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Reykjavik City Guide (Iceland Part 2)

If you missed our Iceland video and big family announcement, it’s posted here! This post is all about Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital and only actual city. It’s quaint, charming and wonderfully friendly. When we were there, it was freezing (as you can see from photos), but so worth the visit and we’d happily go back again. Here are a few of my recommendations on places to stay, things to do and restaurants. IMG_8055 Continue reading

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Vancouver City Guide & Video

For the second half of our Northwest anniversary/birthday trip, Matt and I took a train to Vancouver, BC (check out the first half of our trip here). Oh, man. This place was incredible. I’ve heard Vancouver is just amazing, but sometimes, places don’t live up to all the hype. Well, I’d say Vancouver is the exception. It was every bit as beautiful and breathtaking as people say.

Enjoy a few notes on our favorite things to do while in Vancouver and recommendations for places to stay or eat. Also, we made a little video and included a few photos of our time exploring Vancouver and the island of Victoria. Hope you enjoy!

Here’s our video, press play :)

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Seattle City Guide & Video

Because our anniversary and birthdays are so close together, we decided a while back that our gifts to each other would be in the form of trips. I’m a huge proponent of traveling, especially with your significant other for so many reasons. Besides the way it bonds you through experiencing new things together, traveling also provides a way for you to continue shaping your world view and view of yourself. Check out my past blog posts about our favorite way to pack (in backpacks) and how we plan trips.

For this trip, we decide we wanted to go somewhere completely different than where we’ve previously been. And I think we picked the perfect place. We settled on a trip to Seattle and then taking the train to Vancouver for a few days. April is just one of the best times to travel because it’s part of the shoulder season (cheaper and less busy), plus this part of North America was just bursting with spring. To say we loved our time in the Northwest would be an understatement. We may or may not have come home from our trip dreaming about moving there one day. 😉

Here’s our video, press play :)

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Suburban Atlanta Guide

Okay, so I know “the suburbs” can get a really bad rep, mainly because a lot of college kids or young twenties get really freaked out by the idea of everything that suburbia entails. But, let me say, the suburbs of Atlanta are the place to be (or at least in my humble opinion). Honestly, as much as I’m a city girl, I love the suburbs of Atlanta more than the downtown city part of Atlanta. There are still tons of growing companies, awesome restaurants, things to do, shows to see, outdoor space and maybe a little less traffic (but, lets be real, Atlanta will stop having traffic problems when pigs fly). So, if you’re coming to the Atlanta area, maybe consider a visit to the suburbs! For this post, I’ll be talking about my favorite places in the Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek areas, as well as day trips further north. I hope you enjoy!

Activities

Big Creek Greenway: This is a big green-way with walking trails and bike trails that spans over Roswell, Alpharetta and Forsyth County, GA. It’s an incredible space to go and just enjoy the great outdoors with family or friends.

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Atlanta City Guide

I’m becoming more and more proud to call the Atlanta area my new home. Okay, so the city gets a bad rep at times (traffic…), but it’s such a great place for young professionals and growing families. So much is being done to help the city grow and improve. There are incredible restaurants, unique museums, cool shows, a city feel, a quiet suburban feel, a variety of housing options, outdoor space, shopping and more. I love the city part of Atlanta, the suburbs of Atlanta and the easy day trips to the mountains. Since we’re still learning all about our new city, I thought I’d take some time to compile a list of our favorite activities for anyone traveling to the Atlanta area and wanting to do some touristy Atlanta things. There’s a lot to do, so I narrowed down the ones I thought were really worth it. My list quickly became way too large to put in one post (thanks to the massiveness of this area), so I’ll be sharing my Atlanta City Guide today. I’ll be posting my Suburban Atlanta Guide soon. Enjoy!

For a while now, we've been trying to figure out what happened to my arm in this photo...|His shirt: Jcrew|Sunglasses: Ray-Ban|

Last summer in Piedmont. :)

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Positano City Guide

I am so super excited to finally be sharing the last of the Italy City Guides from our honeymoon earlier this year. :) If you missed my first few guides, check them out now! Positano was probably our favorite of all the Italian places we visited. Everything about this place was magical. They have history, rich colors, delicious food and just about everything you need to enjoy your vacation. Take a look for yourself…

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Rome City Guide

I’d say Rome is just about everything I imagined it to be. It’s magical, whimsical and colorful. To say it has history would be an understatement. It easily made its way to my favorite city list and I’d happily make a return trip anytime. My biggest piece of advice when visiting this city would just be to follow that old saying, “when in Rome!” and do everything you can do. Here are a few helpful tips, recommendations and things we especially loved about Rome! If you’d like to check out our other Italian City Guides, here’s one about Venice and one about Florence & Tuscany. Also, see how we packed for our Italy adventure in backpacks! Happy travels, friends. :)

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The best part of traveling is who you get to travel with and this guy is my favorite travel buddy. :)

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Florence & Tuscany Guide

Tuscany is a spectacular region of Italy that includes many of the famous cities you’ve seen in movies or read about in books. It’s mostly known for the greatest things in Italy, like wine, cheese and olive oil (what more could you want!?). The land itself is incredible, with lots of rolling hills and breathtaking views. When visiting Tuscany, we chose to stay in Florence, because it gave us easy access to a lot of other famous cities. Florence is what I would call a good combination of spunky and historic. It’s unique and vibrant, but also has a ton of incredible art and old cobblestones. There’s so much culture and a bit of a college town feel. In all honesty, Florence isn’t my all time favorite city, but several friends have said it was one of their favorites. I’d say it’s for sure a must-see when you visit Italy. So. Much. History. Continue reading

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Venice Guide

Venice, as my husband puts it, is unlike any other city. It’s incredibly unique with its rich colors, lack of cars, transportation only by boat or foot, abundance of bridges and rich history. We found Venice to be the perfect place to start our Italian honeymoon, because it’s in the northern part of Italy where our journey would begin and it was a surprisingly relaxing city.

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