On the Road

On the Road: Hudson River Valley Fall Getaway

On the Road: Hudson River Valley Fall Getaway

Although we love our little travel buddy, Chester and I decided that we were long overdue for an adults only vacation. After considering a few options within driving distance of Philly, we decided to head up to the Hudson River Valley for a long weekend. Having visited the area a few years ago, we knew […]

On the Road: Ireland (Part 5)

On the Road: Ireland (Part 5)

Five months later, here is the last installment of our Ireland travels! On the drive around the Ring of Kerry, I had declared it my new favorite place in the world…but that was before our drive around the Dingle Peninsula. Located on the westernmost tip of Ireland, cliffs and ocean views dominate the peninsula. The […]

On the Road: Ireland (Part 4)

On the Road: Ireland (Part 4)

It’s been awhile since I wrote anything about Ireland…or since I wrote about anything, really. It’s really difficult to stay up past 9 p.m. these days. But, on the days when I can, I’ll slowly but surely keep making my way through the rest of the trip photos and posts. In my last post, I […]

On the Road: Ireland (Part 3)

On the Road: Ireland (Part 3)

Family selfie at Blarney Castle The next stop on our Ireland itinerary was Blarney Castle, located just a short drive from our temporary home base in Cork. The castle is, of course, best known for being the home of the Blarney Stone. The castle was no more than a simple wooden structure when it was built in […]

On the Road: Ireland (Part 2)

On the Road: Ireland (Part 2)

After our two days in Dublin, we packed up the world’s tiniest rental car and hit the road. Our first stop was Powerscourt Estate, which is set against the backdrop of the Wicklow mountains and is known for acres upon acres of landscaped gardens. The house on the grounds was originally a 13th century castle and was […]

On the Road: Ireland (Part 1)

On the Road: Ireland (Part 1)

I wrote a little bit in a previous post about our adventures in Ireland, but I am just getting around the organizing the photos from the trip. With the slow pace that I work on this kind of thing lately, that should take me all summer. But, as the summer heats up around here, I’ll be happy to […]

Charleston (Day Four)

Charleston (Day Four)

All too soon, our last day in Charleston rolled around. Luckily, there were pastries from WildFlour Pastry and doughnuts from Glazed to dull the pain and carb us up for a final day of exploring. Someone got caught with their hand in the donut box! After three and a half days of sightseeing, we wanted to […]

On the Road: Charleston (Day Three)

On the Road: Charleston (Day Three)

Happy Halloween, all! I should be posting an adorable pic of B in a cute costume, but I don’t have one. We put her in her bunny costume this weekend to attend the Halloween festivities at the zoo,and she wasn’t having any of it (although Tracy made an adorable carrot!). I’m thinking that I’ll spare […]

On the Road: Charleston (Day Two)

On the Road: Charleston (Day Two)

As usual, B was riding in style on this trip. People were stopping us on the street to comment on this stroller/backpack. In case you are wondering, it’s by Kelty, but has been discontinued. I don’t know why because it is pretty much the perfect item for traveling with a small child. But, you might be able to […]

On the Road: Charleston (Day One)

On the Road: Charleston (Day One)

We had a few criteria on our list when we were considering fall vacation options. For example, we wanted a relatively short flight, activities that B would enjoy and the ability to keep a somewhat relaxed schedule (i.e. enough things to do to keep us busy, but not so much that we would attempt to […]

On the Road: Little B Goes to Boston (And, Some Travel Tips)

On the Road: Little B Goes to Boston (And, Some Travel Tips)

This past weekend, we took B on her very first trip! As I mentioned before, this broke my self-imposed rule of not traveling before she could drag her own suitcase through the airport. But, Original Bridget had her doctoral hooding ceremony in Boston and that seemed like a pretty special occasion that we couldn’t miss. […]

On the Road: Seattle

On the Road: Seattle

With all the baby prep we have been doing during the past few months, the summer has just flown by. Needless to say, I’ve had less time to focus on blogging, which is why I’m just getting around to telling you about the last leg of our trip to the Pacific Northwest. Better late than […]

On the Road: Victoria

On the Road: Victoria

After three days in Vancouver, we hopped on the ferry to head to Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. The ferry is the easiest way to get between the two points. The weather was perfect on the day we made our trip, so we spent most of the time outside on the deck taking […]

On the Road: Vancouver

On the Road: Vancouver

One of my least favorite parts of traveling internationally is the customs process at the airport. The lines are crazy and the whole experience of trying to figure out which one you belong in is confusing after a long, tiring flight. Plus, the agents ask a lot of questions that seem basic, but  that never […]

On the Road: Washington, D.C.

