I gave up bacon and all other meat products after visiting the Farm Sanctuary and seeing how we treat animals. I am not saying you have to do the same ( that would be nice if everyone were more conscious about what they ate ) but I am saying we need to treat animals humanely -

I just got an email about how Martha Stewart is standing up for the pigs in NJ  – see below. Thanks Martha Stewart for using your celebrity to help animals with no voices !

Martha Stewart, Bill Maher Urge N.J. Gov. Christie to Ban Cruel Crates

 NEW YORK CITY – Martha Stewart is the latest celebrity to stand up for New Jersey’s pigs. In a letter (available upon request) delivered yesterday to the office of Governor Chris Christie, Stewart urges the governor to sign a bipartisan state animal welfare bill that will ban keeping mother pigs in crates so small they can’t even turn around.

In her letter, Stewart writes, “All animals need to turn around; they were designed that way. But pigs, especially, are interesting individuals with unique personalities and complex behavior and cognition. It is no more acceptable to cram pigs into tiny crates than it would be to do the same thing to dogs.”

The bill just overwhelmingly passed the Senate and Assembly, and will follow similar bills in nine states, including California, Arizona, Florida, and others. It has the support of the Humane Society of the United States, ASCPA, Farm Sanctuary, and 93 percent of New Jersey voters—including 94 percent of Democrats and 92 percent of Republicans.

Stewart and Maher have both spoken out publically to end farm animal cruelty in the past, and were recruited to help by Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection and rescue organization.

To learn more about Farm Sanctuary, visit farmsanctuary.org.


DSC00028We purchased hearts that are welcoming hearts from DUBROVNIK – we thought they were sweet DSC09778 DSC09781 DSC09782 DSC09784 A boat trip to LOKRUM which was a great decision – we had another beautiful sunny day in September in Dubrovnik and decided we weren’t going to just walk around we were going to find somewhere to go swimming so we hopped on a ferry that took maybe 15 minutes and took us to a paradise island – LOKRUM – it is across the way from Dubrovnik and was a great decision. If you have a choice and you are in DUBROVNIK definitely visit LOKRUM for the day. DSC09787 DSC09793 DSC09795 DSC09796 DSC09798There are wild peacocks running around parts of the island because they were brought over from a previous owner of the Island they are beautiful 

DSC09815 DSC09817DSC09828 Here was one of our swimming pools that we visited – so incredible DSC09829 See the ladder you just go right in – and swim in incredible waters DSC09831After our first swimming “pool” visit we decided to walk around the island – it takes a full day at least to visit all the sites on the island and their is a hike involved. On the island there is a beautiful little cafe in the middle with lots of these peacocks just walking around and really good pizza. DSC09837 DSC09838 DSC09840 DSC09842 Look at the little baby peacocks so sweet ! DSC09848 DSC09852 a sleeping baby peacock so adorable DSC09853After lunch we went to our second place for swimming which was INCREDIBLE as well – a little bit more people and a little trickier to get into the water you had to really climb a bunch of rocks but it was a super cool experience.
DSC09858DSC09863 DSC09866 There was this sunbather just standing there and reading while standing up and every once an a while he would check the time and continue to read and sunbathe DSC09869 DSC09870 DSC09871 DSC09873 Scott swimming in the water DSC09875And then sightings of wild rabbits – I found two ! 
DSC09883 A rabbit in a rabbit hole ! DSC09885 We hiked and hiked – it was definitely a hike – it wouldn’t be advised for those who don’t like steps – it was tricky because I wore sandals and it was a rocky hike so I was doing crazy accupressure on my feet in a way so it wasn’t the most comfortable – we also found out that scenes from GAME OF THRONES was filmed on LOKRUM island

