Portland

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We drove and drove and drove that night after leaving Ruby beach– I drove down highway 12 east, high-beam on and all– and found a motel at 2:00 am, and went to sleep at 3. The next morning, we arrived at Sweedeedee, and found it was already pretty bustling by 10am.

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I ordered, from left to right, their salty honey pie, almond cake, and honey whiskey cake with whipped cream and fruit.  Continue reading →

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Olympic National Park

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This past weekend trip came together on its own, a natural itinerary… our family loves hiking, and a few Google searches later, I discovered the gem that is Olympic National Park. It’s so close (relatively) to where I live, it’s hard to believe that we’ve never heard of it before, or considered going. I planned a day and a half in the park, and a day and a half in Portland.

ONP is a beast of a park, with forest, ocean and mountain ecosystems… navigating the website to plan the trip was both exciting and overwhelming. I realized that we could easily spend a whole week there to hike the trails, enjoy the sights, take in the beautiful coastline, look for wildlife… I mean the drive around the perimeter alone, as we discovered, takes up a good part of the day– 4+ hours.  Continue reading →

Paris Bakeries

Hello hello, I’m baaack! And this time FOR GOOD. As a personal goal, I resolve to update this blog at least every three weeks for the entire year. It’s going to happen 🙂
During the summertime, I went on a 8.5 week trip to Europe, first to volunteer, then just for travel. One of my last stops was Paris. What I couldn’t get used to was how many patisseries, boulangeries, brasseries, cafes, etc. on the streets. In every arrondissement. Food lover’s dream, I’m telling you. I never got around to eating at a Michelin star restaurant (the price of everything in Paris just killed me a bit), but I did drop a few euros here and there (ok, a lot of euros) at a few of these boulangeries/patisseries.
Also, what I found weird is that these have been around for a long time in Paris. But as a first-timer in the city, everything felt so novel and it seriously was my first time seeing so many great pastries.
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