Friday, 19 June 2015

Bruges City Break: Part Three

Brasserie De Carré Bruges BelgiumI've become incredibly fond of sharing travel diaries on A Glass Of Ice and so reaching this third and final part of my Bruges city break is just a little disappointing.  On the one hand, there'll be plenty more travel diaries to come in the future, however on the other hand.. can I not remain nostalgic about this 'mozzarella and tomato ball' hors d'oeuvre for a while longer?

Brasserie De Carré Bruges Belgium


As if a complimentary hors d'oeuvre of mozzarella and tomato wasn't enough, I then opted for a four cheese pizza for the following main course!  I justified the cheese overload by reminding myself I'd be travelling home the next day and no cheese could taste quite as good as when in Belgium.  Our final dinner was enjoyed at Brasserie De Carré (26 Markt at Bruges) and with great pleasure; the staff were wonderful, the bright and breezy decor made for a great environment and the food was delicious.

The wonderful thing about these warmer summer months, is undoubtedly the longer daylight hours.  Nine in the evening and I was able to crash out back in our room at the Grand Hotel Casslebergh still with sunlight streaming through the window.  Honestly?  I was shattered.  Had I been that tired in any other circumstance, I probably would have thrown myself into bed, however that's near impossible to do when travelling in any shape or form.  I still had a box of praline truffles to devour and a new issue of Elle magazine to read..

Grand Hotel Casslebergh Bruges Belgium
The next morning started in the best way possible - with pain au chocolat and fresh juice!  We had booked breakfast in advance to be included in our stay, however quite surprisingly there was a further ten euro charge for room service.  Having stayed in a fair few American hotels lately, I'd forgotten that 24 hour complementary room service wasn't the norm!  Once I'd managed to get over the fact scrambled eggs in bed wasn't going to be an option (I'm joking, but seriously..), breakfast was a really lovely occasion.  The assortment of breads/pastries was impressive and I'd go as far as saying the vacuum jug of hot chocolate was the best I've ever had - okay, second best if we're counting Caotina.

Grand Hotel Casslebergh Bruges Belgium


The final few hours spent in a country never fail to seem bittersweet and so of course, the weather was beyond beautiful with a sizzling temperature and clear blue sky!  There's so much to see at eye-level in Bruges, that you can occasionally forget there's a whole host of architecture waiting to be admired if you only tilt your head up a fraction.  If you plan on visiting the historic city at any point in the near future, I suggest you take a moment or two to do a full 360 and admire all that stands above you.  

More food?  I'm afraid so.  Well, when in Belgium!  


Cardigan - Zara 

Skirt - Cynthia Rowley 

Sunglasses - Bally

Necklace - Estella Bartlett

Tennis bracelet - (gift)



As always, I had such a fantastic time visiting the beautiful city of Bruges; there's an extraordinary amount of things to eat, watch and experience.  I really hope you've enjoyed coming along the journey with me through parts one, two and three.. and I hope the sun is shining wherever you may be!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Amazing post my dear Gabi, it was lovely to see your pictures and to know a bit more of your experience in Bruges :D

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    1. Thanks very much, so glad you've enjoyed this travel diary!

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  2. Great post Gabrielle! ! Love the pictures! The food sounds amazing!! :) enjoying reading about your travels. :)

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    1. Thank you Stephanie - that's lucky as I enjoy writing about them too! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  3. Hi lovely, I can't wait for your next travel dairies! love it.
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    1. That's so sweet, thanks girl - lovely to hear!

      Gabrielle x

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  4. Great recap, loved seeing the photos ;)

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    1. That's brilliant, thanks for letting me know Tash!

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  5. I just died when I saw that food! It looks so delicious! What better way to travel then in a sleek chic city and be dressed in even classier style. Loved this post so much thanks for sharing. I love how you get the sense of traveling with you as you tour many places. :) http://bauchlefashion.com ‪

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    1. You're so lovely, thank you for your kind words Heather! That's no problem, I'm so pleased you've enjoyed coming along for the journey - I've had a lot of fun writing it!

      Gabrielle x

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  6. Big thanks, Gabrielle, for sharing the Bruges travel diaries. I really love your pictures and posts. I hope there will be a lot of travel diaries in the future. Have a great weekend!

