Last fall when we were in Belgium, we took a day trip to Ostend, a Belgian seaside town. It’s just a quick 2 hour train ride from central Brussels and definitely worth a day trip next time you find yourself in the area.
Brussels: My Favorite City
Confession: Brussels is my new favorite City
When we were planning our honeymoon in Europe, we thought it would be fun to travel by train to explore a few different cities and to see the countryside in Europe. Because of it’s proximity to Paris and Germany, and the fact that they speak French there, Brussels ended up on our itinerary. So I booked us an Airbnb for 5 nights. Little did I know, what would soon be true: Brussels is my new favorite city.
Minneapolis Fall Favorites: October 2016
Hello readers! I promise part 2 of my Paris trip is coming soon. In the meantime, as we close out the month of October, here are some of my Minneapolis Fall Favorites.Read More >>
Overcomming Packing Anxiety
You guys. I’m leaving for PARIS. Yes. I said Paris. I’ve dreamt of traveling to Paris probably since I knew Paris existed. At least since I was 12 and started collecting all things Paris. (I may or may not be wearing my Eiffel Tower t-shirt as I write this — totally unplanned!) But slowly as this trip got closer and closer, anxiety started to get the best of me.Read More >>
Minneapolis Favorites: July 2016
Wow! In two days it’ll be August. Without further ado, here are some of my favorite Minneapolis things from July. See what my June favorites wereRead More >>
Last weekend was Aaron’s birthday, and I unknowingly set in motion a mini-adventure for us.
We started our adventure by taking the bus to the North Loop. I had read reviews about this bar called Parlour that I was interested in checking out. I didn’t tell Aaron where we were going so it was fun to see him try to guess where we were going. Read More >>
Do’s [and don’ts] of a day trip to Duluth
Recently, I took a trip up north, to Duluth, MN for a weekend getaway. Here is what I learned
Just Canoe Things
I did it. I went canoeing for the first time in my life!
A few weeks ago when Aaron and I were at one of the lakes in the area, I noticed that they rent out canoes and kayaks. I decided that looked really interesting and like something that I wanted to try out. Lucky for me, Aaron just so happens to be canoe expert and agreed to go with me. We decided to go to Lake Calhoun because it is a part of Minneapolis’s Chain of Lakes and is connected to 3 other lakes. Once we had our plan made, I packed a backpack with snacks and Gatorade, just in case we got hungry on the lake. I also sought out these fancy zip-lock type bags for our phones. Obviously Instagram-ing is required during a first canoeing experience.
As usual, it was a very busy day in Uptown on Lake Calhoun! Even though rain was in the forecast (it never did actually rain), there were probably 20 people in line before us. We paid for our hour of canoe time, picked up some life jackets and went to find our canoe. Surprisingly, there was little to no direction from the people setting us up in the canoe. They just pointed to a canoe told us to get in, handed us our paddles and pushed us out into the lake. I’m glad Aaron knew what was up because I would have been terrified by myself.
Once we started going, I realized just how easy it was and how much fun I was having. There were a ton of people out on the lakes with those paddle boards. That’s definitely something I’d also like to try someday, but for now I just want to canoe EVERYDAY!
The coolest part about being on the Chain of Lakes is that since we were in the middle of Minneapolis, there are all of these bridges that go over the lakes. They are pretty interesting to explore under, the photo below shows a bridge that also has a walking path under it and some people try to fish there!