portofino, italia!

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well, it took a minute, but i finally have (way too many!) photos to share with you from the final portion of our time in europe last month, when we were in portofino and also portovenre, italy.

this batch of photos is from our time in portofino! i also have a lot of video footage that i need to finish editing, so it should make its way to my youtube channel later this week so be on the look out over there! even though i love photos so much, the videos from this trip are my favorite just because video tends to capture so much more than a photo can. i’m definitely preferring my video camera to regular camera these days.

i’m sorry for the delay in getting these up… maybe it doesn’t bother anyone but me when my posts are out of order (and if it does, i get you!)… i’m probably just outing my OCD right now. ;)  i have been trying to keep on top of the blog since we got back from canada, but i have also been trying to wean conrad from breastfeeding (he’s been doing so great with it! but me on the other hand, not so much). my body really goes through it when i wean and it’s been a very painful and uncomfortable and emotional time for me. it takes me a really long time for my body to loose all my milk and the process ain’t fun. but hopefully it is almost over and oh my gosh am i looking forward to sleeping on my stomach and side again (and you know, basic things like standing or sitting without throbbing pain, too.)

i know i already talked about this when i shared our photos and videos from our time in vernazza and monterosso al mare in cinque terre, but a lot of you have asked about our itinerary so here is what we did and why. after switzerland, we drove to genova, italy and decided to stay there and do a day trip to portofino, which is just about 45 minutes away. we found a better deal on a hotel in genova and wanted to be close to a congregation for our church that sunday morning and there was one there. we did the same thing when we went to cinque terre a few days later by staying in portovenere (and renting a boat and boating into the towns around cinque terre). this worked so well, because a lot of the beaches we wanted to see you could only get to by boat or hiking in, and also we were able to save a bit of money on our accommodations. hope that makes sense and is helpful!

a few of our favorite photos from portofino…

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this place was like a dream, it had such incredible old charm around the port and against the blue sky, it was something else.
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you know you’re a family of five when you order 4 pizzas at the table and there aren’t any leftovers!!! my kids know how to eat pizza and it makes me so proud. ;)

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it just doesn’t get old, this view.

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so glad this guy is my travel buddy for life, because he doesn’t complain one bit when everyone wants to be carried. i can only carry one child for a short period of time, but he’ll do three for a good while. i think overall it was a good idea not to bring a stroller with us on this trip just because for the most part, all three of our kids prefer to walk these days and i’m often pushing an empty stroller when we’re out. also, we didn’t do much public transportation on this trip from place to place which is where it really has come in handy for us in the past.  we rented a car for our entire trip and drove around a good amount this time (but always for pretty short distances) since we were in italy and then switzerland and then back to italy. we had learned from our last trip to italy a few years ago that cinque terre is not very stroller friendly since there are endless stairs everywhere, so that was also a big deciding factor this time around. so since we were hiking the alps or driving in or boating into different beach towns and ports, it made sense to leave it home this time. i do forget how handy it is though in airports when you’re racing to your gate or when everyone is asleep when your plane lands and you can’t just transfer them into a stroller to sleep more but have to kind of wake them up while carrying them. so in hind sight, maybe it’s worthwhile to have a small umbrella type stroller just for those airport moments or similar situations. or else just find yourself a josh who is willing to haul everyone for a good while when you’re in a bind. ;)

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we rented a boat in portofino for the day and drove it to a small beach called san fruttuoso which is only accessible by boat. the beach was beautiful and i’m so glad we did it. we had one of the best afternoons just playing and hanging out together there.  funny side story… when you arrive at the beach, you park your boat by tying it to a buoy and taking a water taxi the rest of the way to the beach (since it was in a protected wildlife area). well, we couldn’t park our boat close enough to the available buoy to tie it up because another boat was in the way, so i had to jump into the water and try to bring our boat’s rope to the buoy to tie it up (josh would have done it but conrad was napping in the baby carrier on his chest so i had to face my fears and go for it.) i had seen that shark movie the shallows with girlfriends a few weeks before and honestly, i seriously thought i might not make it out alive. especially since it took me forever to tie up our boat because i was trying to tread water and also remember how to properly tie knots from my girl scout days so our boat wouldn’t float away after we left it.

when i swam back to our boat and was climbing up the back ladder, eleanor was all, “hey look over there!” and to our left there were maybe 20 jelly fish right at the side of our boat! it was insane! we saw someone get seriously hurt at the beach in bermuda by a portuguese man-o-war in june, so i know those things don’t mess around. i’m so glad i didn’t spot any in the water until i was back on the boat and also so glad no one got hurt! later on in the day, in a different unprotected area, josh anchored the boat so he could dive in and swim in the mediterranean and i was having such a panic attack. there was no way i was getting in. samson and conrad swam with him for a minute just on the side of the boat but my paranoia was too intense. i made them come back in rather quickly. it’s just not my thing. i sound like such a wimp and i’m getting bothered at myself for even sharing, but i just don’t like the water and it’s not getting any easier, it’s just getting worse. LOVE TAZA ITALY 2016-BJHGF09JSE-26

a photo from the water taxi taking us to the beach!

