In 2003, I lived in Florence, Italy for six months. Immediately, I fell in love the scenery, the architecture, the fashion, the food, and the people. Everywhere I went, there were stores filled with the most beautiful jewelry, clothes, and shoes. It was heaven. But most of all, it was the people whom I learned the most from. It was very different from growing up in the U.S. My experience in the U.S. was that most people were conservative and public displays of affection was looked upon as “inappropriate.”
In Florence, I would see people passionately kissing and hugging everywhere I turned. Public displays of affection, passion, and love was a part of being alive. It finally felt like home and I felt as if I grew up in Europe in a past life. I saw how unafraid people were and it was beautiful.
When I talk to some people about relationships, I hear some of the same stories (especially in Los Angeles). I hear about people meeting people who are emotionally unavailable, people who are afraid to fall in love, people who are afraid of labeling someone as their “girlfriend” or “boyfriend,” people who are jaded and take their painful past with them as baggage into their new relationships, people who disappear and are flakey, etc. In my opinion, being afraid, settling for the wrong person, and living in fear, is equivalent to death and vomit. And girls, you are worth every single part of the word RESPECT. So don’t settle for anything less than your worth.
When I lived in Italy in 2003, I took pictures all over Florence with my Nikon (black and white film camera) of things that filled me with joy. Here are some of my photographs that I took. To love, to passion, to creativity, to fashion, to traveling the world, to the warm sun against your skin, and to life! XOXO
Edited by Sophie Parish
Legend has it that if you and your loved one attach a padlock to any surface of the Ponte Vecchio and then throw away the key into the Arno River below, your love will last forever. Millions of couples have come to the Ponte Vecchio for this reason.