In Game of Thrones, Lokrum is turned into Quarth, the ‘Queen of Cities’
I stopped to take photos from the bottom of Scott before climbing up the staircases to the top but before I went up I spotted another rabbit who was HUGE
DSC09892 DSC09893Scott chilling on the top of the fortress 
DSC09896DSC09899 The view from the top of LOKRUM fortress
DSC09902 DSC09903 Us on top of the fortress DSC09904 DSC09905 We didn’t know what happened here but on the way back we saw a ton of feathers – I love feathers – had a bunch at my wedding for our heart we stood in and the men’s pins and our table display so thought this photographed really beautifully 
DSC09908This hike through the woods was so magical and enchanting and peaceful – after a day of swimming and then being in nature it was a perfect day
DSC09909 One last friendly peacock to meet before we left the island of LOKRUM DSC09910 Back in the OLD CITY – ST. JOSEPH CHURCH DSC09913A really cool barbershop in OLD CITY – I love the decor of this spot 
DSC09919DSC09921And there was this huge candy shop called PIRATE BOOTY that had tons of different candy it was so fun 
DSC09923 Daytime on a street in Dubrovnik OLD CITY DSC09926 Nighttime – beautifully lit DSC09941 DSC09953We saw our little buddy that we found when we went to Lady PiPi – we tried to go there again but there was a huge line
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DSC09965 DSC09968 DSC09969Scott and I enjoyed an awesome meal at http://spaghetteria-toni.com/ SPAGHETTERIA TONI – my friend Heather said to go that it looks touristy but to go and to try it and I am so glad I did – I had pasta with 4 mushrooms and it was incredible ! 
DSC09975Then we had to go to BAR BUZA – it was a bit tricky to find this place at night and I think it is more for the daytime scene – maybe during the Summer it is a lot more packed but in September there were only a few people there and lots of streets and turns to get there but once up there it was really peaceful to look down and know you are sitting above the sea – I had a delicious wine in a little bottle and we just enjoyed some fun oldies that they were playing 
DSC09979 DSC09982Saturday in DUBROVNIK which was our last day in paradise – we went on a GAME OF THRONES tour that my sister – in – law gave us a wedding gift – she is a genius – it was so fun – it was through VIATOR and our tour guide was extremely knowledgable – there were about 3 others on our tour – so it wasn’t too crowded and what we loved is that she didn’t just talk about GOT but she also spoke a lot about the history of Dubrovnik and the OLD CITY – it was so interesting – it was about a 3 hour tour walking around one side of the OLD CITY and then around and up to the walls – where a future scene would be shot – BUT we missed Game of Thrones filming by a week so that was a bummer

Lovrijenac fortress is the RED KEEP, and the bay was from the scene of the Battle of Blackwater when King Stannis Baratheon attempted to invade King’s Landing.

Read more: http://www.croatiatraveller.com/southern_dalmatia/Dubrovnik/game-of-thrones.html#ixzz3GY0g9ZWq

Found this amazing video to show you some of the scenes filmed in DUBROVNIK



DSC09989 DSC09991 DSC09992 This area was used for one of the scenes where they are having the battle of BLACK WATER BAY DSC09995 DSC09997DSC09999A scene from the top that is looking down on where they shot scenes for the BATTLE OF BLACKWATER BAY DSC00008 Our tour guide had a book to show us the actual scenes because they look different and there are always things added in so it was interesting to see how they added a tower into something or added decorations etc

King Joffrey’s name day was filmed in this area.

This is where that scene with Cersei and Littlefinger took place – Littlefinger says “Knowledge is Power” and Cersei makes her guards get Littlefinger and she says Power is Power.  DSC00009 DSC00011 DSC00012DSC00008DSC00023 Look familiar was used for one of the Royal wedding scenes for King Joffrey’s wedding DSC00026 the base of Mineta Tower, highest point on the formidable walls, doubled for the exterior of the House of Undying.

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PILE GATE ENTRANCE was also used on the show DSC00027The walls were used as war zone as the forces of Stannis tried to get into King’s Landing which was later defeated by Tyrion Lannister

It was raining a bit during tour so ignore my superhero cape I kept using as a poncho 

  Found this site with scenes from upcoming parts of GAME OF THRONES – we saw where this was going to be filmed – they used a ton of extras – http://watchersonthewall.com/new-images-dubrovnik-filming-pivotal-scene/ and this http://watchersonthewall.com/closer-look-game-thrones-dubrovnik-filming-emilia-clarke-sighting/

One place I wish I visited which is about 20 minutes from the Old City is Trsteno Aboretum it looks beautiful and they filmed several scenes there