    Jasmine ♥
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    1. That's absolutely no problem, I'm so glad you've enjoyed them! There most certainly will be Jasmine :)

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  7. I love your travel diaries! Belgium seems lovely, especially the food *_*
    Your outfit is so pretty, the skirt is stunning! Your photos are amazing.

    Kisses from Hungary xo
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    1. Thanks for letting me know! Belgium has some incredible beautiful features, that's for certain. Oh thank you, I adore Cynthia Rowley skirts - the prints are always so striking!

      Gabrielle x

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  8. You look great Gabrielle! So happy to hear you had a nice time there.. Bruges looks like an amazing place! I love seeing these pictures.. Makes me think that it's crazy that I've never been there even though it isn't that far away from here! And the food.... oh that looks so yummy <3
    I'm definitely looking forward to more travel diaries in the future

    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Cherr! You're not alone there, I still feel as though I've explored other countries more than I have my own haha ;) That's so great to have.. I hope you have a lovely week ahead!

      Gabrielle x

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  9. Awesome diary! Haven't been to Bruges yet but to Brussels and I loved the city!!

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    1. I've only very briefly visited Brussels, I'll have to explore it a little more at some point!

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Believe me when I say it tasted good too!

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    1. Glad you think so too!

      Gabrielle x

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  12. The pizza looks so good!!! Your post makes me want to go on holiday Gabrielle!! :D :D
    Your look is beautiful, love the different blue shades!

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    1. I keep daydreaming about this four cheese pizza! Haha that can only be a good thing Alyce, I hope you travel to some fantastic places.. and cover them on your blog so I can come along for the journey ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  13. I'm loving this pics!! very cute!! :D
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      Gabrielle x

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  14. Such pretty photos! It looks like you had an amazing time!

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    1. Thanks Lorna! Have a lovely week!

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  15. Hope you enjoyed your bruges holiday Gabrielle, these pictures make me want to go! I love my food and all the food just looks delicious <3 :D plus you look beautiful as always! :)


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    1. I had a spectacular time, thanks Serene. You and me both, there's nothing wrong with enjoying good food ;) Oh thank you, you're too sweet!

      Gabrielle x

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  16. The place looks so incredible and the food all so yummy-yummy for my tummy. You look so stunning in the pictures! Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. It most definitely is worth visiting at least once. Thank you so much Melissa, you're kind for saying so! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  17. This food all looks amazing!!! Looks like so much fun!
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    1. The food all tasted amazing too!

      Gabrielle x

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  18. This must be an incredible place to visit. So full of history. Beautiful photos Gabrielle and so much food, lol, but it looks delicious. Love that pic of you dreaming in the chair. Just beautiful. Happy weekend, dear.
    xox
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    1. That's very true, places that have that extra 'special' touch seem to be packed full with history! Haha thanks Lenya, I tend to eat a lot when visiting new places to make the most of the occasion ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  19. that seriously looks so much fun, I love reading your travel diaries

    xx
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  20. I guess it just means you have to travel a lot more so you can share more travel journals.

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    1. Now that sounds like a fantastic idea...

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    1. Haha glad you think so Michéle

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  22. Ooh this looks lovely :) hope you had a great time!!

    Emma Louise from theemmalouise.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. I had a really lovely time, thanks Emma Louise!

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  23. I really enjoyed reading this post, Gabrielle. I loved all your travel posts, and I'm looking forward to see more, in future. You look very pretty in this outfit. Have an amazing weekend. xx

    Nina
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    1. That's wonderful to hear, thank you Nina. Oh thank you, I just adore wearing cardigans alone - they can be great for travelling!

      Gabrielle x

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  24. Okay that food looks amazing. I didn't even realize I was hungry and I saw that first picture and my stomach started growling. Haha. Love the post!

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    1. Sorry about that.. the photo of the pizza prompted me to enjoy another one last night haha!

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  25. Bruges is on my list of places I would love to visit, and your posts have made me even more excited! Looks like you had an amazing time :)

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    1. That's wonderful to hear, I hope you visit and love the city as much as I have done!

