2014 in a nutshell.
Last year I shared my favorite days of 2013 so in true blogger/Type-A fashion, I have to do it again. Each January when I flick through the calendar of the days to come only a handful stand out like sore thumbs, promising something special. Looking back, it’s fun to think about the exact days that made the year what it was. This year, 2014 brought more surprises and excitement than we could have ever hoped. Here goes…
FEBRUARY 16, 2014 // ZAGORA, MOROCCO
Never would I have believed I’d be caught in a windstorm in the Sahara. That night we braced ourselves inside our tent, clutching our passports and waiting for the storm to pass. The next morning we heard it was the worst windstorm of 2014 (all 2 months of it) so we feel as though we’ll always have a story to tell.
APRIL 6, 2014 // POSITANO, ITALY
A very early flight to Naples allowed my coworker and I a day to explore one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen – Postiano, Italy nestled along the Almalfi Coast. The weather was perfect, the drive was glorious and the food incomparable. To top it off, just as we were leaving a rainbow appeared in the distance.
APRIL 26, 2014 // PARIS, FRANCE
Justin Timberlake. Live. The man did not disappoint, a true entertainer. He stared his set with an apology, in french, translating to “I’m sorry my French is *hit” then played every hit imaginable. Even my indie-loving hubby was impressed. #bucketlist
MAY 24, 2014 // BERLIN, GERMANY
Dan’s sister, Lauren, joined us for a long weekend in Berlin. We came in with few expectations but ended up absolutely loving the city. One night we sat in the courtyard of a super hipster bar and had drinks al fresco. It was a fun conversation and a memorable atmosphere, sitting on the terrace of once-abandoned train station underneath a cool early summer sky. At the time I remember thinking how lucky we all were to be in such an interesting place with one another.
JUNE 14, 2014 // LURAY, VIRGINIA
On a perfect summer day in rural Virginia Dan and I said our I do’s before 150 of our nearest and dearest. The morning of the wedding I went on a run through town with a huge cheesy grin plastered on my face. A family was walking in my direction and I couldn’t help myself as I ran by, I blurted out “I’m getting married today!”.
JULY 6, 2014 // HALLSTATT, AUSTRIA
Joined by my dear friends Tara and Jen, we spent the day exploring the idyllic little village of Hallstatt. Around mid-afternoon we rented a boat and motored around the lake to enjoy the views. We tried in vain to describe the scene but words didn’t do it justice.
AUGUST 4, 2014 // AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
My family and I along with my Aunt and close family friend spent the most perfect afternoon boating on the canals of Amsterdam. At one point we pulled off to buy another bottle of wine to further enjoy with our merry little ride. For the better part of the journey we were in hysterics. Dusk in Amsterdam on the canals was beautiful but the company was better.
OCTOBER 1, 2014 // MUNICH, GERMANY
A day at Oktoberfest ended up being so much more than I could’ve ever hoped. Some of our favorites, Emily and Nick, joined us for a day of dirndls, beer and singing. We met zillions of others in the Hacker-Pshorr tent but by the end of the night the names were all lost. It was a day of merriment that won’t ever be beat.
OCTOBER 11, 2014 // KILLARNEY IRELAND
Dan and I rose in the wee hours for a sunrise kayak tour in Killarney National Park. It was pitch black when we paddled out. As the sky slowly molted into oranges and yellows the wildlife around us stirred to life. In the peak of mating season, deer gathered by the water’s edge called out. Giant white birds joined us, bobbing along the surface, and above the clouds moved quickly as if fleeing the sunrise.
NOVEMBER 27, 2014 // TENERIFE, SPAIN
Our time in Tenerife aligned with a terrible windstorm and cold spell. The Airbnb apartment that I had booked was cold and remote. We threw in the towel, canceled the remaining nights and splurged on a beautiful all-inclusive resort on the sunnier side of the island. Thanksgiving day arrived and we were treated to an incredible feast. Freshly made pastas, fish, and an entire buffet of desserts. We gorged in the way that would make our American cohorts proud.
DECEMBER 27, 2014 // LONDON, ENGLAND
After a wonderfully boozy Christmas in London with my Aunt and extended family I hadn’t put much thought into my birthday. With much of the city closed after the holiday the city was ours to take. We started the morning with brunch at The Breakfast Club with spicy Bloody Mary’s, then made our way to Borough Market for some exploring and on to The Photographer’s Gallery in Oxford Circus. Afterwards we picked up our matinee tickets to The Book of Mormon and killed time at the casino in Lecester Square. To Dan’s amazement, I almost instantly turned 5 pounds into 50 and proclaimed “I’m so good at slots!”. We headed to the show and laughed our head’s off. Meandering our way through London we ended up at Chanel in Covent Garden where I blew my winnings on bright red Chanel lipstick. We capped off the night with drinks at Aqua Shard, on the 31st floor of The Shard with beautiful city views before us.
I’m quite sure I’ll never have a more decadent birthday. Yay, 29!