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Call of the Wild

14 Jul

This week, we’ve been enjoying the natural diversions that the gorgeous state of Colorado has to offer. We’ve been…

…biking Vail Pass,

…taking in the amazing views at Loveland Pass,

…experiencing the mountain fog in Montezuma,

…looking for animals (We had a bit of a staring contest with this guy.),

…and mountain biking in Keystone. The views from the top were amazing.

Our mountain vacation is almost over, so we’re enjoying that last little bits of it as much as possible.

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I’m Back

15 May

Here’s the scoop: The reason for my two-week hiatus was because I got married! One day after the royal wedding, we said our own, less-publicized I dos, and then we went on a lovely honeymoon to New England where we proceeded to eat lots of lobster and ice cream and just have a wonderful, relaxing time.

We flew into Boston and did a driving tour through Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and finally back to Boston. We got to see this part of the country in all it’s spring-green (and sometimes gray) glory. These are some of my favorite pictures from our trip.






We’re back in Birmingham and back to our routines and work-related deadlines. It’s nice to be home.

Obsessed with Iceland

21 Apr

As I’ve mentioned before, Iceland is one of those places that I’m becoming more and more intrigued by with each passing week, and now after seeing Kris Atomic’s latest pictures, I might be full-on obsessed. I must visit sooner rather than later. Here are two of my favorite images from her latest batch.



All of those vivid colors are seriously amazing. For the full story and the rest of her gorgeous pictures of Iceland, go here.

All images courtesy of Kris Atomic.

Eiffel Tower

3 Feb

Seeing the Eiffel Tower is something many people dream of. It’s a true celebrity—iconic, beautiful, internationally recognized, and has a long list of movie credits. I remember how magical it was when I saw it for the first time on the Paris skyline and then up close as I ate my first French crepe beneath it. It’s a memory that never really fades.

Iceland

7 Dec

Over the past few years Iceland has slowly been moving up my travel wish list, and it’s now definitely in my top five. (I need to update my list.) The culture, the landscape, the people all intrigue me and I definitely want to go there to experience it for myself. These images by San Francisco–based photographer Tim Gasperak just reconfirm that wish. They are simply stunning.








For some entertaining and informative food-related commentary and tips about Iceland, check out the series of posts by The Girl Who Ate Everything starting here. Even if you’re not interested in Iceland, you should still check out her site—it’s hilarious!

All images courtesy of Tim Gasperak.

Bucket List

26 Nov

I’ve had a bucket list since I was 16, only I usually refer to it as a Things to Accomplish list, which is certainly cheerier. Over the years, my list has evolved. I’ve marked through things I’ve done, deleted ones that are no longer priorities, and added new items. So, I thought I’d share a portion of my list as it stands now.

1. See the Great Wall of China.

2. See the Egyptian Pyramids. (November 2009)

3. Live in London.

4. Write a book…

5. …and have it published.

6. Read a 1,000-plus page book.

7. Learn to sew well.

8. Go to New York City. (November 2006)

9. Visit the Musée d’Orsay. (July 2002)

10. Pass the R.D. exam. (October 2005)

11. Visit a concentration camp.

12. Float in the Dead Sea.

13. See Jane Austen’s house in Chawton, England. (July 2002)

14. Attend a symphony. (2005 in San Francisco)

15. See Fiona Shaw perform in the theater.

Nicholas Le Provost and Harriet Walter in Much Ado About Nothing, 2002. Image courtesy of TheaterPro.com

16. See Harriet Walter perform in the theater. (July 2002 in London. She played Beatrice [my favorite Shakespearean character] in Much Ado About Nothing [my favorite Shakespearean comedy].)

17. See Kate Mulgrew perform in the theater. (June 2005 in San Francisco. She played Katharine Hepburn [one of my favorites!] in the one-woman show, Tea at Five.)

18. See Cherry Jones perform in the theater. (October 2010 in New York City. She played Kitty Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession.)

19. Skydive. (Summer 1999)

20. Go on safari in Kenya.

21. Go to Turkey. Visit Istanbul and Cappadocia.

22. Go to Peru and see Machu Picchu.

23. See a space shuttle launch.

24. Work as an illustrator.

25. Own an English cottage–style house.

26. Visit all seven continents.

27. Visit all 50 states.

28. See the salt fields of Bolivia.

Image of the salt fields courtesy of The New York Times

29. Study Spanish and gain some level of fluency.

30. Become fluent in French (or any language).

Travel Wish List, U.S. Edition

17 Nov

I love hopping on a plane to go to far off places and experience new cultures, but I also love traveling here in the U.S. Here’s my current top-five list of must-visit domestic locations.

1. Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire (We’re planning to go here on our honeymoon!)
2. Seattle
3. Austin (A friend is getting married on a ranch outside the city, so we’ll be heading here in June.)
4. Raleigh, Durham, and Wilmington, North Carolina
5. Tuscon and Scottsdale, Arizona

Top five places in the U.S. I’d like to visit again:
1. San Francisco (I always want to go here.)
2. New York City (Here too. Anytime.)
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Chicago
5. Boston

What are yours? Is there a city in the U.S. you’ve been dying to see?

Image courtesy of here.