Hints of fall…

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I see hints of fall all around me already.

Living on the mountain top you see the tippy tops of the trees changing very quickly.

August seems non existent and before you know it, the trees are almost all orange.

I am a local leaf peeper and on the way home this weekend I had mom pull over to get these photos with my camera! People probably think I am a tourist but that’s okay.

 

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And every time we wonder
What we left back in your hearts
Could you see we’re dreaming
Though our minds just fall apart
But we will end up somehow
With a peaceful mind
And you are leading me now
To the site where I flew from you
When your pace just scared me blind
We will come back and joke of days
When I sold you to the unkind
We will end up somehow
With a peaceful mind
And you are leading me now

 

 

 

Labor Day in Rhode Island

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How was your Labor day weekend?!

 

I visited my sister’s new place in Rhode Island. It was an activity filled weekend and I am not ready to start a new work week today (at all)

 

 

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Funny story about this seagull right here….we watched him go back and forth to pick up this Barbie doll that was on the beach. He finally got it and then went over to show it off to his seagull buddies and we watched them all fight over her. He eventually dropped her and there was a big seagull brawl. It was very entertaining hahahaha.

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And dough boys at Iggys– YUM.

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Cru Cafe was delicious and brunch is always a good idea 😉

 

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And day drinking is fine in Newport….and on weekends….especially on Labor Day weekend! #Freedom

 

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FRANKIE beer

Crush it like Quint?

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#Killerbeer!

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Bunny friend on the lighthouse path!

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Definitely caught an amazing sunset at Lobster Bar ! 

What a stunning spot to watch the boats go by and the sun go down.

 

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We really enjoyed huge Jenga, corn hole, boats and brews at Whalers Brewing Company!

#Boatsbrewsandgames

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On our last day, we enjoyed the beach and the last beautiful day of laying out in the sun that summer brings…. I’m going to miss that.  I am convinced that being born in August made me forever a summer girl.

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And these photos of us are taken by Michaelangelo Photography-

 

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Peace out Rhode Island and summer, until next time! (Cries hysterically)

 

A fair Friday night

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This Friday night Frankie and I went to the Dutchess County Fair, a favorite of ours for years.

I went to the fair (a different one, though) last year too, and I swear it just gets better and better. It’s just a Summer classic for me…

 

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After all, why should any of us stop being kids?

 

“I thought about adults. I wondered if that was true: if they were all really children wrapped in adult bodies…”

― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

 

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When given the chance to pet sting rays, always do. When given the chance to be a kid again, always do. : )

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Of course we had to stop and watch the dog show…

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And of course tastings are always fun!

 

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I originally wanted Frankie to take some cool photos of my outfit at the fair for this post, but before said pictures could be taken, I spilled mustard on my overalls. So here are some photos of me from the waist up, still happy though.

 

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P.S. the fair at night is a magical place…

 

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Hope you enjoyed! As always, thanks for reading. XOXO

Chasing waterfalls at Watkins

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[Frankie showed me this song on our drive and it’s been on repeat ever since…]

 

For my birthday, my love surprised me with a camping trip to Watkins Glen State Park .   

We went chasing waterfalls! Cue TLC song….

 

Taken from the website,

“Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. “

 

We camped right at Watkins Glen State Park Campground which was amazing because our camp site was walking distance to the trails to the waterfalls! And we got a great site that was nice and private.

 

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Upon entering the park, you feel like you are in a scene from Indiana Jones. The lush greenery and the jungle like atmosphere make you want to swing across within the trees.  (Tarzan?)

 

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The heart shaped pool ❤

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My favorite part of the hike were the Rainbow Falls where you can walk right beneath the trickling water…

 

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When the lighting is just right…

 

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That night we ventured into Watkins Glen town and stopped at Rooster Fish Brewing

I really loved the atmosphere, especially that they had games available to play! The beers were delicious and we took a growler back to the campground.

 

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We found out that Rooster Fish also has a restaurant that sells their beers too, and it happened to be the restaurant I was thinking of for dinner anyway so it was an easy choice!

We had dinner at Wildflower Cafe and Crooked Rooster Brewpub

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I got their special mozzarella sandwich and sweet potato fries and we got a crab dip for an app, so good and worth every calorie. 

 

26 isn’t so bad, right?! 

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Later that night we had a bit of a photo shoot testing out different modes on my camera…

 

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I wore my new Lularoe leggings that have fish on them! ❤

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On my birthday day we had to head home but decided to stop in Ithaca on the way home and stopped for a bite to eat at the Carriage House Cafe . 

