Jul 25, 2014

Friday Five

Happy Friday! I can't believe that July is almost over already. My summer has been jam-packed with activities and I'm craving my next date night (and vacation) with Keith. I thought it would be fun to share five of my favorite travel far.

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

We took a train into Lauterbrunnen from Milan, so we got to see a lot of Switzerland. The landscape is breathtaking. We spent the majority of our 3 days here hiking the best peaks in Europe. Our hotel served a great breakfast every morning -- perfect fuel for our hikes. Lauterbrunnen is know for its numerous waterfalls and the most famous, Staubbach Falls, was right in front of our hotel. One night we sat on our balcony listening to the waterfall and the live polka music coming from the building across the street. Fun fact - they dye their hard boiled eggs like Easter eggs to distinguish them from raw eggs! I thought it was fun seeing all of the colored eggs in the markets and on the breakfast table. {stay here}

Vernazza, Italy

Our trip to Italy started in Rome and I hated it. Let's just say that it is nothing like the romantic picture of Italy that I had drawn up in my mind. Our first stop after Rome was Vernazza. When I got off the train it was like I had finally arrived in Italy! Vernazza is a small village in Cinque Terre (and arguably the most picturesque). The food, the people, and the hike along the coast of all 5 villages in Cinque Terre make this my absolute favorite place in the entire world. {stay here}

Kauai, Hawaii

When I was 16 I traveled to Oahu with my mom. Let's just say that Oahu is the Rome of Hawaii...and Kauai is the Vernazza. Kauai is known as the garden island and is exactly that. There is a law on the island that no building can be built taller than a coconut tree grows. No highrises, no skyscrapers, nothing to block any of the incredible views. Keith and I decided to honeymoon on Kauai after reading about the incredible hiking...and the hiking is incredible! During our 7 day stay we went on 4 different hikes around the island. We also took a kayak trip to a waterfall, found the best restaurant on the island, and spent hours relaxing on the beach. {stay here}

San Diego, California

The first vacation that Keith and I went on together was to San Diego. We didn't have much of a plan but it turned out that we didn't need one! We found plenty of things to do. I wasn't 21 yet so bar hopping was off the list but we did enjoy some great restaurants. I think my favorite day was the afternoon that we took the train to Mission Beach. We spent the entire day lying out in the sun and walking the boardwalk. And of course, we visited the zoo. {stay here}

New York, New York

I visited New York with my mom and brother when I was about 14. We didn't spend time in the "Big City" though. The trip was for my brother's high school graduation. He was a baseball player so a visit to Cooperstown to see the Hall of Fame was at the top of the list (not really my ideal vacation). I was dying to hop on a bus and head straight for the city! Keith and I are planning our trip to NYC which is coming up in 3 short weeks. I guess I can't say that I have been here yet, but I am extremely excited about our reservations at Morimoto, tickets to The Book of Mormon on Broadway, Food Tour, hotel in Times Square, and our Yankees vs. White Sox tickets.

What are your favorite travel destinations?

XO, Bev

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