Friday, October 20, 2017

St. Malo, France

This was our first stop in France. We flew into Paris and then rented a car and headed directly for the coast. St. Malo wasn't originally on my list of towns to visit but once I told my old teacher, a wonderful mentor I had throughout school, that we were going to France she recommended that I read the book All The Light We Cannot See. Most of the story takes place in St. Malo so I knew I had to visit. 

The town is lovely. We visited the old part of town that is right on the sea and completely walled. I am telling you the color of the sea along the Normandy coast of France is something else. It is so beautiful and the prettiest color of blue. We walked around, stopped at chocolate shops and souvenir shops, we walked along the wall that encloses the old town and saw amazing views. It was just a cute quaint little town. Everyone we interacted with was so nice as well! We then headed up the coast in the evening and we saw the biggest full moon ever. It was a great start to our France trip. 
love, Carlee
Coat: North Face
Leggings & Shoes: Nike
Scarf: Nordstrom
Purse: JCPennys

Monday, October 16, 2017

Cliffs of Étretat

If you follow me on instagram you know that Clark and I were just in Paris and before that in the France countryside for a few days. We really wanted to see some of what the Normandy coast had to offer before exploring the beautiful Paris and one of the places that was on my list were these beautiful Cliffs of Étretat. They are right on the coast and easily accessible from the town of Étretat. Étretat is best known for its chalk cliffs, including three natural arches.
We went on a Sunday so it was probably a little busier than usual. There is parking right on the beach but we had to park a little ways up the hill on the way into town because parking was full by the beach. But still it was an easy walk. Even the walk up to the top of the cliffs wasn't that bad. 
The view from the top is amazing. I loved the colors of the green grass, white cliffs with the pretty color of the ocean. Some people were being really brave and going over the fence barriers right to the edge of the cliffs. We made sure to stay safely behind the barriers. I mean they are obviously there for a reason. There is also a golf course right on the other side of the cliffs, talk about a great view for a day of golfing. 
love, Carlee
Coat: thrifted (Rue 21)
Leggings: Nike
Scarf: gift (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Nike
Shirt: H&M
Bag: JCPennys

Monday, October 2, 2017

Abbazia di Montecassino

A couple weeks ago now my friend, her daughter and I took a little drive up to Montecassino Abbey which is about an hour from where we live in Italy. It was a gorgeous day and an easy drive. Mainly highway then a few switchbacks. I had actually never heard of this place which was surprising to me because I have a running list of places to visit around the area that are within 2 hours and can be easily taken as day trips. This place I should have known about but I am glad that I have friends that know about cool places and can take me with them on trips!
The abbey was very lovely. It only cost 3 dollars to park your car and nothing to go inside the abbey and walk around. There are amazing views of the surrounding areas and the architecture of the abbey itself is worthwhile. You do have to pay an extra $5 if you want to enter the special museum exhibit which we did. There were many amazing relicts and artifacts. From ivory crosses to old maps and scrolls and gold rosaries. There was even a service going on when we were there and we could hear the sermon from inside the church. It didn't even sound Italian. I thought for a second that it might have been Latin but then I realized it was probably Italian I just don't know words pertaining to religion.
The church was magnificent. The details on the ceiling and floor. They are so many beautiful statues and mosaics. Inside the church everyone was so quiet and respectful. Even though there were no signs saying to be quiet it was just nice that people were respectful of the area. 

Once we were done we headed down the mountain for some lunch. I actually hadn't eaten out in a while. Since Clark was gone for 6 weeks it is not really fun to eat out by ones self. So it was nice to sit down and get some Italian spaghetti for lunch.
love, Carlee
Shirt: Forever 21
Jeans: NEX
Shoes: Nike
Purse: JCPennys