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

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

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel

Rent a bike
Swan paddle boat on river

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Capri, Italy- Disposable Camera Photos

I got these photos back a couple of weeks ago. They are from when my mom, brother, Clark and I went boating around the island of Capri when they were here in June. I found a kodak underwater disposable camera here in Italy and I bought it thinking of this occasion. I loved the way the photos turned out. I didn't know where to get the photos developed here in Italy so I sent the camera home with my mom and she got them developed at Walgreens (my place of choice in the states.) 

After getting the photos back I realized I only actually took like 5 underwater photos. I loved the way the underwater ones look and next time I will take more. Since that was the whole point of the camera haha. Anyways, hope everyone is having a great day. 
love, Carlee

Monday, September 18, 2017

All The Light We Cannot See: Anthony Doerr

This is the first book I have read in a long time, like since June. One of my former teachers actually
recommended it when I told her that we were going to France in October. The book is set in Paris and Saint Malo, France during WWII. It is a rather long book more than 500 pages but it was definitely one that you wanted to keep reading.

The novel switches between two stories that end up weaving together. One of a orphan boy that joins the Nazi military forces in WWII and the other of a blind girl living in Paris with her farther during WWII. I won't go into too much detail as not to spoil anything but I really liked this book and I felt like I learned more history about WWII as well. You might classify it as historical fiction since some of it was real but the main story line was fiction.

I learned about the invasion of Paris, one of the schools that trained the Nazi military boys from a young age that was also a very selective school, and mostly about the allied forces attack on Saint Malo. I have actually added Saint Malo as a place to visit when we go to France in October.

I would rate this book 5/5. Definitely would recommend to others.

Quotes I liked from the book:

There are no such things as curses. There is luck, maybe, bad or good. A slight inclination of each day toward success of failure. But no curses. 

The locusts have no king, yet all of them go out in ranks. - Old Testament Proverb

Some things are simply more rare than others, and that's why there are locks. 

You know the greatest lessons of history? It's that history is whatever the visitors say it is. Whoever wins, that's who decides the history. 

You will become like a waterfall, a volley of bullets- you will all surge in the same direction at the same pace toward the same cause. You will forgo comforts; you will live by duty alone. You will eat country and breathe nation. 

My father said "You dont have to stay. I'd like you to stay, but you dont have to. You probably have things to do. You can go off with your friends if you want to." 'He kept saying that. I left. I went down the strips and into the street. I had nowhere to go. Nobody to see. I didn't have any friends in that town. I had ridden trains all goddamn day to see him. But I left just like that. 

They move about with only themselves in mind. Name me someone who does not. 

He worries that to concentrate on [the memories] too long is to rise wearing them out. 

love, Carlee 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Now selling on Society 6 + new Casetify stuff

Hey all! I am excited to announce that I am now selling some of my designs and art on society6. If you don't know, society6 takes artist artwork and produces it on different items like clocks, pillows, greeting cards, shower curtains, canvas prints, duvet covers, laptop sleeves... and much more. Seriously so much cool stuff. I first opened a society6 shop as a way to sell my alcohol ink art on different products but then I added some tradition Little Sloth prints and patterns as well. I think my favorite print is probably the outer space one. I also love all the artwork made into clocks. I NEED one of my clock designs in my life just trying to decide which one. Come find me on society6!

I also have new cases over on Casetify. My favorite new ones are below. Find my casetify shop here. My best sellers are still the Fast Food, Lipstick, and Fruity case which you might have guessed by the number of hearts those ones have. One fun surprise was a couple of months ago my little brother bought a case from my casetify collection and didn't tell me and I saw it on his phone and was so excited. It was a fun moment. 
love, Carlee

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Copenhagen Day 2

The second full day I was in Copenhagen was lovely as well. Did you read about my first day? It was a little cloudy and colder this day but I was so loving the chillier weather. I still had my bike rental from the day before until about 4pm this day so I decided that the first thing I wanted to do was bike to the Norrebro district. I heard that there was some amazing street art and murals there and also a really cool park. I was not disappointed. On the way there I stopped to grab a donut for breakfast at The Donut Shop.
Once I made it to the Norrebro District I started scoping out the good murals. There is a really cool one by Cafe Lille Petter and just around the corner is another one. See both above. I then made my way over to Superliken park which is seriously a skateboarders dream! Clark would have loved it! Although if he was here with me he would have been very sad he didn't have a skateboard with him. It was also very colorful and modern. It is big to, I think it spans over like 3 blocks.
After visiting Norrebro I biked back down toward Indre By (the main downtown area.) I stopped to take some photos of the Palads theater it is just a movie theater but it is so bright and colorful. I also went inside the Axelborg building, there is a very cool spiral staircase inside and you can look up and see all the floors. I also biked along the river for a while and saw some people peddling boats that looked like swans and then there was a bunch of actual swans that children were feeding bread to.
I then went searching for the bakery Skt Peters Bakery which people say is the best bakery in Copenhagen and it did not disappoint! So yummy. I got the cinnamon roll with extra white sugar on top and it was one of the best cinnamon rolls I have ever had. At this point I didn't have my bike for much longer but I knew I wanted to go to the Christianshavn area. So I biked there and I stopped at the cool pedestrian bridge, Circle Bridge, and then I biked along the Christianshavn canal. The colors in Copenhagen are really pretty. They know how to do bright beautiful row houses. Even better than Amsterdam! Which is saying something I think. 
I went back to my hostel for a little while and rested and I also turned in my bike rental. Then in the evening I went to find some food and came across a place called Barburrito. It is a little hole in the way place with really good mexican tacos! I had the chicken tacos and they were so yummy also they service was really fast. I then stopped at Rajissimo which has gelato, churros, waffles on a stick, and soft serve ice cream and I was actually going to get some vanilla soft serve but there machine was broke (what is this McDonalds) but it was probably the best thing to happen because instead I got a waffle on a stick covered in chocolate and nuts and it was seriously so good. I just needed a big glass of milk to go with it haha. Also, did you know Lego was invented in Denmark? 
So yeah those were my days in Copenhagen. The next morning I slept in until about 930 and then headed to the train station to go back to the airport. I am going to be doing a Copenhagen Travel Guide so I can put all the food, places, and recommendations in one post. 
love, Carlee