Paris, je t’aime

Visiting Paris

If you are traveling and are not flexible with dates (for let’s say, a wedding) booking last minute flights gets tricky. Luckily, Ian is travel savvy and noticed our flights would be significantly cheaper if we flew back to the US out of Paris. Ian and I both have been to Paris multiple times, but we had never experienced the city together. So I jumped at the chance to end our whirlwind adventure in the city of love.

Over the years Ian and I had checked off the major tourist sights, but Versailles was still on his list. Gardens being one of my major weaknesses, it didn’t take much to persuade me to make another trip out to the château. Due to the late arrival of our flight, we didn’t make it out to Versailles until noon and were thrusted into a mob of tourists flocking the entrance gates. After the chaos of getting into the grounds we were able to take a breath and enjoy our surroundings. My favorite spots have been and will always be the hall of mirrors and the queen’s hamlet.

Visiting Paris

Visiting Paris

Visiting Paris

The following day we chose to keep it low-key. We started the day walking down the cobbled streets to grab a crêpe and enjoy a view of the Eiffel Tower. Even though it was early, the city was bustling with people. We were able to find a quiet bench near the Seine and took a moment to soak in our surroundings. I could have sat there all day looking at the view, but we wanted to make the most of our last day!

Visiting Paris

Visiting Paris

Visiting Paris

A quick metro ride later, we were strolling down the charming streets of Île Saint-Louis. We were told we had to try the ice cream at Berthillon Glacier and everyone was right! It was some of the best ice cream we had ever had!

Visiting Paris

Visiting Paris

Once we finished our ice cream we walked to the Jardin du Luxembourg to relax and listen to an orchestra preformance. Time slipped away from us as we sat under the trees in the garden and all of a sudden evening approached. We took the metro back to our hotel to freshen up before heading out to a cafe to eat dinner and watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle at dusk.

Visiting Paris

Visiting Paris

Paris has always held a special place in my heart and I was over the moon that I got to experience it with Ian. During my previous trips, I would daydream about returning with my future husband. Therefore, to be able to walk down the street hand in hand with Ian filled me with butterflies. Sometimes dreams really do come true.

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Copenhagen

Copenhagen Adventures

One of the perks of flying abroad for a wedding is sneaking in a few excursions before heading home. At first we were overwhelmed with choosing our next destination, but the more we talked about visiting Copenhagen it became clear this had to be our next stop. I was eager to stroll down Nyhavn and gaze up at the multi-colored buildings, eat my fill in pastries, and soak in the local hygge culture. Therefore, while it was hard to say our farewells to family in Scotland, we were excited to arrive in Copenhagen and begin our next adventure.

Copenhagen Adventures

After freshening up in our hotel, the first item on our agenda was to take the train into the city center and visit Nyhavn. The moment we turned the corner and the canal came into view my jaw dropped! I couldn’t believe my surroundings were real. It all looked like it was right out of a dream! Once I composed myself we boarded a little canal boat for an early morning tour of the city. After we winded through the waterways of the city we hurried over to Amalienborg Palace to catch the changing of the guard.

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

By this time Ian and I were famished and food was the number one priority. Luckily, little hot dog vendors are dotted across the city and it was easy to find a stall to grab lunch. I was told we had to try the roasted dog with “all the toppings” so that’s exactly what we did. Now that we avoided a hangery situation, we decided to walk along the waterfront on the way to the Little Mermaid statue. The statue is a big tourist attraction so it was flooded with people. I didn’t have the drive to fit through the crowd to snag a photo – but Ian didn’t mind!

Copenhagen Adventures

Little Mermaid? Check! Next on the agenda was heading into town to get a beautiful view of the city. I heard you could go up the tower at Christiansborg Palace for free and that was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up! A short bus ride later we were standing outside the palace and made our way up the tower. The view didn’t disappoint and we even stumbled across a charming garden on our way out.

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

Following our stroll in the garden we went in search of pastries. I heard great things about Holms Bageri so we made our way over there. Little did I know, the bakery is in the middle of the famous pedestrian shopping district on Strøget Street. Therefore, I had no other choice but follow Ian into the Lego store after we enjoyed our pastry. 

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

One might think that was enough sight-seeing for day one, but we knew our time was limited in the city! So instead of heading back to the hotel to rest our feet we continued on to visit Tivoli Gardens, the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world. I’m not a huge fan of rides, but Tivoli drew me in with it’s charming gardens and buildings. The second we walked through the gates I was greeted with the Peacock Theater which was hosting a ballet performance. Down a twinkle light covered path sat the stunning Hotel Nimb and I was instantly in awe. We could have spent hours soaking in the beauty of this park, but after a ride on the Rutschebanen rollercoaster we were ready to get a good night’s sleep.

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

Our last day in Copenhagen started bright and early. We wanted to beat the crowds and walk to the top of the Rundetaarn for another gorgeous view of the city. Being close to Rosenborg Palace we decided to wander around the King’s Garden before grabbing lunch at the Torvehallerne food market.

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

Next on our list was to take the train over to Carlsberg brewery for a tour. Ian found the history of the brewery fascinating and enjoyed trying the local brews in the beer garden while I was more excited about the stable of horses on the property. Following the brewery tour we wandered over to Vestre Cemetery to take in the sprawling grounds and tree-covered lanes.

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

Our time in Copenhagen was coming to an end and we couldn’t think of a better place to spend the evening than Nyhavn. It was bittersweet as we left this view behind and headed back to the hotel to pack. As we walked back to the train station I kept turning around to get one last glimpse of all the beautiful buildings, but eventually I had to leave it all behind as we prepared for the last leg of our journey – Paris!

Copenhagen Adventures

A Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

There are pros and cons of having family live abroad. While you have a beautiful destination to visit, you often miss out on family gatherings. In the three years since our last trip to Scotland we’ve missed countless holidays and a beautiful wedding. Therefore, when another wedding landed on a week we were free we knew we had to be in attendance.

Scottish Wedding

Our stay in Scotland was brief, but we were able to pack a lot in! We began our stay in Edinburgh and embarked on a road trip to the wedding festivities in Crieff. Along the way we made stops at the Kelpies, Falkirk Wheel, and the battle grounds of Bannockburn.

Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

While the Scottish countryside is breathtaking, my favorite part about our stay was being surrounded by so many of Ian’s relatives. Weddings have a special way of brining all of your loved ones together and I was thankful to meet everyone. The wedding also offered opportunities to get in touch with Scottish traditions as we learned ceilidh dances, listened to bagpipers, and ate haggis balls.

Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

Before we knew it we were packing up our bags. My Dad always said it’s best to leave when you are having fun, but a part of me wished we could have extended our stay a few more days. Alas, a new adventure was calling us and we had to make our way to the airport to fly to our next destination – Copenhagen!