On the Road: Washington, D.C.

One of the great things about living in Philly is that you are right in the middle of some great destinations for long weekend trips. Over the weekend, Bridget attended a conference in National Harbor, MD, just outside of D.C., so it was easy enough to hop on Amtrak for a two hour trip to […]

On the Road: Hudson River Valley

On the Road: Hudson River Valley

View of the Hudson River Valley from the terrace of Kykuit One of the drawbacks to spending most of my time in the city is that I don’t always fully appreciate the changing seasons.  I spend my days surrounded by concrete (I don’t even have a patch of grass in my backyard) and tall, glass […]

More from Venice and Milan

More from Venice and Milan

I know it’s been months since I returned from Italy, but I only just recently finished editing all of my photos. So, I thought I would share a few of my favorites from the last leg of our trip, which was spent in Venice and Milan (more here). Simply put, I fell head-over-heels in love […]

On the Road: Newport

On the Road: Newport

Chester and I spent Labor Day weekend soaking up every last bit of summer with our friends Bridget and Bill. The weather was perfect for an early morning hike on the Cliff Walk. And, for touring the opulent mansions that once served as the summer homes of the Vanderbilts and other wealthy families during the […]

Things I Loved Over the Weekend…

Things I Loved Over the Weekend…

In no particular order: 1. Enjoying the feeling of the sand between my toes and the sun on my face. Listening to the sound of the waves. 3. Spending time with some of my favorite people and a good book (speaking of the latter, have you guys read Gone Girl yet? You should. I don’t […]

Lunch in Tuscany: Officina della Bistecca

Lunch in Tuscany: Officina della Bistecca

Shortly before we left for our trip to Italy, Chester was watching an episode of No Reservations in which Anthony Bourdain visited Dario Cecchini, owner of the butcher shop Antica Macelleria Cecchini in Panzano in Chianti. Dario, whose family has been in the business for more than 250 years, has an encyclopedic knowledge of and […]

On The Road: More from Florence and Bologna

On The Road: More from Florence and Bologna

I’m slowly working my way through my Italy photos and have some more to share from the Florence portion of our trip. As I mentioned here, there are enough museum and works of art in Florence to keep you busy for days. If  you do in fact have a few days in the city, I […]

On the Road: More from Rome

On the Road: More from Rome

We arrived home on Sunday evening and have been slowly getting back into the swing of things after a whirlwind two weeks in Italy. As you can probably tell if you’ve been reading for the past couple of weeks, our days were pretty full (In fact, I got to check off 33 places in my […]

On the Road: Venice and Milan

On the Road: Venice and Milan

We spent the last two days in Venice. Sadly, the Internets did not cooperate with us while we were there, but everything else about that city is absolutely amazing. We had a full itinerary planned of museums and other sites to see over our two days there, but the minute we stepped out of the […]

On the Road: Town Hopping in Tuscany

On the Road: Town Hopping in Tuscany

Tuscany may be one of my favorite places ever. We’ve been out and about exploring small towns for the last few days and each one is more charming and has more beautiful views than the last. The only drawback is that it has been raining off and on throughout the day, sometimes very heavily, but […]

On the Road: Down on the Farm in San Gimignano and a Visit to Pisa

On the Road: Down on the Farm in San Gimignano and a Visit to Pisa

Well, friends, we made it to the countryside. I am writing this from a farm near San Gimignano in Tuscany, where we are staying for the next few days. This is my view at the moment: Seriously. I may never leave. It’s pretty frickin’ amazing. Before you start with the jokes about how I’m not […]

