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Italy

I am writing this blog post a bit late, 9 months late, so excuse my brevity for this particular country – it deserves more words than I can give it at the moment.

I have now spent over a month in Florence alone, Italy is simply an enchanting country and often times the only country in Europe that people want to visit more than once. My personal opinion, in comparing European countries, it has more bang for your buck (unfortunately I do not mean that in the financial sense). It has a lot to offer, beautiful beaches, delicious food, amazing history, nice people, stylish fashion, scenic landscapes, and of course amazing and cheap wine! We mainly visited Italy this past summer for a wedding in Sorrento but I’m glad that we were finally able to visit a different part of the country that we may have never decided otherwise. I’m not going to lie, my favorite part of Sorrento was the lemons and the tomatoes, beyond amazing.

~Caroline

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The caprese in Italy is simply amazing, I almost ordered it at every single meal.

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This is the best sandwich place in the world. Fresh ingredients, made to order, hidden behind the flea market on a side street in Florence. It does not get any better than this, we ate here 3 times in 5 days. Bondi Focaccine.

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My birthday dinner from Borgo Santi Apostoli in Florence.

France

We took a 2.5 hour train from Amsterdam to Paris. We had in an amazing time in France mainly due to being with good friends and eating good food. We spent a few days in Paris with an amazing photographer friend, Stacy Reeves, and her husband. She showed us some of the best spots in town to eat which is really my favorite thing to do in another country. It was surprisingly hot in Paris while we were there, it never gets as hot as Texas can but without AC every where it starts to feel as hot as Texas! After Paris, we took the 5 hour train down to Nice where us and some other friends from Texas spent 6 days relaxing on the sunny, rocky, topless beaches. We drank wine, ate dried sausage, and took a side trip to Monaco. With the exception of the first 3, all of these were shot with my iphone :)

 

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Monaco

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Monaco

au petit sud oest duck dinner and dessert

Duck dinner from au petit sud oest with a sampling of creme brulee. The best duck we have ever had, it fell right off the bone.cafe de musees dinner

Dinner from cafe de musees.

french desserts

Ahhh the desserts of France!! The French know their desserts! To the left is something I never would have ordered but I’m so glad Stacy did. It is a ____, like a fluffy whipped milk in a sweet cream. The top right is the popular grenata, similar to a slushy but without the artificial flavor. Last but not least, macaroons. The best flavors and combinations, so amazing, definitely one of my favorite desserts.

l'ecole de nice dinner

Dinner from L’ecole de Nice.

na yucca dinner in nice france

Our last dinner in France from Ma Yucca. There seem to be a lot of restaurants in Nice with a Japanese influence. Ma Yucca seemed to have the best ratings on Trip Advisor and it did not disappoint!

Dallas Indian Wedding | Samantha + Rajiv

dallas indian wedding photography

Photo by Caroline

Samantha & Rajiv hosted an amazing 3 day event in Dallas this past October. The event started at Samantha’s parent’s home with a theme of lights and henna for the girls. The sangeet held place at the Renaissance Hotel’s brand new ballroom. Performances were made by many family members & friends as well the Roarin’ Raas Dance Team, from Rice University with surprise appearance by Rajiv himself! The wedding day included a baraat lead by DJ Yogi on the shut down streets in front of the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas. The hindu ceremony lasted an hour and included the traditions of exchanging the garland, the panigrahana, where the groom takes the bride’s hand in front of fire, and the saptapadi, where the groom leads the bride around the fire 7 times as they are tied together. After lunch and a short break the 800 person party was kicked off with magicians, centerpieces as tall as me, a hip-hop flutist, & a comedian MC (Paul Varghese). I expected nothing less as the dance party lasted into the wee hours of the morning! Thank you to Events by Hala for making sure everything ran smoothly and to Todd Events for making it beautiful!


sangeet entrance

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sangeet performances at the renaissance hotel in dallas

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sangeet performances at the renaissance hotel in dallas

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raaj dancers at sangeet

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rice university raaj dancers at wedding

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indian bride receiving gift

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baraat on white horse in dallas

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indian baraat in downtown dallas

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baraat celebration

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bride watching baraat from window

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indian bride and groom exchanging garlands

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indian bridesmaid saris in turquoise and coral

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hindu wedding ceremony

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hindu wedding ceremony

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million dollar indian wedding ceremony at the omni hotel in dallas

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omni dallas indian wedding photography

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dallas indian wedding photography

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million dollar indian wedding reception in Dallas

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events by hala wedding reception

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large wedding at omni hotel in dallas

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firework entrance at wedding reception

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omni hotel wedding reception

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indian bride and groom first dance

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bride in gold sparkle sari

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light up dance floor at wedding reception

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dallas indian wedding photography

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dallas indian wedding photography

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fireworks at wedding over dallas skyline

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