Shannon shares all of her travel tales from her recent euro trip…

The European travel diaries of Shannon Lawson

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I’ve just returned from 3 weeks of travel. My adventures took me to Florence, Bucine,
Porto Venere, Slovenia, Northern Italy, Barcelona and Mallorca. I absolutely love Italy and
I’ve been to Florence a few times but always find something new to do/try. This trip I had my
weight in Gelato and finally reached the top of the viewpoint at Piazza Michelangelo…

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Bucine was a new spot for me. I got to stay at this beautiful remote villa with this stunning
pool (see below). Its hear I learnt that one olive tree makes one bottle of olive oil…

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In Porto Venere I stayed on a boat for 3 nights. Pierro was our captain and he made
us feel right at home. He cooked us traditional Italian meals on a tiny boat grill. It was
fantastic and very impressive!

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I had never heard of Slovenia before this trip but I was overwhelmed by how beautiful
it was. We stayed around Lake Bled where the water iss freezing cold but also a stunning
crystal blue colour. The food was cheap and included a lot of the international cuisines, I
loved the fish. Lake Bled was like a giant summer camp where you can do anything from
white water rafting to archery. I really enjoyed hiking and taking in my surroundings. I felt
so small walking in fields that went on for miles…

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Northern Italy involved a lot of driving and very little Wi-Fi signal in the mountains. We
went to small remote gorges only locals new about. I saw myself doing things I thought
I would never do like jumping of cliffs into water that was so clear you could see all the
rocks on the bottom. At one point there was a bush snake in the water and like any girl,
I started racing out of the water screaming…

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Next we were off to Barcelona and Mallorca, sadly this meant it was almost the end of
my trip. When living in London you definitely appreciate the sun a lot more. I took most of
this time to lay by the pool or on the beach. My Bikini was pretty much my holiday uniform.
Most nights I was out with friends wining and dining at small tapas bars or big dinners. I
was so fortunate to celebrate my birthday at a wedding in Valldemossa (Mallorca) it was
by far the most beautiful and scenic wedding I have ever attended.

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