we arrived in our little beach town of sestri levante in mid-afternoon on sunday, and within a couple of hours we were all ready to make a pact to come back. when i pictured this trip i hoped for the best: sleepy days by the beach, long dinners filled with food, wine and laughter, lemon trees and roses everywhere. and it was all of that and more - dare i say, it's probably the best vacation i have ever been on. these photos detail the surrounding grounds of the apartment we stayed at, the beach where we lazed the day away, and the surrounding hills and houses we wandered through if the mood struck us. i feel so lucky that i was able to experience such an amazing week in a tiny town i would never have discovered but for the wedding invite, yet perhaps in a town with a body of water called the "bay of fairy tales", i should have known it would be all i wanted and more.