All I have to say is that time flies. I’m surprised at myself how I haven’t shown these photos. I guess 2018 was a whirlwind and didn’t take a moment to update here very often, even photos of my favorite place… the greater Denver area. Oops!
We headed westward for my twin sister’s wedding in fall of 2017. We were welcomed with Colorado sunshine despite the crisp winds of the Rockies. From family time to Denver brewery hops to drives up I-70 to Silver Plume, Georgetown and Idaho Springs, these photos have me aching for our next visit.
If you’re visiting Denver for the first time, a couple of noteworthy places: wings at Fire On The Mountain, beers at Our Mutual Friend, Epic and Great Divide, breakfast at Stowaway Kitchen, coffee at Crema, martinis at The Cruise Room. If you’re up for a drive or planning on hitting the slopes, cocktails at BREAD in Silver Plume, beers at Westbound & Down and pizza at Beaujo’s in Idaho Springs.
Spontaneously this summer, my friend Anne and I headed to Annecy for a weekend getaway.
Tucked away near the Alpes in eastern France, this town sits on a huge lake…. pure magic. We stayed at a little hotel on the lake that we found on booking.com, walking distance from the train station. There’s something about that mountain air that is so refreshing.
We wandered. We ate. We drank. What more could one ask for on a getaway with a pal? My favorite activity: boating on the lake. We rented a paddleboat for a couple of hours to go out on the lake. It’s a to-die-for view, a stellar way to spend an afternoon. If you’re feeling crazy, take several hours and wander far off down Lac Annecy. The warm weather and sunshine had me wishing I had my swimsuit to take a dip. Next time.
As for grub, even if it was August, we insisted on eating the local specialty: fondu. L’étage was recommended by a friend’s husband and did not disappoint. The highlight of my week-end foodwise was grabbing a tartiflette to-go on the street in Vieille Annecy and a chilled local genepi-flavored beer, which we enjoyed while sitting on a fountain over good conversation and people watching. Since I’m a beer fan, we also explored up to La Démarrante in the early evening to have some pints of the locally-made artisanal beer, perfectly paired with flammeküchen, an epic address if you’re even slightly fond of beer.
Annecy, you were charming and cute, and I hope next time I’ll have a car in order to explore even more of your stunning mountainous region.
With flowers and the garden almost ready to bloom, fewer things are better than a weekend here during the soon-t–be-warm months. The barbecue is always lit within an hour of hour arrival, and it tends to be used for every meal.
My favorite part about this trip was discovering the columbines planted in the garden by my FIL, ancolies in French, which is the Colorado state flower. He loves flowers, and they are absolutely everywhere and trimmed to perfection, it’s the perfect countryside rustic floral getaway: camellias, big layered roses, pansies, nasturtiums (which are delicious on salads by the way)…
We wandered to a castle nearby one afternoon. Such a funny thing about random countryside excursions, you never know when you’ll be near a castle or an adorable and low-key guinguette or local garage sale.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how my blogging has slowed down over the past four years after kicking off my career. For those who have been staying up to date, sorry for the months of breaks between posts. While I sit and binge Nailed It, I think about what got me starting this blog in the first place, how I like sharing things! I’ve got a real motivation to get the ball rolling again. Stay tuned.
OOPS it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I am trying to take the time to document adventures once again, to keep this blog alive. You’ve probably noticed I changed the name. It’s been something I was thinking about for quite some time, so voilà! Same content, different URL. Hope you still come and visit.
Holding a corporate job in France in May is quite the experience. So many bank holidays! So many days off! This year I was so lucky to have the opportunity to head up to Cabourg to spend two days with Lauren and Emilien, I had never been!
Cabourg is an absolutely delightful and charming town in Normandy near the seaside, in the Calvados department (yup, like that delicious apple liquor). It’s on the English channel and boasts a particularly lovely location being just next to the iconic and historic Normandy beaches, totally an ideal place for a weekend getaway from Paname.
Fresh air and nature is powerfully refreshing. I often wonder if I only like city life because I can get little breaks away from it.
I must fully disclose that the list below of recommendations comes completely from my pal Liz, as these are the places she took me. Anyone who knows Liz knows that the gal has great taste.
What a fun city. I mean really. There are just good vibes, and I can’t quite put my finger on what it is specifically. Maybe it’s the proximity to the seaside, the charming tram ways that are weirdly unreliable. Or the pioneer startups that occupy the city, that entrepreneurial vibe. Or maybe that boozy karaoke on Monday nights at The Knockout. Or the fact that one of my favorite humans lives there. Maybe the hills, the fresh air and the year-round ideal-weather-to-dress-for climate, the donuts. A mix of it all…
We kept it cultural by hitting up the Walt Disney Family Museum on the first day of my 4-day visit. I was not so into the $25 ticket price but holy smokes I can’t express how worth it it is. Walt Disney, the man, not the company, is super interesting. There is a lot to learn about how he made Disney what it is today, and boy did he seem like a rad fella. We dined & strolled on repeat, bought Korean beauty products and sat in front of the Painted Ladies after hitting 10k steps at one point, and figurez-vous that were even lucky enough to experience the warmest of autumn days that was perfect for a stroll on the Ocean Beach.
Just a side note though, no breakfast out beats a breakfast at home with your bestie.