Monday, April 21, 2014

Pink country paradise.

For a city girl, I have an alarming affinity for the country. Every now and then I have one of those days where I simply need to get out of the busy city, past the mucky suburbs, and into the fresh, open countryside. Saturday (much to busy law student Jordan's chagrin) was one of those days. Lately we've been traveling so much, and when we haven't been traveling, we've been studying. A relaxed, off day was much needed. 

So off we went, cruising in our shiny new car, windows down, moon roof open, hair flying, country music blasting, on my favorite of all favorites, a **day trip** (said in hushed, reverent tones).

Talk about a pretty crusade. Eventually we found ourselves surrounded by the most glorious grove of pink trees, and we couldn't help but trespass a little to get a closer look. I will always be a city mouse, but I admit that this scene had me dreaming of rope swings and peaches and simple living... In another life, perhaps. :)
We caught the most beautiful, #nofilter sunset as we strolled through Georgetown later that day, a perfect ending to our spring day.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

castles and tea in Spain.

Just a few last photos from our europtrip, where we spent far too much time posing for pictures in castles. Just kidding, NO SUCH THING. I'll castle pose all day, every day. In fact, that's exactly what I plan to do this coming September through January, when we're in Europe for the fall semester. The photos above and below are at the Castillo de Santa Barbara in Alicante, Spain. The castle is mostly in ruins these days (hence the lack of more photos), but oooh the view from those towers!

We also spent an evening in THE most enchanting Moroccan tea house. It was hard to find--our directions actually included a step that said "turn right after the house with the lion statues"--but with a drive took us through acres of hilly orange groves at sunset, it was hard to complain. The property is full of nooks and crannies and courtyards, both in the gardens and in the house, where one can take traditional Moroccan tea and pastries. Hard to describe this place without using obnoxious words like *enchanting* and *magical*, really, especially at the twilight hour, when we finally arrived. 

^We explored around for a good half hour before we finally settled on this cozy corner, where we were served the most refreshing fruit teas, some from fruits we'd never even heard of. This gem was surprisingly expansive--we might as well have been the only ones there, tucked away in our little nook for hours.

^The kindest of old friends, who somehow put up with a married couple for a week in a foreign country. We heart you, Andrew!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

a pretty tune for you.

Artist :: Ellie Goulding
Title :: All I Want (originally by Kodaline)

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Alhambra I Love Ya

Talk about pretty. On our first day in Spain, we visited the Alhambra, a beautiful 1,000+ year old palace in Granada. When I studied art history in college, images of the Alhambra seemed to pop up in every survey course I took, so this has always been on my list of places to visit. While the overall Islamic aesthetic has never been my favorite, I have always been drawn to the intricate patterns and colorful repetition often found in Islamic architecture. We found that in spades at the Alhambra, which is literally covered in bright tile work and delicate carvings. Much of the color is faded now, but there are a few spots that remain vibrant.

^ Carvings like this were everywhere--and remember, these were done centuries ago, so it was all done by hand. Mind boggling! The intricate details combined with the off white stone gave the whole palace the effect of being draped in lace.

^ Andrew, looking decidedly less grumpy than he did during our Mediterranean visit. :)

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