While in Croatia we also went to see a concert in a church that was incredible – it is so important to support the arts and it was such a beautiful moment

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Since it was raining we decided to hide out in Moby Dick restaurant – I finally tried the cuttlefish and it was delicious – this is the owner here – it was a lovely place and the owner and everyone was very nice

DSC00047 That night we ate at another excellent restaurant called ROZARIO that was really great and I loved the atmosphere it was in between streets in the Old City and off the path a bit – so not touristy and very quiet and special DSC00049 DSC00050We went to visit the monastery before leaving the Old City which was beautiful – you didn’t need that long to visit about 15 minutes but it was beautiful to see 
DSC00054 DSC00057 DSC00059 DSC00060 We saw this exhibition PHOTODOX.com which was about this friar Ilija Bansic that was living in the Congo for 37 years and tries to help the children there – his story is heartbreaking about the trauma he has dealt with while living there but also so endearing to know someone would give their life to try to help others like he is doing to try to help bring a better life to some 
DSC00063 The sun came out again before we left and we heard about this beach club EAST WEST- it was very quiet when we went there because I bet during the summer this place is the place to be – but now in mid September it was empty so we didn’t want to pay for a lounge chair since we knew we would only be there for a little bit so we went to the side where it is public beach area – it is rocky so this is when you can use water shoes but it was beautiful swimming – I highly recommend to hit up this beach area DSC00072 DSC00073 DSC00075 Before we headed out of the Old City to catch our plane we found this amazing band that I loved their vibe and their sound called GADJO MANOUCHE – they call themselves gypsy swing and they were established in Croatia in 2008 – this was my souvenir I brought home – there wasn’t that much that was non touristy to purchase – Scott and I couldn’t find an authentic piece of artwork that didn’t cost over $200 so instead I brought home some music from the locals and I love their album so I am so glad this is my souvenir from Croatia DSC00077DSC00080 DSC00081I love the singer’s look and vibe 

We had our last meal in LAPAD – these were our lovely chefs – in this area of Dubrovnik – there is great places to swim, chill & relax & EAT – really great restaurants ! It was called EDEN restaurant and had two levels and was a good find DSC09374The very next day we had our last swim before heading over to the OLD CITY DSC09393 DSC09394 DSC09396DSC09398We rented an AIRBNB in the OLD CITY – it was the least expensive route to go and was a great choice. We were in the heart of the OLD CITY. Be warned that if you are carrying a lot of luggage you might want to be careful about this decision because there are a lot of steps in the OLD CITY and depending on where you are it could be tricky. We found a place a street away from STRADUN which is the main street once you get in the gates of the OLD CITY so we had to go down that street and up a street with some stairs. Once inside we had about two flights of stairs – no elevator – We were fine because suprisingly I traveled light this time. I only had one rolling back that was small for me and not that heavy and a CARAVAN canvas bag so it wasn’t too bad but if I was packing how I used too I would have been in big trouble.

