Category Archives: Travel

Travel: Labor Day 2014, Hickory Creek Vineyard

While I might be a week (or so) late in writing this post, I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to capture how I felt about our weekend spent at the beautiful Hickory Creek Vineyard in Buchanan, Michigan. We had such a great time! (I mean, who doesn’t love waking up right next to a wine tasting room?)

We found the vineyard in a last minute search for a Labor Day weekend rental with enough safe space for the pups to run. My friend, Palmer, and I are always hoping and wishing for more open, dog-run space here in Chicago, so a random trip to a Michigan vineyard seemed like a perfect idea. Hickory Creek is a beautiful, small production wine vineyard located about two hours outside of Chicago. The property has two main attractions: a beautiful red barn turned wine tasting room + a quaint little farmhouse cottage that sleeps four. See below for a panoramic snap shot of the incredible view!

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travels: majorca, the beautiful.

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I honestly feel like I created a full time job for myself when I decided to post all the pictures from my time in Europe.  First, all the editing.  Then, deciding which pictures to post and what experiences to write about.  I can’t say I regret the time spent, though (and it’s not like I have a job now anyways).  I’ve had a lot of fun reliving the trip.  More importantly, I’m glad I have the pictures + some of my memories captured for future reading!

The last stop on our trip was Majorca, Spain.  I was quite surprised how short the flight from Barcelona to the island of Majorca was…one second I was looking out my window at water, the next a beautiful mountain range appeared out of thin air.  Instantly, I woke up Eric from his usual plane-ride nap so that he could take a look at the amazing view.  I just knew Majorca was going to give us the relaxation we needed after all the touristy activities over the past week.  

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travels: barcelona, all the rest.

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I decided to put all of my remaining Barcelona pictures into one, probably very long, post.  I hope you enjoy scrolling through!

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travels: barcelona, sagrada familia

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Barcelona was the second stop on our July trip to Europe.  Eric and I were both very excited to visit someplace new, despite how tired we were following our time spent in Paris.  We ate a lot of tapas (including a foie gras burger…chew on that thought for a bit!), enjoyed the scenery and spent some time visiting some well known tourist attractions. 

On our first day, we stopped by the famous Sagrada Familia.  Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, and still under construction, the Sagrada Familia was by far the most interesting church we visited during the entire trip.  Gaudí‘s design is incredibly unique, as you’ll see in the below pictures, and we spent more time in this church than any other on our trip.

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travels: paris, all the rest.

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The five days we spent in Paris were adventurous, breathtaking, exhausting, but overall amazing.  I’m so hopeful that we can go back again one day.  Then we’ll be able to spend more time in certain areas…and maybe fall in love with the city a little bit more than we are today.

This post will show some of my favorite pictures that don’t necessarily focus around a main Parisan landmark.  Have fun scrolling!

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