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after our water taxi dropped us off on some big rocks by shore, we hiked up and then down this pathway overlooking this beautiful cove of the beach, called san fruttuoso.
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her little criss crossed legs! such a lady.

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happy to be ON the boat! (also don’t look too closely at my razor burn on my legs. you all know how much i hate shaving. it’s a daily struggle.)

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you’ll see this in the video from portofino that i’ll get up in the next couple of days, but i definitely fell over when i tried to let go of the boat for a second here! haha. it’s super graceful. i was a dancer after all. ;) (and incase you can’t read that sarcasm since this is text after all, it was not graceful. at all.)

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and he says he can’t multitask. :)

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boating away from portofino!

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the beaches are so rocky that conrad was mostly fascinated with picking up and throwing rocks! another funny side note, eleanor started a rock collection all on her own a few months back, and she collected so many rocks in italy. i told her as we were leaving our hotel the last night that it was probably best if she just chose one rock to bring home with her.  but the next morning when i was unpacking here in new york, i found so many little rocks in the most random spots in our luggage! haha. she totally tried to sneak more home and it explains why our luggage was extra heavy on the return trip. i love her. bless her and that ridiculous rock collection.

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the water taxis!

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you could borrow floaties from the life guard at this beach so eleanor and samson tied up the whale to the post and wrestled the alligator all on their own which had us rolling as we watched them from our beach chairs. such a riot.

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a face covered in fresh strawberry stains and a whole lotta vespas to play with. he was in heaven, this sweet boy of mine.

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i love this picture of eleanor sitting so straight looking on at portofino. she climbed up there and hung out for a good while. it was very sweet.

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josh loves his prosciutto and melon. i just love the coca cola when we travel. :)

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this kid twisting his spaghetti and eating such big bites! do you see those little freckles on his nose? gosh i love him.

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portofino was definitely wonderful. i don’t think you need more than a day or two to explore this area. maybe you do if you want to really do everything, but we felt we got such a great taste for it while we were there and really loved it. stay tuned for our video from portofino on my youtube channel soon!

ps. here’s my blue swimsuit (on sale for half price!), my floral dress, wearing these sunglassesteva sandals and similar hat here and here.

 

 

  1. Rena

    Italy is always great! Fortunately I live very near to this wonderful country so it is easy for me to visit it :) Love your blue swimsuit and how cool your kids have even Italian toys! Enjoy!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  2. your Italy trip looks so much fun! The kids seemed enjoying it a lot too. And I love your swimsuit. flyingkittyadventures.com

  3. Claire

    All of these pictures make me want to go to Italia so badly!
    It’s always a real pleasure to come and take a look at your blog Naomi, really it’s like a bit of hapiness! ;)

    PS. You always rock one piece swimsuits like a star!

    All the best from France,
    Claire.

  4. Carly

    First of all… these photos are SO cute and amazing. What a special trip.

    And for the razor burn… you NEED to try L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil. It starts as an oil and with water it turns to a very, very light foam– perfect for shaving. It is a game changer!!!!!!!

  5. When I first learned how to twist spaghetti, I thought it was the coolest thing ever! I was so upset whenever the teachers would cut up our spaghetti at lunch to make it “easier” for us to eat :P // I love Eleanor’s hair! Also loving your floral dress :) // Kids are so brave! Which can sometimes get a little stressful for parents :P -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  6. saskia

    Beautiful photos and what a lovely place.

  7. Bianca

    Naomi, you look so gorgeous with that blue bathing suit!!

  8. Megan

    These pictures are absolutely amazing!! I cannot get over E’s little legs crossed on the boat… seriously the cutest

    // http://lifeplusbe.com/

  9. Jessica

    I share your (creature filled) water fears! I love how beautiful it is though!! I was freaking out on my 8 year old this weekend when we were at the beach and him & daddy kept going out further in the waves? Lovely post!

  10. Celia

    I get your paranoia! Same here. Im always nervous when my boyfriend swims far from the shore.
    you are brave for jumping into the water.
    I used to be carefree, until I saw a shark fin in the photos I took of the beach where I was swiming. It took me years to swim without fear again. ha!

