A wild weekend in New Orleans

It started with flying into hurricane weather and ended up with getting into a car and driving the eight hours to Austin, Texas and in between well…what happens in New Orleans, right? After a quick few days in New York City, we flew down to the deep South (a part of the country I’d never been to) to meet a group of our friends, making a precarious landing just as a storm set in that delayed all of those friends’ flights. It ended up being a bit of foreshadowing for how the rest of the weekend would go, with intermittent […]

Three days in New York City

I hesitate to use the word epic since it so rarely is used anymore to describe things that are actually epic by definition, but I’d say a 17 day road trip across 4 American states and 5 major cities ticks all the boxes for epic in my own life, so here we are. Several weeks ago, Jon and I flew into the hell hole that is JFK International Airport on Wednesday evening, and the heat that greeted us as we walked out of the terminal was like a breath of new life into my cold, damp lungs. We ubered into […]

A weekend in Cornwall

The weather cooled down during our second day in Cornwall – a not completely unexpected change from the astoundingly good weather on Friday. It wasn’t raining though, and that’s always good enough around here. After a seriously good breakfast at the breakfast buffet at The Headland Hotel, we went for a long walk along the coast and ended up having a little picnic lunch on a cliff looking out to sea. We have the most amazing picnic bag and it’s really upped our game this spring so far – it’s got plates and silverware and little wine glasses, plus a heat […]

Tintagel, King Arthur’s Castle

This past Christmas both Jon and I got each other trips as our gift. Mine was a weekend away in a hotel in London that he’d always wanted to go to – the gorgeous St Pancras Renaissance – and we went for his birthday weekend back in February. His gift for me was a long weekend away to the southwest of England, in a bit of Cornwall called Newquay. We stayed in the hotel that they filmed The Witches at, which was pretty stunning for me as 1) I love that movie and still find it super scary,  and 2) […]

How to spend 5 days in Barcelona // part two

Eleven years ago I was studying abroad in Dijon, France, thanks to a big juicy student loan I’d taken out to pay for it, coupled with the knowledge that if I was going to move abroad, doing it via a university program was definitely the best way to go. I was in quaint little Dijon, home of the mustard, for 8 weeks and spent the weekends traveling around Europe – Switzerland, Italy, Amsterdam, and, you know, Paris  – and that is how I first found myself in Barcelona. That summer, the long weekend in Spain was full of embracing topless sunbathing […]