Friday, December 15, 2017

Deck the Halls

I wanted to share some photos from around our home this season! Christmas here in Italy has been fun to far. Everything is so festive and most streets are lined with lights even overhead, it is magical. Decorating this house has also been fun. There is so much more space and shelves and window sills to put things on unlike our little apartment in North Carolina. This is my first year decorating our villa in Italy because if you remember last year, I broke my leg in November and ended up going home to Washington State for 3 months.
I have been making Christmas candy and cookies. Clark and I have been watching Christmas movies. So far I have watched Elf, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Santa Clause is Coming to Town (the 1970s stop motion one), A Year Without Santa (also 1970s stop motion), and A Christmas Prince. I kept seeing people mention A Christmas Prince on twitter which is a Netflix original, it is super cheesy but alright. People are saying it is so bad its good and I might have to agree. We have also watched a few of the Christmas episodes of the Office. I still need to watch The Grinch and Christmas with the Kranks and Santa Clause with Tim Allen. Those three for sure. Oh and The Holiday and The Family Stone. 
I love our pink walls. Especially in these photos. I love the way the Christmas tree looks against them. When we first painted them, I thought I like them but I probably won't do them in our next place but now I might have to do them in every place haha. I hope everyone's holiday season is going wonderfully so far. It feels like it is going to fast. 
love, Carlee

Monday, December 11, 2017

Saturnia Hot Springs

This is one of my all time favorite places I have ever been! It is about 4 hours north from where we live. We left Thursday night after work and stayed close to the hot springs so we could get up and go first thing in the morning before they got too busy. We got to the hot springs around 8 am and there was just one other couple there. We stayed for about 1.5 hours and by the time we left there was probably 30+ people. Friday was also a holiday for Italians so a lot of people had the day off and these hot springs are free and gorgeous and like 85-90+ degrees! It felt so nice in the middle of December.
I first saw a picture of these hot springs on Pinterest and it said they were in Tuscany italy. I was a little skeptical cause sometimes on Pinterest it’ll be like “look at this awesome island in the middle of this pink lake with a kangaroo sculpture on top” but turns out it’s all just photoshop. But these springs are real and like I said free!!! Since we went so early (to beat the crowds) there was a lot of steam coming off the water because the air was still so cold. It made for really cool photos though. The very last photo is of the entire hot springs from the opposite hillside when we were leaving the area around noon. No steam and a ton of more people.
This is definitely one of the places I recommend visiting most in Italy. You will need to have a car to get to it as it is kind of in the middle of nowhere Tuscany. A car gives you so much freedom and it is definitely the way I prefer to travel. 
love, Carlee
Swimsuit: Old Navy
Sweater: Target
Leggings: NEX
Shoes: Nike

Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday shopping: Little Sloth

Don't forget I have a greeting card and gift shop Little Sloth! We have really cute mugs right now that make the perfect Christmas gift. They ship from Washington State and will arrive in time for Christmas if you order within the next week. We also have tea towels and enamel pins! At checkout use code: YOUROCK20 to get 20% off your order!
love, Carlee

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Montmartre, Paris

We stayed in the Montmartre district of Paris when we visited and it was amazing. I would totally recommend staying there if you are traveling to Paris for the first time or have never stayed in that area before. Paris is SO BIG that you can't really stay in one place that is "centrally located." If you stay close to the Louvre you will be away from the Eiffel Tower and vice versa. Also Paris has a great metro system so we knew we would be able to get around easily wherever we stayed. I chose the Montmartre district because it has so much going on itself. There is the amazing basilica Sacre-Coeur, there are carousels on what seems like every corner, Moulin Rouge, that pink restaurant on the most photographed corner in Paris, the neon basketball court, the sinking house, tons of good food, squares and streets lined with local artists. It is a wonderful neighborhood. We stayed in the Hotel Des Arts Montmartre. It was a cute little hotel that was quiet, wonderfully located, and comfortable.
I recommend eating at El Nopal Taqueria such good street tacos. We might have eaten there about 3 times over the course of our stay. Get crepes from street vendors and don't forget to get flower shaped ice cream at Amorino. They have them all over Paris and I think the cheesecake is the best flavor. Okay, one more post down a dozen more to go. Not really a dozen but it feels like I still have a lot of photos from Paris. 
love, Carlee
Coat: Thrifted -Rue 21
Dress: NEX
Tights: Macys
Purse: JCPennys
Shoes: Nike

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Dracula & Peles Castle + Brasov

On Friday we spent all day, 12 hours, on a day trip to Bran Castle which is the popular Dracula’s Castle. We also saw Peles Castle and Pelisor Castle and the cutest medieval town of Brasov, Romania. I booked the tour through before we left. I always get a little nervous booking tours cause I think what if it’s not legit. But so far it’s been great. The tour was awesome we packed a lot into one day. And it was nice to do it with a company because you get lots of inside information and Clark likes not having to drive in a new country. 

We left at 8am with a group of about 13 on a mini bus. Our first stop was Peles Castle and the grounds. We got a tour and to explore the inside of Pelisor Castle but not Peles Castle since it was under renovation inside. The tour guide asked if I was from America and I said yes he asked if I was impressed with the castles since there aren’t any castles in America and I was like yeah. But we have seen some cool castles in Europe. These were very pretty though and in such a cool style. Peles Castle was very impressive. There was also about 15 dogs that lived on the grounds that were just sun bathing. They were filming a movie or TV show on the grounds too. I told Clark we need to look our for a movie or show that might have been filmed in Romania and we can say we were there!

We then had one hour drive to Bran Castle. The Romania countryside was very beautiful. Mountains and green fields with lots of sheep. We had a little over two hours at Bran Castle aka Dracula’s Castle. They say the story of Dracula is based on the emperor Vlad the Impaler and he lived in this castle so that’s why they call in Dracula’s Castle. It’s also in Transylvania which we know is the place that vampires live.

The inside of the castle was cool. Although very old. The stairs and wood was very worn. I think it is a very popular Romania attraction but despite our tour guide saying it was going to be very busy it wasn’t that bad. There was also a ton of stalls with souvenirs, handmade goods, sweaters, slippers, furs, antiques etc. I got the coolest wools sweater that a Romanian grandma had hand-knitted. It is so pretty.

After we visited Bran Castle we went to the little town of Brasov, Romania. It is a sweet little medieval town with a walled city center. It even has a sign up on the hill like the Hollywood sign. We spent about an hour there. Clark ate a crepe and I had some popcorn. We walked around the town square and watched kids doing backflips of the fountains edge. Totally freaked me out by the way. Once we were done in Brasov we made the 3 hour trip back to Bucharest. It was a great day though and I would definitely recommend this tour if you want to see some of the countryside of Romania. 
love, Carlee 

Can you believe that I got my Romania posts up within 2 days of being home and I still haven't gotten all my Paris posts up which was like 1.5 months ago. Whoops. 

Pants & Shoes: Nike
Scarf: gift
Coat: H&M
Purse: JCPennys