Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Vacation

Thank you all for your sweet words on The Everygirl feature. You all really know how to make a girl smile. And those pants... maybe one of my favorite pieces of clothing. From The Edit of course.

And now a recap of my European vacation last week! Fair warning, there's a lot of pictures.

Copenhagen
The first stop was Copenhagen to visit my sister. She's been living there since January and it was so much fun seeing where she's been! Copenhagen is a really special city. So much charm, so warm and friendly. And best of it all, it feels cozy and welcoming everywhere you go.

The beautiful Nimb Hotel. Seriously, I could have moved in on the spot.

This is their ballroom. Can you imagine a wedding in here? Incredible.

The Nyhavn area of the city. Absolutely beautiful. We went on a boat tour through all of the canals in the city.

And then there was this mess. I found this store through Look Linger Love a day before I left. My sister scouted, found the store and when we showed up they were closed, and we were leaving the next morning. I took this picture through a locked window. So so sad! So many gorgeous goodies.

The outside of our hotel overlooked the Tivoli Gardens and had such beautiful, unusual architecture!

St. Petersburg
Next we traveled to Russia, somewhere I wasn't sure I would ever go! The first stop was the Church of Spilled Blood and then off to the Hermitage. We had less than 48 hours so we had to make the most of it.

Apparently people didn't like this church initially, they thought it was silly and Disney-like. Can you imagine?? It's stunning!

On the frozen river at sunset.

And then The Hermitage, the part of our trip I was most excited for. And it turns out, it was for good reason. Love the green exterior, with white trim and gold detail. Doesn't even seem real.

The interiors were equally as incredible as the pieces of art in the museum. Can you imagine this was once a private residence?

This was the queen's private quarters at one point.

Prague
Prague was the last leg of our trip. I had heard incredible things about this city, but I had no idea how spectacular it would be. I walked around in awe with every step. 


This spectacular Baroque library was a private room at a monastery. As walked through, there was only one other family inside. I looked up and realized it was one of my very good friends who has been living in Spain. I had no idea she would be there. It was a crazy experience!!!

Beautiful dusk over the Charles Bridge

A private community in Castle Town. On the other side of the wall (that is 500 years old) is a private park. Amazing.


Overlooking the city of Prague from above.

We didn't have great weather in any of the cities we visited, but hey, its March, we didn't expect anything different. It was a really incredible week regardless. If anyone ever needs recommendations for any of these cities, just let me know! We tried some amazing restaurants, stayed at beautiful hotels and had incredible tour guides.

PS I apologize for my photography skills. It is a blogger skill I am really lacking. I would've instagrammed all of them to make them prettier but then anyone who follows me would not have enjoyed today's post! Sort of a problem. 

PPS If you made it to the bottom of this, congrats! Now make sure to go check out my engagement pictures at Studio Swoon!



28 comments:

  1. Amaaaazing!!!! Copenhagen is such a cool city- was there a million years ago. So glad you had fun! Heading over to Studio Swoon to check out the pics. XO

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  2. Your trip looked like such a dream! Copenhagen is on my list to travel to next!

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  3. What a wonderful trip! Thanks for allowing me to live vicariously through ur photos. Unbelievable that used to be a residence!

    So excited to be sharing your engagement photos today!

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  4. Your trip looks amazing. I am dying to go to Prague.

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  5. Looks like an amazing trip! I'm dying to go to Copenhagen next time I'm in Europe.

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  6. Your trip looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Andrea
    the-blonde-ambitions.blogspot.com

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  7. I love all the photos and think they're lovely regardless. I really need to get my travel on in a big way. I also love how you ended this post. Going to look at your pics! xo

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  8. I hear you on the Instagram vs post thing- wish you could play with the pictures and then not post them. Anyhoo...thanks for sharing these- what an incredible trip. I would LOVE to got to Prague- everyone who has ever been says the same thing- gorgeous!

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  9. Oh man Alex. That trip looks like it was so gorgeous. I need to get over there. And that shop, still heartbroken. But here's hoping we can still get some goodies.
    And I just delete the instagram pics that I don't want to keep on instagram after I edit them there.

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  10. Amazing! Looks like quite the trip. I have been itching to do something similar....Evidently Copenhagen needs to be on the list :)

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  11. I love your pics! My bf is from Denmark and I went to Copenhagen last summer and it was so fantastic. It really is an amazing city. So sad you didn't get into that store- it looks amazing! Glad I found your blog, I am your newest follower :)
    xo
    www.styledesignlife.blogspot.com

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  12. love all of your pictures!!! I cannot believe you ran into someone there?! small world!!!! happy to have you home!!!

    http://itsthelittlethingsblog.blogspot.com/

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  13. Your trip looks incredible! I went to St. Petersburg in high school, still one of the best memories I have! Off to check out your engagement pics!

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  14. Those pictures look incredible! I can't imagine living in a place like that. Wow! Found your blog from the breakfast at toast blog...

    Amy

    fashionandbeautyfinds.blogspot.com

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  16. looks amazing! the architecture is just stunning! so glad you had a good time :) xo

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  17. I'm going to be in Prague in 4 weeks. We have the hotel booked, but any recommendations on restaurants (especially any that are vegetarian friendly??), shops, bars, favorite things?

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    1. Hi Jenn! I tried to reply via email but there wasn't one listed! I highly suggest Kampa Park for an amazing meal at an amazing location. Cafe Savoy is a really great spot for a fabulous lunch too! Make sure to request a table down by the water. We did a lot of shopping around the main square which was great. Also you have to get a trdlo (pronounced turdlow) they are the most delicious pastries sold all around the city. Seriously drooling right now thinking about them! Also highly recommend a tour of the Jewish ghetto, as well as the Prague Castle area (not necessarily the actual castle). We had an incredible guide named Marketa who you can hire through the Four Seasons hotel. Hope this helps! Email me if you have any other questions. Have so much fun!

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  18. Looks like such an incredible trip!!! Three places I've always wanted to visit. I'll be sure to ask you for recs if I ever get lucky enough to visit :) Off to check out your e pix! xoxo

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  19. Looks like you had an amazing time!

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  20. Wow...the architecture is so beautiful!! I want to have my wedding all over again and have the reception in your hotel's ballroom!!!! xox

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  21. gorgeous photos! im dying to go to russia!! and im so glad you had a good time in prague! we're going there for 2 days at the end our honeymoon and i cannot wait!! xo

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  22. I am dying over all the gorgeousness of your trip! What an amazing trip. Chassity told me about that store so sad it was closed looks like it was filled with amazing stuff!

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  23. Wonderful highlights...funny my parents were just talking about visiting ST. Petersburg...looks like it was an amazing trip. Glad you enjoyed!

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  24. So jealous of your vaca!! LOVE all those places -- well haven't been to Russia, but everywhere else i love.

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  25. These photos are great! I'm new here... browsing around and decided to comment instead of lurk. :) I LOVE the look and feel of your blog so far- off to check out some more! Happy week, sugar! xo

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  26. Whoa seriously gorg architecture and details! What a fab trip! And too bad that store wasn't open! What a tease!!

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  27. When I get to Copenhagen, I am never leaving.

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