Falling Waters, July 18th
We ended up bookingÂ a hotel right in the heart of down town Pittsburgh at the (386) 516-2405. Â It was such a nice hotel, we decided to spend some time just hanging out there. Â We also walk around downtown and around a park right on the water. Â Besides that, we mainly just vegged out. Â ð
The next morning we headed to Laurel Highland, about 1.5 hours outside Pittsburgh, to take a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright FallingwaterÂ house. Â The tour was about an hour long and takes you throughout the house. Â If you are ever in that area, I would definitely recommend going there. Â We arrived about an hour earlier than our scheduled tour time (we booked our tickets a week early, we are are glad we did! They were sold out for the entire day when we got there) so we walked on the “nature trail” where you get the best view of the house. Â By the time we were done, it was time for our tour. Â Our tour guide was great! Â We learned so much about the building and the dynamic between Frank Lloyd Wright and the Kaufmann family.
Winchester, July 18th
After the tour we headed to Winchester, Virginia, where Shawn’s grandpa lives. Â His mom was in town visiting as well so we spent time with them and visited with cousins. Â “Uncle” Alec for showed us his motorcycle and classic car collection. Â Now we’re heading back to Tallahassee! Â This was a great way to end our trip. ð
Toronto, July 15th
We had such a great time in Toronto! We met up with Shawn’s childhood friend, John. Â He showed us around the city and took us to a great restaurant and bar. He was also really nice and let us crash at his apartment (which was a really cool apartment with an amazing view!). Â Only wish we could have stayed longer…
Niagara Falls, July 16th
Next stop, Niagara Falls! ð After having an amazing breakfast cooked by John, we headed to Niagara Falls. Â We started off by going to the Canadian side of the falls which we were told is the “better view” of the falls (which it definitely seemed like the better view of the whole falls). Â After hanging out for a little while, we headed over to the US side to take the Maid of the Mist boat. Â While it’s not a long boat ride, it’s still really cool. Â You get a poncho (which you definitely need) and within a few minutes it felt like a full on rain storm!
Niagara Falls, July 16th
If you ever get a chance, I would definitely recommend going. Â I will never look at another waterfall the same..this one is THE one to see! ð
Acadia National Park, July 13th
Our second day in Acadia National Park was a little more relaxing of a day. Â We hiked around the coastline looking out for aquatic wildlife (we didn’t see much of anything though, but the view was amazing!).
Acadia National Park, July 13th
We stumbled across Sand Beach inside Acadia National Park which was pretty cool. Â There were a lot of people there laying out and getting in the water (it was a little cold for us Gulf Coast people). Â If only we had our bathing suits with us, we would have probably skipped hiking some to lay out and catch some rays. ð
After hiking around, we found a restaurant on the water where we got, of course, more seafood (I got lobster again just because I knew it would be my last chance. :)..).
Ben & Jerry’s, July 14th
Yesterday was mostly a travel day from Maine to Montreal, Canada. Â We stopped along the way to the Ben and Jerry’s FactoryÂ in Waterbury, Vermont. Â We did not know what we were getting ourselves into! It was like a theme park parking lot when we got there with people directing us to our parking spot. Â Luckily, Ben & Jerry’s is like a well oiled machine because we didn’t have to wait more than 20 minutes before we were able to take the tour (the tour is only $4 and you get a free sample!). Â The factory tour was, of course, cool! We got to see how they make their ice cream and where they think up the cool new flavors. Â At the end we got to try 5193649617, which if you know me, I LOVE caramel! ð
We then got right in line to buy our own ice cream. Â They have some flavors that they only sell at THAT store, so we decided to get something we knew we couldn’t get anywhere else. Â We both got SNL flavors: Shawn got the (312) 301-1242Â and I got 217-802-1320. They were both amazing!!
After filling up on ice cream, we made our way to Canada and I got to drive in Canada to Montreal (where all the signs are in French and the speed limits were in km, luckily I knew 100km was not the same as 100 mph)!! Because we got in so late we just went to dinner downtown where we couldn’t resist getting poutineÂ with our meal.
