Thursday, October 18, 2018

My birthday weekend

Last Saturday, I turned 36 years old. When Sean asked me what I wanted to do I said that I wanted to check out the fall festival in Jim Thorpe. After last weekend, I think I’ve given up on getting foliage earlier than the last week in October. It just doesn’t happen in Pennsylvania and that makes me miss fall in Upstate NY when the leaves are so, so vibrant right now. Sean suggested that we go out to Philadelphia for my birthday dinner because the day (Saturday) we were suppose to go to the festival it rained and Sean wanted me to be able to do something on my actual birthday. He asked me what I was in the mood for and I said sushi so he found a restaurant and we did the hour drive to Philadephia.

We had dinner at 1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge. Our food was so, so good. The best sushi I’ve had in the longest time!

Excuse the phone pictures in this post, I took a break from using my camera last weekend.


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After dinner we went to Time for a few more drinks and had dessert which we completed scarfed down, again so, so good.
I'm going to have to come up with some excuses to head back just for dessert!


So stuffed and happy :)



On Sunday, we woke up early to head to Jim Thorpe and if I’m to be honest, I wasn’t that big of a fan. It was really small and I think I’m become accustomed to the festivals that we have in our current town that I wasn’t very impressed. It’s something to do once but I don’t think I’ll do it again especially since the leaves haven’t turned. I did want to do the train ride but again, without the changing of the leaves I don’t think it would have been worth it to me. Either way, it was something different to do with Sean so it wasn’t too bad. I’m glad we got there early because when we got home we still had plenty of time to relax the rest of the day.



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Food trucks


I chose paella and it was OK.



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I hope you all are having a wonderful week and that you have a fabulous weekend! ♥

Tuesday, October 16, 2018



feeling grateful for another year! I turned 36 last Saturday :) To repeat what Sean said last weekend, "Babe, you're closer to 40 now than you are to 30". Yes, babe. I'm quite aware. Thanks for the reminder.

excited to see one of my college girlfriends this weekend for a girl’s weekend. Our birthdays are two days apart so we’re going to celebrate together in Philadelphia!

craving an apple cider donut. The obsession is real y’all.

needing more hours in a day.

thankful for life and that my favorite season is here!

wanting winter to be mild this year … I know, I know, global warming is real but … well you know.

loving my furbabies. The way their tails wag when I get home from work will always melt my heart.

missing my mom … always and forever.

wearing a black dress with a cream and black cardigan.

looking for a pair of boots that I can’t seem to locate anywhere. Wondering if Sean threw them out on me or if I gave to one of my sisters and forgot about it, ha.

thinking about how "A Star is Born" ended ... man it was intense. Cue all the tears!

hoping that you all have a wonderful week and that life is treating you kindly! ♥

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Paris: Tour of Chateau de Versailles


Our last full day in Paris was probably the most eventful of them all.
I was so excited as we were touring Chateau de Versailles. The beauty. Just wow. My pictures do it absolutely no justice.

When we had boarded our plane to head back home, Sean asked me what my favorite memory was. I had to think for a minute and then I said that it was when we were exploring the grounds at Versailles and it began to rain. Sean would point out a pillar and then we would dash from pillar to pillar to avoid getting soaked but of course we were not successful. And then out of the blue we saw golf carts that we could rent just when we were about to give up exploring further. After finding the golf carts we were able to see so much more of the grounds which we would not have been able to do while on foot. Getting soaked as we ran from pillar to pillar, riding around in a golf cart while we laughed our behinds off … that was my most favorite memory in Paris.



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A stop at Angelina's for some macarons.


Then we were off to explore the stunning gardens.


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Sean pretending he's the ruler of the castle :)


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After touring Chateau de Versailes we went back to get ready for our last dinner/night in Paris. It’s a complete understatement when I say that we were just not ready for this trip to end. It could possibly be that we lost two days but I was sad to have this trip come to an end. Sean was craving some spaghetti so we had our last dinner at a tiny restaurant called Pizzeria Positano. Our food was delicious and the perfect meal to end our last night. We walked around and popped in and out of bars.


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We had great drinks at Le Purdey (although the bartender wasn’t the friendliest), visited The Moose (amazing bartenders but the one who stands out the most is the one who said that she hoped our flight was cancelled so that we could have another day in Paris) and Little Big Bear which was literally across the street from our hotel but we never checked out until the last night. Not exactly sure why we waited until the last night but we had the best night here. We ended up meeting a couple that was from Rochester NY and we ended up talking the entire night. We exchanged numbers and Facebook information too!


We luckily had a late checkout the following morning which thank goodness we did because it was a struggle to get up. We decided to have our last meal at Relais Odeon and I feel like we left with quite the bang. To say that this trip has opened up our eyes a bit more about travel and how we would like to travel in the future is a bit of an understatement.


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We were told over & over that the French do not like Americans. Well, we found that to be absolutely untrue with our experience. For three months before we left for our trip I focused on learning as much French as I possibly could. And it completely helped to make our experience one that we would soon not forget. I found that if you attempted to speak French and were polite (immediate greeting of Bonjour, Bonsoir, etc) the French opened up rather easily and would do what they could to help you whether it was ordering a meal, needing directions, recommendations, etc. So being polite everywhere goes a long way.

This is my last post of Paris and I hope you enjoyed my recap as much as I enjoyed sharing it. Au Revoir!