I’ve always liked to think of myself as a fairly well-informed world citizen… or at least informed at all. Not so charmed as to think that every country is like my own. But I’m ashamed to say that prior to visiting Belfast, I had no idea just how real Northern Ireland’s decades-old, and decades (I thought) dead conflict still is, both in the minds of those who lived it, and in the lives of those who continue to live it today.
While the Good Friday Agreement may have transformed The Troubles into a different beast, waged on the political stage and behind closed doors, on the streets of Belfast, much of the violence still remains.
Posted on: September 17, 2014 |
Are you ready? Because over these next few days I have a whole lot of sharing to do. I won’t cover our trip day by day, but I would like to go through a few at a time (we have so many pictures!) and, of course, point out some our favorite restaurants and places to visit along the way! We had such an amazing time and discovered so many places I wish I could visit every single day (just looking at the picture above it kills me that I don’t live closer to Wildflour Bakery or Love Supreme.
… then again, maybe it’s best I don’t have access to all of that deliciousness on a daily basis. Among my many lovely souvenirs, I may have brought back five solid, happy pounds of fresh fish, pasta, Guinness, and sweet treats on my thighs. I’ll cherish them always.
(Okay hopefully not…)
Posted on: September 16, 2014 |
The date // Home sweet home and a drive through the hills.
I remember being a kid and going for drives with my parents, confused as to why anyone would want to wander around aimlessly like that. Now that I’m older, I understand the urge.
This weekend, between nursing a cold and prepping for our next Field + Foundry event, Mark and I were ready for a little bit of down time. So we decided to go for a drive through the Catoctin Mountains… stopping whenever it struck our fancy.
We dreamed dreams of the future and made plans to make them come true, and enjoyed just being back in our beautiful neck of the woods. It’s amazing to have the chance to travel, but there’s nothing like coming home.
Posted on: September 15, 2014 |
Happy Friday! While I work on fighting off a nasty little bug that followed me home from France, head on over to Little White Whale for this delicious grilled peach tartine.
And have an amazing weekend! Soak up some of the last few rays of summer while you snack on this deliciousness for me.
Posted on: September 12, 2014 |
The dates // Our last few days in Nice and Paris.
I think if anything could qualify for multiple dates, it’s our final few days of vacation.
We’re still combing through something like a million and five pictures, so I’ll be sharing lots more next week. But here’s a little sneak peek (in addition to this post and, of course, everything you’ve already seen on Instagram) of what we’ve been up to these past few weeks…
Posted on: September 11, 2014 |
Hi! This is Audrey from This Little Street. Is Laicie so lucky to be traveling to France and Ireland? I lived in both places, and I know she’s in for a treat! Talking about treats, here’s a fall favorite – I call it the Blackberry Bliss smoothie.
Bliss because blackberries already remind me of my childhood summers growing up in France. My parents had the biggest blackberry bush by their vegetable garden – the kind of berries that are the perfect combination of being sweet and sour all at once – and I have countless memories of afternoons spent picking these big juicy berries. Let’s just say that not all of them ended in my basket, mmmmmm ok?
Posted on: September 5, 2014 |
Hello dear friends! It’s Corina from Cocorrina today, taking over for Laicie!
Lately, i’ve been finding nothing more inspiring than living extreme. Adventures and adrenaline, is what makes us feel most alive, what wakes us up. So here’s a little words of inspiration for you, to remember living the life to the fullest, and experiencing the wild side of it!
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Posted on: September 4, 2014 |
When Laicie asked me to whip up something to post during her European travels, I knew immediately I needed to make a riff on a tasty baked treat. When I think Laicie, I think baking. In fact, the first time we met each other, we were doing what we both love to do best: eating local food outside. And during our most recent gathering at Field and Foundry, she brought lemon hand pies while her husband Mark taught us how to make sourdough bread. She’s basically the best person to know. Everyone needs a Laicie.
Posted on: September 3, 2014 |
I’ve always loved the idea of a color palette being inspired by gem-tones – emeralds, rubies, and deep sapphire blues, but blue particularly sticks out as an easy color to work into any room because it’s subdued and oh so versatile. I combed through Pinterest for different ways designers have incorporated blue into interiors, whether it be in the details or as a main element of the room. Check out this bluesy inspiration…
Posted on: September 2, 2014 |
The date // Playtime on the Giant’s Causeway.
Happy Friday, and happy Labor Day weekend! I’m missing the festivities, but we’ve had plenty of our own here in Ireland… pub crawls, amazing meals, eye-opening tours, and so much more I can’t wait to tell you all about when we come back.
For now, I’m just checking in to tell you about one tiny little bit of fun we had along the way.
When I asked Mark what he wanted to see in Ireland, he had just one thing on his list: the Giant’s Causeway. The incredible natural formation on the northern coast seems like it was carved out of stone in the same way the perfect Incan ruins were carved at Machu Picchu… each stone fitting together just right.
So of course we made sure to stop — and while we were there we took some time to wander off and play by the water on one of the most gorgeous days we’ve seen so far.
Have an amazing weekend, and stop by next week for even more amazing guest posts! We have some really good stuff still to come.
Posted on: August 29, 2014 |