Browsing Category:

travel

In travel on
January 31, 2017

falling water


this past weekend, I made the long drive to canada to hang out with Brianna, my boyfriend Brendan’s little sister, before she leaves for another semester of school in California. we’ve been wanting to go to Niagara Falls for a while so we finally decided to go. it was so so cold but it was definitely worth it. no matter how many times I see it, im always in awe of seeing the force and magnitude of the falls. I’m looking forward to going back when the ferry boats are running because I went a few months ago and it was such a cool experience! till next time Niagara Falls!

In holidays, travel on
December 28, 2016

oh christmas tree

 photo 5B678985-E90D-447F-9366-F2E920E33FDF_zpsqn1q5oc8.jpg

when I read an article a few weeks back about how the biggest tree in canada was at the toronto eaton mall, I knew I had to see it! I had been to the massive mall in the heart of toronto before and they have just about every store you can imagine so I was excited to go again. the tree certainly didn’t disappoint and was probably close to 6 or 7 stories tall! I had seen massive trees before but never indoors and never with so many ornaments! we also looked at the beautiful window displays at hudson’s bay and saks fifth avenue which I thought were every bit as beautiful as the displays on fifth avenue in new york city. we walked around some more and bought some last minute gifts then piled in the car and headed to christmas eve service. tho it was last minute and we had to wake up early, spending christmas eve day in toronto was the highlight of my christmas in canada this year!

 photo 6842A73E-2F1C-4FE8-87EE-6C217111D24E_zpstk7w3tul.jpg photo 9CF94307-4247-4307-8C97-CEFE66DC28AF_zpsgrwas1qv.jpg photo 9C5A7088-B9DF-4014-A0A4-DF82A035D4CE_zpsutfqvcxx.jpg photo 21A3BF61-AF44-413D-905D-BF86E5011A22_zpsfwl4avdp.jpg photo AF12C0DC-7CD3-4C76-A326-C3101DDB4F2C_zpsfxnrotso.jpg photo CF57CE63-1F85-425B-B2AD-BF79FA420F41_zps0ceihq0h.jpg photo F67C5311-493F-4A24-8CB6-3E13F69984F5_zpsluyitqnj.jpg

In holidays, travel on
December 25, 2016

christmas eve in toronto

 photo 121490A6-C4CC-40B3-A634-05BB1C5802C1_zps0jjvy8qa.jpg

this year, I spent christmas with my boyfriend brendan and his family in london, ontario. on a whim, brendan, his sister and I decided to visit toronto, an at least two hour drive, to see canada’s largest christmas tree and do some last minute christmas shopping. toronto ended up being shockingly empty which made for some beautiful photos. we walked around in the freezing cold for a while trying to get a better look at the cn tower and find a five guys restaurant to eat lunch at, only to discover it was right next to where we parked! i’ll post some pictures of the amazing, massive christmas tree soon but for now, hope you have a great christmas celebrating friends and family but most of all Jesus, who loves us most of all.



In travel on
December 9, 2016

apple picking adventure


after going to the pumpkin patch, brendan and i went on an adventure to find an apple orchard to pick some apples. since it was late in the season, most weren’t open or were out of apples but we finally found one that was an hour away that sounded promising. we drove and drove thru the countryside and finally found the picturesque apple farm. seriously, this place is adorable! but when we went to the apple picking counter to get our bags, we were informed they were out of apples as of an hour before. rats! but we decided to walk around anyways and take in how pretty the farm was. we finally found one apple at the very tip top of a tree and with brendan’s help, i finally got my apple! other highlights of our trip to the apple farm was an adorable dog that happily followed us around and the yummiest frozen apple cider! it was so good we went back for more when we were done with our first glass! i’m gonna try to make my own soon so stay turned! overall, even despite the lack of apples, it was a great day!

In travel on
December 7, 2016

pumpkin patch sunday

i know christmas season is in full swing but i found photos of some adventures brendan and i had this past fall and i just had to post them! i saw the cutest little pumpkin patch and fruit stand on the side of the road one day while taking Colette to the groomers and i knew i just had to take brendan! we finally went when brendan visited east aurora a few weeks later and it was even cuter than I imagined. the pumpkin patch was next to a beautiful, tree lined river that was perfect for photos and they had lots of chickens and goats and pigs roaming around the grounds. brendan and i walked around and bought some pumpkins and explored the river and had an all around great time! here are a few of my favorite pictures from that day.

