travel

Bangkok Markets

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The markets were of course, my favorite part of Bangkok.  This was an amazing day... and I feel so invigorated just looking through the photos. I could have wandered around endlessly. Everything was so saturated with color and texture. The women on the boats at the floating markets were so beautiful, wearing bright clothing, their skin deeply tanned after many years in the sun. I wish I'd been able to communicate with them more easily, I bet they have the most interesting stories.

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We passed a sea salt farm on the way to the markets. It was early morning, and the thick haze diffused the sunrise so beautifully.

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The (above, left) shot with the woman in the blue pants and her fish is a favorite. I am wondering how it would translate to a print... 

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Bangkok

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Last month, we spent ten days in Thailand. Our first stop was Bangkok, which is a crowded, fast paced, polluted(!) city. We stayed at the Hansar Hotel, which proved to be a beautiful, peaceful respite within the urban landscape. We would explore early in the day, using primarily the Skytrain and River Taxi to get around. We love utilizing public transportation while traveling... it is usually easily navigable once you get the hang of it, and gives you a much better sense of life as a local. We visited temples, ate street food, and quickly became addicted to mango sticky rice. We would spend the hottest part of the day by the hotel's 8th floor pool, which felt like a secret oasis amongst the bustle of the city. It was nice to just be still for a little while and take it all in. Travel can be a whirlwind if you let it. Rooftop bars were the place to be at night... killer views, a cool breeze, and strong drinks.

 

Peacock Pavilions | Marrakech

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I can't remember when Peacock Pavilions first came onto my radar, but my best guess is that it was about six or seven years ago. Marrakech had been a place I'd long dreamed of visiting, and the time finally came earlier this year, when I attended a styling and photography workshop hosted by Annette Joseph. The property is stunning, and Maryam Montague's global style and impeccable eye are evident in every corner. All of the meals are made from scratch right on the property, making for a wholly nourishing experience, both for the body and soul. Truly, no detail is overlooked.

Barcelona

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Barcelona was our second stop in Spain. The wide streets and towering trees were reminiscent of Paris, and the culture was incredibly vibrant. We spent time in the Mercado de la Boquería, which of course I could not get enough of. Such a feast for the senses. I don't have many photos of the El Born neighborhood, which was probably my favorite spot. A bit like the Soho of Barcelona, there were tons of little alleyways filled with shops carrying all sorts of goods... many of the makers and artisans working right on site. I'd love to spend more time in El Born the next time. Until then...

If you plan to visit, a few spots worth checking out:

Brunch & Cake | Fantastic spot for breakfast, very welcoming staff. Worth the short wait. Snag an outside table at the window if you can. | 19, Carrer Enric Granados, 19

Ocaña | (first photo above) Beautiful spot for coffee or a drink, with an interesting scene on the plaza. | Plaça Reial, 13-15

Vaso de Oro | We received this recommendation from a few different sources. a must, with a small group. Long and narrow space filled with only locals and lots of beer. | Calle de Balboa, 6

La Guingueta | Beach bar in La Barceloneta, perfect for people watching! | Carrer del Comerç, 24

Boca Chica / Boca Grande | Highly recommend this spot. A must for cocktails (upstairs at Boca Chica) - the best Gin & Tonic. Dinner in the restaurant is also delicious. Incredible design throughout. We were not able to check out The Apartment upstairs, but do, if you can! | Passatge de la Concepció, 12

El Chiringuito Las Sardinitas | Open air, paella by the beach. | Av. de Litoral, 36

Monvinic Wine Bar | Beautiful place for a glass of wine and/or dinner. A bit rainy when we were there, but the terrace behind the bar may be the best spot. | Carrer de la Diputació, 249

 

Ojai

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an overload of photos from our visit to the most beautiful ojai. in mid-april, the warm sun and fat blooms and groves upon groves of citrus were just plain therapeutic. i MAY have been the one smushing my nose into every flower and sneaking into orange groves. (the things a minnesota winter will do to a person).

our days were pure bliss, rarely leaving the premises of ojai valley inn. patio breakfasts and books by the pool and pressed juices and the most wonderful pedicure ever. we did manage to make it into town to enjoy lunch at the tiny hip vegan with the most delicious whole foods you can imagine, popped into this outdoor bookstore (so fun!) and my favorite shop summer camp. we shared pizza and bottles of wine under the string lights on the patio of papa lennon's, and of course i couldn't pass up the roadside citrus stands.

ojai, we'll be back.

A few hours in Santa Barbara

We spent some time in California a couple of weeks ago, visiting with Matt's brother and his wife, and our new nephew(!) who live in Ojai. On Easter Sunday, we drove up to Santa Barbara for a few hours. It was sunshiney and breezy and cool, and the salty air never smelled so good. There is something special about that place, and it earned a place on our "to return" list when we will make time to get to know it better. In the meantime, just a few snaps to hold onto.

florence - part 2

the remainder of my florence photos…  they really do give a better idea of the city and our time there than anything i could write. we managed to cram a lot into about 48 hours-- including an amazing rabbit gnocci, and some of the best cacio e pepe we'd find. of course, it didn't all revolve around food… (just most of it).

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florence - part 1

last month, matt and i, along with his family, took an amazing trip to italy. you may have seen if you follow along on instagram. we had 9 adventure-filled days, with lots of walking and sunshine, and of course gelato. our first stop was florence, which quickly topped my list of favorite cities. the bicycles and meandering streets and charming eateries won me over in no time. here, the first batch of photos.

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