Flashback Friday Travels: Spain

Some days I just feel like I would rather be traveling. Does anyone else feel that way? I have had the travel bug a lot lately because I’m starting to think about where I want to go next year and make plans in my head. I’ve enjoyed writing about my previous travels in the Flashback Friday Travels posts and today I’m sharing some photos of when I went to Spain. I visited Spain in 2013, after spending a week in Portugal, and traveled with family and friends. The trip to Spain was so fun because we road tripped from Portugal and visited mainly Seville and Madrid. I hope you enjoy these photos–it is times like this that I wish I would have taken more!


My obsession of unique doors continues…

Seville Cathedral

The Alcazar of Seville

Cafe Con Leche…had so many of these!

Road tripping!


Of course we went to a gluten-free bakery!

Royal Palace of Madrid

Alhambra in Granada, Spain


Flashback Friday Travels: France

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Flashback Friday Travels posts that I’ve written, because today I’m going to tell you about the trip that started it all–France. My first trip overseas was in the Spring of 2013 and it was to Paris, France. I went with my mom, a few sisters, my brother-in-law, nephew, and niece and had the best time. The getting-to-Paris-part was definitely interesting/memorable/stressful because we were all on different flights, we flew into different cities, and our international phone plan decided to not work. However, looking back, I wouldn’t have changed any part of that experience because it taught me that sometimes you have to be flexible when traveling, that you really have no control, and to remember the experience. I hope you enjoy these photos!

Sacré-Cœur Basilica

View of Paris from Sacré-Cœur

Arc de Triomphe on Champs-Élysées

Versailles–Château de Versailles

One day we took the train to Versailles and spent the day walking the palace gardens. So beautiful!

The Louvre Museum

We didn’t go into the museum but we walked past it every day because our Airbnb apartment was close by.

The Eiffel Tower on Champ de Mars

I love these teal doors! I tried to take a photo each time I saw a unique door.

We loved walking through markets every day–look at all the cheese! There were so many fromageries (cheese shops) and boulangeries (bakeries) that we would buy groceries from, instead of eating out each meal.



Snapshots of 26

Tomorrow is my birthday and I will be turning 27! Does that mean I’ll now be in my late twenties? So weird! I wrote a blog post last year to recap Snapshots of 25, and it was so fun for me that I decided to do another one for 26. It was really great to look back on the past year and reminisce of all the things I got to do, places I went, and people I was able to see. I don’t typically like to post stuff about my family on my blog, but let’s just say that  the majority of all the photos I took last year were from family related events–which is so special to me. Below are some of the highlights from the past year and they include passing a big test, traveling to Maine, doing a couple of fun photo shoots for the blog, writing my first sponsored blog post (here), traveling to Washington DC, celebrating a dear friend’s wedding on NYE, going to ICELAND (favorite trip of all time–read that blog post here), going to Chicago, and just spending time with people I love. I’m really looking forward to this next year of life and can’t wait to see what 27 has to bring!



Flashback Friday Travels: Hawaii

Aloha, happy Friday! September will be here in a few weeks and I’m so excited because it is my favorite month of the year! In preparing for September, I was reminded of a trip I took to Hawaii in 2 years ago in September, actually it happened to be on my 25th birthday, and I wanted to share some of those photos with you. I had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii with one of my sisters, brother-in-law, and youngest niece, at the time, and it will forever be one of my most memorable experiences. Not only was it so special to have some rest, relaxation, and down time, but it was just breathtakingly beautiful! I had always wanted to go to Hawaii because I am a beach/ocean girl at heart, so I felt almost paralyzed by my excitement to finally be able to go. We went to The Big Island and spent about a week there just relaxing, snorkeling, hanging out at the beaches, eating giant avocados and papayas, going to the farmers market, and driving all over the island. My sister and brother-in-law had rented a house with an ocean view and, because it was off-season and the rates were so much lower, the house was way larger than we needed for 3 adults but still so fun to stay in a big house. There was no air conditioner system in the house so we just kept the windows and sliding doors open at night, and you could hear nothing but the ocean. It was so cool and relaxing to fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the ocean everyday! I would go back in a heartbeat and you should too if you want a trip for nothing but rest and relaxation.

The views from my bedroom every morning!

Geckos everywhere!

Lava stone beaches