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Thanksgiving in California

12/06/2015

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Taylor and I both grew up in California, but met in Tennessee. It is so nice to go home for the holidays and be able to visit both our families. This trip was extraordinarily special because Taylor’s dad and step-mom had a newborn last month. He is adorable. Seriously – the sweetest baby. I love that he has red hair, and looks so much like Taylor when he was a baby.

I didn’t take my camera everywhere, because the trip was nonstop and we had so many people to see/stuff to do. We had a total of 3 Thanksgiving meals while we were there! We had a chance to carve out a day for a Disneyland trip, something Taylor and I have been wanting to do together for a long time.

IN-N-OUT burger happened several times and we did some Christmas shopping at South Coast Plaza (my favorite place in the entire world). I did manage to get snag some photos on a trip to the beach. Taylor’s parents live right on the sand, so we’d walk along the ocean and drink our coffee every morning. I love the last photo, it’s going to be used for the Christmas card!

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Florence

09/16/2015

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You know in Eat, Pray, Love where Julia Roberts goes to Italy to get fat? That was basically us the entire Italian leg of our European trip. We filled up on pasta, wine and gelato. When we weren’t eating, we were looking for things to do until we were hungry again. Florence was incredible, and exactly how I imagined it would be. The streets were narrow and quaint. Our 3 days in the city felt relaxing and slow moving, something we needed after running around Paris and London. We even got a couple’s massage! We got lost in the city and didn’t stick to an agenda. On our last day, we took a day trip to Cinque Terre, where we took a took a tour and hiked along the coast. Our highlight was definitely swimming in the ocean. We couldn’t believe how clear and warm the water was.

Here is our guide to Florence:

EAT: Trattoria 13 Gobbi (spaghetti pictured), Paszkowski (great for coffee and pastries), Zeb Gastronomia (restaurant owned by mother and son – adorable and delicious)

DO: Gucci Museum, Boboli Garden, Desinare Cooking School, Day trip to Cinque Terre

STAY: Hotel Continentale

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London

09/03/2015

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London was incredible. We loved the city even more than we thought we would. It rained most of the time we were there, but we managed to see and do everything on our list. Our hotel was located in Shoreditch (a really cool neighborhood). When we checked into our hotel, Skrillex and M.I.A. were standing next to us!

Everyone we spoke to said that the food scene in London wasn’t very good, but we found the exact opposite. Everywhere we went, we loved! Here is our guide to London:

EAT: Pizza East, Dishoom, Poppies Fish & Chips, Flat IronBorough Market, Sketch

DO: Street art walking tour, The Photographers’ Gallery, Tower Bridge, Harry Potter Studio Tour

SHOP: Labour and Wait, T2, Dr. Marten, Sunspel

STAY: Ace Hotel London

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Paris

08/29/2015

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Our trip to Paris was everything we wanted it to be. We ate far too much, took romantic strolls and did a perfect mix of touristy and cool, local things. We also got engaged! Taylor said yes to my proposal in front of the Eiffel Tower on an early, cold and rainy morning when not a single person was there. The weather wasn’t ideal, but it was oddly romantic. I’m pretty stoked the proposal is over with – trying to keep it from him for the last year has been incredibly difficult. Now that we’re engaged, I’m so happy to simply enjoy the rest of the trip with my fiancé (so cool and weird to say)!

We had three non-stop days in Paris that were full of scary bathroom moments, dancing in the streets, people watching, eating pain au chocolat, running, sweating, shopping, culinary classes, landmarks, cheese, photos and a selfie-stick. I put together a pretty intense itinerary full of excursions and restaurants. Here is our recommended guide:

EAT: Merci (the place with the tiny red car. There are three different restaurants and a clothing and home store. We adored this place), Frenchie to Go, Ladurée (macarons), Boot Café (great coffee – right down the street from Merci), Le Relais d’Entrecôte (steak and frites)

DO: Louvre, Trocadero (best view of the Eiffel Tower, and where I asked Taylor to marry me), Taste Paris By Mouth Culinary Walking Tour (I can’t say enough great things about this intimate, food walking tour. Our guide, Catherine, was knowledgeable, friendly and we ate so many incredible things), Notre Dame, Montmartre (the highest point in Paris. You get a really great view of the city here), La Cuisine Paris Cooking School

SHOP: Colette (my friend saw Kim Kardashian and Kanye West here, so we obviously had to go check it out), APC Surplus, Shakespeare & Company

STAY: Mama Shelter (if we came back to Paris, we probably wouldn’t stay here. The hotel was really great, and the staff was really attentive. However, it was pretty far from many of the spots we frequented)

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