In eateries, travel on
August 17, 2016

nashville lovin

this past week, Brendan and I headed down to Nashville for a daytrip. we visited once before when we first started dating and we had a blast but I’m gonna venture to say this trip was even better! we started our day at Biscuit Love which was super yummy and since it was a monday, we got a seat in about 20 minutes, which was nice compared to the two hour weekend waits I read about on yelp. I had shrimp and grits which has been a favorite breakfast dish of mine lately and it was excellent! after breakfast, we headed to the Opry Mills Outlet Mall to escape the heat and do some shopping. we got some seriously good deals so I didn’t feel too guilty we went to an ordinary mall instead of site-seeing. next, we went to Crema, which I can honestly say I’ve been looking forward to visiting since we left the last time. they have this amazing concoction called coffee soda which is basically exactly what it sounds like: carbonated coffee! Brendan got a condensed milk latte which he assures me was great (I don’t like condensed milk but I’ll trust him).

Biscuit Love
Crema

we still had some time to kill before dinner so we headed back to the opry area to check out the Grande Ole Opry theater, which was closed but we wandered around anyways. i read on a travel blog that the hotel next door, The Gaylord Opryland Resort, had an indoor garden so we thought we might as well check it out. it was free to go inside but the parking was pricy so we opted to park at the mall and walk instead. it was a little bit of a hike, especially in the burning heat but WOW was it worth it! the gardens were beautiful and massive and the air conditioning didn’t hurt either. it was truly a phenomenal hotel! finally it was time for dinner at Rolf and Daughter, which I’ve literally been waiting years to try! we didn’t have reservations so we sat outside in the 100° heat (at 10pm!!) but the ambiance was so nice outside and the food was so good, I didn’t mind it much. I had the squid ink linguine, a dish I first tried while living in Nice at a wonderful restaurant on the beach, and I am happy to say this dish was just as yummy! we didn’t order drinks or dessert, which I’m regretting now but at least we have another reason to go back now 🙂

Opryland
Rolf and Daughters
 
SCORES
Biscuit Love: 8/10
Crema: 10/10
Opry Millls Mall: 7/10
The Gaylord Opryland Resort: 10/10
Rolf and Daughters: 9/10
In travel on
April 12, 2016

rhode trip

this past weekend, Brendan and I took a day trip to westerly and newport, rhode island. we basically just went to westerly to see taylor swift’s rhode island mansion but it was a really enjoyable, abet a bit sleepy, typical east coast beach town. after walking around as long as we could bear in the chilly beach breeze, we got in the car and headed to newport.

we found a cute little coffee shop to get some mochas and boba (I’m obsessed even in the new england cold) then drove around to see the beautiful home newport is known for. we found some gorgeous mansions and great views and looped back to town in time for dinner at one of newport’s yummy seafood restaurants for oysters, lobster rolls and cheesecake. yum! newport is definitely my favorite spot I’ve explored while living here these past few months and I’m looking forward to going back again soon

{closest we could get to Taylor Swift’s house}




In holidays, travel on
December 21, 2014

a white thanksgiving

this year for thanksgiving, I went to my dear friend julia’s parents house in the woods of connecticut. i went here once before for thanksgiving during my freshman year at cedarville and it was a wonderful experience that i’m blessed to have the chance to repeat. we drove 12 hours thru the night the tuesday before thanksgiving because we heard there was going to be a snowstorm in connecticut wednesday morning. literally as soon as we arrived to julia’s, it started to snow and snow and snow. on thursday, we had thanksgiving dinner at julia’s grandparent’s house, which already felt familiar because of my last thanksgiving spent there. we played pictionary and apples to apples and had races to fill out maps of the US and Canada with some of the Canadians we had visiting. after thanksgiving, we had a pretty chill break, filled with homework in coffee shops, watching the original pride and prejudice, baking and candle lit dinners due to power outages. i had a ridiculously large amount of homework to do due to finals week starting right after thanksgiving break but i ended up having a great time of fun and fellowship regardless of my workload. i ended up missing the first monday back because we were driving but God is good and all my teachers moved back our assignments so i didn’t miss anything.

 photo 2F0027B9-18BD-4329-948C-4F32A6DEDFFB_zpsxjwqarhc.jpg
 photo 1BC3B038-D8BB-48C6-8C3C-76806F8E26AD_zps1oli25ji.jpg
 photo 6AF7BC14-DEEF-42A1-9C8D-F1CCAF9747E9_zpsstnnvtce.jpg
 photo BF370717-1F03-405C-8686-AD109FFBC1FA_zpsgbakgim4.jpg

