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Scotland Trip 2016

I finally pulled together my pictures from Scotland!  For some reason I thought I had fewer pictures from Scotland and this would be a breeze.


Uh, no.  Settle in folks!  KIDDING! Sort of.  I whittled the pictures down to a manageable number.  I'm really excited to share these with you!  My mom and I didn't get a chance to spend too much time in Scotland but hopefully we can go back soon and spend some more time in this area.

If you want to see pictures of our London adventures, check them out HERE!

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London Trip 2016

I'm finally back in the US and settled in from our UK adventures.  I went to London and Scotland with my mom two weeks ago and man, did I go wild with the pictures.  I estimate that I took roughly 200-300 pictures a day.  Oh yes, I was THAT person.

I wanted to recap some of our moments in the UK and let you know what our favorite things were.  Since I went a little crazy taking pictures, I need to split my recap of our UK trip into two posts.  I'm going to start out with highlights from London today and follow up as soon as possible with those from Scotland.  Prepare yourselves!


We stayed at the fabulous St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel.  I am never staying anywhere else again.  Believe that.  Just look at it!

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Florida Trip 2014

How have I NOT create a Travel post in 2014 yet?

Oh wait, I haven't traveled much this year.  I did go to Grand Cayman in March, but that was for my friend's wedding and I didn't get my act together enough after that trip to create a travel blog post about it.  I guess that means I have to go back?...

Enough chatter.  I have a ton of pictures to show you guys today.  I went to Florida in early October (so this post is a little late.  Oops!) and I visited two friends down there in Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach for a stellar weekend of warm weather and lots o' food and drinks.  I didn't have too many set plans so please enjoy this collection of randomness!  Here it go!

 

The minute I got to Ft. Lauderdale, I met up with my friend Katie and we hit up a restaurant so we could get booze and food.  And this view!  First glimpses of the beach!

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Demarest Farms - Apple Picking 2013

Sometimes you've just got to jump on the bandwagon.  And if that bandwagon just so happens to lead you to apple picking on a crisp Fall day, then so be it.

I wasn't sure I really wanted to go apple picking this year, but I think I nailed down the source of that "bah humbug" mood.  I drive my car a lot during a week.  I live in New Jersey, work in Pennsylvania, and while I'm staying out in PA, I have to drive my car virtually anywhere I want to go.  For the past few years, I've been apple picking at Terhune Orchards, a really cute farm out in Princeton, NJ.  I have a great time when I'm there, but the problem I face is that the drive there and back typically ends up being two hours each way.  In case you're wondering, this leads to exhaustion and a lackluster attitude, which is no bueno.

This year when my sister and nephew wanted to go apple picking, I was determined to find a new (and closer!) farm to visit.  After an online search, I ran into Demarest Farms.  They won me over because, besides being nearby, they had pumpkin and apple picking, hay rides, a kiddie area, and a convenient farm store.

This past weekend, we decided to give Demarest a try.  When we arrived at the farm, we were greeted by tons of pumpkins, fresh fruit and the cutest farm store ever.  I have a tendency to get caught up in the charm of farm stores and want to buy everything ever.  I restrained myself and only ended up purchasing some apple cider donuts, and a painted pumpkin and a few sweets for my nephew.  Outside, the employees were also grilling up some burgers and hot dogs if you wanted something substantial to eat.  There was also a popcorn maker and of course, some coffee, and hot and cold apple cider.  

I love the pumpkin displays there.  There was also a bin of ghost pumpkins!  If I had a front yard, or even an entranceway that more than just my two neighbors would see, I would have stocked up on pumpkins.

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Nashville Trip 2013

Remember that time I went to Nashville?

I've been really lucky to take a few side trips in 2013 and Nashville, TN was one of the places that I've wanted to visit for the past year or so.  When my friend Sandra said she wanted to go there as well, we decided to just do it.

Here are the highlights of our time there:

  • We stayed at the cutest Marriott hotel ever, Union Station.  It's a train station that was converted into a boutique hotel.
  • According to our taxi driver, at the time it was built in 1900, it was Nashville's tallest building and considered to be a skyscraper.  Clearly it is no longer considered a skyscraper but it is gorgeous inside!
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New Orleans Trip 2013

I really have to share.  I'm still digging New Orleans, you guys!  Obviously, I have to blog about it.  I took a ton of pictures and figured I should share some here.  Let's just say that I went to all the most-talked-about-and-important places.  Naturally, a lot of them are food-related, because heck, a girl's gotta eat sometime.  So let's get this party rolling.

Warning: This is a pic-heavy post.  It's mostly my fault because I should just make collages to make the photos more compact, but it's a long story and I can't do anything about that now.  Just so ya know...

Before I get started, I just want to mention that I'm a planner.  I spent a ton of time perusing TripAdvisor to find out the best places to go and things to do.  I also relied upon recommendations from friends and the hotel concierge.

OK, now let's do it.

I rolled into the Big Easy early last Wednesday and promptly checked into the J.W. Marriott on the edge of the Central Business District.  The Marriott was literally across the street from the edge of the French Quarter, so I decided to begin to get a lay of the land.  I was also starving and needed to fuel up before a 2.5 hour French Quarter walking cocktail tour.  Yeah, you heard that right.  Food was a necessity, not an option.

It was a slightly rainy afternoon but I got a few pics of the architecture in the French Quarter.  This pic was my favorite since it was the first time I saw the famed New Orleans balconies in person.  There are lots more of these types of photos, but I'll spare you the rest of those.

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Apple Picking at Terhune Orchards

'Tis the season!

Fall is my tippy-top favorite season of the year.  I can't wait to see the tree leaves changing colors.  I can't wait for any type of food that could potentially contain pumpkin.  I love slipping into my boots, a pair of leggings and an oversized sweatshirt.  So that's pretty much how I'm rolling around these parts.

Since I grew up in the Bahamas, it's pretty safe to say that there are no apple orchards there.  They may be one flourishing apple tree, but that would definitely be it.  So when I moved to Connecticut for high school (ahem...way back when), I was excited to be taken out for my first apple picking experience.  As expected, it was a ton of fun.  Since then I've been apple-picking a handful of times, but in the past year or so, I've promised to make this an annual habit.

Last year, my mom and I went apple picking when she came to visit.  It was her first time apple picking (not counting the times she picked from neighborhood apple trees while in college in Washington State).  This year, it was my sister and nephew's turn.

We headed out to my favorite not-so-local orchard, Terhune Orchards, in Princeton, NJ.  I really like this orchard particularly because they offer a Fall Family Fun Festival throughout the month of October.  This was definitely something I knew my 2 1/2 yr old nephew would be interested in.

After all the rain earlier in the week, we were lucky enough to have a gorgeous, sunny day for our outing.

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