All posts filed under: Adventure

What I learned on my Visit to the Acadia Region

I remember going to Maine almost every summer when I was a kid to go to camp and chill out by the lake. Once I grew up I didn’t go as often and really wanted to go back to have some new adventures and experiences. This last visit up to the Acadia Region was incredible, despite having a day with not so great weather. Maine has the ability to literally take your stress and throw it to the wind. From the mountain views, rolling hills and serene cabins in the woods it is everything you need to de-stress. We had a wonderful little cabin which we found through Airbnb and it was smack in the middle of the woods on almost two acres of land. It was around 15-25 miles away from everything we wanted to do which was perfect because we saw some amazing scenery on all of our drives. I hope you enjoy this post and everything there is to see and do and check out the tips…. Places Visited: Sullivan, ME Bar …

Getting to know Hull

My wanderlust for exploring little towns up and down the coast of New England never stops. Especially after coming from overseas and feeling the need to constantly explore and see everything I can, this was a great opportunity to take a couple days and explore the small coastal town of Hull, MA. We had come here this past winter with a special deal but wanted to try coming again when we could do more and see more. Our weather has been so odd lately; between always raining and being cold to random bursts of sunshine. Regardless the time spent there was lovely and we did quite a bit of exploring. Nantasket Beach Resort which is right in front of Nantasket Beach was where we stayed. We had a room with a beautiful ocean view and this hotel has many amenities right on site. For instance, we arrived late Friday night and while most dinner places were closed on the little peninsula, the Hotel restaurant, Paragon Grill was open and they had good food served very …

Remnants of Rome

“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.” Giotto di Bondone (Italian painter and architect. Died 1337) Rome had been calling my name long before I arrived in Italy. With its ancient architecture and immense beauty everywhere I looked, the calling was finally satiated. There is so much to see in Rome, and we had just a little under a day to walk around and search for history and art. In this short amount of time we managed to visit the Colosseum, St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, Caffe Vicere, Cin Cin Bar, a war memorial, Museo Nazionale del Palaco di Venezia, & Vatican City. Each location different than the last and each having its own beauty set in a specific time period. I was so awestruck by Rome, it will stay with me for the rest of my life. I’ve said it before and Ill say it again this trip changed my life and Rome had a part in that. Living in the US all these years and only …

Getting lost in Venice

“To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.” – Alexander Herzen We got lost in Venice, it’s pretty easy to do. The bustle of crowds, the bridges, the canals- Venice is a Maze of a city built entirely over water. I completely and utterly fell in love with this city, there were so many nooks and crannies that it would take months to find them all. Once you get into the heart of Venice (past the train station) you can’t use cars, there are no buses or other public transportation except Gondola’s or Water Taxis. This was our view when we arrive in Venice A couple beautiful shots of some of the larger canals, with gondolas and other boats Couple shots of us, with beautiful scenery 😀 I absolutely loved this canal, the houses, the reflections-everything Gondoliers waiting for customers and a quiet little square we found with no …

Walking around Milano

When you decide that you are hungry in Milan you find a small place to grab a bite to eat. Usually a brioche or healthy breakfast along with an espresso. We roamed around a bit before we settled on a place called Berni which was in a quiet, beautiful area of Milan. It was a neighborhood place so it was cool to watch people running in and out saying, “Ciao” and having conversations with the lovely people behind the counter. We ordered brioche, espresso, whole grain bread and marmalade with fresh squeezed orange juice. The counter and the beautiful, fresh brioche The wine on the wall was a cool touch, and this brioche was tasty and lightly sweet The marmalade here is so good, and this espresso was just right We then decided to just walk around, we didn’t ask for directions we just wanted to explore some more before we had to check out of our Airbnb. We stumbled upon the Arco de Pace which is right at the entry way of Parco Sempione. …

