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Oui, Oui Paris!

A few weeks ago, I got to go visit my love in France! We hadn’t been together for months, so it honestly was the best 10 days I’ve ever spent. I missed him so much and am so glad that this whole long distance thing is nearing an end. We spent the first portion of my visit in Jérémie’s hometown, Reims, and the last few days in Paris. I loved getting to spend time with his family (my future in-laws!) and all of his friends. Like usual, we spent most of our time eating. I finally was able to try frogs legs and escargot (snails)! I’ve been wanting to try them literally every time I’ve been in France and was SO excited (and nervous) when I got to eat them. And I have to say…they were delicious!

The whole trip was jam packed with fun things for us to do and yummy things for us to eat. Jérémie booked us a macaron cooking class (because we’ve never been successful at making macarons on our own) and got us tickets to Disneyland Paris (I always bother him about going there every time I see a sign). We went shopping for our wedding rings (!!!), popped into Berthillon for ice cream hot chocolate and macaron ice cream sandwiches, and made sure to have dinner with friends at one of our favorite restaurant’s, Ober Mamma. We were too busy having fun and enjoying each other’s company that we didn’t take too many pictures or videos to document the trip (I wouldn’t have had it any other way), but I did take a few and managed to make a little travel diary vlog below. I hope you like it!

La Californie avec Jeremie

After a long hiatus, I’m finally back in the swing of things with the blog and finally sharing some snaps from my November trip to California. This trip was particularly special because Jérémie was with me! He flew all the way from France to spend Thanksgiving with me and my family, so we snuck in a little trip to California before the holiday. The week was spent showing him all of my favorite places and my favorite things to do in California. We went on bike rides up and down the coast, ate at some of my favorite restaurants, went to Disneyland, ate some more, and took a day trip to Venice for a little exploring. We were nonstop all week!

My top three favorite moments from the trip were:

1. Watching Jérémie eat In-N-Out for the first time. I know that sounds stupid but he was so excited to try it, it made me super excited too even though I’ve eaten there a ton of times.

2. Riding the teacups at Disneyland. The teacups have been one of my favorite rides ever since I was a little girl. My mom used to take me on them and we would spin so, so fast! So I couldn’t wait to take Jérémie for a spin. You can never have a bad time at Disneyland, especially if you ride the teacups.

3. While I love getting to show Jérémie my favorite places, one thing I was super excited about was introducing Jérémie to my very best friends. On our last night we had grabbed In-N-Out and headed to the beach for a bonfire and smores (which he didn’t like…so we will have to work on that) with my best friends. It was the perfect way to close out our trip to the west coast.

I could go on and on about my favorite memories from the trip because there weren’t any bad ones. I was so excited about showing one of my favorite places to my favorite person. Every moment was special, even when we were just sitting on the beach watching the waves. It’s so difficult being away from him every day that whenever we get the chance to be together, no moment can be taken for granted and every moment is special.

While California was full of fun memories and adventures, the top/best moment of Jérémie’s visit came a week later when he proposed in Dallas! I am so grateful for the adventures we’ve had and can’t wait for more to come as husband and wife!

I attempted to make a little Travel Diary/Vlog of our trip which you can watch below. I hope you like it!

Hawk Walk

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In my last post I promised to share more about the Hawk Walk we took on our trip to Ashford Castle in Ireland, so here it is! I was a little nervous for this outing because I am not really a fan of birds and the thought of a bird of prey flying full force straight at me was incredibly intimidating.

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We took out two Harris hawks named Sonora and Beckett for our walk around the grounds. I was expecting them to be heavy and for their claws to rip into me, but surprisingly, they were super light and couldn’t be any less interested in tearing me apart.

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After an introduction to the hawks and their behavior, we took them out for a stroll and a flight around the grounds and in the forest that surrounds the castle. The hawks would fly from tree to tree watching us and then when we did certain arm movements and held out food in our hands, they would swoop down and land on our gloves.

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^Favorite picture of the day.

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The first few times it’s absolutely terrifying to have this bird with massive talons flying to land on your arm. Eventually, you get used to it, until one of them flies directly into your head and lands on your shoulder when it was supposed to land on your brother’s arm…but I survived. Anyways, fun fact about these hawks: they are afraid of dogs, horses, and strollers…surprising on that last one. So sometimes when people or horses went past us, the hawks would freeze and stay safe and hidden in the tree tops until we bribed them with more food. We eventually were able to take them into the forest and let them hop from tree to tree and back to perch on our arms. Definitely one of the cooler things I’ve done.

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I totally recommend signing up for a Hawk Walk if you ever stay at Ashford Castle, even if you hate birds like I do. It was an experience I will remember forever and made my stay at Ashford Castle even more special. Here’s a video of me looking cool, calm, and collected with my hawk. NBD. Just kidding. Mine wouldn’t fly away when I signaled it to. I’m a horrible hawk master. I also dropped it.

For more information about the Hawk Walks at the Ireland School of Falconry, click here.

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