Monday, February 22, 2016

Weekends with the Copelands tend to be more on the relaxing side. After long work weeks, taking a few days to recharge is usually at the top of our list. This past weekend wasn't any different. We started off Saturday morning with a French-inspired breakfast at home (think crepes and my favorite strawberry jam from France), followed by a trip out to our new favorite winery to pick up a few bottles of wine (we recently joined their wine club). Sunday was even more relaxing. After brunch out with my aunt, uncle and cousin, the rest of the day was spent catching up on shows, picking up a few groceries for the week & making a Sun Basket dinner (which I'll talk more about in another post...) I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Saturday morning breakfast
David Hill Winery
I wanted to buy everything from Stonewall Kitchen!
Sun Basket Ingredients
The final product! More to come on Sun Basket...

Amsterdam, Netherlands | December 2015 - January 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

After a tearful goodbye to Paris, we hoped on another train to take us to our final destination of our European vacation; Amsterdam! Amsterdam was absolutely charming! We were in the city for 4 chilly, but mostly sunny days.  My most absolute favorite thing about the city is that the canal houses have pulleys on the top of the building to lift furniture up and through the windows because the doorways and stairs are too narrow. Just a fun fact about this little city.

Everything about this city was good. A little cold, but so good. Plus, Nutella seemed to be on every corner. So I know that if I ever live here, my sweetooth is in good hands. 

Where we stayed: This AirBnb in Amsterdam-Oost 
What we loved: Riding bikes with the locals, wandering around the canals, sampling every flavor of cheese, stroopwafles, small beers, Febo, frites and fritesauss, pancakes!, Zaanse Schans, windmills, techno music playing all over the city, finding "our bar" and "our bartender", watching Luke karaoke with the locals. 

- Photos © Holly Copeland -

Paris, France | December 2015

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Paris was the second stop on our European vacation. We took the train from London to Paris very early in the morning on our 4th day. We ended up spending a week in this magical city (including Christmas day!) and it just wasn't enough. We simply didn't want to leave! We fell in love with every part of the city. From walking aimlessly through the streets of Paris to the decadent food. Paris just knows the way to my heart. Every second spent in this city was pure magic.

Where we stayed: This AirBnb in the 11th (highly recommend!)
What we loved: Everything. Dining outside, the food, the vin rouge, Rue Cler, rooftops, riding bikes with no destination in mind, wandering the hallways of the Musee d'Orsay, Christmas Markets, the Eiffel Tower, Parisian life, European life, French accents, our apartment, our neighborhood boulangerie and market, Montmartre, the metro system... We really loved every aspect of this city. 

- Photos © Holly Copeland -