On The Road: Florence, Part 2

On The Road: Florence, Part 2

Since it was the hub of the Renaissance, Florence is bursting at the seams the amazing art, architecture, literature and scientific discoveries of that time period. The whole city is pretty much like a museum. Yesterday, we visited the Accademia to see Michaelanglo’s David, which is spectacular in person. I pretty much have no words […]

On the Road: Florence and Bologna

On the Road: Florence and Bologna

Yesterday, we took the train from Rome to Florence. I have to say that I am a huge fan of train travel over here. You get an assigned seat, the trains are super fast and they leave and arrive exactly on time. After we dropped our bags at the hotel, we spent some time just […]

On the Road: Rome, Part 3

On the Road: Rome, Part 3

One of the things that I love most about Rome is that it’s kind of like being in a time warp. You can walk out the door of your fairly modern hotel or cafe and come face-to-face with the ancient city walls or the ruins of an emperor’s bathhouse. The city has been destroyed and […]

On the Road: Tivoli

On the Road: Tivoli

Yesterday, we spent part of the day in Tivoli, which is just about 25 minutes outside of Rome. We made stops at the site of Emperor Hadrian’s villa: The photo above is where the dining room once stood. I think I will put an inground pool in mine, too. Then, we headed over to Villa […]

On the Road: The Amalfi Coast and Pompeii

On the Road: The Amalfi Coast and Pompeii

Yesterday, we took a day trip from Rome to visit the Amalfi Coast. We had originally wanted to do this drive ourselves, but decided to go with a small tour group. A good thing, because the drive is quite long and involves climbs up steep mountains and curvy, narrow country roads. Luckily the driver had […]

On the Road: Rome, Part 2

On the Road: Rome, Part 2

I am a terrible Catholic, but I love visiting churches: Especially the churches in Europe. They are just so spectacular. When I was growing up, my parish church had green shag carpeting on the altar. I have yet to find anything similar over here. Thank goodness. Vatican City is pretty much a must when you […]

On the Road: Rome, Part 1

On the Road: Rome, Part 1

We arrived in Rome yesterday morning. Our first stop after dropping our bags off at our cute little place near Vatican City was to get pizza. It was just as amazing as I remembered it from my first visit seven years ago. It has the most perfect crust–thin and crispy, like a cracker. Later on, […]

Vacation starts…

Vacation starts…

…Now! This time tomorrow, we’ll be on our way to Italy. Since I can’t take you all with me, I’ll try to share few photos during our time there. I’ll be posting from a phone so thanks in advance for excusing any typos. We’ll be stopping in Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan and various small […]

On the Road: Boston for a Birthday Celebration!

On the Road: Boston for a Birthday Celebration!

Bridget and I go way back. The house that I grew up in and her grandmother’s house had backyards that faced each other across the alleyway. In the summer, we would play together in each other’s plastic wading pools. But, we didn’t become best friends until later. One day, during Easter Break when we were […]

In-and-Out Burger: The cure for what ails you

In-and-Out Burger: The cure for what ails you

I think that I’ve mentioned before that I travel a bit as part of my job. When I tell people this, they almost always say something along the lines of, “Oh, that sounds like so much fun!” Well, to be honest, after a few years of trying to make an overstuffed suitcase fit in an […]

On the Road: More Chicago Restaurants

On the Road: More Chicago Restaurants

While the Girl and the Goat was definitely our favorite place that we ate at on our recent Chicago trip, but there were a few other notable stops as well. They include: Davanti Enoteca is a wine bar and restaurant serving rustic Italian fare. It’s located in Little Italy, right across from the building that […]

On the Road: The Girl and the Goat

On the Road: The Girl and the Goat

I was pretty much in some degree of food coma from December 23 to January 1. On top of all the Christmas goodies, Chester and I spent last week eating our way through Chicago. Okay, it wasn’t all about food. We did other things, too. For example: After Christmas sale shopping on Michigan Avenue. A […]

