Trip! New York

The last part of our epic trip found us in New York for only a couple days. This time we were lucky enough to have a friend living there that we were able to stay with.  Here is a bit of what ensued….

View of a cemetary on the bus in

View of a cemetary on the bus in

Chandelier at our friend's place. Her apartment was in an old brick building a few floors up (stairs only). It was so hot and humid I would still sweat in the shower.

Chandelier at our friend’s place. Her apartment was in an old brick building a few floors up (stairs only). It was so hot and humid I would still sweat in the shower.

Art piece done by our friend's roommate

Art piece done by our friend’s roommate

Dough was AMAZING!!! I don't even really like sweet things but these were the best doughnuts i've ever had.

Dough was AMAZING!!! I don’t even really like sweet things but these were the best doughnuts i’ve ever had.

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Lemon poppy, Blood orange with candied orange, and passionfruit with cocao nibs

Lemon poppy, Blood orange with candied orange, and passionfruit with cocao nibs

You can stand at the side railing and watch the baking magic happen while you indulge

You can stand at the side railing and watch the baking magic happen while you indulge

churros!

churros!

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Brooklyn Brewery tour

Brooklyn Brewery tour

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I like those combinations

I like those combinations

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Full Circle. A skeeball bar!!!! The most magical of bars!!!

Full Circle. A skeeball bar!!!! The most magical of bars!!!

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Lombardi's

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view from a friend's rooftop

view from a friend’s rooftop

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Mile End....wagyu roast beef on sea salt carraway

Mile End….wagyu roast beef on sea salt carraway

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I had a setting on my camera at the time that added sparkles to things. I'm so pickle crazy I thought this would be a good time to use it.

I had a setting on my camera at the time that added sparkles to things. I’m so pickle crazy I thought this would be a good time to use it.

Num Pang. A mushroom and a pork sammich with Blood Orange lemonade and turnip & watermelon rind pickles

Num Pang. A mushroom and a pork sammich with Blood Orange lemonade and turnip & watermelon rind pickles

 

 

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Trip! Dublin

From Ibiza we headed over to Ireland! Ireland is especially dear to me. While i’m a bit of a mutt (and proud of it) my family connects most closely with our Irish heritage and upbringing. Our family on my Dad’s side (via my Oma/Grandmother) originates from County Cork. For this trip we stayed in Dublin solely but we do plan on returning for County Cork and Galway. :3

We struck up many random conversations in Ireland. I’m introverted by nature but everyone we encountered was beyond charming and lovingly quirky and I couldn’t help engaging any chance we got.  In these conversations Seth seemed to have fun informing people that my family comes from County Cork and the reaction was almost always the same, “Aaah, where the rebels and freedom fighters are from.”  Seth: “Makes sense!”  >:D

We used Airbnb for Dublin and stayed at the apartment of a college student who was returning home to the states to visit her family. Here’s the exterior on James Joyce Street…

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The rest of the pictures pick up after we got settled in …..

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chunky chips and chili mayo with Trouble Brewing...Dark Arts Porter

chunky chips and chili mayo with Trouble Brewing…Dark Arts Porter

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Knobs and Knockers Hahahaha!!!

Knobs and Knockers Hahahaha!!!

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Molly Malone

Molly Malone

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Lunch...

Lunch…

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The original structure of the Jameson Distillery below our feet. Over 300 years old.

The original structure of the Jameson Distillery below our feet. Over 300 years old.

At the Jameson Distillery you can get a flight of their different whiskeys. I had no idea at the time they had such variety!

At the Jameson Distillery you can get a flight of their different whiskeys. I had no idea at the time they had such variety!

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James bottle chandelier

Jameson bottle chandelier

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Just like it says, Oldest pub in Ireland.

Just like it says, Oldest pub in Ireland.