thanksgiving

 photo 76d08701-649f-4b38-99b8-c03df815a3b5_zpsb61b45dd.jpg
 photo FE48D66B-9F20-47C3-A6BD-D8239B285B2D_zpsgnuxk9hk.jpg
 photo 467A83A8-0EF3-4B85-995B-176729EA78E9_zpsphc3qatm.jpg
 photo 4078CA68-497A-43E3-9EC8-47C48EBD147D_zpsuwl0e25w.jpg
 photo E7E9C6E0-5366-4658-8DC5-26CEAD33B5D4_zpsqfgk4bbp.jpg
 photo 9812D803-803E-44CD-90E8-0F0E39105269_zpsaf57xzmo.jpg
 photo C128E2C0-9238-409A-91E6-15F95EF61F60_zpsetqpx9mj.jpg
 photo 15A2B838-E43D-471D-B1AA-6F0158A83D60_zpsrp7izjih.jpg
 photo 3A90C489-BBFB-4D9E-8BE6-1D49A05681C7_zps0xllbqkh.jpg
 photo 1FD4DCCF-C51B-4A16-AA3D-E754C000BF14_zpsgcjyvb8h.jpg

victoria station

 photo 1049CDC7-768A-420C-9458-89BF80FBDD6B_zps7kjwzyli.jpg
 photo 2C0F8356-6921-4D8D-AA3E-78AEED072D6D_zpsya2syzma.jpg
 photo 11C648F9-0B0C-43BF-BAF1-00E92A1FB21D_zpsnoestx1a.jpg
 photo 1785B278-C4BF-4232-A694-48959769A18F_zpsoe4ycaal.jpg
 photo 9B91B219-5AD0-4941-A177-1FA6A07E06DC_zpsbve2pbwb.jpg
 photo 4B6E7779-75B7-4740-BC02-19A219F28796_zpsupw2p15j.jpg
 photo E5813CF2-06B0-4474-8B98-E4F4D7D69661_zpsgupzeuqi.jpg
SaveSave

In travel on
August 11, 2014

girls weekend in palm springs

 photo DC1A6E2A-5135-48AE-BCB7-7DAF839CFEEA.jpg

for my friend kayla’s birthday, we spent the weekend at the ace hotel in palm springs. it was hot hot hot (like 105 degrees hot) but we spent lots of time sipping drinks by the pool and chilling wherever there was air conditioning to be found. we explored the downtown and some of the local hotels in the area but always ended up back at ace. we found a private pool in the back which was a nice way to stay away from the crowded and crazy atmosphere at the main pool. it was a nice time of getting to celebrate kayla in such a beautiful and fun place. it was so sad to leave but i’m looking forward to more girls weekends like this in the future.

 photo 22.jpg
 photo DAFEC2BC-B5FF-44F3-8EC6-C52408E7DB26.jpg
 photo 99.jpg
 photo 6242C131-5FF4-452E-89F4-C467F4ED9021.jpg
 photo 44.jpg
 photo F84B987C-B6A6-4648-A887-DB56EF4842EC.jpg
 photo 06D64F96-6BE1-489C-9048-2E0009585AFB_1.jpg
 photo 77.jpg
 photo 87F65E2B-FA5D-47DD-9439-F2F3511EB190.jpg
 photo D268FFDE-887A-4C63-8AC9-9B7BDC0FCF98.jpg
 photo F335119B-8B69-45A4-BBE9-E370D7E4E336.jpg
 photo 7D69FE2E-466F-4103-86BB-911B140B72B5.jpg
 photo 33.jpg
 photo 88.jpg
 photo C134E724-E459-422E-BD71-2EBE53422A2A.jpg
 photo 55.jpg
 photo AA25B0A5-77C8-485D-8227-7BB9B232EFD2.jpg
 photo PicMonkeyCollage1.jpg
 photo B3C967DD-2F59-4C56-BB84-44789E2929BC.jpg
 photo 44E8C9EC-CBD9-4A9E-94F0-3E523BD96C68.jpg

In eateries, food, travel on
July 10, 2014

le pure cafe

 photo HSO_6468.jpg

on our last night in paris, after a busy day of sightseeing and exploring, emily and i ate at le pure cafe in the 11th arrondissement. its adorable and quintessentially french but what makes it truly special is that it was the location of one of my favorite scenes in before sunset. i was so starstruck just by being there and i completely lived up to my expectations. it’s small and quaint but really comfortable and the food was so delicious! i had the most amazing crab cakes i have ever encountered. if i had to pick something for my last meal on earth, it would be those wonderful crab cakes. yum! emily and i really embraced the experience and stayed late into the night, drinking and eating and chatting. it was magical! and here ends my paris series. sorry it was so long but i really wanted to do justice to how wonderful of an experience it was.

 photo HSO_6469.jpg
 photo 1PicMonkeyCollage1.jpg
 photo HSO_6488.jpg
 photo HSO_6473.jpg
 photo HSO_6484.jpg
 photo HSO_6474.jpg
 photo HSO_6497.jpg