What drew me to this place was the Brie- stuffed french toast I saw on the menu and their local farm and non GMO style. #Eatlocal. The french toast was out of this world good and I also got a blueberry sorbet mimosa that was like desert for breakfast! (That’s what you do on your birthday…)

 

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We stopped at the Ithaca waterfalls on the way home too…

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Keep exploring…. : )

Stories of Santorini…Part 4: Food!

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First off I wanted to say thank you for bringing us up to 700 followers!!

 

 

I am so incredibly humbled and every time I reach another mile stone it makes me want to focus on this even more and more. This is really my little sanctuary and I am so thankful for it. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I blogged about my 500 followers milestone!

 

So, what better way to celebrate big things than food?! In Greece they definitely celebrate their food…

 

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Greek frappes were an every day occurrence for us. #Caffeine

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A happy girl is a girl with Greek pizza and an orange lit moon with her man! #Pizzaforever

 

 

Speaking of food….it’s a good thing there are a million steps in Santorini. Walking up the side of those caldera cliffs isn’t easy, but oh so worth it. We managed to both come home actually weighing less than before we left! We counted 110 steps to walk up and down from our hotel every day.

 

Here is a list of our favorite places that we were lucky enough to wine and dine at on our trip:

 

Let’s start with Gyros. All day every day.

We thought our festival gyros at home were good until we tried them in Greece. They always put french fries on their gyros and paprika! Also in Greece I noticed they do other meat besides lamb, which makes me think that the lamb Gyro is the Americanized version.

We went to Lucky’s Souvlakis and we ended up going there like once a day. Lol. When in Greece!

 

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Heliotopos Hotel Restaurant and Wine Bar

 

We ate at our hotel, Heliotopos, a few nights and that was amazing. It doesn’t get much better than eating out on the Terrace overlooking the sunset.

 

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My wonderful mama sent us wine and a cheese plate! Heaven….

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This is where we had breakfast every morning- buffet style complete with fresh fruit, homemade jams and Greek pastries. 

 

Sunset in Ammoudi Bay

 

We were lucky enough to get to eat at Sunset Ammoudi twice- the first time for actual dinner and the seconds for appetizers and wine as we watched the sunset.

 

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To get down to the restaurant, you have to walk the  Oia to Ammoudi Bay  steps, which I wrote about in my Santorini Bucket List. 

 

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As you can see, your table is literally on the edge of the Bay. The wine bucket was perched on the side of the edge of the table only held up by a metal piece. It was such a unique experience!

What made it even more unique was when we heard a splash and looked over to see a man swimming in the water.  (I wish I got a picture of that!) Now, Greek water in May is freezing on even a hot and sunny day. Our waiter told us “Oh yes, that is our staff- he jumps into the water to grab people’s things when they drop them from their tables.”

Talk about Greek hospitality.

 

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I am really not a fish person. But the waiter said, ” If you don’t like it I promise I will bring you something else and offer my sincerest apologies.” He said he would bring me the least “fishy” tasting fish they had.

I believe this was a Mackerel and it was actually good- although I would not order it myself.

Our waiter stood at our table for a good while picking out every single bone and explaining about the fish to us.

 

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Metaxy Mas- Exo Gonia, Santorini

 

This was our absolute favorite restaurant of the entire trip.

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The view outside of Metaxy Mas.

 

When you sit down you are greeted warmly with a complimentary dish of cheese, olives, and bread as well as what we thought was a jar of water at first. Upon drinking this strong liquid we realized this was definitely not water, but a very potent liquor oh which I am unsure of the name! Haha.

 

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While here, I fell in love with this pottery dish that our wine was served in. I asked Frankie if he thought they might sell them. Since it had their name on it I thought maybe they did! Who knows?! Anyway, we asked our waitress who very politely said, ” I don’t know, let me go check.” A few minutes later she came back with a carefully wrapped paper with tape. She said, “It’s a gift.” And handed me my beloved pottery!

Between this “gift,” the man who jumped into the water at Sunset Ammoudi to get people’s things, all of the complimentary dishes we were served, and our hotel staff, I am still truly humbled with the hospitality we experienced in Greece.

 

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We both agreed that this was the best thing we have ever eaten. Ever.

This was a 4 cheese pastry with a blackberry sauce.

Frankie seems to think it is the Greek Kataifi.

I am pretty sure we licked the plate clean and savored every second.

 

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Another complimentary dish!

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And the view isn’t bad either…!

 

Anogi- Imerovigli, Santorini

 

This was our second favorite place and we ended up going here on a whim on one of our last nights even though we passed it on the quad every day coming and going from our hotel. It was walking distance from our hotel and truly yummy! This is also where Frankie tried Ouzo, an extremely strong Greek liquor. It has a Licorice like taste, so it was not my favorite at all! But something I felt like I had to try : )

I wish I got a picture of my actual main dish…

 

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Greek food is definitely yummy and they really love their pastries, frappes, cheese, and olives.