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Once you walk through the entry this is what you see

Once you walk through the entry this is what you see

we hung a right into this bar area and sat near this fireplace

we hung a right into this bar area and sat near this fireplace

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Picture of Michael Collins

Picture of Michael Collins

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BEST IRISH STEW EVAHR!!! I didn't get the exact recipe but one damn close to it >;D

BEST IRISH STEW EVAHR!!! I didn’t get the exact recipe but one damn close to it >;D ….and that butter OooOooOoh!

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"Could I Be Art?" Such a great idea

“Could I Be Art?” Such a great idea

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They also had free Scrabble!!

They also had free Scrabble!!

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Everyone was singing and dancing! I couldn't hold the camera still!

Everyone was singing and dancing! I couldn’t hold the camera still!

 

Trip! Ibiza

On to Ibiza!! Ibiza is an island off the coast of Spain (about 49 miles). This stunning island became a vacation away from our vacation. Between all the scrambling and packing of spending a day or two here and there and running (literally sometimes) to catch flights, this was a nice, mellow, and relaxing change of pace.  We used Airbnb again and couldn’t have been happier.

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Our Airbnb patio

Our Airbnb patio

The view from our patio

The view from our patio

Breakfast. Toasted bread rubbed with olive oil and tomatoes with salty salmon on top....and beer of course. It's a vacation after all.

Breakfast. Toasted bread rubbed with olive oil and tomatoes with salty salmon on top….and beer of course. It’s a vacation after all.

The owner of the place we stayed via Airbnb, Pablo, also owned his own rental car company and offered to give us rides anytime he was around. Which we only took advantage of a couple times to the airport and back, one trip to a supermarket,  and when Pablo drove us into town so we could check out the clubs. We didn’t want to put him out at all and when he asked what time we’d like him to pick us up we just said, “whatever’s good for you” (thinking maybe midnight). “Ok! How about 4am?”  @_@  Pablo knows how to party.

We were conveniently located next to a cute airy restaurant (called “Stop” I think). So, we had fun walking over for some occasional tapas and such, like my first breakfast in Ibiza (pictured above).

One of my favorite pleasures in life....runny eggs. Mmm

One of my favorite pleasures in life….runny eggs. Mmm

It was a bit of a hike but Seth and I would walk to the beach each day we were there. Turns out this beach was A-OK with boobies so just a warning, you may find some boobage.  I’ll be honest, I considered what’d it’d be like going topless for a second and decided it wasn’t for me….nor did I want that kind of sunburn to deal with.

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View from a restraurant/shop at the beach

View from a restraurant/shop at the beach

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(Above: Same view, picture on the right is taken through Seth’s polarized sunglasses)

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 beer, olives & pickles, chorizo, mussels & bell pepper relish, and bread with a garlic spread. (Stop Cafe)


beer, olives & pickles, chorizo, mussels & bell pepper relish, and bread with a garlic spread. (Stop Cafe)

Blurry picture of the restaurant next door.

Blurry picture of the restaurant next door.

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Pablo's dog, Darwin, hung out with us a lot. :3

Pablo’s dog, Darwin, hung out with us a lot. :3

Air drying some much needed laundry

Air drying some much needed laundry (I snuck this picture haha!) >:D

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The owner had Tom and Jerry magnets on his fridge. After watching a cat slink into the hole on the right i'm pretty sure I know why.

The owner had Tom and Jerry magnets on his fridge. After watching a cat slink into the hole on the right i’m pretty sure I know why.

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After catching a ride into town we just happened to stumble upon the International Music Summit

After catching a ride into town we just happened to stumble upon the International Music Summit

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Olives & Sangria

The waitress at this place brought us out free limoncella shots

The waitress at this place brought us out free limoncella shots

Crane game!

Crane game!

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Trip! Barcelona PART II

Our cruise brought us back to port in Barcelona. We loved Barcelona so much the first time around we made sure to have a last run around and spent some extra time in the Gothic quarter. Here is what ensued before the flight to our next destination!

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The Michael Cera Museum...heh heh

The Michael Cera Museum…heh heh

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Amazing chorizo and cava at La Champaigneria

Amazing chorizo and cava at La Champaigneria

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street performer

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Can you see Me?

