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VENICE, ITALY

Sunday August 16, 2015

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Venice, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Venice, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Venice, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Ah, magical Venice! It was never on our “must” list, perhaps because I’d been oversaturated with the world of Venezia in history books, magazines and movies since I was a kid. For years, it almost felt like I’d been (even though I’d never stepped foot in Italy), and so I never had the itch to visit. What a mistake on my part! Venice was the loveliest of surprises – it really took my breath away. And as first-timers to Italy, what an epic welcome to the vibrant country …

NAPA, CALIFORNIA

Sunday August 9, 2015

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Napa, California www.bucketlistbums.com

Napa, California www.bucketlistbums.com

Napa, California www.bucketlistbums.com

Our travels abroad have taken us to winemaking regions around the world. From tiny Sirince (Turkey) to sprawling Stellenbosch (South Africa), we’ve tasted chenin blancs, malbecs, cherry wines, pinotage and sparkling whites in wine regions of every size, shape and climate. But it’s the sweeping scenes of California’s Napa Valley that we are particularly fond of. Just an hour north of San Francisco, Napa is the perfect jaunt from the City by the Bay, and I spent a weekend exploring Calistoga, St. Helena and Yountville with one of my favorite fashion bloggers and foodies, Christine Tran of Industrial Runway …

CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY

Sunday July 26, 2015

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Cappadocia, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Cappadocia, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Cappadocia, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Ah, Cappadocia. I didn’t know such whimsical places existed outside of fairytales! We’ve traveled all over the world, but never to somewhere that oozed with such magic. From soaring rock castles to honeycomb hills, this enchanting place was like something out of a JRR Tolkien novel that whisked us away the moment we pulled into little Goreme. After weeks of majestic mosques, idyllic islands, ancient ruins and vibrant bazaars, we’d finally made it to the crown jewel of Turkey, and I couldn’t have planned a more perfect end to our trip …