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It feels like ages ago since I was under the Tuscan sun, experiencing Italy for the very first time in my life. Although I was there to shoot a wedding and ended up with a nasty stomach flu that basically put me out of commission during my short stay in Tuscany before heading off to Florence, I still managed to snap some photos of the incredible hills and villas tucked between the trees. For those of you who have never visited Italy, I am boldly stating that there is absolutely nothing on earth like Italy. Granted, although I have only seen a small percentage of the inhabited world, let alone in Europe, Italy really sticks out in my mind as a very unique place compared to some of the other European countries I have visted. Don’t get me wrong, every country is unique, it’s cities and towns carved out by it’s unique culture. And I really love all the places that I have visited: small eastern European cities like Prague and Bratislava are breathtaking, London is one of my favorite cities in Europe, and Berlin will always take first place in my heart, for example. But Italy just has this indescribable Je-ne-sais-quoi (is it wrong to use a French phrase here?) about it that I just cannot put my finger on. Maybe it’s the old rustic romance – found both in the Tuscan hills as well as the narrow streets of Florence – and all of the art and chaos mixed with the ancient past, but Italy has captured my heart in a way I never thought a place could.

What city or place has captured your heart in an unexpected way?

Tuscany, Italy - rae tashman for lovefromberlin

Tuscany, Italy - rae tashman for lovefromberlin

Tuscany, Italy - rae tashman for lovefromberlin

Tuscany, Italy - rae tashman for lovefromberlin

Tuscany, Italy - rae tashman for lovefromberlin

Tuscany, Italy - rae tashman for lovefromberlin

Tuscany, Italy - rae tashman for lovefromberlin

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  • Lucy Kim

    That place looks so pretty!!! And so soothing!!! I really want to visit there:))

    • rae

      It really is wonderful!

  • Definitely London, I really feel at home there!

    • rae

      London really is amazing!

  • Oh wow it looks incredible!! So many beautiful cities out there

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • rae

      Thank you so much Candice, and I agree there really are so many amazing cities out there.

  • missgetaway

    Oh wow that looks breathtaking. Italy is such an incredibly pretty country :)

    Love, kerstin

    • rae

      Thank you so much Kerstin!

  • Tuscany looks absolutely breathtaking :) I can see why you have fallen in love with the place. Another to add to my must-visit list I think!

    Rachel xx

    • rae

      Tuscany really is. And you should definitely add it to the list!

  • megsiobhan

    Tuscany looks absolutely stunning. I may be the human embodiment of the heart eyes emoji right now, as it looks like the ideal place to visit, or live!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

    • rae

      It really is an amazing place and is even more amazing in person!

  • You make me want to go to Italy!

    • rae

      Hope you get to go one day, Fee!

  • Wow these photos are so beautiful. I’ve never been able to visit countryside Italy, but based on these pictures it does have special sort of atmosphere like you say!

    • rae

      Thank you, Jane! Really hope you get to visit Italy one day!

  • Italy does have that je-ne-sais-quoi vibe, doesn’t it? I think it’s just the rustic feel, the colours and the sun, but also the charm of the people and the …oldness that makes it look so effortless and beautiful. These pictures too, capture it wonderfully. :)

    • rae

      It really really does and yes I agree with you it really is something about the rusticness the nature and the sun! But you are right also the charm of the people!

  • This sent me right down memory lane. Italy is a very special country. Where else would you find a stripey cathedral like the one in Siena? Tuscany is so so beautiful!

    Inma x

    • rae

      It really is! Thanks, Inma!

  • What a great post! Gorgeous pics. Gemma xx

    • rae

      Thanks so much!

  • Oooh,I love Italy! And these photos look so amazing,I can just imagine eating grapes and prosciutto on a terrasse surrounded with hills :D
    Btw,I hope you recovered from the stomach flu :)

    • rae

      Italy really is amazing, isn’t it?! And yes I did, luckily it was only a 24-hour bug! Thanks, Aluminah!

  • Italy is gorgeous. Love these pictures … there’s a vintage look and vibe about them. x

    Maria // | A Lifestyle Blog.

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Maria! So glad that you enjoyed them!

