Room Inspiration – Guest bathroom

We have an unnecessary amount of toilets in our new place. For two adults and one cat we have a total of three toilets. We literally could go to the bathroom all at the same time!

It is however very convenient when we are hosting! I have to say that a guest toilet gives me the luxury not to have to worry about tidying the bathroom we use daily, which is nice when there is another ten things to prepare before our guests arrive.

Our guest toilet is under the stair case, the space is compact and the decor very ‘beige’. I always think of the guest toilets as a place where you can get a little wild with interior decoration. It is such a small space that if you think you made a mistake with the colour on the wall you can always fix it pretty quickly!

One thing I new straight away is that I wanted to go for a dark and rich colour. Below are a few sources of inspiration I selected on Pinterest to jazz up our guest toilet and make it a short but nice experience for our guests!

Guest toilet interior inspiration
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Guest toilet interior inspiration
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Guest toilet interior inspiration
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Coming soon, the results of a couple of hours of painting! Which colour do you think I went for?

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Sailing sunset in Mykonos

When everything turns gold, even the water.

Mykonos – 2016

Mykonos sunset

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Santorini postcard

The Caldera, a blue roof, a church and some bougainvilleas. Doesn’t get much more Santorini than that!

Santorini – 2016

Oia Church Santorini

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Agia Triada

The beautiful sight of Agia Triada, hiding behind the pines in Lefkes.

Paros – 2016

Agia Triada Lefkes

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An afternoon in Pisa, Italy

If you are travelling to Tuscany chances are you will arrive and leave from Pisa airport (this is where most EasyJet and Ryanair flights land). It was the case for us and as our flight was in the evening we decided to spend our last afternoon in Tuscany, in Pisa.

Pisa Tuscany

People may not think of Pisa when thinking of Tuscany but it is one of the biggest cities in the region, and with its very famous sights it does worth stopping there for a few hours.

It is good to note that parking in Pisa can be a little bit of a nightmare so plan a good 30 minutes just in case it takes some time to find a spot to park.

Pisa city centre is quite condensed and everything is walking distance. Start your visit with, of course, the very famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Take a few cliche pictures, then take pictures of the people taking some cheesy pictures!

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Once you filled up your SD card with pictures of your blurry hand and the tower, head toward the Cattedrale di Pisa and the Piazza del Duomo. The entire area is just stunning and the architectural details of the buildings worth taking a moment to appreciate.

Pisa cathedral

We didn’t have time for it, as our flight was that night, but if you have an extra hour you can purchase some tickets to visit the local museum, the Cathedral and climb the Tower.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

After wandering around the Tower area we headed to the city centre. It seems most tourists don’t adventure much beyond the main sights so Pisa centre is actually fairly quiet and very charming.

Pisa streetPisa

We grabbed one last gelato and then headed to the airport, our heads full of Tuscanian dreams, our bellies full of Italian food.

Pisa streetPisa archway

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Fishing in Mykonos

I don’t like fishing, I find it very boring and I am not really into the whole ‘killing a fish’ part. HOWEVER, I do envy the relaxed, almost meditative state, people who like fishing get into. There is something about simply waiting for something to happen in a very calm and scenic environment.
Mykonos – 2016

Fishermen Mykonos sunset

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Green stairs in Lefkes

Need. Mint. Green. Stairs. In. My. House.

Paros – 2016

Green stairs Lefkes

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The most beautiful Tuscan villages

You could explore Tuscany for days, weeks and probably months if you wanted. But if you have limited time in the region I have made a selection of the best villages for you to explore to have a true taste of Tuscany.

I organised the list from the further north to the further south, so feel free to scroll through the list if you are only planning to explore one area.

Greve in Chianti

Greve in Chianti

Greve in Chianti is very close to my heart as this is where we used to do our weekly shop  with my parents when we were on vacation in Tuscany as a child. We stayed there multiple summers and my favourite thing in Greve in Chianti is to go to the market. The main square gets very busy on market day. Make sure to visit Antica Macelleria Falorni to get some Tuscan products, then grab a table on one of the terraces around the square for a caffe or an Aperol Spritz depending on the time of the day. If you fancy doing a wine tasting Viticcio winery is a very short drive away!

Greve in Chianti market

Castellina in Chianti

Castellina in Chianti

Castellina in Chianti is a small but lovely medieval village. The perfect spot for a little bit of exploring and watching the local life passing by. I also really recommend having dinner at one of the terraces on the main street. At night, the small quiet village turns into a very lively night life area.

Castellina in Chianti

San Gimignano

San Gimignano

San Gimignano is probably one, if not, the most famous Tuscan village. The medieval town is very famous for its skyline of medieval towers. The place is breathtakingly beautiful. The views onto the Tuscan countryside are dreamy as well. When visiting make sure to take a tour of the Civic Museum and to have the best gelato at Dondoli.

San Gimignano

Volterra

Volterra

Are you a fan of the Twilight movies? Not really, me neither. Fun fact though, Volterra was the set of one of the movie famous scenes, so if you happen to travel with a fan make sure to mention it to them. You will need good footwear when visiting Volterra as you will be climbing up pretty steep streets, but it absolutely worth it. Walk to the top for some amazing views, take a moment to appreciate the local architecture and on the way down stop for a rewarding gelato or an espresso.

Volterra

Montepulciano

Montepulciano

Montepulciano is were the Medieval ages meet the Renaissance. Everywhere you look is a lesson on architecture history. It is a very vibrant little town with plenty of food shops, art galleries and little trendy boutique. A must to add to your Tuscany trip schedule.

SMontepulciano

I hope this list will help you plan a great trip to Tuscany, as Andrew said the first time I took him there: “Claire, everywhere I look is beautiful!”.

Tuscany never disappoints and it is probably my favourite place in the world. I am so fortunate that it has been my childhood summer vacation destination, and I really hope to carry on that tradition the day I have a family of my own.

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Leuca harbour

Leuca’s harbour protection wall looks like giant legos piled together.

Leuca – 2016

Leuca harbour

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Bangkok Grand Palace

Grand entrance, gold buildings, an impressive place made for a king!

Bangkok – 2014

Bangkok Grand Palace

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