6.27.2015

top of the rock.

Before leaving for New York, I booked tickets to the top of the Rockefeller building. Seeing a grand view seemed really excited to me, and NYC didn't disappoint!
 ^^View of Central Park^^
^^Empire State Building^^

Once you make it to the top you can walk around the entire rooftop so there's a perfect 360° view of the city. I loved seeing the Empire State Building and Central Park in the distance.

I know I've said this before but it seems like once I come back from an amazing vacation, I'm only itching for more adventures. Next week we're heading to Wallace, Idaho to my parents cabin where we'll ride bikes in town and fit on our rooftop enjoying the sun (check out our previous 4th of Julys in this tiny town here and here). Stay tuned for more pictures!

6.25.2015

new york city.

Last week we went on a girls trip to New York City! I loved spending time with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Girl trips are kind of the best, right?
^^Times Square at night. There were SO many people but all of the city lights are amazing.^^
^^We took a ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. We actually got to go to the top of the Statue of Liberty which was neat.^^
 ^^High Line near Chelsea, NY. It's a raised paved walkway where the train tracks used to be.^^
 ^^Walking along the High Line.^^
^^We discovered this drinking fountain on the High Line, haha.^^
^^"Life was so much easier when we sat on the MET steps" -Blair Waldorf. While we were riding bikes through Central Park we had to stop at the MET for the obligatory Gossip Girl photo. I actually started watching Gossip Girl from Season 1 and I can't stop watching it...^^
^^The MOMA is free on Fridays so we were all in. I've never seen Andy Warhol's art before so it was unreal seeing it in person. The Marilyn Prints were definitely the highlight of the MOMA for me.^^
^^Dylan's Candy Bar. No candy should ever cost as much as theirs, but I love that the stairs are made out of candy and everything is so colorful in there^^.

New York is high up on my list for good food. We ate NY style pizza, tried out small cafes/diners, had pastries from Magnolia Bakery (we basically ate our way through New York).
Not pictured: Gigi show on Broadway, the 9/11 Memorial/Museum, and riding bikes through Central Park.

♥ NY!

5.30.2015

valley of fire in an instant.

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^^From top left to bottom right: Atlatl Rock, Fire Wave, Rainbow Vista, Elephant Rock, Natural Arch, Fire Wave^^

Just one more of our day trip to Valley of Fire. Instant photos are my favorite!

5.26.2015

valley of fire state park, nevada.

For Memorial Day we drove to Valley of Fire State Park, just outside of Las Vegas. I've wanted to go here for quite some time now, and before it gets too hot here (not sure how I'll manage in the Summer since it so hot today?!)
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^^Fire Wave. THIS was the reason I wanted to go to Valley of Fire. It was a quick 1.2 mile hike to this area and the views were totally worth it. Fire Wave reminds me of The Wave in Arizona, only it's free and you don't have to wait over a year for permits...^^
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^^I mean, come on. So unreal! These rock formations are over 450 million years old.^^
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^^Natural Arch Rock. Unfortunately there were signs everywhere telling us we couldn't climb the rock, but it was pretty to look at.^^
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^^We hiked another trail called Mouse's Tank. Along the way were hundreds of petroglyphs from over 4,000 years ago. There was a translation map at the beginning of the trail so it was interesting being able to interpret a few of the glyphs here and there.^^
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^^Atatl Rock. We climbed those stairs to see petroglyphs along the flat face of the rock. Atatl is a notched stick used to throw primitive spears and is the most famous petroglyph on the rock. One of the coolest parts about seeing petroglyphs is imagining how they actually climbed the rock to etch in the wall. I couldn't have done it without those stairs ;)^^
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^^Elephant Rock.^^

Note to Self: Next time we go to Valley of Fire, let's camp?!

5.05.2015

eschenbach, germany pt 2.

When we went to the Speinshart Monastery the inside was closed. We were all pretty bummed so we tried again a few days later and we had better luck. There was no one in there and I wasn't expecting such a gorgeous interior. The paintings were so detailed and there was hardly an inch of space that wasn't decorated. 

Take me back!

5.02.2015

paris, france.

On our flight home from Germany we had about a 24 layover in Paris so we tried to hit the most spots as possible during our short time there:
^^Eiffel tower^^
^^Notre Dame De Paris^^
 ^^We waited in a long line to take 400 steps to the top of the Notre Dame towers. Perfect 360° view of Paris^^
 ^^Gargoyles looking over the city on the Notre Dame^^
^^We debated going to the top of the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame. Going to the top of the Eiffel Tower is great, but I really wanted to see the Eiffel Tower when looking at a grand view of the city so we chose Notre Dame. The view didn't disappoint!^^
 ^^Cafe Angelina's. I've been looking forward to this day for many moons. The desserts and hot chocolate are to die for. If you ever go to Paris, make an effort to go here!^^
 ^^The Louvre. Unfortunately it's closed on Tuesday (the only day we were there) so we snapped a few pictures outside. Next time.^^
 ^^My mom and I decided to walk from the Louvre back to the Eiffel Tower again to see the sun set behind it. On the way we discovered the famous love lock bridge.^^
 ^^The sun set and there was no line to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower so we went to the top. Sigh. Can I move here?^^
^^We stayed near the Eiffel Tower to see the lights twinkle at 10PM.^^

Our one day stay in Paris was so fun (and I totally get all of the hype about the city of love now). France, I love you!

4.27.2015

boleslawiecki, poland.

^^We took a three hour drive from Czech Republic to Poland through farm land, villages, and mountains and arrived at this castle built in the 1500's. I couldn't wait to wake up in the morning to get a better view of the place we slept in the night before.^^
^^Front of the palace we stayed in^^
^^View from our room. Can I move in?^^
^^Sisters in Poland ♥^^
^^Going pottery cray in Poland. Don't tell my husband...^^
We spent the day driving around Boleslawiecki from store to store collecting all sorts of pottery. I wish we had these easily available in the states! The patterns are so unique  I ended up scoring a Polish cake plate, pitcher, lemon squeezer, and a few other small things for our house. I'm loving these day trips and wish this vacation could last longer!

Note to self: Next time, take an extra luggage for pottery ;)

Next stop: Paris, France