Ship Island

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Last week we packed up a picnic, all our bathing suits and some towels and boarded a boat for an hour long journey off the gulf coast to a place called Ship Island.

It is a small island with nothing but beaches and a little brush and the boat drops you off in the morning and comes back for you in the afternoon. Nobody lives here and there is only one or two attendants working a little shack that sells sunscreen and floaties and such, but the island is just big enough that despite arriving with 40 or 50 other people we felt like it was our own private island!
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It was slightly overcast when we arrived for the day but the heat was amazing and the water is warm.

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Wren collected hermit crabs, we examined starfish and even saw dolphins swimming just off shore throughout the day! If I had to imagine what paradise looked like I would guess this is it.
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The waters on the south side of the island are really shallow and Wren and I loved walking knee deep and just seeing all the fish swim around our ankles.
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We had such a fun, relaxing day stranded out there, it was one of those days you imagine you will never forget the feel of.




Hello from New Orleans!

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So we packed up a jumped on a plane for New Orleans a couple weeks ago! I have never in my life been here and to see it all for the first time is nothing short of spectacular. 

[ 7 am flights are probably the least glamorous thing... ever]
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We are here for 6 weeks so we rented a little house in one of the older neighbourhoods, just a couple blocks off the Mississippi River. This way we fully settle in and have some sort of routine during our stay as well as getting a full New Orleans experience. 
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All our neighbours have a front porch as well and it has been amazing to see how neighbourly and friendly EVERYONE is here. I honestly keep saying to Sean "it feels like we went back in time 40 or 50 years!". The little girls on the block all love to go catch bugs, everyone has welcomed us with open arms and we even had invitations to come over for dinner after only a day here. The reality is that I know nearly every person on our. whole. block. on a first name basis which is not common back home. It has a lot to do with how close houses are here, but I think that it is also that southern hospitality that people here are raised with.
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I could spend days just admiring the houses here. Our own house, although small, has incredibly tall ceilings (it goes up another foot or so from the picture rail in this shot of Wren squished between the pocket doors LOL). Every room has a fireplace and every door has a transom window over it, and I cannot get enough!
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Some of our neighbours are so creative in their gardening and house paint colours that I have to document it all for future reference! I would love to bring back a little of this flavour somehow in a future project at home.
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Wren in particular has just taken to New Orleans. She has a love of plants and animals and between the gorgeous blooms everywhere and the countless friendly dogs and cats that call our street home she is just in heaven.
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This beachy blue house down the street has stolen my heart!
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But really, every house is special and makes me fall in love.
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We live across the Mississippi from the French Quarter so on the days we want to go into the city we catch a 5 minute ferry ride then take trolley cars where we need to go.

The faded out chairs on the ferry deck just make my heart sing!
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And of course Wren thinks it's amazing!
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You really could get lost just taking in how beautiful everything is down in the French Quarter! From the creole cottages to the townhouses to the taller buildings, everything is dripping in beauty. 
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I have been so busy and excited to get out and explore that I actually haven't even whipped out my Canon at all, just shooting with my iPhone, but I definitely need to make a point of snapping some more of our little neighbourhood and I can't wait to share the rest of our stay in my next post!

Happiest of Fridays guys!

Vacation Recap Part 3: Nice, France

Today is my third and final recap of our whirlwind adventure in May! Our third stop in Europe was to the South of France, which was Sean's request. He has always wanted to go and so he handled everything for this leg of the journey.

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We took a 6 hour train ride from Paris all the way to Nice. It sounds long but we had a great time, between lip syncing together to making dining car runs we got to see such beautiful the country side all the way. 
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We took the trolley down to old town Nice and I am soooo glad Sean knew how to find it because our hotel was literally a tiny door between a cathedral and butcher! It was only a 7 room hotel (Hotel Rosetti, if you are interested in heading to Nice) but it was by far the coolest little hotel I've ever stayed at!
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We had this beautiful Patio to ourselves most afternoons we weren't out exploring.
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Where Sean would usually enjoy a cold beer and I would dig into whatever my latest find at the local patiserrie was.

Like this giant coconut/icing/meringue creation.
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The whole city, but Old Town in particular is stunning. Words really cannot describe the beauty.
But my love of pastels was only heightened thanks to rainbow streets everywhere.
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We were only a couple blocks to the beach so we spent a lot of time strolling there and dipping our toes in.
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I tried going deeper than toes, but the combo of rocks (there's no sand there!) and tide meant my legs would get stoned with every wave. Ouch! I gave it a few tries but resigned myself to laying on my towel and enjoying the view in the end.
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On our first day at the beach we saw this beautiful water fall up on the top of the hill side and decided to climb it the next day.
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It was a small hike but SOOOOO worth it once we saw the view from up there!
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Ombre waters
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The next morning Sean decided to go get a car and take me on a tour of the coast! We hit Monte Carlo, Cannes and went out into the hills to check out Grasse (where the parfumeries are!).
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The road to Monaco was stunning! Just a tiny little road on the coast all the way.
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How amazing are the hills of Monte Carlo! They are covered in candy colored villas.
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Back in Old Town Nice we spent our days exploring the beautiful streets, stopping to eat at the endless bakeries and restaurants as we felt hungry and then continuing on exploring!
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I can't wait to head back to Nice, it really is one of those places that feels like a dream. Sharing it with all of you here and on Instagram has been so fun! I didn't have much opportunity to respond to most comments while we were away, but thank you all. I had so much fun capturing everything and reading all the sweet words you left for me.
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