  11. Stephanie

    How is Josh holding Eleanor on his back?

    also try venus razors. no razor burn ever. and no shaving cream required :)

    Lovely photos!

  12. Natali

    Ah… Majestic Italy!!! Looks like a perfect spot to live life to the fullest! Beautiful photos!

    http://lartoffashion.com

  13. Carly

    Looks like such an amazing place to visit! Your kiddos are getting to do so many boat trips. They must be loving it and you look gorgeous in that swimsuit!
    Carly from http://www.AModernMomBlog.com

  14. Allison

    Naomi, these pictures are so beautiful! What a great trip this seems to have been. You’re totally killin’ it in that bathing suit. As for the razor burn, try shaving with your conditioner! I used to have such bad razor burn but when I started doing this, it was definitely a game changer. The only thing is it can kinda gunk up your razor so you gotta clean it off each time. Give it a shot! :)

  15. Roxanne

    Hi, Naomi! Mind sharing what video camera you guys use? xo

  16. Michelle

    Hey Naomi, I love the swimsuit and I followed a link-but it goes to a d cup swimsuit. Not to get too personal, but is that the one you got, or do they make it in a smaller cup size ?

  17. Alicia

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who will happily go ON the water, but not IN the water. No thanks! I’m going to struggle hard with letting my son get in the ocean when he gets older. Pools? No problem. Open water? Death trap.

  18. Yaindy Lara

    Everything looks so beautiful, and that pizza umm Yumm!any hotels you can recommend? We are planning our trip for Italy next year. Also any planning tips. I suck a planning lol

  19. Heidi

    Hi Naomi ? Beautiful photos as always. We head to Italy in less than two weeks and this post has left me thrilled!!

    Have you tried peppermint essential oil? It’s helps dry up milk supply and is so easy to use. Let me know if you’re interested in trying it and I will send you a sample!

    Live inspired,
    Heidi

  20. Justine

    Do you pin Eleanor’s buns? So cute!

  21. hanna

    The trip looks so cool –Hanna Lei

  22. It’s an amaizing place, as well as your photos!! This trip is in my bucket wish!!

    Kisses from France

  23. Lauren Bee

    I have three things to say:

    1. Beautiful photos – as always!

    2. Your fear of water is super common and I love that you’ve mentioned it on your blog. It actually makes me feel a little relieved that you’re human! Sometimes it’s difficult not to compare ourselves to others on the internet. I’m glad you’re able to share and I hope you don’t feel silly about it, because you never know who you might be helping :)

    3. Eleanor is a girl after my own heart – I also have a ridiculous rock collection from beaches all over the world!

  24. Paige

    These pictures are all so gorgeous! How lucky you are to travel the world with your family!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  25. Fatou

    Hi Naomi! Just trying to wean my 2 years old and not being successful at all. Any tips on this? Pleassseeeee,…!!!

  26. Randi

    DREAMY!!!!!!!!! This post gives me the urge to travel. Maybe after the next baby arrives in 15 weeks. A family road trip to Italy is now on the top of my list to do.

    Xo, Randi
    http://eye-see-you-randi.blogspot.com

  27. Wow! This looks super fantastic. I have no doubt that you had so much fun!!!! We did a trip to Germany with our kids 2 summers ago. Trips are such a fantastic way to make great family memories.

  28. shira

    How do you guys plan your trips? Can you provide more details about where you stayed, where you rented boats etc.. you plan such great trips it would be great to get more detailed info!

  29. Erica

    Love following your travels! We are off to Europe with our two little ones in a week and I’m SO hopping you’ll post your travel tips in time (and I can’t wait to hear about the no- stroller decision)!

    Thanks for sharing!

  30. Yaritza

    I started following your blog a couple of months ago and I’m just enjoying reading all your post and your family it just adorable! God Bless!

  31. Victoria

    You have such a lovely family, Naomi! Haha Conrad makes me laugh every time! :)

  32. Nevena

    Hey, Naomi! I have been following your blog for several years now (since I became a mother of twins) and I just wanted to tell you that you are such a ray of lights in my everyday life! Nowadays young mothers lack adequate role models and in my opinion you are doing such a great job as one!I definitely look up to you in my attempts to be a positive influence on my family. I just wanted to thank you! :)

    P.S. For you legs try venus razors, or a shaving cream. I lot of women in my country use wax (I don’t know if it’s a popular solution in USA).Take care! :)

  33. Crystal

    Hi Naomi,
    I noticed you mentioned maybe taking an umbrella stroller on your next trip. So when I saw this travel stroller I totally thought of you! Since your kids mostly want to walk, but you still might want to bring something. I thought it would be perfect for you guys.

    http://gbchildusa.com/products/pockit/

    I love your blog by the way!