So we get into the OLD CITY put our bags down and find DOLCE VITA – we read about it before going since we had to look up the best ice cream shop in DUBROVNIK and Dolce Vita was tasty – they are a bit snarky in their – the service is quick since they are busy but the ice cream is pretty delicious – I liked that they had some interesting flavors like KINDER candy flavor but their straight up chocolate was super delicious. They also had RAFAELO like those yummy coconut balls that are pretty popular there in Croatia – they had them in the supermarkets and in our mini fridge at our HOTEL MORE when we were in LAPAD. DSC09416 DSC09417 DSC09419 DSC09421 DSC09425DSC09435 DSC09437 You will find lots of musicians throughout the city DSC09440 DSC09441 DSC09442 DSC09444 Name time to walk the CITY WALLS.  The city walls surround the city and are huge – it took a good hour and half to walk the whole walkway – there are some stairs but it isn’t too bad – it can be very slippery at times so good to wear shoes with a bit of grip on them. DSC09445DSC09448Pigeons in love too DSC09450 DSC09452DSC09457 DSC09460 DSC09461 DSC09465DSC09470DSC09473 DSC09474 DSC09475 DSC09476 DSC09477 DSC09478
DSC09480 DSC09481 DSC09484DSC09486 DSC09487 DSC09488 DSC09490 DSC09491 More cats that are so sweet DSC09493 DSC09495 DSC09497 DSC09498 DSC09499 DSC09500 DSC09501DSC09504 DSC09506DSC09509 DSC09511 DSC09514 DSC09516 DSC09518a view from this bar that is famous there called CAFE BUZA where people jump off a cliff into the water DSC09521 DSC09522 DSC09525DSC09527 DSC09528 DSC09529 DSC09530 DSC09532 DSC09533 DSC09535 DSC09538DSC09542 DSC09543 DSC09544 DSC09545DSC09547 DSC09549The same three photos ?  They look similiar but they were taken by three different people walking on the city wall I wanted to see the difference between each photo DSC09550DSC09551DSC09555DSC09558 DSC09559 DSC09561DSC09563DSC09568DSC09571 DSC09572DSC09578 DSC09580DSC09585 DSC09586 DSC09589 DSC09590DSC09593 DSC09594 DSC09595 DSC09596 DSC09597 DSC09598It was pretty hot so we stopped at this little cafe – inside it was so sweet and they had tables with sewing machines – they are known for their juices and the staff is very nice DSC09600 DSC09603 DSC09604DSC09609 DSC09610 DSC09611DSC09617DSC09621 DSC09623DSC09631 DSC09632 DSC09633 DSC09636 DSC09638 DSC09639 DSC09641 DSC09644DSC09649 DSC09656 DSC09662 Ok this couple we met at OTTO told us we had to find LADY PI – PI and I am so glad they told us about this place because it is a hidden gem but amazing. You have to climb up a bunch of stairs from STRADUN but once upstairs it is all covered in ivy and super neat especially to watch the sunset.  The other fun thing is there are some stray cats that come in and become your little visiting pet for the night. You might want to get there before 5:30/ 6pm because we got in just in time and then there was a long line outside – the food is delicious. They cook some of the food in a big brick oven in front of you.  Service is great, the view is amazing and one of the coolest things are these bird bats called SWIFTS that fly around in huge groupings and make this haunting sound it was really an incredible experience. DSC09666 DSC09668 DSC09669
DSC09676 DSC09678 DSC09680 DSC09681DSC09685 DSC09689 DSC09693 DSC09695 DSC09700DSC09704 DSC09712 MMMM MUSSELSDSC09735 The swifts – bird type bats that make this amazingly haunting soundDSC00041Then we saw this glass place when we were walking the city walls and Scott mapped it out and we found ABOVE 5 – the food looked delicious but we had dessert which was fantastic – there are only a few tables and you need to climb 5 flights of stairs to get up there but so worth it when you are up on the top this spot is MAGICAL – I totally recommend Above 5 ROOFTOP RESTAURANT it is a must see even if it is just for dessert. We went after dinner so they had a spot for us so we were very lucky. DSC09738 DSC09740 Dessert was yummy ! 
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Scott and I figured while in Croatia let’s hop over to another country for the day.  We are happy we went but we wish we went on a shorter trip.  We found the long all day trip in a stuffy van very hard to deal with – the van had low A/C and it was hot and the seats had no leg room – so it was really a bit of a grueling drive.  I can’t even imagine how it is in the summer. I recommend guests to stop at the first stop of this tour or get a private driver to take to you the first stop so you can see the Bay of Kotur.  In Dubrovnik there is so much to see and so many islands to see – I think going to Montenegro is nice but I would say spend half the time we dedicated to this because some of the stops weren’t spectacular. The first stop definitely was amazing and worth the trip. The price is right it isn’t expensive it is just not the most comfortable adventure – so if you do it I would say spend the extra money and get a private coach so you can have leg room and A/C and you can stop where you want to stop.

We enjoyed a drive around Kotor Bay  and then stopped at  Perast which was really pretty – we took a boat across to CHURCH OUR LADY ON THE ROCKS. Then we went to the medieval city of KOTUR which was really beautiful – if you have time you can climb the walls there which would be a good workout.  We walked around a bit and got a snack. We then got back on the bus and went to Budva which was nice but not worth driving that far unless you have a lot of time on your journey. We had about a week in Croatia so I wish we just spent more time there.

