Thursday, December 1, 2016

Piran, Slovenia

We landed in Venice, Italy on a Monday morning.  We rented a car at the airport and drove 2 hours to Piran, Slovenia making one quick stop at a gas station near the border to buy a vignette (sticker that allows travel on toll roads).  My first impression of Slovenia:  it's beautiful.  Piran is a small town on a small peninsula on the Adriatic Sea.  It is a town with narrow streets, colorful houses, and red tile roofs.  A perfect place for wandering with minimal map use.  We were only there for a day, but we felt like we had a pretty good feel of the place after a few hours of exploring.


Accomodations:  We stayed at Hotel Piran,  It was right on the water, and right in the middle of the town.

Food of note:  We weren't super hungry our first day, most likely because of jet lag.  So we didn't eat too much.  We did try a croissant type pastry at Pekarna Rina.  We had a yummy breakfast (yogurt, nuts, dried fruit, olives, cheese, and croissants) Tuesday morning at our hotel. 

Highlights:  Visiting St George's Cathedral and going up into the bell tower, for an awesome view of Piran.
Visiting the Salt Shop (Piranski Soline) and learning a little about the salt pans and how sea salt is collected.  

Regrets:  We didn't swim.  Even though it wasn't super warm, it wasn't super cold (~60 degrees).  It would have been pretty awesome to swim in the Adriatic Sea. 

Marco Polo Airport

Driving into Piran

The fact of the day in the hotel lobby was about Vermont

View from the hotel

Tartini Square

The square and statue of Giuseppe Tartini

Tartini Square from the bell tower of St George's Cathedral
Castle on the hill

We didn't swim, but at least we put our feet in.

I love that church right on the tip of the pennisula

Streets Alleyways of Piran

We walked up the hill to the castle, but we were to jet lagged to go in.

St George Cathedral from the castle
Salt shop


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fall Trackout 2016

The girls had 3 weeks off school last month, and we decided to spend all of it away from home.  We dropped off our kiddos in Denver for some quality time with the grandparents, then Jacob and I flew to Europe.  We spent a whirlwind 2 weeks in Slovenia, Austria and Italy before returning to Denver to spend a few days with family.  We've been back for less than a month, and I'm already daydreaming about our next trip.  I'm hoping to post more photos and details about our trip in the next few days.  Until then here are a few highlights...

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Weekend Wanderings | September 30- October 1

Friday night Ella was my assistant for a photoshoot at Yates Mill Park.  We almost got rained out, but the dark clouds passed and left us with some beautiful light. We experimented with some poses during outfit changes.  The bridge pose was inspired by Apryl.

Saturday we went to the Heritage Day celebration at Historic Oak View Park with some friends.  The park is a preserved 19th century cotton farm.  This particular event included pony rides, horse drawn wagon rides, fishing, old fashioned hoop and stick games, craft displays, trade demonstrations, a car show, and a quilt show.   While Sophie was getting her face painted, and Ella and Isaac were playing on the cars, Jacob and I were drawn into the quilt auction and ended up with five quilts.  So a pretty successful day over all.  We will definitely be back to explore more of the buildings and history of the place. 

It is now October. Which, according to Sophie Law, means cloaks and kitty ears are required attire, pumpkin buckets must be used to transport everyday items (ie water bottles to soccer practice), and the house must be decorated appropriately.

Only 25 more days until Halloween!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Weekend Wanderings: September 9-10

The National Folk Festival was held this weekend in Greensboro, NC.
Ella likes to give us a hard time about how we don't let her in on our plans until right before it's time to go somewhere.  This time was no exception.  Unfortunately for her, we don't really make plans until it's time to go.  Fortunately for us, she's generally a good sport about it.

Sophie was a little less than enthusiastic about the festival. 

After some excellent Mariachi music (and a pimento cheese smothered corndog, hold the pimento cheese) she decided the festival wasn't so bad after all. 
Also, there was this most excellent vampire bat puppet that she could spend her money on.  So that was a plus.

Isaac was there for the buses.
Saturday we watched Sophie almost make 4 goals at her soccer game. 
Ella participated in a mud run.

The rest of us ate candy... unicorn books...

...and practiced gymnastics... Historic downtown Wake Forest
We ended the day dancing at the Old Murphy School in Durham.