  • I would love to visit Italy one day. Love those photos, they all look like a cozy place to be!


    • rae

      Really hope that you get to one day, Reena!

  • Oh my gosh… such great photos… daydreaming…wanderlust…

    All the Cute
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    • rae

      Thanks so much, Amber!

  • I would absolutely love to visit Tuscany someday! Your photos capture the area so perfectly. I visited Milan & Florence earlier this year, but it was too cold to make a trip to Tuscany. Fingers crossed it happens soon!


    Looks by Lau

    • rae

      Really hope that you get to one day, Christina! And thank you so much – so glad you liked these photos! Never been to Milan but I would love to go one day and Florence is absolutely amazing!

  • These are gorgeous images and it is my absolute dream to visit Italy one day, especially all the old villages and rustic towns! I love my London town, there’s definitely something about it that makes you feel so alive! :)

    Heather Xx

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Heather! And yes, London is such a magical place.

  • sileas

    What would I give to be there right now… The rainy weather is kinda depressing. Italy really is unique and your photos perfectly captured its beauty!

    • rae

      Really hope you get to go to Florence soon!

  • great photos! it’s amazing how a place can do that to your heart huh? :) i think my heart is with New Zealand… or Greece.

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Wynne! Never been to New Zealand or Greece – really hope to go one day!

  • Anastasia

    You can “breathe” nature through these pictures!


    • rae

      Thank you so much, Anastasia!

  • These photos are definitely feeding my need to run off to Italy. I’ve never actually been, but I often think about how picturesque it must be. Beautiful post!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

    • rae

      So glad that they could be a bit of a bridge between your next trip to Italy! Thank you!

  • I would love to go to Italy

    Lauren x |

    • rae

      Really hope that you get to go to Italy one day, Lauren! It is such an incredible place!

  • Emma Engmark

    Wow, such beautiful pictures.

    My heart will always belong to Singapore – either you love or hate the place, and I definitely love it <3

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Emma! So glad that you like these photos! I have never been to Singapore, but I really hope that I one day get to make it there and decide if I love it or hate it!

  • idu

    Amazing! I so want to go back there.

    • rae

      Really hope that you get to one day, idu!

  • Raindrops of Sapphire

    Your photos of Tuscany are so pretty! I have been there myself and I can say first hand how amazing of a place it is too, lucky to be there!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • rae

      Thank you so much, so glad that you liked these images!

  • These pictures are gorgeous! I’ve wanted to go to Tuscany for so long because I think it looks absolutely breathtaking from the pictures I’ve seen! Maybe someday, haha. I actually really enjoy Greece though – I can’t remember the exact city, but the blue blue sea against the perfectly white houses and the pink flowers crawling up the walls… definitely a place to go if you have the chance. Lovely post as always! :)

    • rae

      Oh I really hope that you are able to one day make it to Tuscany, it really is such a beautiful place to visit. I have never been to Greece but it has also been on my list of places to visit for forever. Thanks, Samantha!

  • Irreplaceable_fashion

    The photos are perfect <3

    • rae

      Thank you so much!

  • Wow beautiful photos, I’d love to go to Tuscany one day!

    xx Melis

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Melis! Really hope you are able to go to Tuscany one day too!

  • The photos are beautiful! I would really like to visit Tuscany one day, the scenery looks amazing.

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Kelly, so glad you liked the photos! Really hope you get to visit Tuscany some day soon!

  • Danielle Beautyblog

    Italy looks beautiful! Never been before but I would love to visit in the future!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • rae

      Really hope you are able to visit one day, Danielle!

  • Beautiful pictures! Italy, especially Tuscan really is unique! It must have been amazing to be there!

    xo, Esther

    • rae

      Oh I agree entirely Tuscany is absolutely amazing!

  • That place looks so peaceful. I’d like to visit it one day :)

    • rae

      Really hope you are able to one day!

  • Oh no! I’m sorry you got a stomach flu. It sucks that you had to go through that but at least you still managed to have a good time.

    sierra | @itsberrystylish  

    • rae

      Luckily stomach flus do not happen too many times a year, it just happened to come at quite an inopportune time! And yes, I did make the most of it!