A view of the city walls in DUBROVNIK – KING’s LANDING

DSC09212 Scott & I played a few games of Lord of Catan – I think Scott one every game DSC09224 The Bay of Kotur in Montenegro is incredible DSC09225 DSC09229 DSC09230 DSC09236 DSC09238 DSC09244We  took a boat to see the Church of Our Lady on The Rocks which was beautiful


DSC09246 DSC09247 DSC09248DSC09251 DSC09252 Rocking my Caravan bag DSC09253 DSC09254 DSC09255 DSC09256DSC09259DSC09261DSC09264 DSC09265 DSC09268 DSC09269 DSC09274 DSC09277 DSC09279 DSC09281 DSC09287 DSC09290DSC09296 DSC09303 DSC09304 DSC09306 DSC09307 DSC09308 DSC09309 DSC09313 DSC09315 The city walls in KOTUR DSC09318 The Long Road bar in BUDVA – looked pretty cool and we liked it because in Catan you get 2 points for the longest road DSC09323 In Budva we did find fantastic ice cream – this place MORITZ EIS had pretty stellar ice cream and found out it is local to Montenegro – I LOVE ICE CREAM and thought this was pretty amazing DSC09326 DSC09327 DSC09328 DSC09329DSC09336 DSC09337We also found a juice bar that was delicous and had incredible snacks too – Scott ordered like a gallon of juice – he didnt realize how big the large size was – this place is legit if you are in BUDVA – a great experience and great service !!! DSC09345 DSC09351 DSC09353DSC09360

As we drove around from the airport I already knew I was going to love this place – I am a huge fan of Italy and I have to say Croatia is just as amazing as the Amalfi coasts – I actually enjoyed swimming so much more in the water then I did in Italy. I love the Amalfi coast but this was such an amazing experience. It was the perfect honeymoon – the one you dream of – where there is sun, fun, swimming, sunbathing, excellent food and tons of sites to see – we swam like fishes all over Dubrovnik and in all these amazing water holes – there are water holes with ladders everywhere it is quite amazing. The first few days we stayed in LAPAD which is a bit residential but so lovely with excellent restaurants – walking distance to a marina and a lovely promenande.

We stayed at the most amazing hotels I ever stayed at called the HOTEL MORE – we loved our experience and I would highly recommend to anyone going to Dubrovnik to stay here – it was incredible service, incredible food, incredible swimming !! We loved it !

Our pool which was the perfect temperature.

We went to Croatia mid September and I think this is the time to go – the weather was incredible + we avoided some of the crowds – I assume in the summer it is way to crowded. 

DSC08904Our other pool the ADRIATIC SEA – we could swim right there from the ladder into the sea – so amazing
DSC08911 DSC08914 DSC08915 I bought Scott these glasses they are part of this GI JOE collection – I love I can see myself taking photos of him DSC08918 DSC08919 DSC08920DSC08923 DSC08924 So you can see how our hotel is built – you enter through the 7th floor and it is built all the way down to the sea DSC08925 DSC08927 DSC08941WARNING – there are a ton of sunsets – they are so beautiful there I don’t know which ones to edit so I included them all DSC08964 DSC08965 DSC08966DSC08969 DSC08971DSC08975 DSC08977 DSC08981DSC08985 DSC08988 DSC08992DSC08995 DSC09000 DSC09001 DSC09003DSC09010 DSC09013 Our first cat sighting – there will be many more on this trip DSC09016 DSC09019This restaurnat is excellent you need to make a reservation PANTARUL – so amazing DSC09026 DSC09027 DSC09028 DSC09033 DSC09034 Right at our hotel is a hot spot and a super cool one – it is in a CAVE DSC09039 DSC09044 DSC09046Wearing an old GAP shirt for the RED campaign and Zara pants and Marc Jacobs sunglasses DSC09049DSC09050DSC09051DSC09053DSC09057DSC09058Our beach – so amazing – it is a bit rocky and different then a sand beach but so much better – no sand between your toes DSC09060Rocking my Caravan bag DSC09064The water glistens like this like little stars it glistens
DSC09069DSC09070My ZOYA nailpolish DSC09073DSC09075It rained for a short period and out came a DOUBLE RAINBOW look at this – can you believe our luck seeing a double rainbow – DSC09081DSC09083DSC09084DSC09086DSC09089DSC09090DSC09092DSC09094DSC09095