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  27. The streets of Bruges are gorgeous! The food looks delicious! Thanks for writing about your visit

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more - you're very welcome, so glad you've enjoyed it!

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  28. great picturesdear
    the food looks so yummy
    cheers

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  29. That's quite a cheese-fest, but it looks delicious!

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    1. It most certainly was, Suze!

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  31. I am SO about the cheese! I love all of your travel posts so much- they are the best and I feel like I'm there with you! Bruges looks like a beautiful city!

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    1. Funnily enough, I'm not a huge fan of cheese.. but I suppose it's a case of 'When In Bruges' haha! I'm so glad you've been enjoying my travel posts, Anjelique :)

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  32. Gabrielle, all of those dishes look so good! What a fabulous getaway. I really enjoyed it. I love your outfit. So pretty. It's so funny that the sun is shining at 9pm! I learned about that years ago and it just baffles me. HaHaHa Well, that just means MORE of the day to enjoy! I received the toe separators and love them. Thank you so much!
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    1. Thanks so much Kim, I had a really lovely time in Belgium! I know, it seems normal at the time and it's only when you return home later on you realise how unusual that was :)

      Ps. you're very welcome and congrats again on being one of my giveaway winners!

      Gabrielle x

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  33. I always love reading travel diaries! I mean, yes, they make me super jealous but at the same time, I look forward to my own travels too :) That tomato-mozz appetizer looks delicious! What does it consist of?
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    1. You and me both, Olivia! I know what you mean, I find travel diaries can be so inspiring and uplifting to read.. they remind you of just how much more of the world there is to see!

      The dish consisted of a mozzarella ball and it was covered in - what I think was - tomato salsa :)

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  34. I just fell in love with your blog, literally. I love every aspect! Especially these photos, they're drop dead incredible. Bruges seems absolutely lovely, I would be so ecstatic to be able to visit. All those pictures of food are making me so so hungry! And by the way, I am so jealous of your hair. And your blog design. And everything! This is amazing, keep up the great work.

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    1. This was such a lovely message to receive on a rainy Monday! Thank you so much for your kind words on my photography, hair and blog design - I love yours too (mine is by Pipdig) :) Have a fantastic week ahead!

      Gabrielle x

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  35. Those dishes are making my mouth water!

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  37. Beautiful photos! It sounds like you had such an amazing trip! And that you ate soo much nice food! I've never been to Bruges but it's one to add to my list :) xx

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    1. Thank you Nevena! I really did eat a lot of food, but that's part of the fun in visiting new places! ;)

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  38. what a nice place to go!!

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    1. It is definitely worth visiting!

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  39. Thank you for taking us on this journey with you :) I didn;t realise how beautiful Bruges was! I'm going to add it to my travel wish list hehe xx
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    1. That's brilliant, I'd recommend keeping it on your travel wish list until you visit - I'm certain you'll love it there Isabella! :)

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  40. The hor d'oeuvres at the beginning sound divine! And you do sometimes forget to look up, don't you? So glad you did, the architecture is stunning. I've really enjoyed your travel diaries :D xx

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    1. They were such a lovely surprise and a great way of starting off dinner. Thank you Vanessa, that's really great to hear! :)

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  41. I was there, really nice city ;)

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  42. The food looks so delicous!! <3

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    1. It tasted delicious too!

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  43. Hun - your travel posts are gorgeous and all your photos are just beautiful!!! Completely in love with seeing where you are, the places your visit, the food you eat!

    It's just perfect!!!! :)

    Layla xx

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    1. Thanks ever so much Layla! I really love sharing my travel diaries on A Glass Of Ice, so it's great to hear you're enjoying them :)

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  44. Everything about this post is just so perfect! Hope you have an awesome new week.

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  45. Can I come along with you on your next vacation? I swear you have one of the best vacations! The food, the pictures are just amazing!

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    1. Haha thanks Shireen, I love tracking down beautiful hotels and surrounding areas!

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  46. When I worked as a cabin attendant I used to have lots of layovers in Bruges. I always skipepd the hotel breakfast and went to some of the small cafes instead. It's such a beautiful city and the chocolate croissants are amazing!