  • Tuscan looks like a beautiful place, no wonder why it captured your heart! London is one of my favourite cities, I still have a lot to discover in that city.

    • rae

      Yes, Tuscany is so special and beautiful and London is such a great city I can totally understand why it is one of your favorite cities!

  • Tuscany is so gorgeous! I haven’t been to Italy in years! It really is a special place. Lovely photos!

    • rae

      It really is! And yes, Italy in general is such an incredible place.

  • Tuscany? And Florence? Amazing!! Your photos are incredible. I’m really holding out to travel to Paris!

    Love your blog a whole lot Rae!!! Excited to keep updated with you! :)


    • rae

      Thank you so much, Raashi, so glad you liked the photos and hope you get to travel to Paris soon! So glad you love LFB! Really hope you will follow on bloglovin’ so you do not miss any new posts!

  • Sophie Smith

    Ah so jealous! It’s such a beautiful place! Your photos are incredible, they’re making me wish I was relaxing in the sun

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Sophie! Hope you get to relax in the sun sometime soon!

  • These photos are so breath taking, ahh I’m so jealous that you have seen so many places! I haven’t flown out of my home country yet but can’t wait to experience the world!

    • rae

      Thank you so much! I count myself very lucky that I have been able to travel so much and see so many places. Hope you get to see more of the world soon too but there are also a ton of incredible things that are often simply hiding in our own backyards too.

  • Wow incredible photos!!! Take me with you next time?? ;)


    • rae

      Thank you so much, Tina!

  • Rita Dias

    I just felt in love with your blog…it´s really good! =) congrats for the awesome work!
    love from portugal ;)

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Rita! So glad that you like LFB and I really hope that you will follow so you can stay up to date with all new posts!

  • Your images are so beautiful! Italy has captured me right from when I was little (and because I have Italian heritage) and has been on my travel bucketlist for ages!

    Pop over to my blog!


    • rae

      Thank you so much, Sarah, so glad that you liked the photos! And I really hope that you make it to Italy one day!

  • Lor

    Wow, beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing! You have a very nice blog, Rae :)

    ~Lor @

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Lor!

  • Aiste

    Wondeful pictures!

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Aiste!

  • These photos are amazing! I love Italy especially the north area ^-^

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Sarah and yes Italy is incredible!

  • Such gorgeous photos!! I feel like i’m there!

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Brooke!

  • Tal

    Beautiful photos and I love love love your style of writing! Keep it up!

    Ole Henriksen “Little Wonders” Set Review

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Tal!

  • Amber Rathvon

    These photos are gorgeous – Italy is truly breathtaking. Thank you for visiting my blog – and let me know if you’d like to follow each other. =)

    I hope you are having a great week so far!


    • rae

      Thanks so much, Amber and I could not agree with you more! Italy is really something special.

  • I know how you’re feeling, Grasse was the city that made me in love with France (And reading the lucinda riley novel lavender garden shortly after my stay)


    • rae

      I have never been to Grasse but I just looked it up on google and it looks absolutely beautiful so I totally understand how you fell in love with France after visiting!

  • Oh wow, these photos are so beautiful. I haven’t visited Italy as much as I’d like to – everytime somebody posts about Italy I think “I must get there again!”. I am glad you liked London, too :)

    • rae

      Thanks so much! This was my very first time going to Italy, but after visiting, I can completely understand having the feeling of wanting to go back each time you hear about it.

  • I absolutely love your photos! I have yet to make it to Europe, but Italy is top on my list. I’m sure if I ever plan a trip I’ll be begging you for the best places to visit. xo
    Kelsey |

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Kelsey! So glad that you liked them. Really hope you make it over to Europe as well, as there are so many incredible places to see here! And yes, you can always shoot me an email if you are looking for any tips about where to go. I have also blogged about places as well during my travels so feel free to check out the travel section of the blog!

  • rae

    I was certainly lucky to be someplace beautiful while sick, but it did make doing my job and enjoying the location a bit difficult. I have never been to Portovenere but I would love to visit one day. The fortress ruin sounds incredible.