Did I make you hungry?

 

Thanks for reading and stay tuned! I think I am going to do one more part : )  XOXO

Stories of Santorini…Part 3: Beaches

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Beaches make me feel at ease…this is why I picked this song!Also, it’s been on repeat lately.  Listen as you view…

 

I am sorry for the lack of posts lately everyone! A lot has been going on in my life as of late… a lot of changes!

We visited some incredibly beautiful beaches in Santorini. Ones that seem like a photo out of a calendar but are actually real life…

 

Red Beach:

Red Beach is located near the ancient village of Akrotiri- called “red” beach because of the red rocks and sand- or pebbles, that make it up.

It was a really wild thing to hear all of the pebbles wash over each other as each wave came along- reminded me of the sound of July 4th sparklers! Crackly pebbles washing over each other.

 

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My favorite among the beaches we visited!  You might be able to see why…

 

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The water was actually more blue in person….  #takemeback

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There were doors built into the rock walls for storage that I thought were so cool…

 

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Perissa Beach:

 

“Black Sand beach”…complete with a black doggy, too! (See below)

 

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Yes please.

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Kamara Beach:

 

Kamara Beach is definitely your more “touristy” beach and beach town filled with tons of restaurants, bars, and shopping! This is definitely where you want to go to get your beach bar feel.

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Moon lit dinner…

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We got so lucky this night, the moon was SO orange and huge- hard to capture on camera…

 

See you soon for more Santorini! XOXO

Stories of Santorini…Part 2: Architecture & Ruins

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If you did not catch Part 1, hop over there first!

 

I am going to have to just accept the fact that there is no possible way I can share all of my journey and photos with you guys- there are just too many and too much to say!

For Part 2 of this journey I wanted to talk about the beautiful architecture of Santorini Greece.

I touched on this a little bit in the first part…the blue domed churches and the blue and white buildings make up the majority of the architecture you see here.

 

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Combined with what the locals told us in person, after I came home I read up more on the architecture of Greece. Read more about it here!

Safety is a huge concern of the Greek and a big reason much of their architecture is the way it is today. Key elements include protecting themselves from pirates back in the day as well as building into the left over volcanic rock that makes up the majority of the island that has been disrupted by volcanoes over the years. A local told us that Santorini used to be 1 connected circle until all of the natural disasters occurred!

 

 

The Cliff side Caldera of Santorini…

 

Entire villages are built right into the island’s Volcanic cliff sides, or the “caldera.”

I am convinced our hotel had the absolute best view possible and you can really see how cliff side everything is…

 

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There’s the cliff side of Fira…

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And the beauty of the caldera of Ammoudi Bay…

 

 

The domed churches…

( with all their “bells” and whistles)

 

 

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Many of the churches featured these tiny bell towers as well which are just too beautiful… the sounds of the church bells as you are walking through Greece truly add to the feeling!

 

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Pastel painted towns…

 

Certain towns, such as Oia, have more pastel colored buildings and homes than other towns do.

 

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I don’t want to get too into the beach towns yet because that is a separate part I will do, but Kamari beach and the surrounding town is a town you will see a lot more than just the blues and whites . Each of the restaurants and bars had their own color theme so all you see as you walk down the strip is a different bright color associated with that business.

 

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The colors of Kamari!

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You see a lot of cobblestone steps too…

 

Historical architecture and ruins…

 

 

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You see many old windmills

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And ruins of what used to be…

Obviously I love abandoned ruins  so being in Greece was a dream for me. My favorite towns we visited were Pyrgos and Exo Gonia because of the amazing history you can see as you walk the streets of these places with their ruins…

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Greece has many castle ruins you can visit and we took a trip over to the Venetian castle in the village of Akrotiri.

 

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Visiting the Venetian castle ruins…

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The view from the top of the castle

And here are some favorites of mine from the town of Pyrgos:

Pyrgos is also where we ate at our favorite restaurant of our whole trip, Metaxy Mas- but that is for my food post! 😉

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An abandoned Greek music venue…

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We came across an abandoned taverna/restaurant…

 

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Old kitchen

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We passed this old building frequently on our outings on the quad and on one of our last days I decided to stop and take pictures of it this dog was tied up….I hope he is okay!

You frequently see shells of buildings that seemed to be starting construction and stopping it abruptly. We think this is due to the economic troubles currently in Greece that many people started building homes, hotels, etc and then could no longer afford it.

