Driving down the West Side coastline is one of he most beautiful drives you can take if you're out here. I super super highly recommend it. Start off as far UP as you can in Northern California and make your way down to Monterey (skip the aquarium, it ain't no big deal). In Monterey, definitely go to the downtown, then take the 17 miles drive down to Carmel. Make sure to stop in Carmel by the Sea for all the little cafes and beach vibes. Just around the corner you will find Mission Carmel which is also worth the small entrance fee. After drive down on Highway 1 until you get to Big Sur and have a little drink or candlelit dinner at the scenic and stunning Nepenthe Bar Restaurant! All the photos of our road trip are below. Safe driving and take a camera!
One of the best things about living in Paris is how close I am to Italy. The first time I went to Italy was for the food. But there is something so warm about the language, the colors, and just all the too many Audrey Hepburn movies I have seen. So! On a very random day, a friend and I booked tickets to Venice and it has to be one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to. You know how sometimes when you travel, you know you will never come back to that place? Venice is NOT one of those places. I want to go again 10 times even more and walk around the tiny tiny streets with a slice of cheese pizza in my hand and a camera in the other. So enjoy a little fun photo reminder of breathtaking Venice.
5 things I learned about Monet in Giverny.
1. His painting, Le Bassin Aux Nymphéas, was valued at $80.45 million.
2. Every single part of his garden was designed by him.
3. Despite being brought up in a very religious Catholic family, he denounced the Church and became an Atheist.
4. His favorite subject to paint was his wife which is in most of his paintings when you see a women.
5. Claude's birth name is actually Oscar.
If you're in Paris, definitely make sure to have a visit over to Giverny. For all the information on how to get there and tickets, everything is really well explained on the website here!
Provins (also a UNESCO world heritage site) is a gorgeous medieval city in North Central France, just a few hours outside of Paris. Actually, I had never even heard of it before and the first time a friend asked me to go I thought he meant Provence. Woops! This little tiny city is filled with small crepe and cider houses, old libraries, open brick buildings, and tall dungeon like castles in the sky. You can easily spend a nice sunny day here, walking around the grounds, reading a good book in the central square or take a horse ride around the city. One of the reasons I love living in Paris is because just a few hours away, we have such hidden and magical treasures.
A fun fact I learned about Provins: Rose cultivation is a symbol of this city. It produces many different kinds of foods from roses, some of the specialties being rose petal jam, honey and rose candy. Yummy!
Best place to stay in Provins: Le Cesar Hotel
Best way to get from Paris to Provins: Direct train or car
Must try: Crepes at any one of the local restaurants
Who new that just 45 minutes outside of Paris is this charming little town, Moret-Sur-Loing. I spent New Year's weekend here nestled up with friends, cooking, learning, and doing nothing, but doing nothing together. The perfect spots along the water to sit and read a good book or take a walk with a friend. This weekend reminded me of one of my favorite quotes and exactly how I want to enter 2016 and this New Year for us all.
“Drink wine. This is life eternal. This is all that youth will give you. It is the season for wine, roses and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”