                                                                       GO HERE TO SEE VIDEO OF RAINBOW

and then the Sunset wowzer ! DSC09096DSC09100DSC09102DSC09104DSC09108DSC09109DSC09110DSC09111DSC09112DSC09114DSC09116DSC09117DSC09118The second night we ate at OTTO –  the food was delicious – Scott loved his meal here – I know I loved their onion soup – it was sweet with carmelized onions almost – very good and I loved the space it was so cool like you were in a brick dome DSC09122DSC09124Scott just chilling most likely playing Catan 
DSC09139DSC09141One of the watering holes we discovered – we went on a little mission to try all the different watering holes we could find – we almost had private beaches at some  – one was more incredible then the next DSC09143DSC09148DSC09154DSC09164DSC09165Wearing an I HEART RONSON from jcpenney – I love this romper DSC09170DSC09172DSC09161DSC09163That night we ate at ATLANTIC KITCHEN -it felt like a little brasserie – great service and great food especially dessert -

was so good !

We didn’t get to eat at La Balancoire but it was adorable and it had excellent reviews – I put it here so I can remember for my next trip to one of my favorite cities ! DSC08642 We did it here and it was amazing Le Boclard in Montmartre – amazing – it is a family owned restaurant – I had the crayfish, mash potatoes and just tons of deliciousness – it was one of the best meals I have ever had – so good ! DSC08643 DSC08644 DSC08650 We stayed at Mama Shelter in the 11th – I have stayed here many times – I like this spot and restaurant except they forgot our wakeup call so you might want to use your own alarm or just the one on the television DSC08664DSC08671 DSC08675 DSC08674Street art is always a gem in Paris
DSC08676 I love this name ROSERAIE DSC08677 Another one of my best meals EVER was at FRENCHIE to go holy moly we had the Burrata, the chocolate pot of amaziness, a tart, french fries with ginger mayonaise – I can’t even stress how good this meal was !! Frenchie to Go rules the school ! DSC08679DSC08685DSC08689 DSC08692 DSC08695
DSC08702 DSC08701 DSC08699DSC08697 DSC08704 DSC08705 DSC08707 DSC08708 I love stop hearing here during every trip it is so pretty – I made Scott climb on the highest one 
DSC08744 DSC08743DSC08738 DSC08737 A trip to Paris isn’t complete without a trip to Merci – I loved the Diana Vreeland quotes DSC08736DSC08733 DSC08731Another must when I go to Paris is a stop at MERCI DSC08725 DSC08722 DSC08721I loved this children’s shop near Merci – it was darling – I need a teepee ! DSC08718 DSC08717DSC08712Scott and I were so happy to find our lock we put our lock  back in 2012 – when I returned home I learned about a campaign to stop the locks happening on the bridges because the bridges are not able to withhold the weight – so I don’t encourage others to do this going forward. Our lock is there now on the bridge and do hope that people do start listening and stop adding more locks now that there are all these issues.  They may have to take our lock down in the future because of the weight but for now our lock was there alive and kicking.  I do hope there are no more issues to the beautiful bridges in the future.  We locked our heart a few years ago and wasn’t aware of this issue – they just started this campaign this summer. So they are encouraging tourists to take selfies going forward instead to avoid adding more weight to the bridge – so please do that and you can learn more at – http://nolovelocks.com/tag/pont-des-arts/ the campign is http://photowall.paris.fr/social/45/stop-aux-cadenas- I guess our lock is there now so that is part of why people would want to take selfies with these walls of locks… In a way it is nice to show our commitment in 2012 and then again when we went back in 2014 but it is sad to see the weight issue – so going forward I do encourage others just to take photos – and hopefully they will ban any more from being put on the bridge in the future. DSC08747The only issue was DELOS & LAURA – whoever they may be on my birthday a few days earlier on September 10th put their lock right on top of ours – we thought there was plenty of room they didn’t have to do that – not to be selfish but there was plenty of other space DSC08753DSC08755DSC08765DSC08774Scott and I wanted to mark the day that we were back and we used a sticker I got at Colette 
DSC08778DSC08786DSC08787DSC08791DSC08793and then we decided to relax under the beautiful trees and enjoy the River Siene
DSC08795DSC08809DSC08818The other bridge has been overtaken with locks so that is the issue – I can see why now looking back why there are so many issues – so if you are going to Paris – just take a selfie on these bridges of love
DSC08820DSC08826Les Makabes was amazing to see !!! What an amazing band DSC08831DSC08832DSC08846DSC08847DSC08848DSC08850We stopped at a new place called SOUL FOOD in Montmartre-  that night – a little cafe – they don’t have dinner but have brillant ice tea and snacks and I believe they serve lunch – they had a fun game that we played – QUESTIONS !! DSC08853DSC08857DSC08859
We then ate at ATELIER RAMEY – bistrot Parisien – Cuisine de Nicholas Boissiere – that was amazing in MontmatreDSC08867DSC08881street art everywhere in Montmartre
DSC08888Some of the chalk art at our hotel at Mama Shelter in Paris DSC08894DSC08895DSC08900