 

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We think this may have been the start of a hotel…

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Doorway to heaven?

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Archeological site at Akrotiri:

 

We visited the Akrotiri archaeological site

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Greek courtyards and homes…

 

I made sure to be a complete creep and peek into the Greek home courtyards too to get a feel for that as well. They are all so adorable with their little outdoor spaces complete with vines, greenery and flowers as well as their laundry hung outside on the line in the breeze…

 

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I hope you enjoyed journeying around Santorini with me on this part 2!

 

Stay tuned for upcoming parts including Greek food, shopping, beaches, etc… XOXOX

Stories of Santorini…Part 1

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It’s good to get away and it’s good to come home again. Santorini was more beautiful and more of a dream than I ever imagined.  This post is going to be in parts because there are SO many photos and just so much to say about it.

I think we definitely accomplished all of our bucket list and more.

 

We stayed at the Heliotopos Hotel in Imerovigli in Santorini. I would highly recommend staying here as the hotel was stunning, the staff were so hospitable and accommodating, and the village it is located is in super quiet, yet central enough to the busier parts like Fira, which has more of a night life.

 

I could not have been happier with our stay!

Helio {sun} Topos {place} – The place of sun

I am having serious Greece withdrawals looking at our photos  (about 800 to be exact!) and want to cry now…I just feel incredibly blessed that we were able to go at all.

 

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We did not know until we got there that we were at the very bottom of the hotel, so we basically had our own private area right by the water and this was our balcony and view…

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This was our view looking to the left of our balcony…our neighboring hotel and the rock behind is Skaros rock. 

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100 % off duty….

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On one of our first days we did the walk from Fira to Oia….the view along the way was incredible!

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Once you arrive in Oia, you are greeted with this beautiful chapel and archway, with love locks!

I quickly became obsessed with the churches and tiny chapels in Greece. Many of them are white with the blue dome tops and a cross on top.

 

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The view of Oia you see as you finish your hike and venture into the town…

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Oia is great for shopping, but prepare for spending your Euros…

 

We made sure to catch the sunset, especially when we first arrived, back at our hotel.

One thing I really cannot decide is if I love Greece more during the day or the night…

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Here you can see the steps leading from Oia down to Ammoudi Bay to the right. 

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But I think I love it the best when it is turning from day to night…

Welcome to the Santorini sunset.

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From pink skies…

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To fiery orange. 

 

I think I will do a whole part on this alone. I could not stop snapping photos of the most stunning sky I have ever seen.

 

Actually, I could not stop snapping photos of every.single.thing.

I am so glad I did! Looking back on them now makes me want to cry, I just feel so blessed for being able to go.

 

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We rented a quad so were lucky enough to get to explore the whole island as much as possible! We really tried to maximize every single day. Frankie didn’t even allow me to take naps…. lol. #nonapsallowedingreece

But I am so glad we did. We visited the areas of Oia, Kamari, Perissa, Pyrgos and Exo Gonia (my absolute favorites), Fira(capital), Akrotiri… and many little places in between.

 

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More parts of our Greece adventure coming up… architecture, food, beaches, ruins….what would you like to hear about?

 

Thanks for reading!

Stay tuned….#800photos

 

 

 

 

 

November gratitude: week 2

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Last week I started week 1 of my weekly November gratitude posts.

We are in week 2 already and Christmas will be here before we know it! But let’s focus on the now and giving thanks…

 

Week 2 gratitude:

angelI am grateful for well spent weekends with my love and peaceful hikes. 

I am grateful that I have new places to explore all of the time and new adventures to be made. As well as new abandons adventures. Like these old estate ruins we found…

It’s a new work week and I’m sad already. But looking through my pictures from our day of adventures makes me happy and feel better.

I needed an adventure and fresh air. I can’t wait to go hiking again! I want to do as many fall hikes as I can before the snow comes.

I found this article of these abandoned ruins you can hike to in upstate NY and I am determined to do as many of them as possible before snow. (We will see what happens but that is the plan!)

Why are the weekends so short and the weeks so long? : (

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What’s left of the old estate…

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And the lean to which offered a cozy resting spot. 

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angelI am grateful for stunning sunsets and super moons. Grateful for these little things in life that give us something to look forward to and tell us to keep going.

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I took this using my mom’s super zoom lense. Love how it came out with the branches over the moon!

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angelI am grateful for new places to try.

Like a local speakeasy with a bonfire outside to snuggle up by and a newly renovated bar/restaurant that is beautiful.

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angel I am grateful for my camera, which gives me the opportunity to capture these memories, look back on them, and realize how grateful I am.

 

 

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Thank you for reading! What are you feeling grateful for?