Today's post is short and sweet today on this Friday morning. I really wanted to share my FAVORITE pair of slip on sneakers that I've ever bought. Yes, I know that's dramatic but these sneakers probably clocked over 50+ miles of walking throughout our Europe trip!
I'm definitely a shoe addict, there's no denying it. So when packing for a 10 day trip I was so overwhelmed. How was I supposed to narrow down my shoes to 5-6 pairs? Or even the "recommended 3?" After doing a ton of research on 'comfortable shoes' and 'best travel shoes' I finally decided on this pair of ... wait for it....Dr. Scholl's slip on sneakers
Ya'll, I wore this pair of sneakers almost every day. I initially thought they'd make good airport and train travel shoes, but I found myself grabbing them for our long days strolling through Paris and throughout Wengen. I even wore them out to dinner dressed up with black pants & a leather jacket.
Long story short- I'm a huge fan of Dr. Scholl's and can vouch for this pair of sneaks. I actually was prepared with packing bandaids etc on this trip thinking I'd get a few blisters, but for once in my life (Myles will vouch!) I didn't complain about sore feet! #WIN
This definitely isn't a sponsored post by any means. I just wanted to share these shoes and the brand in general for those looking for shoes that will last for miles upon miles of exploring. Plus the price tag doesn't hurt 😉
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Happy Friday friends! I'm back today to share more about the charming, colorful city of Lucerne, specifically where we stayed, ate, and explored. If you're new around here and just catching up, be sure to check out my other Switzerland travel posts here and here. Now, let's get started!
Lucerne is centrally located in Switzerland about an hour train ride from the Zurich airport. It's situated on Lake Lucerne, but surrounded by the Swiss Alps in the distance. The River Reuss separates New and Old Town, with bridges connecting the two. The most famous being Chapel Bridge!
The city is pretty much out of a story book, with it's medieval architecture and colorful flowers lining the bridges and windowsills. Old Town especially is so quaint with cobblestone narrow streets, churches and clock towers, as well as cute restaurants situated along the river with views of Mt. Pilatus in the distance.
We stayed at the Renaissance, Lucerne in New Town for two nights. I highly recommend this hotel and location! We were about a five minute walk to the train station and a few minutes from Old Town. The rooms were on the smaller side, but were super cute and exactly what we needed. Loved the painting of Lucerne behind our bed!
The breakfast was also really really good. My favorite of our trip! I'm pretty sure that I ate the most delicious bread of my life on our first morning there which is saying a lot...
To make things even better, there was also a Bachmann bakery right across the street which quickly became one of our favorite spots. We grabbed pretzels, macaroons, and other pastries since we were on vacation after all 😉
If you have time, check out the Musegg Wall which borders Old Town. It's lined with watchtowers and apparently the views down on Lucerne are stunning. We ran out of time but I told Myles we'd be back 😉
We also had brunch at Mill Feuille, a little cafe that serves traditional Swiss food and some other things that reminded me of home (think waffles, eggs, etc). This cafe is one of the more reasonably priced restaurants in Switzerland, which is a double win.
Make sure to ask for an English menu, since everything is in German (we were a little confused and the jet-lag didn't help!) Also, order the 'oven egg'- a delicious egg in tomato sauce & grilled veggies with bread. I didn't snap a picture but I promise it was simple and delicious.
Places definitely close down early in Lucerne at night but that didn't stop us. Our first night we found a little cafe tucked away off of a side street and sipped on a glass of the BEST Merlot. I wish I had gotten the name of the wine......still dreaming about it!
Our second night we went to a rooftop bar at the Hotel Astoria which had incredible views. I loved seeing Lucerne all lit up from above <3
While our time in Lucerne was brief, I feel like we still got to experience the charming city. If you're heading to Switzerland, definitely consider stopping in Lucerne. It's such a hidden gem <3
Stay Tuned- Next I'll be sharing about our stay in Wengen, Swtizerland. A mountain town tucked away in the heart of the Swiss Alps!
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As I mentioned in Thursday's post, our adventure to Mt. Pilatus was a highlight of our trip and one I can't stop raving about! When I initially decided on staying in Lucerne, I knew I wanted to do some sort of day trip to the surrounding mountains.
Luckily there were three main choices to chose from: Mt. Rigi, Mt. Titlis, and Mt. Pilatus. After WAY too much research I settled on Mt. Pilatus- mostly after seeing these pictures. Seriously, SO cool right?!
Well I'm here today to share that this day trip was WAY worth the hype and by far exceeded my expectations. It was also really easy to navigate with our trusty Swiss Pass. With the pass, the trip is free and you don't need to buy any tickets.