I really liked the beauty salon I got ready at for the wedding for hair and makeup and I would recommend them – they made me feel really calm and they were talented and their space was adorable – SEA SPA SALON



38 North Water Street – PO Box 595
Edgartown, Massachusetts 02539
On the Island of Martha’s Vineyard

P. 508-627-8953 E.seaspasalon@live.com

DSC07944 DSC07945 DSC07948 DSC07950 We ate some great ice cream at MAD MARTHA’s and Scott had some great lobster rolls at MARTHA’S VINEYARD CHOWDER HOUSE – they were amazing DSC08271 DSC08272 DSC08273DSC08239DSC08280 Right near where I had my hair done my mom got me a salad from Black Sheep see the bike decorated like a sheep – it is so good – I had a gnocci salad and it was awesome right before my wedding DSC08281 Doggie cookies from the place you have to visit the BLACK DOG DSC08282

If you are going to MARTHA’s VINEYARD this is the place to stay – STEVE the owner of the property is so kind – the houses are beautiful – all the rooms are super clean and really a nice size.  They have an area downstairs if you have a lot of family to hang out at a big table and couch area and they have outside seating which we used a lot to catch up and chat prior to and after the wedding.  STEVE is so kind and really knows the island and his team was always equipped to give directions, call taxis etc.  I highly recommend staying at this INN. http://www.hanoverhouseinn.com/ I also heard the breakfasts are extraordinary.

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I knew I wanted to incorporate feathers into the wedding and found these really lovely pins on POMP AND PLUMAGE – I had some special requests with colors etc and they did everything as they said they would – they were delivered in a kraft box and were really lovely.

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I did welcoming bags for the guests with these netted bags that I found on ETSY that seemed to come in handy and I filled them with POP CHIPS, JUSTIN’s CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS and more.  I also had fans made that explained the plans for the weekend and some local tips.

FROM ETSY I FOUND PAPEL – https://www.etsy.com/shop/PAPELCustomDESIGN who custom made our fans that went in the welcome bags ! She was so easy to work with – I highly recommend ! 
DSC00265DSC00267tim signI was able to get a file made on ETSY where they emailed it to me, I had it color copied and then Scott worked with me to make holes in our leftover dog food cans and we made them into cans for our bus ! DSC07769DSC07774 DSC07775 DSC07776 DSC07777 DSC07779tim pic 13Our table displays were from ETSY – from https://www.etsy.com/shop/PlantandColor – we came up with a group of what we wanted to do plus she helped with candles as well – I think it turned out ok except the succlents looked not as vibrant as I wished and I had a lot of stress with getting the order on time.  The order didn’t arrive until the day of my wedding so I was calling florists and stressing so make sure if you order that it is understood how to ship. I paid a lot for shipping I thought and had a ton of stress. I do like my little animals because I wanted the tables not to be so serious and a bit whimiscal.

tim the displaystim giraffeetim displaystim display 2Our dreamcatcher and KRAUSE sign was also from ETSY – https://www.etsy.com/shop/theeasterdays
tim pic 19tim krause signAnd Nina’s sign SCOTT Here Comes Your Bride was from ETSY as well.