On the Road: Thanksgiving Weekend in New York

Going back to work after a holiday weekend is pretty much the worst thing ever. Okay, I’m sure there are worse things, which I just can’t seem to think of right now.  But, I’m glad to have this day over with. Anyway. Chester and I avoided Black Friday shopping and spent the day getting the […]

On the Road: New Hampshire

When Chester and I are on vacation, we usually spend some of the time thinking about where we’ll go next. When we were in Pittsburgh over Labor Day, we came up with the idea of a trip to New England to see the fall foliage. We mentioned the idea to my BFF and her husband, […]

On the Road: Pittsburgh

Well, fall is officially here. The school buses are back on the road to mess with my commute into the city, DSW is tempting me with e-mails advertising boots, and most importantly, the Pumpkin Spice Lattes have returned to Starbucks. Over Labor Day weekend, we crammed in one last bit of summertime fun with a […]

South of France: Part I

Labor Day—and the unofficial end of summer—may be coming up this weekend, but I’m still stuck somewhere in early June, as I continue telling you about our France trip. I know, I’m ridiculously slow. Case in point—this past weekend, I just finished a photo book of our trip to Spain, where we spent our honeymoon. […]

Paris: Part II

Today, I’m picking up our France trip recaps on our third day in Paris, which was extra special, because we celebrated one year of wedded bliss! The year flew by so fast, and celebrating in Paris on an absolutely gorgeous day was the perfect way to mark the occasion. We started the day out at […]

Paris: Part One

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been back from our France trip for more than a month. Those two weeks were the best, and I’m glad to be reliving them through these posts. I’m also glad that when I’m 90, I’ll be able to refer to the Internets to remember what I did and ate […]

Opulence. And, Also, a Traffic Nightmare

For the next leg of the France trip, we left the Lorie Valley and began to make our way towards Paris, where we would be spending about four and a half days. En route, we stopped at the Palace of Versailles. As a side note, if don’t have a rental car, Versailles makes a great day […]

It Was Only a Matter of Time Before Someone Got Hurt…

As you can probably tell from my previous posts about our trip to France, we spent a lot of time walking. This is usually our favorite way to discover a place, but this time around things were a bit more difficult. A few days before we left, Chester injured his foot—exactly how he did so […]

From the Farmlands to the Valley

On the third day of our trip, we hit the road early once again to make the trip to Mont Saint-Michel, our last stop in the Normandy region. Mont Saint-Michel sits on an island in the middle of the Gulf of Saint-Malo. When this floated into view along the horizon, I was speechless. And, as […]

Cows, Crepes, and D-Day

I tried really hard to think of three things that started with the letter C for this post title. I failed. For our second day in France, we hopped in the car and made the trip to Bayeux to take a tour of the D-Day invasion sites. On the way, we made a brief stop […]

Flowers and Food in Normandy

Travel can be ridiculous sometimes. In order to get a decent deal on a flight, we ended up flying from Philadelphia to Chicago, and then back the way we came to fly to France. After a seemingly endless flight to Paris with obnoxious college kids, we were relieved to pick up our rental car and […]

And, We’re Back!

Bonjour, friends! It’s hard to believe that two weeks can go by so fast, but I guess they can when you pack so much into them! We arrived home from our trip to France on Saturday (after a very long travel day that involved three flights), and it was back to reality as of yesterday. […]

Bon Appétit!

In less than two weeks, Chester and I will be on a plane to France for vacation. I am ridiculously excited. We’ll be spending two weeks there, visiting various places, including Giverny, Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles, Monaco, and Nice, various small towns along the way, and, of course, Paris (where we will celebrate our first anniversary on […]

My Drug of Choice

Hi. My name is Lauren and I’m addicted to Peanut Butter. They say admitting it is the first step to recovery, or something like that. But, I like being a PB Addict. Also, it’s not my fault. It’s genetic. My mom says she ate a lot of it when she was pregnant with me. She […]

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Today, Google told me that today is the 119th Anniversary of the Ice Cream Sundae. Since ice cream is my favorite food, this seemed like an auspicious day to start the food blog that I’ve been talking about doing for months now. I will eat ice cream anytime, anyplace, anywhere. In the summer, I have […]