July 8th, 2014
Here are the last of my travel photos, this time from lovely Lucerne! As we walked around exploring this gorgeous city we took plenty of breaks to refuel at bakeries and chocolate shops along the way. There was a bakery on almost every corner, no joke. We were in heaven!
The ornate architectural detail of the buildings in old town Lucerne was astounding, and we stayed at a hotel smack in the middle of it. We spent plenty of time relaxing on the rooftop deck, which was the perfect spot to watch and listen to the city below. A marching band wound its way through the streets, canons fired occasionally from a nearby castle, street musicians wandered, and the clip-clop of horses’ hooves on cobblestone won’t be something I forget anytime soon.
Our last morning in Switzerland (just hours before our flight home was leaving Zurich) the weather finally cleared up, so we rushed to catch the cog train to the top of Mt. Pilatus to see the jaw-dropping view. It was such a strange feeling to be standing on a mountaintop so high that the clouds were below us. After snapping a few photos we had to rush to catch the next cable car down, but our quick trip up Mt. Pilatus was totally worth the mad dash to make it to the airport on time!
July 3rd, 2014
I’ve been sketching some new everyday card designs!
Sometimes if I can’t quite picture a design in my head before I draw it…
I have to draw it twice (sometimes more) before it turns into something I like.
Elephants are cute, but do those look like peanuts or footprints to you?
I’ve also got a little something in the works for people who want to send a handwritten note but don’t have much to say.
July 1st, 2014
After tearing ourselves away from Mürren, Daniel and I headed to Lake Como—my first time in Italy! We got there a bit later than we anticipated, so we really only had one full day to soak it in. Even on a tight schedule Italy was every bit as dreamy as I had imagined. We wandered the streets of Bellagio and Varenna, ate delicious food, explored the Castle of Vezio, and took a cooking class at Ristorante Il Caminetto where we enjoyed the generous hospitality of Chef Moreno and his family.
After squeezing all that into just one day, there was still one more thing I needed to do. Find the perfect gelato shop! Just as it was getting dark we rounded a corner and spotted a glass case filled with those impossibly high, perfectly squishy-looking gelato piles. You know, like this. I promised myself back in high school that I wouldn’t taste the gelato available here in the states until I first visited Italy and tried the real thing. I kept that promise, and it was worth the wait to relish my first cup while wandering Bellagio’s jasmine scented streets. Gelato really is silkier and creamier tasting than regular old American ice cream (unless the gorgeous scenery was just brainwashing my taste buds).
Based on our short visit, Italy totally lived up to the hype, and I hope I get to see more of it sooner rather than later!
June 26th, 2014
After much anticipation my baby chicks are finally here, and they are the most adorable little fuzz balls. They’re so fragile and wobbly that I’m a little paranoid about their well-being, but so far so good! I decided just to get three for now—a blue Orpington (Millie), a Barnevelder (Roberta), and a Speckled Sussex (Margo).
A while back when I was doing some chicken research I saw a photo someplace of chicks wearing cupcake liners as tutus, and I immediately knew I had to make a chicken ballet video when my girls arrived. Surprisingly 1 day old chickens don’t take direction well, they get pissed when you make them wear cupcake liners, and they’re terrible ballerinas… so the ballet didn’t turn out exactly as I planned.
June 24th, 2014
Daniel and I traveled to Europe last week, but you already knew that if you follow me on instagram! We spent several days in Mürren, Switzerland, a few in Bellagio, Italy, and then headed back to Switzerland for a couple days in Lucerne. Below are a handful of our photos from around the Mürren area. I’ll share some from Bellagio and Lucerne in upcoming weeks.
Mürren is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever been—exactly how I imagined Switzerland would be! It’s a tiny village perched precariously on a steep mountainside in the Bernese Oberland. The mountainside is so steep in fact, that you can only get there by cable car, so the town is automobile-free. I never realized how much noise traffic created until being in a town without cars. It was so quiet I could’ve heard a butterfly sneeze.
The village faces a wall of unimaginably tall snowy mountain peaks. I didn’t grasp from photos just how enormous they really are. I could only understand their magnitude once I was there looking up at them with my mouth hanging open.
The village streets are lined with quaintly rugged buildings with dark stained wood siding, brightly painted shutters, and window boxes overflowing with blooms. Nearly every home has a beautiful garden, and every bit of untended land on the mountain is overrun with wildflowers. All the cows wear bells, and I loved falling asleep each night listening to their soft ringing from a nearby pasture.
We feasted on rösti as often as we could (a yummy Swiss potato dish topped with absurd amounts of warm melty cheese), and took advantage of the many hiking trails in Mürren and in surrounding towns.
We enjoyed some sunny weather and endured some rainy weather. The sun made for better views, but riding cable cards and gondolas through the clouds was delightfully eerie.
I hope we get to go back again someday, and next time we’ll stay much longer!