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Trip! Rome

I apologize for the semi-long break in between my last post.  Father’s Day weekend was quite busy and included a trip to an Irish Festival in Long Beach which i’ll be posting about soon!

Aaaanyways, back to the trip!!

The next stop on our cruise was Florence. Well, it was supposed to be. We were very excited to see Florence but due to some unforeseen circumstances etc we found ourselves with very limited time, just enough time to walk around and have lunch and a snack in Rome.  Sure, it was sad we missed Florence but i’m not complaining in the least. I’m all too grateful for everything we did get to experience and enjoy. Besides, that just gives us an extra excuse for a future trip to Florence. >:D

I was too excited and kept eating my food before I could take pictures. I believe Seth has some kind of bruschetta in his hand.

I was too excited and kept eating my food before I could take pictures. I believe Seth has some kind of bruschetta in his hand.

 

Almost ate it all again.  Ravioli with meat sauce.

Almost ate it all again. Ravioli with meat sauce.

 

A blanket of proscuitto atop some melon.

A blanket of proscuitto atop some melon.

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I wasn't kidding when I said I could eat olives for dessert.

I wasn’t kidding when I said I could eat olives for dessert.

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I took this blurry picture from our train window of this dude hanging out with a one legged pigeon.

I took this blurry picture from our train window of this dude hanging out with a one legged pigeon.

I couldn't begin to explain it but I laugh so hard every time I see this billboard.

I couldn’t begin to explain it but I laugh so hard every time I see this billboard.

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Trip! Pisa

Back on to the cruise ship and onto the second destination!! We were allotted only so many hours on land and we had some close calls. The main being our shuttle bus that takes passengers to and fro the ship deciding not to stick around for it’s last shuttle departure. He felt he had taken enough people back already and that was probably good enough. (and said so!)  We were among the last pair of couples that were going to be left behind despite us all reaching our appointed destination well on time. While I was wrought with nerves from firing on all cylinders ( que Shiba Doge emotions….MUCH EXCITE, SO ENCHANTMENT, WAY FATIGUE, WOW TASTE) and nearly convinced we’d been abandoned for good and would just have to make a new life for ourselves at Pisa (much in the vein of “From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler) and was really looking forward to our new Antiquarian Hobo lifestyle…WHEN!!! A shuttle bus showed up….As I was daydreaming my companions had struggled and succeeded in getting them to send a bus back.  :/

We had caught back up with the rain and just like our last experience…RAIN WAS NOT THE BOSS OF US!! In fact, I think the rain added a lot of character to an experience that could have otherwise been typical. Who would have known rain and gelato go so well together.

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I tried to capture it at an angle so there'd be no leanage and thus giving me a plethora of cheeky comments to make

I tried to capture it at an angle so there’d be no leanage and thus giving me a plethora of cheeky comments to make

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it's an eerie nearly indescribable feeling to have only read about something in books and only experienced it on the page and in your head or through 2-D photos and then to find yourself face to face in all it's glory

it’s an eerie nearly indescribable feeling to have only read about something in books and only experienced it on the page and in your head or through 2-D photos and then to find yourself face to face in all it’s splendor

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Between this couples Italian and our broken Spanish we were able to purchase one of the wooden roses in the forefront of this picture and learn that they made it entirely from an olive tree.

Between this couples Italian and our broken Spanish we were able to purchase one of the wooden roses in the forefront of this picture and learn that they made it entirely from an olive tree.

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The next part of our on-going journey brought us to a cruise on Royal Caribbean. This was my first cruise and as I have nothing to base it on it was quite awesome to me. I’m so unfamiliar with the ways of cruises that while packing I had figured we’d be doing so much walking I didn’t bring any heels with me. I thought some silvery strappy sandals would do if we decided to get dressed up.  You can imagine the face I made when I found out that formal dress, that means heels for ladies, were mandatory. :O …. >:O  Shit.

