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CONFESSION TIME ~*ALERT*~  I returned from a trip to Portugal 3.5 weeks ago, and have yet to do a full on, detailed post about how amazing the country, people, food, weather, architecture etc. etc, is. I know it’s terrible considering how much joy that trip brought me and how much I chewed everyone’s ear off back home about it. BUT, I had a lot to catch up on at work and some personal freelance projects that are taking up nearly every minute of my “spare” time… Check out some picture below!

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I traveled with 3 other lovely ladies who I was reunited with after having originally met while studying abroad in college. In short I can say that it was a trip for the books. We laughed and talked a lot, ate A CHEESEBOARD IN EVERY ESTABLISHMENT, no joke. We drank port and wine and sipped lots of espressos and devoured Portuguese custard pastries, called Pastéis de Nata, which I will be recreating in the kitchen come winter. We spent 5 days in the south of the country visiting the Algarve, which is lovely because it’s all beaches, cliffs and winding roads through the countryside. Then we trekked back up North to Lisbon, where we spent the remaining 4 days.

Lisbon is easily one of my favorite cities in the world, that I have seen thus far. The concentration of bars is one of the highest in the world, which made for memorable nights running bar hoping in the trendy Barrio Alto neighborhood. The city is a mix of old and new and feels quintessentially shabby chic European. We sat outside as the sun went down, over a table full of wine, cheese and bread and watched the orangey red roofs of the city glow and fade out with the last light of day. I have plenty more pictures to share for my Part 2, so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading, as always.

Lauren

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Sometimes , you just need to hit the reset button. This past weekend spent up in Vermont, was just the thing I needed after a couple of very wintry & stressful weeks in NJ. During our travels throughout Vermont, we hit up the towns of Waterbury, Burlington, Essex, Stowe & Greensboro. Yes, I know. A ton of driving. We logged about 18 hrs of it in total. Although, looking out the window at the surrounding farmland, old stone barns, the ice topped beauty of Lake Champlain & rolling green and blue mountains – it’s hard to complain. It was 3 days spent trying out the fare at local restaurants, like lunch at The Prohibition Pig, brunch at the Gables Inn, dinner at Farmhouse Tap and Grill, drinks at the Hourglass bar at Stowe Mountain Lodge and brunch at Sneakers Bistro (i’m still dreaming about the divine Veggie Hash & Eggs I ordered!) We sampled local cheese at the Cabot Creamery and beer at the Hill Farmstead Brewery (tastiest beer in the world!) We popped into general stores to sneak away with bags of sweets weighed in antique iron scales and marveled at toys with old fashioned retro packaging. We slept on our friend’s couch in Burlington, in true college-days fashion & loved every minute spent trekking around this gorgeous state. Oh yeah, AND our car got stuck in the snow going uphill. But fear not! Friendly passers-by equipped with man power & bags of sand, helped us break free. Or rather, roll backwards, free.

Stowe VT

Stowe mountainGazing skyward at the skiers on the Stowe Mountain trails

Stowe church

photo 5Stowe Mountain Lodge at the mountain’s base.

photo 5-4Bear ice sculpture!

trees covered

ridley's spring toy

photo 4-3Love the fun retro packaging of Ridley’s toys

photo 5-3Beautiful vintage French inspired bathroom goodies by Barr-Co.

Black cap coffee cafeI love the red houses + white trim theme, all throughout the state of VT/upstate NY.

photo 1-7Rose de Gambrinus beer from Cantillon Brewery in Belgium, flavored with raspberries!

apple sausage cheese omeletteThe apple + sharp cheddar + maple sausage omelette from the Gables Inn. holy yum.

Overall, the scenery and relaxed atmosphere of the town &  people was refreshing and surprisingly, the extra snow we got while we were up there, didn’t bother me one. little. bit. Probably because I didn’t have to shovel it!

Until next time! =)


So Jersey is seeing a ton of snow at the moment during this Nor’easter storm and so once again I’m stuck in the house because I am positively terrified of driving anywhere – I was gripping the steering wheel so hard on my way home from work that it took a few seconds to get feeling back in my finger tips. =/

Anyway a bit of idle time led me to my iPhoto library —–> 2 hours later. me pouring through a tons old photos reminiscing on past trips as a student studying abroad in 2009. I trekked across foreign land and cityscapes in my converse sneakers as a young and curious, but sorely naive, 19 year old and loved every minute of being there. I was based in the University of Westminster in London (and being a HUGE harry potter fan I practically barfed from excitement when I stepped onto solid ground) I traveled to Ireland, France, Denmark and Spain in my time there and traveled to a couple of beautiful countryside towns within the UK, like Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bath and Stonehenge.

Looking through the hold photographs made me feel such an insane desire to just get up and leave. See something like a sun setting on a unfamiliar place.

Under pack and get cold in an unforeseen freezing weather, walk around cities with holes in my shoes because I’m too broke to buy another pair and I would rather save my money to buy more beer and food.

Sleep in hostel rooms with 20 other young travelers and be woken up at all hours of the night as the party buses come back from clubs with truck loads of people.

As soon as my bank account hits an acceptable amount,  at which point I can deplete it once more with a new trip, i’m doing it. I’m gooooooing to see the world ya’ll!

“Wandering reestablishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe”

– Anatole France

Thanks for stopping by everyone!