The 4th!

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend!

Brett and I spent the long (so long!) weekend up in the Berkshires with his family. Even though I missed my own family, the weekend was just about perfect. There is something about lake living that gets me every time: Lake Life > Beach Life in my book! I am very much looking forward to our Michigan trip planned for August, which is really lake living at its finest.

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Like my trip to New Mexico, our weekend was the perfect mix of activities and relaxation. We spent some time each day at the lake down the road where we read in the sun, played with babies in the shade, ate cheese and the best nectarines (plus drank Peronis and wine out of mason jars), and went for dips in the lake when the heat was just too much to handle. Speaking of babies, Wyatt and Elizabeth are just about the cutest, sweetest, yummiest little ones – full of smiles, leg kicks, and drool! The best babies. Seriously.

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Moriah organized a horseback trail ride for us on Friday morning that was one of my favorite parts of the trip. My horse’s name was Fancy and I somehow managed to stay on top of him the entire time… even when he trotted (terrifying) and when we had to ford a river (Oregon Trail style…except it was a creek. But also terrifying.)

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We also fit in a run and a bike ride in the neighborhood (both were short, but we broke a sweat so I think they still count), and one itty bitty hike.

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On the night of the 4th, we went to Tanglewood to hear Jackson Browne play, and then watch fireworks. Unfortunately, there was a bit more traffic than we expected, so our seats weren’t great and we ended up leaving before fireworks even started to beat the rush out. So no fireworks for us, which I know is very un-American! Oh well.

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Aside from lake time, our adventure on horseback and our trip to Tanglewood, we cooked, ate, drank beer and Jack, watched Country Strong and What Lies Beneath, and wore red, white and blue pretty much the entire weekend… so I think that’s American enough! Oh, and I wore my Abercrombie & Fitch jean shorts, so that’s that.

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More to come on what we cooked, because the treats were too yummy for a quick mention – they need a full post.

New Mexico

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I spent the first half of last week in New Mexico with my family. It was the perfect long weekend with a good balance of activity, culture, and time to relax.

My favorite part of the trip was our visit to Bandeleir National Monument where we saw petroglyphs, standing walls, and cave dwellings (my favorite) dating back as far as 11,000 years!

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We also spent time walking around the galleries and shops in Santa Fe’s main square, where I picked up some goodies for the apartment. We made a quick visit to the Georgie O’Keeefe museum which showcased some of her lesser-known paintings of the New Mexico landscape. We popped inside the Loretto Chapel to see the famous “mystery staircase” (apparently built by St. Joseph himself!) and, of course, ate our fair share of tacos, burritos, and New Mexican chile sauces.

PS I also got this amazing view of Manhattan on my way out of the city : )

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Paris!

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Don’t even get me started on Paris. Just kidding, get me started! Because I’m obsessed with it. I went for the first time for Spring break while I was studying abroad. Stina flew over and met me and our week can be captured by the food counts we took: 29 crepes, 14 baguettes, and 13 bottles of wine… ’nuff said. It was glorious. Then I returned for a second time in 2010 with Nais and Lizzle to visit Nils, and that trip can be summed up by the image of us three girls sitting in a bathtub filled with boys’ clothing. And two weeks ago I got to make my third appearance in the city of love…a very brief appearance (very very brief), but Paris still had me smitten. I managed to down four croissants over 48 hours, and smuggled two more back to the states in my suitcase. In between croissants, we shuffled between appointments, walked through the beautiful Printemps and Galeries Lafayette and had two amazing dinners at Le Petit Saint Benoit and Chez George. Plus, again, wine, wine and more wine… and Jack Daniels and Coca Cola Lite. (Mr. Daniels is so worldy!) Paris is just the prettiest city, and I can’t wait to go back.

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Milano!

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So I’m back from my 24 hours in Milan! And ready to write a bit about both of my trips. I had never been to Italy before, and it really blew me away. Did you know that Milan is the second largest city in Italy? I feel like it gets such a bad rap for being “grey” and “industrial”, but I quite enjoyed it. Sure, I can’t compare it to Rome or Florence (yet), but I loved the few days I spent in the fashionable city! We spent two days in appointments with vendors and browsing through showrooms, and then our third day at an enormous shoe show. Despite our packed schedule, we found time to do a bit of shopping and, of course, eat! I have access to pretty great Italian food in New York (hello, Eataly!) but getting it right from the source is even better. I had Paper Moon pizza, salt sea bass at La Risacca, eggplant parmesan at Bice, and homemade pasta at Da Ilia. Plus wine, wine and more wine. And Jack Daniels with Coca Cola Lite… of course.

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My trip yesterday was just an abbreviated version of my trip two weeks ago: I arrived in the morning, was able to sleep for two hours, woke up and re-fueled with pizza for breakfast, saw the runway collections at Prada and Miu Miu, headed back to the hotel for cocktails, then finished off the day with melt-in-your-mouth papardelle al telefono at Bice.

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Milan and I seem to be forming quite the relationship! As long as it keeps up its end of the bargain (mostly food related), I will gladly return.

Picture 1: Duomo di Milano / Milan’s Cathedral in the center of town

Picture 2: Amazing amazing butterfly art at Prada’s showroom

Picture 3: Casual breakfast 🙂

A few more pictures after the jump!

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