Wednesday, October 21, 2015

annus mirabilis, part 2

I absolutely could not wait to get to Germany and see my dad and sister! While I was lucky enough to spend two years living so close to my dad, I rarely get a chance to see my sister now that we've both finished school. I was really looking forward to spending a week exploring Germany with them!

My father lives in a tiny town near Stuttgart and has a lovely little house there. My sister had arrived earlier in the day--by the time I got there, it was already dark and I was exhausted! We got up early the next morning to meet my dad's neighbors and explore nearby towns.

Our first stop was the town of Tübingen, located in the southwest of Germany. It was incredibly beautiful and picturesque--as you can see from the following photographs!



The church had beautifully carved tombs with Crusaders' graves.

The castle, Hohentübingen, was built prior to 1078 and has an amazing view of the town below.



Me and my sister outside the Rathaus in Tübingen


After Tübingen, we decided to drive to Bebenhausen, the hometown of one of my dad's neighbors. Bebenhausen is known for its famous monastery, which was later used as a hunting lodge by the kings of Württemberg.





The next morning we left Baden-Württemberg and drove to Bavaria, where we spent two days hiking in the Alps. We first drove to Obersdorf to hike the Nebelhorn. The view was so beautiful! I could not stop taking pictures.

Oberstdorf  from the air






We stayed the night near Füssen, which is the location of Schloss Neuschwanstein (also known as Sleeping Beauty's castle).


Hohenschwangau

Me and Schloss Neuschwanstein

Schloss Neuschwanstein

The Forggensee

We explored the town and the area around the castle, then retired to our amazing AirBnB for the night. We decided to continue hiking the next day in Austria!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

annus mirabilis, part 1

2015 has been the Year of Travel. I've always traveled a lot, and try to go abroad at least once a year, but this year has been especially filled with travel--Bermuda in MarchBelize and Guatemala in May, New York this summer, San Francisco and Berkeley in September, and I just returned from Europe. It has of course been wonderful, even though it has meant that I've not had a lot of time to spend doing other things I love--like relaxing at my aunt's house in Eastern Market, apple picking in September, visiting places closer to home. But it has been such a wonderful year and, frankly, I wouldn't change it!

I spent two and a half weeks in Europe this autumn, returning last Wednesday. It was a whirlwind of a trip--four countries in that time span!--but also an incredibly fun one! I spent my flight home sorting through my pictures and wanted to share a few here, starting with my weekend in Paris.

Palais du Luxembourg

St. Germain

I stayed right next to the Luxembourg Gardens and spent every morning with a pastry and café au lait enjoying the crisp autumn breeze.

Of course 50% of my time was spent exploring museums, whilst the other 50% was spent eating. I thought it was a good division! I particularly loved Café Constant, Angelina, Les Deux Magots, Café de Flore, and Ruc.

Musée Rodin

Musée d'Orsay

The Louvre

Late September in Paris is beautiful, so I spent as much time as I could outdoors.

The gorgeous allée from the Musee de l'Orangerie to the Louvre

An obstructed but still lovely view of the Place de la Concorde

Autumn flowers in the Tuileries

Selfie at the Tuileries--only downside of traveling alone!


Les Invalides

And of course I visited some of Paris's famous sites...

Eiffel Tower

Sainte-Chapelle

Notre Dame

L'Eglise de la Madeleine


I spent my last day in France in Versailles, enjoying lunch with some friends and then exploring the beautiful, beautiful gardens.

Le Jardin du Roi, an English garden in Versailles

Apollo

The fountains at Versailles--I loved this view


After Versailles, I took the TGV to Stuttgart, which started the next part of my trip...

Friday, June 5, 2015

here's to those who have gone before us...


I'm still downloading and sorting through the hundreds of photographs I took in Belize and Guatemala, but I'm putting that on hold for the weekend to spend time at my boarding school for alumnae weekend! I can't wait to reconnect with old friends and classmates, run around campus, and revisit all of my old favorite places (the library, Stone Mill Cafe a few miles from school, and Carter House, my old dormitory, pictured here.) Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, May 18, 2015

lately...

I'm off to Belize on Wednesday! I can't quite believe how busy the past month has been... lots of travel to New York and almost too many evening events... I'm looking forward to relaxing once we get to Belize! Below are some highlights from the month that didn't quite make it to my Instagram--enjoy!

My first baseball game of the season--Nats vs. Phillies

Lovely weather for bringing a blanket and a book to the Bishop's Garden at the National Cathedral

The most delicious meal of my life at Palma--I found this photo of me and my friends on someone's Instagram, quite coincidentally!


At the annual meeting of the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames, I saw a land grant signed by Peter Stuyvesant and framed in pearwood from the tree Stuyvesant had planted outside his house.

Afternoon work event at the Hay-Adams

A lovely staycation in Eastern Market

I spent Saturday at the Snooze Bar pop-up shop in Georgetown... and now I really want a Casper mattress!



Monday, April 13, 2015

"When spring came . . . there were no problems except where to be happiest."

Springtime in Washington is a glorious thing. A visiting friend and I took advantage of the beautiful weather to brave the clouds to see the cherry blossoms, magnolias, and forsythia. On Saturday we visited Dumbarton Oaks and on Sunday we went down to the Tidal Basin. As the cherry blossoms are in bloom for such a short time, we were so happy to spend the weekend viewing them--and imbibing 2Amys version of the "cherry blossom" cocktail! ;)

I always love to welcome spring at Dumbarton Oaks.

I love this magnolia tree so much--the pink flowers against the sky are so beautiful.

Besides being one of my favorite places in Washington, Dumbarton Oaks is a beautiful place to view the cherry blossoms without the crowds.

Forsythia always reminds me of one of my favorite poems--"To A Sad Daughter" by Michael Ondaatje.

There are so many gorgeous magnolia trees in my neighborhood. This tree is outside St. Albans.

Today we ventured down to the Tidal Basin for a crowded but gorgeous morning.



After this long and cold winter, it is such a relief that it's finally spring!