I'll break it down for you in easy details below. There really is no need to buy any sort of group tour since you can do this on your own. I have faith in you 😉
We decided to start the 'Golden Round Trip' with a boat ride on Lake Lucerne. The boat was docked next to the train station which was super convenient, and the ride took us to Alpnachstad about an hour away.
To avoid crowds, we left around 9:00 which ended up working out perfectly! The boat itself was pretty large and there were so many places to get picture perfect shots.
*If you look hard enough, the little building up top is the summit! Just check out these views of the snow capped Swiss Alps and Mt. Pilatus!
Once we docked in Alpnachstad, we boarded the world's steepest cogwheel train to take us to the top....
Oh my gosh ya'll was this SO cool! It took about 30 minutes to get to the top, which quickly went by since the views were absolutely breathtaking. I'm still in awe that a train like this even exists......
7,000 feet up!
Once we got off the train, we explored the top for about a bit. There's several places to eat, as well as a hotel. No idea how they even built that, the Swiss people are geniuses! We weren't hungry for once since we'd had a huge breakfast earlier, so we decided to set out on the hike below not really knowing what to expect.........
Miles upon miles of beauty as far as the eye can see........
We even found someone to take our picture!
So this is when things got dicey.......I had NO idea we'd be climbing grated stairs on the edge of this mountain. No joke, there was a complete drop the entire time. Long story short, I learned the hard way that I'm NOT a fan of stairs when we're 7,000 feet up.......So just keep that in mind if you're afraid of heights in the least bit.
Death gripping the railing....
Thankfully Myles talked me out of turning around and I made it past the worst spots without having a complete panic attack. I wish I had gotten some pictures, but I think Myles got video? More to come... My legs were visibly shaking, but the views were worth it!
After we completed the loop, I was more then ready for a glass of wine and a snack.
We decided against the other loop to the highest point on Pilatus because...we'll just take a look at the picture below. Brave, brave people...
Pretty sure the 'stairs' were made of wood and dirt....Not happening!
Once I finally didn't feel like my heart was beating out of my chest, we decided to do one more hike that looked a little less intimidating (flat with no stairs!)
My favorite moments of the day (entire trip?) were here with the Swiss Alps in the distance. I really felt on top of the world! It was so quiet and peaceful, all we could hear were the jingling of the cow bells below. I can't even believe this type of beauty even exists in the world.....
Needless to say, Myles and I were both in awe and spent some time sitting on a bench trying to take in everything <3 We even decided next time we visit we might attempt the hike below... Kidding!
We even took some outfit pics along the edge that you might recognize 😉
Myles and I pretty much had to drag ourselves down from Mt. Pilatus. I'm pretty sure we could have stayed up there ALL day.
After a few hours on top of the world though, we decided to take the gondolas/cable cars down to Kreins. These run very frequently, so it's easy to hop on, hop off. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves on this one.......
Through the clouds we go!Half way point- the water is SO clean in Switzerland! I really wish I could have bottled it all up and taken it home.
Once we made it to Kreins, it was a quick 10 min walk to the bus that brought us back to Lucerne. There's signs, but pretty much you just have to follow the people and you will find the bus stop!
We got back a little after four and decided to rest a bit in our hotel before setting back out for the night. I think we both were just SO overwhelmed with our day adventure that we were exhausted. Overwhelmed in the best way possible just trying to soak up what we'd just done!
If there's one piece of advice I can give you, it's to put Mt. Pilatus on your bucket list, as well as Lucerne! You will NOT be disappointed 🙂
Stay tuned - Friday I'll be sharing some of my favorite things we did in the town of Lucerne, as well as a review of our hotel.
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Hello friends! Myles and I just got back from the trip of a lifetime, and I figured there was no better time then now to get back into blogging. There must be something about Europe that renewed my passion for taking pictures 🙂
Long story short, we spent 9 nights in Europe- 4 in Switzerland and 5 in Paris, France. I must have taken over 1,000 pictures and Myles must have filmed over 5 hours of video, which I'm hoping he'll attempt to compile vlog style!
This was our first trip to Europe and we really had the time of our lives. I wanted to share our adventure with those planning a trip of their own, since I really found travel blogs to be super helpful with planning. Myles will tell you that I spent hours upon hours talking and researching this trip months prior, but it was all worth it 😉.
I think the way I'm going to go about posting will be a few outfits mixed in with certain things we did each day, as well as some of our favorite places to eat/shop/explore along the way....
The perfectionist in me was going to sit down and try to overanalyze how to document this all, but for once I'm just going to go with the flow and start posting- we'll see where it goes. I really hope you enjoy!
Which takes me to our first day in Lucerne, Switzerland. We flew into Zurich from D.C. and unfortunately got a combined 2 hours of sleep between the two of us on the redeye. Needless to say we were exhausted when we arrived at 8 AM Swiss time. I'm convinced the adrenaline must have kept us going......
