Monday, October 16, 2017

Cliffs of Étretat

If you follow me on instagram you know that Clark and I were just in Paris and before that in the France countryside for a few days. We really wanted to see some of what the Normandy coast had to offer before exploring the beautiful Paris and one of the places that was on my list were these beautiful Cliffs of Étretat. They are right on the coast and easily accessible from the town of Étretat. Étretat is best known for its chalk cliffs, including three natural arches.
We went on a Sunday so it was probably a little busier than usual. There is parking right on the beach but we had to park a little ways up the hill on the way into town because parking was full by the beach. But still it was an easy walk. Even the walk up to the top of the cliffs wasn't that bad. 
The view from the top is amazing. I loved the colors of the green grass, white cliffs with the pretty color of the ocean. Some people were being really brave and going over the fence barriers right to the edge of the cliffs. We made sure to stay safely behind the barriers. I mean they are obviously there for a reason. There is also a golf course right on the other side of the cliffs, talk about a great view for a day of golfing. 
love, Carlee
Coat: thrifted (Rue 21)
Leggings: Nike
Scarf: gift (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Nike
Shirt: H&M
Bag: JCPennys

Monday, October 2, 2017

Abbazia di Montecassino

A couple weeks ago now my friend, her daughter and I took a little drive up to Montecassino Abbey which is about an hour from where we live in Italy. It was a gorgeous day and an easy drive. Mainly highway then a few switchbacks. I had actually never heard of this place which was surprising to me because I have a running list of places to visit around the area that are within 2 hours and can be easily taken as day trips. This place I should have known about but I am glad that I have friends that know about cool places and can take me with them on trips!
The abbey was very lovely. It only cost 3 dollars to park your car and nothing to go inside the abbey and walk around. There are amazing views of the surrounding areas and the architecture of the abbey itself is worthwhile. You do have to pay an extra $5 if you want to enter the special museum exhibit which we did. There were many amazing relicts and artifacts. From ivory crosses to old maps and scrolls and gold rosaries. There was even a service going on when we were there and we could hear the sermon from inside the church. It didn't even sound Italian. I thought for a second that it might have been Latin but then I realized it was probably Italian I just don't know words pertaining to religion.
The church was magnificent. The details on the ceiling and floor. They are so many beautiful statues and mosaics. Inside the church everyone was so quiet and respectful. Even though there were no signs saying to be quiet it was just nice that people were respectful of the area. 

Once we were done we headed down the mountain for some lunch. I actually hadn't eaten out in a while. Since Clark was gone for 6 weeks it is not really fun to eat out by ones self. So it was nice to sit down and get some Italian spaghetti for lunch.
love, Carlee
Shirt: Forever 21
Jeans: NEX
Shoes: Nike
Purse: JCPennys 



Friday, September 22, 2017

Copenhagen: 48 hour guide

So I am going to write this by the hour. Obviously when you arrive and leave and when you can check into your hotel with be totally dependent on your trip but here is roughly what I did and how I would recommend doing it.

0:00-1:00 Check into your hotel and get settled in a little bit

1:00 Go to a bike rental place and rent bikes. If you aren't going to rent bikes I would recommend the hop on hop off tours.

1:30-2:30 Go find something to eat. My second hour in Copenhagen was around lunch time but yours will probably differ. I would recommend eating at the Gasoline Grill and ordering the Butter Burger for at least one of your meals while in Copenhagen.

2:30-4:00 Go visit the Little Mermaid Statue and the surrounding areas like Kastellet. If you want a good photo of the statue or with the statue your going to need to wait a bit as there are always a lot of people around.

4:00-5:00 Bike to some of the cute little street and then end up at the Round Tower.

5:00-6:00 Climb the round tower. Now you can definitely do the Rounder Tower in less than an hour but it was nice to be able to enjoy it at a leisurely pace and get to just sit and enjoy the view of Copenhagen rooftops.

6:00-7:00 To go Illum shopping center and get the elevator to the rooftop and grab a quick snack while enjoying the view of the square down below.

7:00 - 9:00 Walk along the street Stroget and shop a little bit. There is a Disney Store, Lego, Zara, H&M plus many more.

9:00-13:00- Go to Tivoli Garens Amusement Park. I recommend going in the evening because the lines are not long at all. I went from 7pm until closing which was 11pm.

13:00- 21:00 Get some sleep

21:00-22:00 Go eat breakfast at a cute little cafe filled with cinnamon rolls like the Skt. Peters Bakery or even a place like the Donut Shop.

22:00:22:30 Bike or take the metro to the Norrebro neighborhood.

22:30-23:30 Walk around Superkilen park and take fun photos, bike, or skateboard in the colorful park.

23:30-24:00 Go mural hunting.

24:00-25:30 Bike or take the metro a little farther north to Grundvigs Church.

25:30-26:30 Explore Grundvigs Church. The interior is beautiful and there are usually not very many people because it is a outside of the many city area.

26:30-27:30 Bike or walk along the river area that divides the Indre By district from the north part of Copenhagen. You can also rent a swan paddle boat and paddle around.

27:30-28:00 Explore the area near Palads theater and maybe grab a quick snack inside the Axelborg building. 

28:00-29:00 Head over to Christianhavn district either on foot or bike and check out the beautiful canal lined houses over there. So colorful! Also stop by Circle Bridge to see a fun designed pedestrian bridge. 

29:00-30:00 Go back to Nyhavn Canal to souvenir shop and also grab an amazing waffle on a stick from Gelato Rajissimo. I loved the chocolate with nuts. 

30:00- 32:00 Visit some of the other walkable areas. See the oldest street in Copenhagen: Magstræde, the city hall square, Hans Christian Anderson Statue, and the beautiful colorful square Gråbrødretorv.

32:00-33:00 Eat dinner at a fun little Mexican place called Barburrito. They have really good tacos. I had the chicken! Amazing. 

33:00- 40:00 Sleep

40:00- 41:00 Go explore and see the architecture of the Royal Library. 

41:00-43:00 Design museum Denmark. 

43:00- 44:00 Pack up and head to the train station to make it to the airport. 

44:00-45:00 Stop at the Lagkagehuset bakery in the airport for one that danish cinnamon roll. 

45:00- 48:00 Check in to flight, go through security, wait. 


Quick references

Eat:
Illum rooftop restaurants
Gasoline Grill-Butter Burger
Barburrito-Chicken tacos
Gelato Rajissimo- Waffle on a stick 
The Donut Shop
Skt. Peters Bakery-cinnamon rolls

Stay:
Copenhagen Downtown Hostel

Do:
Rent a bike
Swan paddle boat on river

Go:
Norrebro neighborhood
-Superliken Park
-Murals
Rundetarrn (Round Tower)
-go to the top for the view
Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park
Danish Design Museum 

See:
The Little Mermaid statue
Nyvan Canal
Christianhavn Canal
Circle Bridge
Palads Theater
Axelborg building (for staircase and architecture)
Royal Library

Shop:
Illum
Street street

This was just what I would recommend doing. I am not much of a museum person so if you are then I would suggesting adding those to the itinerary and maybe cut back on the mural hunting ;) This is just a rough outline of what I did and what I ate if you are interested. I loved Copenhagen! This was my first solo trip and I felt very safe. 
love, Carlee