Acadia National Park, July 12th
Two months in..it’s hard to believe! Today we traveled up toÂ 9125382495. Â The drive weaved in and out by the shoreline, taking us through little towns along the way. Â When we arrived to the park we decided to hike up to Dorr Mountain, it’s a 1.6 mile hike up to the top. Â You are hiking up stone steps the entire way up, but the view was worth it! We could see the bay almost the entire hike up and there were only a few other people on the trail with us. Â After the hike, we decided to call it an early day and check in to our hotel. Â We want to make sure we have enough energy for tomorrows full day of hiking/sightseeing! ð
Portland Maine, July 11th
It took almost seven hours to get from Philadelphia to Portland so we didn’t do much but go downtown and eat the first day. Â Yesterday, we woke up early and headed down to the water to take a Lobstering Tour through (501) 859-6170. Â This cruise around the harbor was amazing!! They let you participate throughout the whole process of catching the lobsters (pulling up the traps, measuring the lobsters, rubber-banding their claws, putting bait in the traps and pushing the traps back in the water). Â After the hour and a half cruise, you can purchase the lobster you catch at whole sale price ($7.00 per/lb right now).
Portland Maine, July 11th
After the cruise you take the lobster next door to the Portland Lobster Co. and for $10.00 they will cook it and give you a baked potato, corn on the cob, and cole slaw. Â Pretty good deal if you ask me! ð We decided to get one lobster to split and a side of mussels. Â Yummmy! Lunch was perfect.
Portland Maine, July 11th
After lunch, we walked around downtown going to shops, trying out Moxie (a Maine soda that’s really popular up here), and checking out some cool breweries. Â For dinner we ate at Eventide and got more lobster and clams (They have (403) 788-8308 which are soft shell clams. Â They look different than what we are used to – they were great though!). Â All in all, we had an amazing time in Portland! Love it here. ð
Philadelphia, July 9th
We made it to Philadelphia around lunchtime yesterday and made a beeline to the Independence Visitor Center to make sure we could get our tickets to 901-341-5161(the tickets are free, but you have to pick them up at the Visitor Center and then they tell you what time your tour is at). Â Independence Hall is where both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were discussed and adopted by the Continental Congress. Â Our time was set at 3:30PM so we had enough time to check out the Liberty Bell and eat lunch.
Philadelphia, July 9th
The two pictured on the left were taken inside Independence Hall. Â The tour was informative and a lot of fun! They also have some of the first copies of the Declaration of Independence (the printed copy that was first read aloud to the people waiting outsideÂ Independence Hall, George Washington’s print of the Constitution, etc.) which was awesome to see since we saw the original copies just the day before.
Philadelphia, July 7th
Benjamin Franklin is ubiquitousÂ in Philadelphia. Â There are streets, bridges, parks, museums, etc. named after him (and for good reason since he did so much for the city). Â We were able to squeeze in a trip to 5735669681 where Benjamin Franklin, multiple signers of the Declaration of Independence (more than anywhere else) and other famous/important people in history are buried. Â In the bottom right picture you can see his grave. Â You can see coins (mainly pennies) on his grave. Â This is because of his famous quote: “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Â It’s believed that this brings you good luck and wealth if you throw a penny on his grave (newlyweds do this after they get married). Â Shawn and I decided to throw a penny that was made the year we were married (2014) on his grave since we weren’t able to do it right after our wedding. Â ð Really fun and cool story! Â The Church Visitor Center said they get about $4,000 a year from people throwing money on the grave.
The Benjamin Franklin Museum was so much fun! It’s only $5 and it’s an interactive museum where you can listen to auto clips, play games, test out Franklins experiments, etc. Â The museum was a little hard to find since it’s in a back alley (no surprise.. his house in London is also off the beaten path). Â Once we found it we realized it was there because that’s where his house used to be (you can see the frame of his house in the bottom left picture).
Next stop, Portland Maine! ð
DC, July 7th
We started off our DC tour by going to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural HistoryÂ where you could easily spend a full day. There, we saw animals from around the world, the history of humans, and the Hope Diamond. Â Even though it was packed, we thoroughly enjoyed this museum.
After lunch, we met up with our friend, Bobby, who works in DC. Â He was nice enough to give us a tour of the Capitol and told us all the myths and legends of the Capitol building. Â We had such a great time with him and only wish we could have hung out more.
We met up with Shawn’s mom, Julie, late afternoon (she was in Winchester visiting her family so it was perfect timing since Winchester is only 1.5 hours away). Â After getting settled we went to dinner and headed over to the National Mall to see the monuments lit up at night. Â This was a great idea since it was much cooler at night and there were less people.