After collecting our luggage, waiting through standard airport lines, and an hour or so train ride to Lucerne (which was SUPER easy, more to come on Swiss train travel in a later post), we finally made it to our hotel around 11:00. We were hoping we would be able to check in early, but that wasn't the case. Since we had a few more hours to wait, we decided to explore Lucerne (which of course was no biggie!)
We ended up walking around New and Old Town Lucerne fueled by WAY too many cups of coffee/espresso before checking into our hotel at 3:00. After a quick 3 hour nap (hello jet lag) we were feeling a little more like ourselves and ready for dinner on the town!
I'm not sure if it was because it was Sunday, but it was SO quiet and nice walking around Lucerne. I felt like we had the town to ourselves in some areas! The restaurants along the River Reuss also had zero wait, so we picked an Italian place right next to the water with the most amazing views......
Myles and I both ordered pasta which hit the spot. We sipped on some much needed wine for about two hours while watching the sun set over Mt. Pilatus- it really was the most picturesque meal I've ever had ......
Also just to note, restaurants in Switzerland as a whole are definitely pretty pricey- so just be aware! Luckily I knew this ahead of time so the sticker shock wasn't as bad.....but the views and the company more then made up for it 😉
Bell Sleeve Sweater -on sale for $35 and feels like pajamas- snag this while you can!
White Denim -my favorite pair under $65
Necklace - such a classic piece
Next up.....I'll be sharing my favorite day of the trip. Stay tuned!!
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Happy Monday friends! I'm back today to share the second day of our California road trip. Be sure to check out day one here if you missed out.
Myles and I woke up bright and early since we had a lot of miles to cover from Newport Beach to Pismo Beach (estimated about 4 hours of drive time). I brought out my DSLR for the first time on this day too, so be prepared for lots of pictures 😉
When I started planning our road trip, I wanted to make sure that we weren't in the car for extended periods of time. My goal was to stop and stretch our legs/take a break every 1-2 hours. That's how I stumbled upon our first stop- Point Dume State Park. This park is about 1.5 hours north of Newport Beach in Malibu. It was a little tricky to find since it's nestled between neighborhoods- but was well worth it! This stop also gave us our first glimpse into the scenery we had ahead of us for the next few days (rocky cliffs, big waves, and surfers galore!) Also, how gorgeous are the yellow flowers everywhere?!
*Obligatory stop at In-N-Out in Ventura Beach*
Our next stop of the day was in Santa Barbara. We spent a good two hours walking around this charming town on the water. Myles and I both agreed we have to stay here next time we're in Cali (specifically the Hotel Milo above, I was so in love with this quaint hotel and the flowers everywhere!!!)
*One of my favorite shots from the trip*
As it seemed to go with most of our trip, the morning started out pretty foggy but slowly cleared to sunny skies later in the day. I highly recommend stopping in Santa Barbara if you're in the area. There's so much to do, and I felt like we just brushed the surface. Next time I'd LOVE to eat on the pier or even take a boat out!
We'd originally planned to continue on Route 1 all the way to our next stop, but at the last minute decided to head towards the mountains instead. This random detour took us through the Santa Ynez Valley which was incredibly beautiful - although the roads were super windy/I thought we were going over the mountain, lol. We stopped at the lookout point above and just took in the views...
A little under an hour later we'd arrived in Slovang, the cutest little Danish village. The town definitely seemed out of place and like we were stepping back in time. There were tons of shops, wineries, restaurants...but naturally we stopped for pretzels and candy. I highly recommend this stop on the way to Pismo Beach - it really only adds about 15 minutes to the trip and I'd never seen anything like it!
About an hour later we finally arrived at our destination - The Cliffs Resort at Pismo Beach .....
After checking into our gorgeous room (hello fireplace!!!), we set out to explore the property. The hotel sits right on the edge of a cliff, but there are walking paths along as well as a path to the beach below.
Also, Pismo Beach is a great place to stay for those wanting to drive along the Big Sur. It's pretty much the starting point if you're heading north. The area isn't too commercialized- basically the perfect place for a relaxing night/weekend away (I definitely could have used another night here!)
Myles and I parked ourselves on a little patio and watched the sunset over the mountains before getting ready for dinner. It was simply perfect, and as always the pictures don't even do the landscape justice.
We had the most incredible dinner at the hotel restaurant- Marisol. It was such a cozy spot with dim lights, ocean views, and of course delicious food. Myles and I feasted on calamari, sea bass (my newest favorite), steak (his favorite!), and creme brulee to celebrate officially getting married one year from that day!
Overall, Day 2 was absolutely perfect and I couldn't think of a better way to kick off the one year count down until we say 'I DO!'
Until next time. Thanks for reading-