Aug 28, 2015

Alsace Dreaming: Colmar, France


Skipping around again...but I felt like taking a trip back to France (Alsace, to be precise) and sharing another part of our incredible 6th Anniversary weekend away to French wine country. If you remember from my post a little over a year ago (if you actually remember, 500 bonus points to you), D and I spent 3 days sweating our butts off during a European heatwave while simultaneously being totally enchanted by the villages of Riquewihr, Colmar, and Kaysersberg in the Alsace region. Today's photo montage is courtesy of Colmar...another insanely adorable town filled to the brim with fine wine, ultra stinky cheese, and oodles of French charm.

Our day started with breakfast at our sweet B&B in Riquewihr. Fitz the cat was my furry breakfast date along with 5 pains au chocolat and a frothy cafe au lait (D was there too, of course). After reveling our petit déjeuner, we hopped in the car and made the 20 minute journey through the vineyards to Colmar's city center. We really had no plan for the day...except for wandering the city, sipping Pinot Blanc, and making googly eyes at the colorful half-timbered homes lining the cobblestone streets. So many beautiful alleyways, so little time!


Colmar reminded me a lot of the little villages scattered about Germany...and rightly so, as Germany is just a hop, skip, & jump away from Alsace and influences the area greatly. Some people spoke French to us, others spoke German...so it was an interesting, yet familiar dynamic. We spent some time wandering through farmer's markets and watching tiny boats float down the canals in Petite Venice. It was all very sweet and French, just as you'd imagine it to be. The wine was equally lovely, although less sweet than the German Rieslings I'd been used to (which I enjoyed). The only thing we didn't love? The heat. Far from Colmar's fault, but we didn't stay in the city as long as we would have without the scorching temps. C'est la vie, as they say!


I really have no recommendations for particular shops or restaurants you should try here. I know, worst travel blogger ever. But we honestly popped in and out of random places just to get shade and, if we were lucky, a bit of A/C. I remember eating a tasty salad Niçoise and D had a super cheesy tarte flambée, but where exactly we dined, I have no recollection. What I do remember is that Colmar is picture perfect and we would love to go back and experience it again...minus all the sweat and humidity, of course. If you ever find yourself with a weekend to spare in France, make sure Colmar and the Alsatian wine country is a stop on your list.



Aug 17, 2015

Just Passing Through...and a Starbucks Giveaway!



Hello! I'm Casey...the writer behind this blog, who hasn't typed a single sentence here in almost a month. I'm definitely not apologizing for being absent because apparently, according to some invisible blog world rule book, it's frowned upon to do that (sorry, not sorry then?). However, I will tell you I've been off doing life and enjoying the crap out of it. That's usually how it goes, when you're busy and filled to the brim with good stuff around you...blogging leaps to the back burner. Things settle down and then you remember, "OH! I have this place I used to like to write in...maybe I should get back to that." Me, in a nutshell.

Long story short, here's my month (and a few days) in review:
-Spent 4th of July back in NC with family (seriously lovely).

-Stayed in NC for the following 3 weeks while D had another AF training in Ohio. Why? Because why the heck not? Lots of mommy and me time logged.

-Came back to FL for 4, maybe 5 days, celebrate 8 years of wedded bliss with my handsome stud muffin of a husband, and then jaunted off to NYC to spend a 8 days with my little sis. Felt incredible to do that whole unpack/repack thing. It had been a while!

-Walked basically 800 miles around Manhattan, Jersey, & Baltimore during my trip (ate a lot and didn't gain a single ounce, thank you!). I should have told you guys that I'm on Snapchat prior to this trip because my Snap game was on point that week. Been on this thing for almost a year and only ever snapped my family--lame, I know. You can find me at Caseadilla1016.

And now I'm back home and sad panda about it all being over.

I'll elaborate more on all the fun I got into later, but today (and this rest of this sure to be hellacious week) is devoted to slowly reducing the length of my never-ending to do list. I basically ignored the non-urgent stuff during my NYC trip, so now I'm heavy eye-rolling at crap I should've done. Story of my life. Anywho, I'm drinking all the coffee, embracing the carpal tunnel, and pretending I don't have piles of dirty laundry burning a hole in my floor today as I'm slapped back to the reality of a post-vacation Monday. Worst kind of Monday, innit?

To help YOU make it thought whatever kind of week you're bracing yourself for, here's a chance to win $45 worth of Green Tea Lattes or Birthday Cake Pops at Starbee's (my new annoying name for Starbucks, thanks Wendy!). Enter the Rafflecopter below and I'll have my fingers crossed for ya! Oh, and big thanks to Rebecca of Caravan Sonnet for hosting and the fab gals below for co-hosting! 

As for you guys, we'll talk later this week, ok? Adding you to my list. ;)


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Jul 20, 2015

A Foggy Sail Through the Fjords of Montenegro


Back to the Adriatic Cruise recaps! I swear one day I'll be done writing about this trip. The little gaggle of photos I'm sharing today are from our early morning sail into the port in Kotor, Montenegro. Up to this point, we'd sailed out of Venice, visited Slovenia, and stopped to explore two ports in Croatia (Split & Dubrovnik). We'd seen some pretty incredible views from all sorts of locations...the top deck of our cruise ship, from lakeside trails and tender boats, from city walls and sea cliffs...how much more fabulous could the views get?! Enter the fjords of Kotor Bay. All of the heart eyes!

All week long we'd heard that we should not miss the sail into Kotor Bay, that it's one of the highlights of the whole cruise. Of course we were chomping at the bit to get to Montengero to see what all the fuss was about. Wrapped snugly in our bathrobes, we excitedly flung back the curtains to our balcony stateroom at the butt-crack of dawn and watched as magic unfolded before us. Mountains, sunshine, and a thick blanket of fog hovering just above the water greeted us as we floated through the narrow fjords. It was truly enchanting. We ordered room service that morning because I just couldn't peel myself away from our balcony and those ethereal views. As we continued sailing, the sun began to burn off the fog, uncovering the sea and low-lying villages along the water's edge. 


Around every bend, more fog and more tiny villages popping up like roses. It's like the whole fjord was asleep under a fluffy white blanket until we sailed passed, parting the fog. A total dream! As we got closer to the port, the mountains got higher and the villages bigger. The sea was like a sheet of blue glass underneath us. I'd never seen anything quite like it. Needless to say, the welcome to Kotor was warm and enchanting, so we knew we were in for a treat during our first visit to Montenegro. More loveliness to come!


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