Our Vacation in Pictures: New Orleans

Our trip to New Orleans was a work trip for Jeff (he was attending an IRA conference – thrilling!), but I opted to take the entire week off (after debating working remotely from the hotel) and wander on my own during the day…good decision, me! We stayed in the business district, which feels more like a modern city, but we were only a 5 minute walk from the French Quarter – and what an experience that is! It’s pretty much exactly what you picture – people of every age wandering the streets at every hour, drinks in hand, vendors and street performers vying for your attention. The architecture is beautiful – very similar to Savannah, with iron railings, lanterns, and lots of color. We had lots of good food, LOTS of drinks, and a little relaxation – all in all, it was a pretty great week (despite HOT temperatures, a ton of construction, and me getting lost multiple times – half the streets aren’t labeled!!). Bare with me…although I took my “good” camera, I didn’t use it once – all the below pics are from my (pretty old) iPhone.

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And we’re off!

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Sipping cold brew in the Ace Hotel

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Rooftop pooltime

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One night we went to eat at John Besh’s Italian restaurant, Domenica, and they gave us a complementary dessert because our food took forever to come out (we couldn’t have cared less). IT. WAS. DELICIOUS.

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The night gets a liiiittle blurry after this…

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Huge Ass Beers

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lol

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If you order an acai bowl, you have to photograph it. It’s the law.

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Lunch at Cochon Butcher

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Muffaletta!

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Jeff stood these on end and declared it “art.”

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Our vacation through pictures: Savannah

I finally got around to uploading and editing my photos from Savannah! Despite some shaky weather (it rained almost every day we were there), our trip to Savannah was one of my favorites yet, and it was definitely the best food I’ve ever eaten, anywhere. If you ever have the chance to visit Savannah, don’t pass it up…there’s just something about it that feels different than anywhere else I’ve ever been. The Spanish moss, the squares, the cobblestone streets with real gas lanterns on every building…it’s really a dreamy place. There are ordinances in the city preventing historical buildings from being altered, and any new building needs to match the architecture and design of the older, Antebellum buildings. All of this combined with the quirky local history and countless ghost stories makes Savannah unlike any other city. I’d love to return some day!

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As magical as horse-drawn carriages all over the place feels, I actually felt really bad for these horses 😦

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The waving girl!

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This fragrant garden was designed for blind people!

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Love the color of our AirBnB’s door.

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We LOVED this place.

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Fresh off the plane with a to-go-sa 🙂

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The coolest underground cocktail bar – the menu was an actual newspaper, and they make every cocktail you could possibly imagine. Jeff got to bring that glass with the weird guy on it home.

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Old, old haunted brewery

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Chillin’ out max in our hotel room.

 

Hold, please!

I’m still playing catchup from vacation, so I haven’t had time to post. I’ll be back soon…until then, here’s a shot of one of the 5 bajillion beautiful houses in Savannah.

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Don’t rain on my parade

We’re getting ready to head south tomorrow, and the forecast is looking pretty shaky – rain predicted for both Thursday and Friday, with cloudy days Saturday and Sunday. We won’t let a little rain ruin our good time, though – we’ll just have to get a little creative. Some ideas I’m kicking around:

Check out the SCAD Museum of Artscad-msm-art_540x242

Watch the rain fall from the covered deck of a riverboatriverboat

Shop the downtown design district949724b3732a9bc222a1f7db1a1c0680

Indulge our sweet tooth at Lulu’s Chocolate Bar328998ba9d870d4b224c841352b6f19d

Take a tour of Southbound Brewing CompanySouthbound Brewing Co. Savannah Brewery

Lounge over coffee & pastries at Le Cafe Gourmetls

And of course, some of our already-planned activities are perfect for a rainy day – a covered trolley tour is perfect for sub-par weather, and some drizzle will make our ghost tour all the more spooky! Bring it on, rain – we’re ready for you!

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Happy Friday

Happy Friday, friends! We leave for vacation next Thursday, so we’ll probably keep this weekend pretty low-key. Work gifted me some VIP tickets to a local minor-league baseball game for tomorrow night, so we might check that out if the weather’s nice. Other than that, I see a lot of lounging, probably some cleaning, and possibly a pool day in my future. I also downloaded “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt last night – it’s a novel about Savannah, and my mom insists that I read it before arriving. Apparently there are tons of landmarks and even a few people still around the city that she all but guaranteed we’d see at some point. So I’m going to dig in to that as well – possibly poolside! Have a fantastic weekend!

