Posts tagged travel
Posts tagged travel
Our trip was absolutely fantastic. Basically a two and a half week unforgettable dream of seeing amazing things, eating incredible food, meeting cool people, learning more about history, art, different cultures, ourselves, our relationship… really just an awesome experience that I will cherish forever.
Now it’s back to reality… lots of laundry, prepping for our move in 10 days and loads to catch up on at work. It’s ok, though. It was worth it.
A few notables:
If you’re going to any of these places and want some fun ideas, feel free to shoot me an email. I tried to write down as much of what we did as possible, the good and the bad, and I’d be more than happy to share!
PSA: Thanksgiving airfare finally went down a little bit today!
It may be time to book if you’ve been waiting for a good deal. And don’t forget to link through Ebates (I’m getting 10 bucks in cash back for our flights).
Looking forward to another great Turkey Day weekend in Atlanta!
Andrew and I heading to Chicago for the weekend to celebrate his sister’s birthday and finally explore the city everyone rants and raves about! I am super excited!
Chicago experts: Anything we must see, do, or eat while we’re there?
Riomaggiore on Italy’s Ligurian Coast
Love all the colors, shutters, angles and balconies in this photo.
Just found out I’ve been invited to a wedding in the French village of Pont-en-Royans next June! Doesn’t this place look like a dream?
Google Maps tells me it’s about two hours south of Switzerland, two and a half hours from the western border of Italy, and four hours from St. Tropez.
Eurotrip 2012? Oh yes…
Lobby of The Liberty Hotel - Boston, MA
For more than 100 years, this riverside property was a prison. Today, it’s a luxe hotel that retains the cell doors and catwalks from its past life.
I want to stay here! (image via preservationlovin)
Guess who is all booked for her first trip (ever!) to Chicago? ME!
Everyone always has the best things to say about this city, can’t wait to see it for myself!
(image via tiemylaces)
I may need a pair of these two-tone ballet flats ($64 from Marais USA)
Wouldn’t these be perfect for traveling? They’re versatile, great for lots of walking, wearable in every season and jazzy enough to be dressed up or down.
Cheers to the weekend!
I’m finally back in DC after an exhausting, but productive and fun week in Denver and New York. Don’t get me wrong, I love traveling, but when it’s go-go-go all the time, running around to meetings, eating out every meal, straying from your workout routine, acclimating to different time zones, living out of a suitcase, work stuff piling up in the background… eh, you get to the point where you just want to be at home and CHILL. Alas, it is what it is and I had a great time! Some highlights and things of note:
Glad to be back and am looking forward to catching up with what’s been happening on Tumblr! I’m actually heading down to Charlottesville tomorrow for Amanda’s bridal shower and bachelorette festivities - should be a lot of fun!
Hope everyone is doing well!
I’m taking my little sister to NYC for the very first time next weekend!
I’ve asked around for a few recommendations on what to do with a pre-teen in Manhattan and this is what I’ve come up with so far:
If anyone has any other fun ideas, please let me know! Thanks!
Next up on our travel list: Kraków, Poland!
I’m dying to go to Kraków. Everyone I’ve talked to who’s been says it’s unreal.
I’m back from Houston and my 5-day blogging hiatus. I hope ya’ll had a great weekend and that everyone on the East Coast was able to take advantage of the beautiful warm weather that decided to disappear as SOON as I got back to DC. Womp womp.
Anywho, our girls trip was so much fun and, frankly, I’ve been really homesick for Texas since we got back late Sunday night. Missing my fam, the heat and everything else that makes home so wonderful. Here are just a few of our trip highlights:
(apologies in advance for this longer-than-life post)
We picked out some new boots at my favorite Western store Cavender’s:
Posed for cheesy pictures in front of Reliant Stadium:
Cheered on all the sexy cowboys:
Learned way more about livestock production than we ever wanted to:
Rocked out to an incredible live performance by Zac Brown Band:
Spent hours shopping on Harwin for hair bows:
and lots of jewelry:
Feasted on delicious Mexican food and unbelievably strong ‘ritas at El Tiempo:
Went two-stepping and drank lots of Lone Star beer:
Escaped to my family’s lakefront paradise in Conroe, TX:
Cruised around with Captain Dad:
and survived a few near-death jet ski experiences:
Every time I go back home I appreciate it more and more. The people, the food, the culture… I just love it.
Texas really is the greatest country on Earth… ;)
Zac Brown Band killed it last night! Talk about unreal performers…
As always, good times and a great show at the Houston Rodeo!
Andrew and I had a blast during our short 24-hour jaunt to Charlottesville.
After battling through typical DC traffic, we left Saturday morning and made it down to C-ville just in time for lunch at Bellair Market, a sandwich shop connected to a gas station near the UVA campus. Per the cashier’s suggestion, we got the Ednam and Farmington sandwiches, both of which were made with delicious smoked turkey and fresh avocado on warm french rolls. So good. Perfect start.
Next stop was Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s famous mountaintop estate, where he lived with his family and slaves between 1772-1826. We took the more intimate ‘Behind the Scenes Tour’, during which we got to poke around the second and third floors of the house, see the bedrooms, the Dome room and the Nursery. We thought the whole place was really fascinating and definitely learned a lot, maybe even more than we needed to.
In typical tourist fashion, we bought a few knick-knacks at the gift shop and we’re pleasantly surprised to get a real $2 bill back in change, a Thomas Jefferson souvenir in and of itself.
Later that night, we gussied up and headed to dinner at Continental Divide, a small, but hoppin Mexican joint that came highly recommended by UVA alumna Malarie. Finding the place was kind of challenge, since the only thing indicating it’s an actual restaurant is a bright neon sign that says ‘Get In Here’:
And that we did. Everything we ordered totally hit the spot: goat cheese nachos, chicken and veggie fajitas, a Santa Fe Enchilada and house margaritas. I was impressed. Excellent tip, Mal!
After dinner activities involved bar-hopping around the ‘Downtown Mall’ (Zocalo, Miller’s and South Street Brewery) and a delicious cinnamon sugar crêpe from The Flat, a basement crêperie shack that Mary Anne suggested we try. I’d have a taken picture, but it was gone in near milliseconds. Oops.
When we woke up Sunday to rainy, dreary weather, we decided to forgo our vineyard tour and ended up sleeping in until NOON (a true triumph for early-risers like us). Before heading home, we stopped by the ‘legendary’ Bodo’s Bagels, another local hotspot everyone said we had to try, and absolutely fell in love with their Everything Bagel. I regret not getting a few to-go. A place as good as this would do so well in DC.
All in all, I thought Charlottesville was a very cool place… the perfect balance of small-town historic charm and a trendy college scene. If you haven’t been, I think it’s definitely worth a visit. I can’t wait to go back for this pretty girl’s Bachelorette Party in June!
Helpful Website of the Day: Points.com
If you travel a lot, this is gold! It’s a one-stop shop for managing all of your loyalty programs in one place: frequent flyer miles, hotel rewards, credit cards, etc. Plus, it helps you earn more by buying, exchanging, trading, and redeeming your hard-earned rewards.
It’s sweet. And definitely worth a look.