It’s wednesday at 3:10 and this gal is needing a little hump-day escape. Que the horns and Sidney Bechet’s Si Tu Vois Ma Mère and come to Paris with me. You’ll be glad that you did.
Feel better? So do I.
In hopes that the predicted winter storm isn’t as bad as expected, I’m flying away tomorrow! If my flight is cancelled, I will die. Seriously. But I try to be a glass half full kind of lady, so with that, I’m going to share a little warmer weather playlist with you. Imagine this: yours truly posted up pool or beach-side (location TBD…you know, an in the moment kind of decision) with a drink in my hand and a book in the other. I know, I’d be jealous too. Below you’ll find the tunes I’ll most likely be jamming to when intense sunning is mandatory.
Windsor for the Derby-Melody of A Fallen Tree
In the Valley Below-Peaches
Dr Dog-The Breeze
Haim-Don’t Save Me
Lana Del Rey-Young & Beautiful
Buena Vista Social Club-Chan Chan
Belle & Sebastian-If She Wants Me
Crystal Fighters-At Home
Steely Dan-Deacon Blues
Devendra Banhart-Mi Negrita
Cotton Jones-Blood Red Sentimental Blues
Coconut Records-West Coast
Two Man Gentleman Band-The Leisure Class
Hugh Masekela-Grazing In The Grass
See y’all on the flip.
I love England…I think I’ve made that pretty clear with past posts. I’m so happy that Kaitlyn and I got to stop in Oxford for a night. We definitely wanted to make a stop here as it’s home to the one and only Oxford University plus, the city is rich in history and architecture. We wandered around this bike filled town and instantly fell in love. We immediately regretted our decision to study in Kentucky…oh well. Oxford makes you feel cultured and worldly…it’s like stepping back in time. It’s lovely.
This was our AirBnB…our host, Liz, was lovely.
Oxford rooftops…reminded me of Mary Poppins
Lunch in a greenhouse…casual
Oxford is a hipster’s dream
Balliol College courtyard
Balliol Dining hall…kinda like Hogwarts
One of the oldest bars in Oxford…it’s hidden and hard to find. Well worth the effort.
If you ever find yourself remotely close to this little city, you must stop by for a night…you’ll love it. I promise.
Happy Wednesday, everyone! Back by no demand at all, I have another Wanderlust Wednesday post for you. This week, we’re heading to Glasgow, Scotland. It was only three weeks ago today, that I was there and it was such a snazzy little city…I only wish we had more time there. However, I’ll give you a little insight into our night there…it was a really fun one!
Kaitlyn and I headed north on the train from Oxford to Glasgow and took in breathtaking scenery, enjoyed some great beer along the ride and met some nice gentlemen from Scotland. I think we look pretty good considering we hadn’t slept much at this point.
When we arrived in Glasgow, the city was decked in holiday cheer…it was a lovely welcoming. Definitely a plus to traveling around the holidays!
We met up with our college roommate here and went to see Trampled by Turtles…it was a fun evening to say the least. After the show, we headed to Westbeer, where we enjoyed some nice locally brewed beers ( I recommend the Munich Red!) and got to really interact with the locals and the lovely people we were staying with…from all over the United Kingdom. It was a nice introductory night into Scotland and perhaps one of my favorite nights of our trip.
The next day, we packed ourselves into a tiny car and headed east for Edinburgh…stay tuned. There are rainbows everywhere in Scotland, by the way. Quite magical.
Have you ever been to Glasgow? I loved it…I only wish we got to spend more time here. Guess we’ll just have to go back : )
So the last couple of weeks, we’ve been playing in the eastern hemisphere…I think today we should head south, 180° south that is. A couple of years ago, I came across a documentary on Netflix that really changed my perspective on things, such as how we live, how each of us make an impact on the environment and how hard it really is to actually simplify your life and live within your means. 180° South is an adventure into the unknown, discovering some of the worlds most hidden treasures throughout South America. This crew goes from Mexico, Easter Island, Columbia, Peru and finally Patagonia where they attempt to climb Mt. Fitzroy, located on the border of Argentina and Chile. One of my closest friends (hey Marty!) took the opportunity to visit some of these wild places in 2013…the trip of a lifetime if you ask me. I’ve never been more jealous in my life…her pictures are unbelievable, I cannot imagine seeing these places in real life. The film also spreads light Conservacion Patagonica, a community dedicated to Patagonia by creating a national park and preserving the wild. There’s a lot of land to be saved across the world and this tiny part of South America is trying to make a difference and they’re doing a fabulous job. So my choice for this Wanderlust Wednesday is a wild one and one worth seeing!
“Fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all.”
Get out there.
In our second installment of Wanderlust Wednesday’s I’m taking you a little further east…a meeting place of east and west, if you will. Enter, Istanbul. The biggest city in Turkey and one of the loveliest places I’ve ever had the pleasure on visiting, via the internet (gotcha!). A city center with wonderful history and an even bigger impact, having served as the capital of four empires (Roman, Byzantine, Latin & Ottoman). It seems as if Istanbul is kind of a big deal, if you ask me. Just think…four empires, one city?! That’s a tough one to beat. It’s in the center of the east and west, making it a major gateway to both sides, “straddling the Bosphorus—one of the world’s busiest waterways—in northwestern Turkey, between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies in Europe, while a third of its population lives in Asia.” That’s a lot of ground to cover, Turkey, way to go! And there’s so much to see in just one city (bonus!)! The Blue Mosque is one of the city’s top attractions and is a must-see. It is nick-named the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles that adorn it’s interior, a showstopper or so I’ve heard. There is also plenty of shopping and eating to be done as well. While you’re there, check out the Grand Bazaar, the Basilica Cistern and 10 free things to do, here. Take a gander at the photos below and then tell me, when are you planning your trip? Also, can I come with you?!
Looks heavenly, doesn’t it?!
Check out this video of some happenings in Istanbul..I want all of those drinks and that food!
*Sources: Lonely Planet & Wikipedia
*Pictures: Tumblr & Google