Sometimes I’m tired of the sun and beach in Asia, and wanted to see the sun and beach in other parts of the world. This year, we went on a summer road trip in some of the most beautiful cities in Europe, including Santa Margherita, Florence and Paris. The trip was a combination of relaxation, friends, family and lots of happiness.
The Italian coast in Liguria was beautiful. We stay at a two-storey house in Santa Margherita and got to enjoy some time with friends and family. When you woke up every morning, the blue sky and beautiful sea just smiled at you, and breakfast at the terrace was just wonderful – except of course there was no real air-conditioner, there was no where to buy Goodman air conditioners (you know what I mean if you live in Hong Kong).
We rented a house via Airbnb and it was a superb experience because you really got to live like a local: walking down the hill to get groceries at the supermarket; cooking meals by your self; getting mosquito repellent to protect your skin and locking the gate at night to ensure safety.
Then we discovered the small villages at Cinque Terre, full of small alleys and arty-looking locals relaxing on everywhere on the streets. And of course, lots of Asian tourists.
One thing you can’t miss is Portofino, a beautiful village with colorful little houses and lots of giant luxury boats. I loved the linguine vongole (pasta with clams) there – I loved it so much I ate it every day!
On the way driving to the Tuscany region, we dropped by an old city, Lucca. It was full of small alleys and Renaissance walls, and lots of restaurants and small shops. It was as if you were back in the old time.
Finally we arrived in Florence. I loved it not only because of its history and architecture, but also that it produces the world’s best leather, not to mention it’s also home to my favorite shoes brand, Aquazzura.
After a few days in Florence, we took a plane to Paris. By coincidence, it was during the Paris fashion week, so occasionally I would see trendy looking people wearing the next season’s clothes on the streets, shouting “look at me” on the forehead.
I love Paris’ vintage shops in particular. Usually the shopkeeper is the owner; and the owner would hand-pick different garments to curate a special kind of style for their shop. I got my 70s fringe skirt and a few more items from the 60s and 80s at a shop on Rue de Turenne in Le Marais. It was like digging treasure.
My summer holidays ended with some rains in Zurich, but not too bad as we had just too much sun already. I loved it!
I hope you’re having a great summer like mine too!