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  47. Great post and amazing photos. Food look delicious.
    I have a new post welcome.

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  48. Bruges definitely looks like a dream! From the delicacies to the well-preserved architecture, the city is an ideal get-away destination for someone like me lol! And how delicious is that mozzarella and tomato ball hors d'oeuvre? Someone sign me up I'm ready to go ASAP! :) xo~ Lena
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    1. I just know you'd love it there, Lena! The architecture is the main feature of the city and the hors d'oeuvre really was heavenly haha :)

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  49. Wow am I jealous of all the food you've shown. I wish I were there. The streets look beautiful as well. I hope you've had a great break.
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    1. Eating a ridiculous amount of food seems to be the norm when I travel haha! Thanks Brooke, have a fantastic week ahead..

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  50. Gorgeous photos! Looks like such a beautiful city will have to add it to my list :) food looks delicious as well!

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    1. Thanks Ellie! I hope that you love Bruges as much as I do - if and when you get the chance the visit!

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  51. Ahh Bruges is SUCH a gorgeous place! I went for New Year one year - it was freezing but amazing! Your photos make me want to go back! xx

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    1. What a fantastic time of year to visit Bruges, that must have been fantastic.. although yes, freezing!

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  52. Woow you have some AMAARRZINNN posts
    everytime I come over here something special is always going on Xxx
    Great post keep it up

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  53. One of the best parts of traveling has to be getting to enjoy the local food while taking in the sights. Glad that we were able to come along on your wonderful trip to Bruges.

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  54. wow! What a great way to end a travel blog post series! Those pizza and food look amazing, they are to die for. I would have been stuffed eating that breakfast! Luckily, if I were there, I would have my two growing teenage boys to help chow down the food!

    Yes, having long hours for the day is a great thing especially when traveling as one gets to see so much more! Lovely visuals but two stood out to me the most - you relaxing on the chair and the final picture here.

    I have most definitely enjoyed the ride, and look forward to reading more of your adventures ahead. Yes, I love a great hot chocolate too (and CHEESE!! boy oh boy)

    Lovely post!

    Big hugs,
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    1. I'm so pleased to hear you've enjoyed this travel diary, Jeann! The breakfast was overwhelmingly generous and I barely made a dent in it haha.. but I definitely tried to! Thanks so much for your feedback on your favourite images, I really appreciate it :)

      Gabrielle x

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  55. by the way, Elle UK is my one of my favorite fashion magazine, RED UK is another one *_^

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    1. That's great, I just adore Elle UK and the horoscopes in Red UK have been spot on for me recently!

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  56. Wow that breakfast looks amazing. I really enjoyed your posts from Bruge and I hope you get to travel soon so there are more travel diaries! xx

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  57. The food on this trip looked great. That breakfast looked pretty awesome.

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  58. Just caught up on all three Bruge posts and wow, i've never been but from reading these posts it might have to be a place to put on my list.
    It look like you had a fantastic time, photos are amazing.
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    1. Thanks for reading my full Bruges travel diary, Kelly, I'm so glad you've enjoyed them. I would definitely recommend visiting the city, it's simply wonderful :)

      Gabrielle x

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  59. The city is beautiful! I would love to visit it someday... you are giving me a serious case of wanderlust!!

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    1. So glad you think so too - ah, wanderlust usually ends very well though! ;)

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  60. Beautiful skin and lovely style! This city is also beautiful
    Anthony,
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    1. Ah, the chair photo? Wonderful lighting more like.. haha! Thank you though :)

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  61. Your photographs are utterly beautiful! x
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  62. Everything looks so delicious! When I was in Europe, one (somewhat random) thing I noticed is that the orange juice almost always has pulp in it. In America, the standard is no pulp. I think I like pulp better though!

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    1. How interesting, having only flown over to America a handful of times and never really drinking juice, I wasn't aware of this! I'm a no-pulp girl myself ;)

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  63. This city is so gorgeous - I hope I can visit one day! You make me want to travel so bad. Your photos are always so amazing - Keep them coming. Glad to see you are having a great trip! The food looks amazing - I want that pizza! I'm such a sucker for pizza:p.

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