Wednesday, September 29, 2010

bucolic switzerland

bucolic switzerland
you've totally captured my heart.
Today JB, Nelly, Lothar, Jennifer & I hiked up Wasserfallen to Vogelberg and had lunch. then we hiked some more and had apple strudel and tea.  
then we rode scooters down. which was hilarious.
falling for fall
hiking through the forest
scooootering down the mountain.

As always, I hope your day is sweet.  like homemade apple strudel sweet.

I've got a great giveaway coming up tomorrow.  
i can hardly wait to tell you!!

the swiss alps

heidi braids.  what do you think?
yesterday was spent in the Alps, through the Furkapass which is featured on the Bond movie Goldfinger. 
 Snow had just fallen the night before.  It was magical.
inside the ice grotto
alpine cows.  I'd been wanting to hang out with these guys forever.  i got my wish!
and then they walked them through town back to the barn.  
um. incredible. i especially like this hat.

perfect day!
Now we're off to hike and see more waterfalls.  
oh, and isn't this alpine church adorable??


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

let's take a trip tuesday - cambridge, ma

Today Amanda from Relish with Me is here to tell us all about Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Over at her blog you'll find tons to keep you inspired - food, green living, health, travel, fitness, fashion & design ... just to name a few.  
And. could two people be any cuter? The picture below makes my heart melt.  

{meet: amanda & taras}

Name: Amanda Bouzakine

Location: Cambridge, MA

How long have you lived there? 2.5 years

If you moved from somewhere else, where did you move from? Why? I moved from Florida when I married Taras – he was living up here and I was ready for a change!
{Taras with the Floridians turned Bostonians}

How is the weather? Oh, my!  I get to experience seasons for the first time in my life and now I would never want to live without them.  I’m still getting used to winter, though.

Tell us what a typical weekend is like for you there? Eating out, getting drinks with friends, and running or biking by the Charles River are all givens.  We fill the rest of the weekend up with whatever is going on – street fairs, farmers markets, museum exhibits, or concerts.
{Amanda & Taras bikes - Theodore & Caroline}

Where do you like to eat in your town?  Everywhere!  There are such great restaurants in Cambridge and a lot of them focus on sustainability and local eating.  For ultimate gourmet we hit up Craigie on Main {get the pig’s head}; when I need a little taste of the south we head to Hungry Mother or Tupelo {these New England chefs know how to make some grits}; for a solid meal and a swoon-worthy cocktail we love Green Street Grill; and for more casual fare we like FOUR burgers, Emma’s Pizza, and Olecito.
{that's a pigs head, y'all!}
{cupcakes in harvard square}

Where do you like to shop? Urban Outfitters, Garment District, H&M, Mudo, Anthropology, NY&Co, and LOFT for fashion; Central Bottle + Wine for a stellar selection of beer, wine, cheeses, and meats; Christina’s spices for unique spices and a great tea selection {they even have an ice cream shop next door with unbelievable flavor combos}; Black Ink for fun and unexpected gifts.

Suggest some must see places for an out of town visitor.  The Museum of Science or the MIT Museum will each keep you entertained; catch a live indie band at the Middle East or a more low-key performance at Toad; visit the Harvard University campus {don’t forget to rub John Harvard’s foot for good luck}; play a game of candlestick bowling at Sacco’s; grab a drink at People’s Republik to truly feel like a local.   
{@ the people's republik}
Tell us why you love your town: I love that Cambridge is very diverse - you’re likely to mingle with hipsters, young professionals, students, and professors all during one night out.   Whether you want a casual beer with friends, a gourmet meal, or to dance the night away,Cambridge has it all.  And we have the best views of Boston around!  I could hang out by the river, overlooking Boston, for hours at a time.
{view from Cambridge of Boston}

Anything else we should know about where you live? 
Cambridge might be best known for housing Harvard and MIT, but it’s so much more than that.  Be sure to cross to the other side of the river during your next visit to Boston!

Thanks for showing us around Amanda!  

