It Started on a Map: Day 17

It all started with this map. My husband and I are coming on on our 2 year marriage/10 year dating anniversary this summer. This map is a rough navigation we started for ourselves when we were planning our trip to Florence, Italy. It was our first time ever going across the ocean and visiting that side of the world. We were fortunate enough that we had saved enough to be able to pay for our wedding and this trip. I’ll explain the stars on the map and then I’ll share some of the beautiful photos we took while there.

When we were planning were planning the trip, I got it into my head that it would be a great idea if we could find a highly reviewed B&B that was in walking distance to all the sites we wanted to see. After scouring TripAdvisor and Expedia and all the other travel review sites, we ended up getting a really good deal and stayed at Locanda dei Ciompi. It was smack in the middle of everything. Breakfast was served every morning at the cafe two doors down and we had free wifi. The remaining stars on the map: Osteria de’ Peccatori, Il Latini, and Palazzo Tempi were restaurants we discovered that we ended up frequenting throughout our 6 day stay.

In case anyone is curious what kind of camera we used for the trip, we ended up buying a Sony RX100 Mark 2. It’s a really small, compact camera that took really great photos in low lighting. It also had a neat feature where you can hook up your smartphone via NFC and control the camera using the smartphone. Quite handy for those couple selfies people were begging us for back home.

Words cannot describe how beautiful Firenze is. All I can say is if you ever get a chance, you must visit this beautiful city and just soak it in. There is rich history and culture in everything you see and eat. I hope you all enjoy the photos and if you ever find yourself in Italy, definitely check out Florence. It may not be the most romantic city in the world but it was the best honeymoon we ever dreamed of.

 

 

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Tea Talk. I’m not a writer, I’m a reader: Day 11

If we were having tea (or coffee if that’s what you prefer) right now, I would tell you all about how much I love this Beauty and the Beast reboot!

Last night I saw the film for the second time and I absolutely can’t get enough. I usually hate remakes, especially Disney remakes. Somehow they always fall short for me. I watched Snow White and the Huntsmen and then regretted that. I didn’t bother watching Cinderella and I was hesitant to watch The Jungle Book. However, Now that it’s on Netflix, I may just give it a chance because everyone I know who’s seen it says it’s really good. There’s actually a live action version of Jungle Book that was made in 1994. That was actually a great remake even though it’s not widely known. I am not a huge fan of clay animation. Sounds weird right? Toy Story was decent but not really watch over and over again type of film for me. The two exceptions to the clay animation genre is Finding Nemo and Kubo and the Two Strings (not Disney but still).

There are quite a few films that I consider Disney that aren’t actually Disney. Anastasia, The Road to El Dorado and The Indian in the Cupboard are a few of those films. Fantastic movies just under a different production umbrella; Twentieth Century Fox, Columbia Pictures and Dreamworks.

Anyway, back to Beauty and the Beast. Wow! I went into the film having all kinds of expectations. I admit I didn’t think the film would be that amazing. I’m always biased when it comes to reboots. Sometimes they are pulled off fantastically but majority of the time they flop. I’ve seen the original Beauty and the Beast (and it’s sequels) I don’t know how many times and it never gets old. I’ve listened to the soundtrack I don’t know how many times and it never gets old! I’ve even seen the old 1987 television show and that was pretty alright! I’m obsessed, I know. Just look at my VHS Disney movie collection.

The only cast I knew about was Emma Watson playing Belle and Luke Evans playing Gaston. I didn’t research any other characters because I wanted to be surprised. It’s like reading a book and imagining the characters a certain way and then when you see them later you cross your fingers and hope the cast matches your imagination.

I can’t put into words how amazing this movie is besides telling everyone they need to see it. It’s not your ordinary Disney remake. One of the things I did not expect was the amount of black actors and actresses in the film. They even showed interracial relationships! I hope I don’t offend anyone by saying this but it’s pretty rare to see a mixed race film. The fact they pulled it off so flawlessly in a Disney film was astonishing! I also liked that along with singing the original songs, they threw in a couple of their own. We also got to see a little back story on why Maurice raised Belle alone and why Beast grew up in a hardhearted situation that trickled into his adult life and led to him being cursed.

Have you seen this movie? Thoughts?