Lately I've received a lot of sweet emails from readers that say my blog and photos of Florence make them want to pack up and move here. Right now. It makes me smile for a few reasons: (1) I remember reading expat blogs before moving to Florence and having that same feeling and (2) There are blogs that I read now that make me feel that way. Today I thought I'd do a little wrap-up of blogs that inspire/induce location envy for me. Yes, me. The girl that lives in Florence does read blogs that make her want to pick up and move. Right now.
Olivia James - Everyday Musings | Charleston, South Carolina
I've had the pleasure of working with Olivia and meeting her in person for our little adventure with Southern Flourish a few years back. She is lovely person, beautiful and an insanely talented photographer.
It's no secret that I have a love affair with the American South. In fact, when we were planning our move abroad we took a trip to Charleston for work and instantly started hatching a "Plan B" that would take us down to Charleston if Italy didn't work out. Rob and I both love it there that much.
Every time I see a new post from Olivia I start imagining us there. Seriously, Florence friends that don't want us to ever move away, you need to block this blog from my computer ASAP. I have a sneaking suspicion my mom is going to start sending daily photos of Charleston in an attempt to woo us back.
FYI: The photo above is from a photo shoot Olivia just did for a clothing company called Troubadour. The cloths are gorgeous.
Haven in Paris | Paris, France
Confession: when we visited Paris last year I didn't think I would like it as much as I did. I'm not a big city girl. But, goodness, did I love Paris. We are even thinking about going back for a visit again this December (I smell a Hash family tradition in the making!).
Ever since, I've been reading the Haven in Paris blog. I found out about HiP through the lovely Megan and I've been hooked ever since. It's a fun, fresh look at life in Paris and how to visit the city to have a truly unique experience. The blog captures the magic of Paris.
Plus, she rents out amazing apartments in Paris. So if you really want to have the urge to relocate to Paris, just check out some of her amazing rentals.
A Lady in London | London, England
I spent a total of 3 days in London nearly 10 year ago, but I remember absolutely adoring it. It felt like such a modern melting pot of people and culture. Old and new. It also felt really full of an energy that, at the time, Washington, D.C. (where I was living) wasn't exactly buzzing with.
When I need my London fix I head over to A Lady in London. She covers London from every angle possible and I've seen the blog really change and grow as she's been in London longer and longer. She makes it feel so livable and fun.
A bonus on this blog is that she also travels well, EVERYWHERE. She's been to something like 90 countries already and her posts on her travels are wonderful.
Naomi and Josh | Love Taza | Washington, D.C.
This adorable young couple (with two sweet babies) just moved back to NYC so, a las, no more regular, new posts about D.C. But, for a long time their blog made me want to give D.C. another go. I felt like they were experiencing DC in a way I never got to because of when we moved away. Even though I stayed in DC after graduation, I still really only ever explored as a college girl and my tastes weren't, how can we say this, as refined as they are now.
So, readers, I ask: what blogs give you location envy? Share with me on Fb.