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Our honeymoon – Mallorca

After departing Barcelona, we arrived on the tiny island of Mallorca for the second half of our honeymoon. We landed in the capital city, Palma, and drove the 30 or so minutes through lush, mountainous terrain to the Port De Soller, where we spent the remainder of our trip. Port De Soller is a tiny port village, and a top travel destination for…Germany. We actually encountered more German people than Spanish during our stay, and a lot of the restaurants offered kind of a German/Spanish fusion. It was interesting, to say the least!

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Not too shabby for an airport

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Rugged terrain

Our hotel room had been listed as a “partial ocean view,” but upon arriving to our hotel and stepping onto our balcony, I had to catch my breath – right in front of my eyes was the most crystal-clear, turquoise water I had ever seen, littered with luxury yachts and fishing boats. It was truly incredible. We spent our days wandering the tiny, hilly town, lounging by the pool or on the beach, and sipping on tropical drinks. One day, we took a boat out to an untouched, natural beach (a Unesco World Heritage site, which means it’s protected from being altered), stopping along the way to take a dip in the crystal clear water. Once on the beach, we hiked up a (steep, kind of scary!) cliff to a restaurant overlooking the sea, and dined on Paella and wine. It was one of the most magical afternoons I’ve ever had.

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Our “partial ocean view”

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My husband, the movie star

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Haha…a bit of familiarity, overseas

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This hilarious German guy on our boat trip insisted on taking this pic. Thanks, German guy!

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Paradise

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I mean…

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Casual lunch view

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Steep terrain

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This view was totally worth it

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Toes in the sand…er, pebbles.

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Beach pup!

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Trolley to Soller

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Don’t mind if I do!

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Padron peppers with bacon -YUM

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Sleepy boo at breakfast

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Newlywed lovin’

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Funny little bathroom signs

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Could not get enough of these views

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Fresh orange juice

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Every restaurant in this village is outdoors…many of them literally didn’t have indoor seating.

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Stray gato!

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Dinner views

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Last dinner ❤

It really and truly was a week in paradise. Looking at these pictures is making me desperately wish I was back in Spain right now…maybe one day we’ll be lucky enough to return, and maybe explore the rest of the island.

Our honeymoon – Barcelona

With the one-year anniversary of our wedding approaching, I thought I’d share some shots from our dream honeymoon – a five-night stay in Barcelona, Spain, followed by a five-night stay in Mallorca, Spain. Since we’ve owned our home for several years and have most of the of the essentials we need, we decided to forgo the traditional wedding registry in favor of a honeymoon registry through Zola (which we LOVED – so simple to use, and the layout is beautiful). Our friends’ and families’ generous gifts allowed us to go on a honeymoon we thought we’d only dream of, and we can’t begin to say how grateful we are for their generosity.

First up: Barcelona.

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We decided on Barcelona for a few reasons: we both agreed that we wanted to go somewhere in Europe, and we were looking for the perfect combination of city/culture and beach/relaxation. We considered MANY options (Greece, Portugal, and Italy being the top contenders) before landing on Spain, but we ended up with zero regrets – Barcelona was everything we were hoping for and more. We spent our five days exploring the breathtaking architecture, wandering the streets and shops, and gorging ourselves on tapas, sangria, and so much ham. I’d love to return someday!

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View from our hotel’s rooftop bar

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Infinity pool

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Our hotel had the most amazing design

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Mah boo

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Just your average BCN building, NBD

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First (and best) churros con chocolate

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My favorite meal of the entire trip was at this tiny Italian restaurant

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The nightly menu is presented on this slate board…entirely in Italian

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This might be the best plate of food I’ve ever tasted

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So many bikes and mopeds

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Sagrada Familia

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Breathtaking

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Fresh juices at La Boqueria!

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Jamon

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A boy and his ham

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Cutest little tapas bar

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Las Ramblas

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Random cool street art…typical

Next up – Mallorca!

 

 

Savannah getaway

We’re heading down south for a long weekend to celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary, and I couldn’t be more excited! I created an activity-packed itinerary for this trip to optimize our brief stay, so I’m hoping to soak up as much of this gorgeous little city as possible. Here are just a few of the activities I have planned:

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Anniversary dinner at The Olde Pink House

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Strolls through Forsyth Park

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Hop-on, hop-off trolley tour

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Late-night ghost tour

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Drinks along River Street

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A dip in the Brice hotel’s pool

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Happy hour drinks in our rental’s adorable courtyard