Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vive La France

If you have been reading, or looked through my blog, you probably know that I have Grandparents that live in France and I have been lucky enough to travel there a few times in my life so far. I have to admit- it wasn't love at first sight. Paris was especially intimidating to me the first time that I went there. It wasn't until I went back a second time that I truly fell in love with the city and understood why my Grandparents loved the country so much. I have always regretted not focusing more on French language in school and not minoring in it in college but now I am taking a huge leap...

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I'm going on a Study Abroad in Paris, France!!!
This may not be a big deal for some (or most) people but it's really hard for me to get out of my comfort zone and relinquish control, so this is huge for me. But - I feel like when you move out of your comfort zone- that's where the magic happens :) at least that is what I am hoping! My goal is to improve my French speaking skills and what better way than to submerge myself in the culture? I have a whole list of other places that I want to visit while I am there as well and I can't wait to document everything.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

NYC: A Glimpse

Bonjour! Hello! It's been a while! Here's an update: A few weeks ago I made another voyage across the USA to NYC. My grandparents were visiting from France and we had a little 'family reunion', if that's what you want to call it. Unlike most families, we are ALL spread out, so it's nice to see them when I can :).

I will always love New York. There is something magical about it that I can't quite put my finger on. If you have been there then you probably know what I mean. I love everything about it; the smells, the people, the FOOD, of course the shopping. I love that every neighborhood has something different to offer but my heart will always reside in the upper east side. My grandparents lived in the city for a very long time while I was growing up and I have a lot of memories buried in between those fancy town homes and Bloomingdales.



This trip we got cozy with the F and the 6 trains and spent some time downtown. I lived every current 15 year olds dream (spotted Ansel Elgort in the subway), ate a lot of amazing food and just enjoyed the city.
One of my favorite things that we did while in the city was walk the Highline. I suppose it's pretty touristy but it's not everyday I'm in New York.


About a week before I left I was scrolling through Facebook and saw this post about an ice cream cone called the Salty Pimp at this place called the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop: dulce de Leche, vanilla ice cream, salt and dipped in chocolate = heaven! I realized it was in NYC and added it to the top of my to-do list and I'm so glad I did! I was expecting it to be overly sweet because of the caramel and chocolate, but the salt really evens it out and you get a cone that is to die for. Big Gay Ice Cream Shop, I love you.. I'm not even mad that you dripped all over my purse.
On the left is their American Globs Cone and the right is the Salty Pimp. GO NOW!!


and of course this post wouldn't be complete with a photo of my shack burger...

mmmm... Until next time, NYC! 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Lately

Here are some of the things I have really been enjoying lately

TV Show:
I am probably a little far behind on this show but it's on Netflix and I just turned it on one night (after a few glasses of wine) and was laughing so hard. It's a British show about this guy, Karl, who pretty much hates everything and just tells it how it is. What I like about it is that it shows a different side of these places that people dream of going. The first season is all about the 7 Wonders of the world (Pyramids, Great Wall of China, etc.) and I just find it interesting to see these places in a totally different way. I also just found out he has another show called The Moaning of Life and I need to find out how to watch that ASAP...

Book/Movie:
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Yeah, yeah. Jumpin' on the bandwagon. I do have to admit it is kind of a teenage romance novel but if you're up for a cry this is the book for you! Plus, it's a quick read and you could finish it before the movie comes out on Friday!


This Mara Hoffman Duvet. Just obsessed. I love the bright colors- just not the price tag.

This J.Crew Linen Boyfriend Tee. Or any linen tee for that matter, they are the best for summer!
Also, I just realized that J.Crew now has reviews online? 'Bout time!

I need to try this recipe for Peach Prosecco Punch. I love bellini's but they are kind of a pain to make (any easy recipes out there?) this looks similar and it's super easy :)


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Graduation


I did it!! I finally reached that moment every college student dreams of - no more finals weeks, late night study sessions, memorizing information. It's a good feeling (but maybe one day I will miss it). 

I just want to say thank you to all of the people who have helped me reach this point in my life especially my grandparents, Brady, my mom, my dad, and the rest of my family. I cannot count how many times I was stressed checking my grades to make sure I passed that last class, but I can proudly say that I did it and I couldn't be happier.  Now what to do next...?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happiness

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I'm breaking the silence to say have a Great Friday- and choose to be Happy!
xo, Amy

Friday, January 31, 2014

Exploring France


These are my last photos from my trip to France. I really enjoyed travelling around the villages and admiring all the old architecture, plus most of the villages are very cutesy. France is so different than the United States in so many ways, especially the way they preserve things. I'm sure many of these buildings are hundreds of years old but they take care of what they already have instead of just building new like we do here. I also love the fact that they have markets most days of the week. I don't know if it's just because I live in Salt Lake but I would love to be able to go to a market more than just on the weekends! 
 

These photos were taken in Montpellier- the closest large city to where my Grandparents live. My grandpa calls it mini Paris and some of the main streets really do look like Paris. 

Another day we took a trip to see the Millau Viaduct and it was breathtaking. Apparently it's the tallest bridge in the world (fact of the day!) and if you are ever in the South of France you should definitely go see it :) - but here are a few photos
 
So worth the trip. Can't wait to go back!

xo


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Christmas Day

I know this post is a little late, we have put the holidays behind us haven't we? But I still wanted to share my little taste of Christmas in France. Most of my trip was pretty laid back and Christmas was no exception. We spent the day around the fire drinking wine, playing cards, and watching my grandfather prep dinner :)
Our little Christmas tree and presents from Papa Noel

For dinner we had roasted tomatoes and shallots, veal chops, and polenta. Simple but delicious!
The newspapers are the grease guard- not a fire hazard.....

The finished product! My grandpa did a great job
After dinner we took a walk, AKA our "constitutional". The neighbor down the road is a vigneron, meaning that he grows the grapes and sells them to the co-op to make wine. Because of this, all of the property around my grandparents house is surrounded by grape vines - not such a bad thing!






Sunset on the grape vines. France, you are beautiful.
Thanks for reading!