Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CAFE DU MONDE | NEW ORLEANS, LA



Everyone says that eating beignets at Cafe du Monde is a must when in New Orleans. Well, it might be, but being gluten-free, I can't eat there. That didn't stop Mark from wanting to eat there, though!

I happily went with him and ordered a coffee while in the famous cafe. Cafe du Monde has many locations in New Orleans, but their first and most famous is located in the French Quarter, and is always busy. The cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (with some holiday exceptions).

Despite being so busy, service is still pretty fast. They don't have much on the menu (beignets, coffee, juice, and water), so their service is quick and to the point. It was pretty interesting to see how the service ran, and fun to people-watch while in the restaurant. We opted to eat inside since it was so hot and humid when we were there, but there are options to eat on the covered patio, or stand in line to order to-go.

Even though I couldn't eat their beignets, it was worth it going to such a famous institution. I had a blast laughing at Mark when he accidentally breathed too close to the beignet and powdered sugar would fly everywhere. Haha!

Plus, Mark said the beignets were great!! :)


[All photos were taken in April 2014.]

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Monday, July 21, 2014

RIOMAGGIORE | CINQUE TERRE, ITALY



Riomaggiore was the last village we visited in Cinque Terre.

Cinque Terre, which means "five lands", is comprised of 5 villages located on the western coast of Italy. Each village has many similarities, like their colorful buildings and walkable streets. But there are many differences, as well.

Like Monterosso and Manarola, we took the train to Riomaggiore instead of hiking to save time (and energy!). Taking the train among these villages is so easy, and is no more than a 5 minute trip between each village.

We didn't do much in Riomaggiore. We actually took a nap!! There is a perfect spot right where the buildings meet the water, with a great view of the village and the ocean, so we just perched ourselves on the rocks and snoozed a bit. It was wonderful.

Something that distinguishes Riomaggiore from the other villages is it's very accessible boat dock. A few years ago, Cinque Terre experienced pretty devastating floods. Even though the repairs were still being done on a few of the buildings and the dock, if you hadn't known that there was flood damage, you wouldn't have been able to tell. I'm just glad that the villages have recovered!


Be sure to browse around and look at my other Cinque Terre posts, as this is the last one!

[All photos were taken in April 2013.]

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Friday, July 18, 2014

MANAROLA | CINQUE TERRE, ITALY



Manarola was the fourth village we visited in Cinque Terre.

Cinque Terre, which means "five lands", is comprised of 5 villages located on the western coast of Italy. Each village has many similarities, like their colorful buildings and walkable streets. But there are many differences, as well.

Like Monterosso, we took the train to Manarola instead of hiking, like we did from Corniglia to Vernazza. Taking the train among these villages is so easy, and is no more than a 5 minute trip between each village.

We didn't do much in Manarola except look at it's beauty. Once you've been to a restaurant in any of the villages, you've been to them all. Same with the markets and shops, minus a few. We did come across a man composing himself for a dangerous dive from one of the cliffs and we stopped to watch him. I took a few photos, but it looks like he's very naked in the photos, though he isn't. I decided not to post them. :)

The hikes to the best views in Manarola are very accessible, and you can easily see where to go once you get off the train.


Come back soon for Riomaggiore, the last village we visited while in Cinque Terre.

[All photos were taken in April 2013.]

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