lots more good things coming our way and we’ll let you know when that happens. I don’t know why I’ve started using ‘we’ when I talk about my Etsy shop. I guess I think of Happee Monkee as a person. A very happy and creative person. And we’re all good friends.

In regards to food… it’s taking a long time for me to get the momentum. I’ve started baking the other day – an rhubarb & apple chocolate tart with a touch of rosewater essence. It was a Donna Hay recipe and it was excellent! But I just couldn’t muster the energy to take food shots. I’m so sorry! I will eventually get there but at the mean time, please be patient with me. I will start food blogging this month.

Have a great weekend folks! It’s a beautiful cool spring day in Melbourne now and I’m sending some sunny thoughts to those who are in the autumny areas!


  1. Rui says

    AMAZING photos
    I starred these in my Google Reader just so I can come back to it later…. really, fantastic shots, captures the epitome of the italian spirit for me..

  2. Mable Tan says

    Thank you so much Rui! Lovely of you to drop by. :D You can click on those pictures and it’ll lead you to my Etsy shop too.

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