Monday, September 27, 2010

alsatian holiday in mulhouse, france

Mulhouse, France
girlfriends for life
stools used with pots & light fixtures made of tea cups and spoons
Hope you're all having a happy fall monday!!

Today's love story is brought to you by Marian from Escaping the Single Life 
It's pretty timely - she was married THIS past saturday!!
Congratulations Marian & Liam!

How did the two of you meet?  tell us your story.
College, where many love stories start.  I was a small town girl who had moved 500 miles south to go to a school...he was a city boy who lived down the road.  We joke that I made a lasting impression on him during our first class of freshman year (Latin 101).  I was a tad late, dressed in a neon pink skirt and black tank top, with my snake skin bra sticking out. I'm always a winner with those first impressions;) We immediately clicked as probably helped that we literally had all our MWF classes together so tended to spend the days together laughing.  However, it was only a friendship.  People would joke that we would get together but we just laughed it off and said our relationship was more like siblings.  Finally, right before senior year, we realized what everyone else was talking.  We just clicked. I had truly fallen for my best friend. I wouldn't want it any other way. And the rest is history.

What is your most memorable moment of your love story:
I think the actual realization that we were meant to be more.  We had such a strong relationship before the love story so without that realization, we wouldn't be where we are today.  

Three adjectives that describe your sweet heart:
Patient, Understanding, Caring

A tip for an amazing relationship:
Never forget to laugh.  We can be in the most heated of arguments, but once one of us realizes how insane we are acting and crack a smile...those walls just tumble down and all is well again

Engaged...and after 21 months of pure engagement bliss (for the most part), we'll be getting hitched September 25, 2010.  
Describe the proposal:
We had been dating for 8 years, and I would be lying if I didn't think we were heading in that direction.  However, I really didn't have a clue that it was happening.  You see, Liam proposed on December 25, 2008.  We were back in New Hampshire visiting my family for the holidays.  I would stay in "my" room and he would be in the guest room during our stay.  Well, on Christmas morning, he wakes me up at the crack of dawn.  I thought he was insane and told him we don't wake up this early for "Santa".  But he persisted and eventually turned on the which I responded.."WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING!?! I won't be able to go back to sleep now."  Calmly, he asked me if I knew how much he loved me? Still not having a clue, I tell him yes, I do know, but can we go back to sleep for just a little.  And then he asks again...and tells me that he wants to spend the rest of his life with me (and our golden retriever, Trot).  And then he pulls out this little white box and I finally realized what was happening and my throat tightened....and he tells me he wants to grow old with me and doesn't want anyone else to get the chance to put up with my morning breathe and bed-head hair.  And then he asked the big question.  Of course, I was in shock..and soon after the golden retriever I spoke of was up on the bed giving us both kisses.  It was perfect for us.  Of course the hardest part was waiting 3 more hours for the family to wake so I could share the big news.

Congratulations Marian & Liam!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

glacial lake in germany

Titisee was pretty gorgeous.  especially today.  This weather is a dream come true.  

more fall

this really happened.  
christmas card material, right?
more like awkward family photos .com

Hope you had a happy fall day.  


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

a bike ride through three countries

The weather has been a treat lately, hence all the biking.
The best thing about basel is all the treats on every corner.  
I love the way they mix the old with the new architecture and there is art everywhere.
The second best thing is how you can bike through three countries in one day, like today.  
This is the garden of a hospital in Basel
I think anyone would recover more quickly if they were surrounded by roses and statues. don't you?

starting to turn! i'm so excited

in love bicycles

JB biking over the german bridge into France

sn't that a great way to spruce up a construction site?

this is a railing. made from bikes, wagons and old vespas.  

basel has its treats.  

this is the spot where all three come together: germany, france, and switzerland 

Hope you all are having a great wednesday!

We're headed to Titisee (stop smirking) tomorrow and i can't wait.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Gruezi from Germany

{that's swiss german for "hi!"}

we hopped the border again today.  This time to Germany and the town of Lorrach.

how much do you love that house on the left?

Lorrach is nestled just outside of the black forest

they have a daily farmers market
those carrots.  as natured intended.  love them.

mmmm... german beer!