My Happy Place Has Fresh Orange Juice & Espresso!

As of late it’s been all about kids, diaper rashes, work and adjusting to growth spurts and making room for new routines. As Mum’s can get a little overwhelmed and forget to take a little time for themselves, I did just that. I gathered my laptop, left my wee one and husband at home, off to the local coffee shop I went.

Oh my goodness! Bliss!

I was trying to remember the last time I felt completely relaxed. Not worrying about my daughter. Didn’t have to make lunches. No work worries. Just that moment when you are feeling the rays of sun on your face and you take a deep breath in, and let the last of the negative, tension disappear. That moment when you don’t have a care or worry in the world.

Sardinia, Italy - the only picture we have together on our honeymoon

Sardinia, Italy – the only picture we have together on our honeymoon

Europe !

As of late, Europe has been my happy place. I’ve been flipping through my Honeymoon photos (yes, I actually have a physical photo album). That was the last time my husband and I had well, less responsibilities. We were free to do as we pleased. Drink wine until the wee hours of the morning. Wake up in a new country (we were on a cruise) and off we went to explore a new place.

Maybe this has peaked because my Dad and Step-Mum are going to Europe and that little green envious monster is peaking out. Or maybe I just really want to go back!

Two months after my husband and I were married (we were married 2012), we set off to London, England. From there we jumped on a cruise ship and set off to the Mediterranean. The beauty, history, elegance, traditions, all of it. I wanted to soak it all in!

We visited a number of different ports and traveled from there. We went to Seville, Spain. Rome. Florence, Italy. Pisa, Italy. Barcelona, Spain. Sardinia, Italy. Gibraltar.

I fell in love with Seville and Rome. Two completely different place, but they all have that charm to draw you in.

Seville had amazing Cathedrals. The architecture was breath taking, literally. We started walking toward this building, for block and blocks and it was this Cathedral that was absolutely amazing. It was huge. I couldn’t even begin to give you a reference because I’ve never seen anything quiet like it.

Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain – These picture do not do justice for the beauty of this amazing architecture 

Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain

We stepped into a little cafe type restaurant, and had the most amazing breakfast/lunch. We ordered fresh orange juice. Now when I order fresh orange juice at home (Canada), I just expect it to not be concentrate. Well in Seville, when you order fresh orange juice, they pick the oranges off the tress and make you orange juice. The streets are lined with circus trees. OH and they smell unlike anything I’d ever smelt before. I wanted to come home and plant orange trees all over my yard.

You know how when you look at a daisy and it just makes you smile. Well with all these circus trees, that’s sort of what it’s like. You just want to smile because they look so happy.

Seville, Spain - this is one of the many columns in a Cathedral

Seville, Spain – this is one of the many columns in a Cathedral

Ah Seville, I will see you again!

Rome! Now I am not a big city kinda gal but Rome! What is there to say about Rome. The culture! The atmosphere! The food! The wine! the COFFEE! I have never experience anything quiet like it. I loved all of it. We just wondered around Rome for 9 hours. It was truly stunning. The pasta was nothing like the pasta in Canada, nothing. It doesn’t even compare and there is wine on every table for every meal! I could get use to that. After the meal, you get the most delicious tasting espresso! My husband cut me off at 4. I was vibrating with energy. Maybe thats why the rest of the afternoon flew by! To this day, I’ve never tasted espresso that has even compared.

Rome, Italy - Spanish Steps

Rome, Italy – Spanish Steps

The Trevi Fountain was one of my favoriate places. The legend of the fountain is this, soldiers were sent to research the water springs closest to Rome, while out they met a young girl that lead them to the pure springs. It is from this legend that the water gets its name “Virgin Water”. It was said that if you drank fresh water from the Trevi Fountain, it ensured good fortune and a fast return to Rome.  Though over the years, this practice was replace with the tossing of a coin in the fountain. You must throw a coin over your left shoulder while standing with your back the Trevi Fountain. 

Of course I did this. Our tour guide told us we had to make three wishes. One for the present, one for the future and one for yourself. Now I can’t tell you what I wished for, but I can tell you that 2 out of 3 have come true!

Rome, Italy - Trevi Fountain

Rome, Italy – Trevi Fountain

I will go back to Rome, in this life or the next and spend weeks there, drinking wine and espresso. Learning the language. And eating pasta until I can no longer move.

When I get a little overwhelmed, these are my happy places. The delicious fresh squeed orange juice, and just the thought of the espresso to give me energy to finish the day.

I think everyone needs a happy place.

What’s your happy place?

xoxo Ashley


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