back in barletta!

Even though I’ve done it too many times to count, it still boggles my mind that I can leave my sweet, little, childhood home home and in the same day be back in noisy, bustling, sunny Barletta. The flights were great (maybe I’m actually used to them now) and I had two very funny seat mates who were leaving home to study abroad in Italy. I told them, “I am you future then, as I am going to marry the man I met studying abroad. And here’s my wedding dress underneath my seat.” They freaked. 
Airport notes I took: 
-Tired travelers and tourists mosey along, looking lost, and then, in a puff of perfume, a pack of stewardesses briskly click by in their comfortable heels holding Starbucks and chatting, heads high like the popular girls at school. 
-Want to know where I feel the most underdressed? The airport in Italy.

Now, for those curious about our new apartment, here are a few little glimpses.
 Halleluia, space for clothes! Consider that this was where we had to keep everything before, even out of season things.
Spiral staircase!
Glorious, glorious kitchen! I can’t even tell you how excited I am to cook in it. Actually, yes, I can tell you. I AM SO EXCITED TO COOK IN IT. 

Terrace breakfast nook!
As you can see, there aren’t enough exclamation points to tell you how much I love it, and how great it feels to be an adult in a real house that has heat, water that doesn’t run out, countertops, a bed that isn’t a mattress on the floor and a door that opens with a remote control! 
Hope you are well! So glad you all like this week’s giveaway
P.S. It must be mentioned that we live above a candy store called Chocolate Land. :)

43 comments:

  1. Welcome home!


    The new apartment looks great! We just moved into our new home this past weekend and are loving settling in!

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  2. Angela Tanti9/19/2012

    Your new place looks amazing! Congrats :) Can't wait to see more. Exciting times ahead for you guys

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  3. Your new apartment looks AMAZING! I'm seriously drooling over your kitchen right now :)


    Welcome home... I'm sure Manu is so happy to have to back!


    xxx
    Jenna

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  4. 17 Perth9/19/2012

    Wow!!! Your new place is fantastic! That kitchen and terrace in Italy---ahhh--yes....a little piece of heaven.

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  5. Elizabeth McCormack9/19/2012

    I am beaming with excitement!!!! love the story about the girls you sat next to on the plane. hilarious. And i LOVE the new place! More fotes soon???

    xoxoxo love to you!

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  6. OMG. I am obsessed with your new place! Also, way to freak out the college kids. Geeze! lol.

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  7. YAY to a bigger space and storage! The breakfast nook has got yo be my favorite, so lovely!

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  8. Holy moly, that apartment is fantastic! Congrats!

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  9. Brigette9/19/2012

    haha, I love that interaction with the students! too perfect! the new place looks wonderful, so much space and I love the staircase. I upgraded a year ago to an apartment with a big kitchen after having one about the size of your old one. It is heaven, enjoy!

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  10. Stephanie9/19/2012

    I want to come back as you in my next life.

    There. I said it.

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  11. How cute! Yay for a large kitchen and I love your breakfast nook!

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  12. wintersundays9/19/2012

    *swoon* Congrats on your new home and your engagement!

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  13. I was waiting to see photos of the new place!!

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  14. Shari @ The Daily Dish9/19/2012

    I'm IN LOVE with your apartment. It's the cutest thing I've ever seen and I can't wait to see more. And the fact that it's above a candy store? Extra bonus. Enjoy it my friend! :)

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  15. This looks BEAUTIFUL Marissa, enjoy every moment here! Living over a chocolate shop would be too much of a temptation for me...but for now I'm still off bread!!! Have a wonderful week sweetie! xo

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  16. thank you m.a.!!!!! haha! good for you, i should be off bread too but it's too good to resist. :) hope you have a great week too my dear!

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  17. thank you shari! haha, it is so cute! ooh the candy store will be tempting!!

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  18. yeah! thanks kirby! i'll show you all more later! :)

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  19. yay so glad you like it! thank you so much!

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  20. thanks laura! you could totally appreciate the big kitchen being a foodie yourself! :)

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  21. thank you brigette! it's great to upgrade every now and then! i will enjoy it, thanks dear!

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  22. mine too! and the kitchen!

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  23. haha i know, i'm sure they were sufficiently worried. :)

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  24. yessss my darling! once i get it all set! :)

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  25. you said it! heaven it is! :)

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  26. haha i'm drooling too! it's such a drastic improvement from the last one! thank you jenna dear!

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  27. absolutely! :) thank you angela!

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  28. thank you so much! congrats on your new place as well, isn't unpacking the worst?

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  29. carrie @ plums in the icebox9/20/2012

    marissa, this looks amazing! your kitchen alone is to die for!

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  30. mary {figwittage}9/20/2012

    ZOMG! What an idyllic place to live! And to live above Chocolate Land?! I would be squealing with delight, so happy for your new digs! xx

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  31. Mary Krulia9/20/2012

    Oh my goodness! Your new place is so charming!! Congrats!

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  32. Dancing Branflake9/20/2012

    Oh my freak! This place is amazing! That spiral staircase alone belongs in a magazine. Wow! Go Manu!

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  33. krystal/avillagetown.com9/20/2012

    the kitchen!! i'm so excited for you :)

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  34. krystal/avillagetown.com9/20/2012

    hahaha i found a freak!

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  35. jillian9/20/2012

    i ADORE that patio!! soooo sweet! and the spiral staircase and the kitchen :) :) yah!! so many great things in your new home! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  36. The new home looks fantastic! I imagine you upon seeing the kitchen for the first time jumping up onto the counter tops and hugging them :)
    xM

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  37. thank you my dear! i can't believe it compared to last year's...

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  38. thanks jill!!!! it's great having all these fun little nooks!

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  39. La Chapstick Fanatique9/25/2012

    ah your new places is awesome! i am so jealous of your kitchen.

    http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

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  40. You have space for clothes!!! I can't believe how much I took my closets in the US for granted, completely naive to the fact that closets aren't abundant all over the world.
    Love your spiral staircase, my first apartment in France had one.

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