DC, July 8th
The next morning we woke up and hit the National ZooÂ and like all the other National parks,Â it was awesome! One of our favorite exhibits were the Pandas (not the best picture due to the lighting, but you can see the cute little panda behind us). Â As you walk out of the exhibit you can see the Panda Research Team observing the pandas behavior..haha. Looks pretty boring since all they were doing was sleeping and eating.
DC, July 8th
After the zoo we went to Hot and Juicy Crawfish where we got to try some crawfish and enjoyed a crawfish po boy, fried oysters and catfish. Â Yumm! Â While we were exhausted, we headed to the National Archives Building to see the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. Â It’s such a cool experience seeing the original documents that shaped the U.S. and our government (we are nerds..).
Charleston, July 6th
After a nice little breakfast on the patio at our hotel with my parents, we headed down to check out the historical houses off Battery Street, Bay Street and Meeting Street. Â We walked down to the White Point Gardens which is by the harbor where we were hoping to see some dolphins, but they were nowhere to be found. Â After walking around for a while we decided to have an early lunch at Eli’s Table. Â Once again, the food was amazing! (Shawn said it was the best breakfast ever!) ð
South of the Border, July 6th
We parted ways after lunch and started our trip up towards DC. Â We stopped at a place called South of the Border. Â Shawn has mentioned this place a few times to me, but I had no idea what I was getting myself into, haha! Â It was such a strange place with souvenirs, fireworks, food, rides, and reptile exhibits. Â While we were hungry, we decided to hold off and get food later on the road (I didn’t really trust the food..haha). Â We ended up with another cool hotel in DC by the DuPont Circle- Hotel Palomar! Â As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in our “Executive Suite” in my complimentary robe, watching TV. ð Â Living the life..
We last posted the day we arrived at the cabin in Townsend, TN where we planned to hang out and get some work done. Â Most of our time was spent at the cabin, but we did manage to get in a few hikes in the Smokey Mountains National Park.
Smokey Mountains, June 28th
After a few days at the cabin, we headed to Atlanta to start celebrating Bobby and Shira’s wedding. Â We arrived on July 1st where we met up with my parents and the Andres Family. Â That night Bob took us to a Blues Club which was, of course, a ton of fun! Â We spent the next two days cooking food, visiting and getting ready for the Rehearsal Dinner. Â Bobby and Shira’s wedding was amazing! Not only did we have a blast, but it was so exciting seeing two people I love so much get married. ð Since this wedding was on the 4th of July, it ended with sparklers and fireworks. Â A great way to spend the 4th of July!
Charleston, July 5th
While we didn’t have the rest of our trip planned out, we decided last night to head over to Charleston, SC with my parents for a day of good food and amazing buildings and history. Â We ended up getting a hotel at (228) 346-4873 in Downtown Charleston. Â After unpacking, we took advantage of the free wine and cheese hour at our hotel (it gave us a little time to figure out where we wanted to eat). Â Then we headed over to Pearlz Oyster Bar where we had steamed oysters (which we had to shuck ourselves), peel and eat shrimp, and the list goes on. Â Yumm!
After eating we walked over to the Waterfront ParkÂ and then headed over to the Savannah Candy Kitchen (we couldn’t resist getting another praline while we had the chance). Â All in all, this week has been great!
Nashville, June 25th
We traveled from Louisville to Nashville yesterday morning. Â After we got into Nashville, we went straight to lunch at a Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant called Istanbul. Â So good! ð
Later that night, we headed to Broadway Street (the main street with all the bars and live music). Â We stopped into the Savannah Candy Kitchen (pictured in the top right) because, well.. we can’t pass up a praline when they are from the Candy Kitchen (I grew up going to the original Candy Kitchen in Savannah and LOVE me some pralines!)!!!
We didn’t know exactly where we wanted to go eat and hang out so we just walked up and down the street until we came across a bar called Roberts Western World. Â We could hear some traditional country music being played which sounded awesome, so we decided to try it out. Â The Don Kelley Band was playing and they were something else! Â We ended up staying there for hours listening to the music and hanging out. Â So much fun!
Today, we headed from Nashville to Knoxville where we got to see the University of Tennessee (my dadsÂ Alma Mater..at least for some of his college career). Â The stadium is pretty impressive..right on the river!
Townsend, June 26th
After that, we headed to Townsend, TN where we have rented a cabin and plan to be for the next 5 days. ð Â We made a small change to our plans and have decided we needed to work on some things before we head to Atlanta for Bobby and Shira’s wedding (we know it’s going to be out of control and we need to be ready for it!). Â We can’t wait to veg out and relax!