There’s few places like the English countryside, particularly in the summer. Last month, my family rented a cottage in the tiny town of Youlgrave in the Peak District, and let me tell you, its the perfect location to be in if you want to go for an English ramble. If you’re looking for a place to start your own Derbyshire walk, I’d definitely recommend Youlgrave for a long weekend!
On my recent trip to France, I spent two nights and one day exploring the medieval French towns of Moret-sur-Loing and Fontainebleau, and let me just say that 15 year old Megan sitting in AP European History would have been in HEAVEN. I’m usually more of a modern history gal, but these two towns were just so charming! The best part, these towns are only about an hour and a half drive from Paris, so you could also easily do them as a day trip from the capital! Continue reading
You guys, I’m going to let you in on a downtown Los Angeles secret. LA City Hall has a totally free observation deck, and its got the best views of downtown I’ve ever seen. I grew up going to Griffith Observatory, which I do love, but the views from City Hall were spectacular! If you’re scared of heights, prepare yourself, because there’s nothing beyond a railing to keep you from a 27 floor drop. But hey, if I can do it so can you. Just make sure you don’t drop your phone!
About a week ago I got a text from my friend Ellie asking me if I wanted to trek out to Death Valley to the super bloom that everyone had been talking about. Of course, being the lover of road trips, picnics, and national parks that I am, I was immediately up for it. I knew that having realistic expectations was important, and I also knew we were probably about a week too late, but I was still so excited to see the flowers that were there, and for the road trip to and from. Expectations perfectly set y’all, because it was a great weekend.
Books are easily one of my favourite things in the world, and so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I think that bookstores are actual heaven on earth. I mean yes, I love Amazon as much as the next girl, but there’s nothing like going to an independent bookstore, especially a used bookstore and perusing the options. All the stories have stories, ya know? What more could you want?
It’s no secret that San Luis Obispo is one of my favourite places to spend a long weekend. Beyond the fact that some of my best friends live there, there is just so much to do, no matter the season! I’ve listed out some of my favourite activities below, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Oh, and when you go, tag me on those inevitable Instagram posts (I’m @hellomegano) so that I can be super jealous.
Everyone who had been to Portland before me told me to prepare my stomach for an onslaught of absolutely delicious food, and boy, they were NOT kidding. My biggest regret of my time in Portland was that I only had one stomach, and try as I did, I could not taste everything I wanted to. However, the food that I did eat (not to mention the beer and coffee!) was so spectacular, I just had to share some of my favourites!
After a pretty low-key New Years Eve, I started off 2016 with breakfast and a cup of coffee, and then headed over to Multnomah Falls! It was something I really wanted to visit while in Portland, after having seen so many gorgeous instagrams. I’ll be honest, when I googled pictures before I left, most of them were from summer and fall, so I was feeling a little dejected. But then, I googled ‘Multnomah Falls winter’ and my heart soared. I don’t even like the movie Frozen, but oh my god the pictures made it look like Elsa’s castle! I was so beyond excited to see it myself, and it didn’t disappoint! Continue reading
Last week while traveling for work I had a spare afternoon in Monterey Bay, and having never been, I was excited to explore the area! I stayed right by the Aquarium and Cannery Road, which was perfect for a short visit, but would have definitely gotten too touristy, in my opinion, for any stay over a day.
First, I hit up the aquarium after scoring a free ticket. I really enjoyed it, but the cost of admission is exorbitant, and I’m not sure I’d pay to get in (I believe its $40 a person!). Since I did have a ticket though, I wandered around for a few hours, spending a very large amount of my time there watching the otters and the jellyfish.
While staying in Cancun, my friend Elsa and I both knew that we really wanted to visit Tulum. I had built it up in my mind to be this really cool hippy town with an untouched beach and ruins that overlooked it. So we rented an adorable tiny car, packed up a backpack with water and bug spray, and off we went in search of some more ruins and beach time. What we got was pretty great, but it wasn’t exactly what I expected.
Although I really loved the ruins, they weren’t right in town, and getting to them was quite a walk from the parking lot, especially with the heat and humidity. Once we did get there though, I do see why they’re so popular. We had visited Chichen Itza just a few days prior, but I think these ruins were actually much more my style. You could still totally see that this used to be a town, as the grounds here were much smaller and more manageable. Continue reading