The Nooks & Crannies of Rockport, MA

This past Saturday I took a day trip over to Rockport with my bestie and even though we weren’t there all day we managed to visit some really cute shops, roam the streets and eat some really yummy treats. Sometimes, just sometimes it pays off to go even an hour away from your regular stomping grounds, to take in some sea air and be lulled into relaxation by the quiet ebb and flow of the water. Places visited: Red Skiff Restaurant Bella & Harvey Bakery Tucks Candy Factory Ubuntu Helmut’s Strudel Bearskin Neck Country Store Lula’s Pantry Rockport Pier Our first stop was the pier, where we took some pictures and waited for some space at the restaurant we were going to eat breakfast at. We took some really lovely pictures, everything around us was so peaceful. We loved the boats! Another shot of the boats The Harbor 🙂 Afterwards we went to Red Skiff which is right around the corner from there and had an incredible breakfast which included Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, Challah …

Chicken & Waffles – Atlanta Day 3

You can’t go wrong when you start your day off with Chicken & Waffles in Atlanta. This was my first time having real, authentic chicken & waffles with syrup. I am hooked, if the the perfectly fried chicken is this juicy all the time with the perfectly soft but not too soft waffles and just a bit of syrup is the same then I can eat this for brunch every weekend 🙂 . We started off the day at the Atlanta Breakfast Club in downtown ATL. Very wide open spaces, bright decor and fantastic music. I ordered the above mentioned Chicken & Waffles and promptly fell in love. I also had some of the best biscuits and chicken sausage gravy ever. Coffee was also good and service was stellar. Definitely will go back next time. This was everything!! Super yummy biscuit with chicken sausage gravy Another shot because it was just that good! Wall of Chalk art in the restaurant 🙂 After a filling breakfast we walked over to Dragon Con to check out a …

Tourists in Atlanta – Day 2

Roosevelt & I became tourists the second day we were in Atlanta. We did as much as we possibly could in very little time and saw some historical landmarks, visited an amazing Zoo (one of four US Zoo’s to house Giant Pandas) and the largest Aquarium in the Western Hemisphere. Along the way we had good food, met great people and walked thousands of steps exploring Atlanta. We started the day off in a little cafe across the street from Zoo Atlanta called Grant Park Coffeehouse, we had some healthy sandwiches and some yummy coffee. Cool cafe with an upbeat vibe, great place to relax and have a bite to eat. Interior of the cafe Healthy sandwiches Conveniently, the Zoo was right across the street so we took a quick walk over. This zoo is enormous, with different forests all which have a theme from different parts of the world such as ” African Plains”  and “Asian Forest”. Of course one of our favorite animals to see were the Giant Pandas, who were all asleep …

Atlanta, Georgia called my name…

For months now we had planed our trip to Atlanta for Dragon Con 2016, what we didn’t realize was how much there was to see and do in Atlanta outside of the convention. In the time we spent there we ate some of the best food, met some great people, encountered new places and lived it up as much as we could. It was simply a trip worth repeating over and over and I hope you enjoy the next few posts detailing my trip, where you should eat if you are in the area and what you should experience. Day one was an early flight out of Boston, and though we were exhausted landing in Atlanta mid morning we started living it up the second we landed. We took some pictures of the  “forest” in the airport (yes this airport had themes), had some of the best breakfast I have ever had in my life and then set out to experience the convention along with some other great food choices. Riding the “Plane Train” at the …

Lowell Folk Festival – Saturday

What an incredible day I had on this past Saturday, the second day of the 30th Annual Lowell Folk Festival. I started off the day around noon time and headed straight into downtown to walk along Merrimack Street. The crowds were excited, milling around to see all the booths, vendors, and events going on everywhere. Shop owners were having sales and had an influx of festival goers in each of their stores. Local restaurants had yummy goodness to eat along with the folk festival ethnic food vendors that were incredibly enticing. I was so much to take in and admire, the hustle and bustle, the noise, the different types of music everywhere. It was a sight  for sore eyes for sure! I stopped at the first vendor I noticed Crose Nest, whose store is located at Mill No 5 and sipped on some yummy Hibiscus tea. I then walked over to Rosie’s booth (Rosie’s Cafe) and she made me an amazing Salted Caramel iced coffee, and there I was set to go and explore some more so …