ETSY combined with pinterest was a great way to plan this wedding.

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We had our reception at ATRIA which was an excellent choice I think – Greer who organized everything and is an owner there is amazing – she is so laid back and she did everything she promised.  We had an excellent night. You get the lawn and gazebo to yourself so it is really nice and private.  When guests walked in we had an accordian player playing French music since we are big fans of Paris.  And they were able to have some WATERMELON coolers. The food at ATRIA is delicious – the wine list and beer choices are perfect and the staff is extrordinary – we  were very happy with our decision of picking ATRIA for our wedding. accordian player dude

My mother – in -law’s friend Joan made this book all about CROATIA for us as a gift – it was all hand drawn and really beautiful – For the special couple as they begin their life of adventure – I like the sound of that !

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Watermelon cocktails  
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tim display 2tim displays 4tim displaysOur banner and dreamcatcher from ETSY tim dreamcatchertim elephantsThe food was delicious – thank you ATRIA tim food 3tim food 5tim giraffeetim krause signOur guest book was a map of MA – with a focus on Martha’s Vineyard – guests signed the edges – found on ETSY tim maptim menuOur little welcoming tags found on ETSY tim mr and mrsOur party basket with horns and clappers ! tim party basketThe swing at ATRIA tim swin gtim swing 2tim tenttim the displaystim roomFor our favors we did lucky elephants – they were found online and every couple was able to take one home with them. They are supposed to bring prosperity, good luck, love and more.  We thought since our guests wished us good luck time for us to wish them good luck back. elephantsThe LOVE CLOCHE I found in Massachusetts at this place I love there called the CROMPTON COLLECTIVE that place and SEED TO SEED are my favorite places my sister in law told me about in WORCESTER – so great ! This little set the plate, the cloche, the bottles and FEATHERS was only $20 and made a great centerpiece.  My candles and little animals were all from ETSY that I found.  I wish that I had the succlents put in locally perhaps because they were a little messed up on delivery. Also I had to run before the wedding and get taller candles – the little tealight candles would never have listed the whole night and that was important to me to have this candle ambiance the whole night.
floral displays 2jordan dancing jordo and me 2Our cake was from VAL CAKES and we wanted something fun and not so serious. I am a sprinkle addict and originally we were thinking of ordering from MOMOFUKU but then we wanted to keep everything local so we went with VAL’s CAKE. She was so nice she looked at a photo off pinterest and made the cake exact – I found the cake topper for $2.50 at a party supply store – it was a little decadent but the actual couple looked like us a bit at least with the darker hair – a lot of cake toppers have blondes sometimes – this couple on the cake top looked like they just had been to a ball and had smiles and we thought it was sweet. The inside of the cake was red velvet and butter cream and we still have the top of the cake to celebrate our year anniversay next year – can’t wait to have more of this delicious cake. me and scott cake cutting 2 me and scott cake cutting 3I had a custom made DREAM CATCHER made and a banner with KRAUSE on it for the big tree. The ground when you walk in have a big tree with a swing and several tables which is really nice and you walk into the gazebo that was very spacious. me and scott with banner menu We asked all our guests to bring a joke with them – we thought after the music it would be good to have jokes because we couldn’t keep the music too loud because of the noise situations. mom and anthony 2Our cake was by VAL CAKES – I found this online on PINTEREST with the sprinkles since I love Sprinkles and told Scott our wedding cake should be fun ! We did this cake with red velvet and buttercream and it was incredible !!
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I found vintage animals on line on ETSY to keep with the motif – ISLAND AMBIANCE helped me put them around the space on the tables outside. other little creatures 2 other little creaturesour horns The clams, shrimps and oysters were super important since MV is known for its oysters. tim pic 14 tim pic 15tim pic 19 tim pic 20 tim pic 21 A special part of the night was when my godmother and her husband, my cousin Danny performed to L A VIE EN ROSE, one my grandmother’s favorite songs and did the Tango the dance of LOVE

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I made up this saying for the horns & clappers ! 


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