It worked out. How many chicks can say they have a pair of shoes they picked up in the French Riviera? I’m such a tomboy it’s extra astonishing and hilarious for me.

I’m not going to focus on the cruise ship but the locations we got to dock at. Very quickly tho’ before I move on I’d like to note that it took me about a day to get my “sea legs”. I don’t get seasick but the movement of such a huge ship on water was the oddest feeling. It made me dizzy and disoriented, so much so that it made me think of the movie Vertigo. I was pretty wobbly and had to lean on Seth. I looked like a drunk cat with tape stuck on it’s side. Anyways, I just wanted to leave you guys with that funny image. (well, and a few pics of the cruise ship)

Cabin Wine

Cabin Wine

Whenever we were walking through the main part of the ship I would say, "Fhlostooooon Paradiiiiiiise!!!"  ^_~ *wink* Fifth Element fans.

Whenever we were walking through the main part of the ship I would yell, “Fhlostooooon Paradiiiiiiise!!!” ^_~ *wink* Fifth Element fans.

The oddest crane machine game and i've seen pictures of Japanese crane games filled with mini pillow boobs.  It's called Bling King. Hilarious.

The oddest crane machine game and i’ve seen pictures of Japanese crane games filled with mini pillow boobs. It’s called Bling King. Hilarious.

As we approached Cannes we were caught in a rainstorm. That didn't keep us from grabbing a drink and hopping in the hot tub. Weathers NOT the boss of US!

As we approached Cannes we were caught in a rainstorm. That didn’t keep us from grabbing a drink and hopping in the hot tub. Weathers NOT the boss of US!

I think she likes it

I think she liked it

As we approached Cannes the weather was still very overcast. However, when it was time for us to make for dry land and explore, the sun was out and there was hardly a cloud in the sky.

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Cannes engulfed in the Film Festival atmosphere was surreal. The first thing you notice are the GIANT yachts. Some so big they had helipads…you know, for their private helicopters for when they need to make caviar runs. There was an eclectic mix of people ranging from natives to tourists to press doing their jobs to fans to stars of the films themselves. We had a funny Alec Baldwin experience. There was no violence involved.

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I still lack the words to do this justice

I still lack the words to do this justice

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I tried to convince Seth to buy and wear this shirt purely for my entertainment.

I tried to convince Seth to buy and wear this shirt purely for my entertainment.

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It's A-ME MARIO!! I kept spotting this dude dressed up as Mario and continued to play a game of "Where's Waldo (Mario)" throughout the day

It’s A-ME MARIO!! I kept spotting this dude dressed up as Mario and continued to play a game of “Where’s Waldo (Mario)” throughout the day

 

 

 

Barcelona: My Favorite Meal

Of the places i’ve been, Barcelona and Ireland are my favorite. Let’s focus on Barcelona…

Barcelona really blew me away. Not only does it have an almost identical climate to my sunny Southern California but the food…THE FOOD!! I’ve always felts i’ve had a bit of a goofy palate but everything I had in Barcelona was like it was made for my exact palate.  This dish in particular really captures that.

My favorite meal with my favorite Sangria.

My favorite meal with my favorite Sangria.

I would describe it but I made a 1 page comic based on my actual reaction to this delectableness which you can check out below!

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Airport in Madrid

Airport in Madrid

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Mini meal at the Madrid Airport

Mini meal at the Madrid Airport

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The front door of the flat we stayed at through AirBNB

The front door of the flat we stayed at through AirBNB

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We stayed at #3

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The BEST Sangria I have ever had. (Cerveseria Catalana

The BEST Sangria I have ever had. (Cerveseria Catalana

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My favorite meal with my favorite Sangria.

My favorite meal with my favorite Sangria.

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Breakfast! Spanish tortilla, chocolate croissant, FRESH orange juice, and espresso

Breakfast! Spanish tortilla, chocolate croissant, FRESH orange juice, and espresso

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Paella!

Paella!

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Stash of Cantillon beers!!! @_@

Stash of Cantillon beers!!! @_@

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