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Hannah Sheflyand

I am so excited to go spend this weekend in the Washington DC area. We are heading down for a weekend getaway and staying in Alexandria, VA so we can be close to the cherry blossom festivities all weekend long. Brian’s sisters also live in the area so we hope to get a little extra family time in as well. I am also hoping this warm weather stays through out the weekend and we get to spend a well longed for weekend outdoors.

We timed it pretty well so we will get to see this when we visit:



cherry_blossom_fest_jefferson_background_1I am so excited! What are your plans for the weekend, relaxing after the craziness last week or on to new adventures?

Hannah Sheflyand

We are heading to my mothers house upstate for the weekend, which is conveniently right next to Belleayre Mountain. I learned to ski and snowboard there, and even though its is smaller then Hunter or Windham nearby, I love that this place is quieter. We are mostly going up for a lot of wedding planning but I am hoping to maybe have some time to get back on my snowboard.

I am no where near being an expert but after almost 10 yrs of snowboarding I thought I might be ready to start learning tricks, until I looked it up and saw this:





SebToots_Swiss2012_FrodePhoto_MG_4917I think I am going to skip on the big tricks and maybe start with small goals…

snowboard-trickAre you a snowboarder or skier? Any tips on starting out with tricks?

What are your plans for the weekend, staying bundled up or going out to play?


For my skier readers- I dont want you to think that they cant pull off awesome tricks too!

Hannah Sheflyand

What a week! Other then this blistering cold, I have had a very busy yet fun week which made it fly by. I woke up about to write a few more posts and realized its already Friday. Truthfully all of December flew by so I am not surprised that another week followed in the same path.

I am not a fan of the winter and the shorter days definitely make me feel moodier and lazier and the way I have found to combat that the easiest is by making plans to be out of the apartment more often. In the summer I usually just enjoy spending the afternoon at the dog park, reading out in the sun while Charlie runs around, but now it is even too cold for that. For this winter, Brian and I have found more small concerts to go to, spend more time out with family doing lunches or dinners and of course lots of Russian sauna dates. Charlie has had the short end of the stick though, while we are away for weekends and when we went to DC and Charleston, my mom very graciously took care of Charlie, and Charlie loves spending time with her, but I feel I don’t put in as much effort in the winter with her. Do you have that same feeling with your animals?

Because I was feeling so guilty I started looking for fun dog activities to do indoors and came across dog ecards (very unproductive session of googling). I cant believe I have never seen these before, and I am probably the last one but I thought I would share my favorites which made me crack up and think of Charlie and my life with her.


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Hannah Sheflyand

During my trip with my mom to Italy (recap here, here & here), we did a lot of site seeing, but we also did a lot of shopping; probably more then necessary. There is something so romantic about bringing home gifts to family members and close friends, especially when they are hard to find back home.

In Rome I was pretty selfish and bought a lot of little gifts for myself, but once we made it to the Amalfi coast, almost every store was calling me to all the perfect gifts I can bring home to others.

Lemons are everywhere around the Amalfi coast, not only growing abundantly from terraces, but hanging from fruit stands, painted on ceramics, and most importantly bottled up in Limoncello.


SONY DSCLimoncello is a delicious candy like, yet pretty strong, dessert liqueur that most shop owners along the coast make themselves. This drink was a little too strong for me, one sip made me tipsy, but my mom loved it.


As our first giveaway on this site, I would like to ship one reader a small bottle of Limoncello that I brought home. All you need to do to qualify is to comment on this post with one thing you love about travel, whether its to another country, another state or just taking a long drive, and include an email address to contact you (I can only ship in the US), and like us on facebook or instagram (if you have neither you can just subscribe to our blog) . A winner will be announced and contacted next Friday!

Hannah Sheflyand

The final part of our trip (part 1 & part 2 here) was spent in the beautiful Amalfi coast. After running around trying to fit in so many things for the first 7 days, we wanted a chance to just relax and enjoy the beauty of Italy, Sorrento was the perfect place to do just that.

Sorrento is a great hub to get around Amalfi coast. There is a train station right in the center of town, a dock with boats that travel to Capri and neighboring cities, and a bus that winds through the windy small roads towards Positano and Amalfi.

Sorrento itself is very touristy but clean. Almost everyone speaks English, fish is fresh, food is amazing and the people are all nice and calm. It was easy to spend hours wandering the streets, shopping and enjoying the serenity of this calm city.




Sorrento, and all the neighboring cities, are all very busy in the summer, but we came late in the season and it was already getting chilly, so the crowds were mostly in our favor.

The second day we went to the island of Capri and Anacapri. I usually dont have any issues with sea sickness but it was so windy and the waves were so choppy that it took hours before I was back to my normal self. Because the waves were choppy we could not make it to the famous Blue Grotto but the day ended up great and filled with activities even without it. We first headed to Anacapri and took the chair lift up to Monte Solaro which has a beautiful 360degree view of the island and the amazingly blue water. We opted out of the chair lift back down and instead took a relaxing hour walk down the mountain to experience some more pretty views.



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Hannah Sheflyand

After spending our first few days in Rome, we headed down south. Many suggested that we do Naples and Pompeii all in one day but we wanted to take our time in both places.

We started by taking a bullet train to Naples and then a local commuter train (which I highly recommend to not take if you have luggage, the train is super packed and its about an hour commute) to Pompeii.

Pompeii was gorgeous, and a great place to visit, but if you don’t have a lot of time on your trip, I would skip Pompeii and head straight to Naples. The ruins of Pompeii are just that, ruins, and most of the notable artwork has been moved to the Archaeological Museum in Naples.



SONY DSCIf you have the time to visit Pompeii then make sure you make the time to go up to Mt. Vesuvius. We went through the company Busvia del Vesuvio and loved it! The ride up was in a cross between a bus and a monster truck, super bumpy, yet scenic and well worthwhile. The best part was making it up to the top, viewing the city below, and enjoying being in the clouds.


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Hannah Sheflyand

Before my family and I moved to New York from Russia, we lived in Italy for about a year, in a small beach town outside of Rome called Passo Oscuro. Once we moved to New York I never had the opportunity to return up until a month ago, for my 25th birthday, where my mom gave me the awesome gift of taking me back to Rome.

We spent half our time in Rome, then day trips in Pompeii and Naples, and the rest of our time in the Sorrento area. It was an amazing experience and by the end of our trip we were well fed, with heavier bags and with a camera filled with thousands of pictures.

Since there is so much to tell about our vacation I figured I would split it into a couple of posts in the next few days.

Rome is a crazy busy city filled with a lot of tourists and since it was my first visit I tried to pack in as much of the popular tourist sites as possible so our days were super packed and we were exhausted by the end of each day.

We took an overnight flight from NY to Rome so we started our day pretty tired but wanted to get a jump start, so we grabbed our bags and headed to our hotel, and after getting lost wandering around for an hour and lugging our bags up 5 flights of stairs (note: always make sure you find a hotel with an elevator), we finally made it out of the hotel, bagless and ready to start being tourists!

SONY DSCOur hotel was in the perfect location, just a 10 minute walk from the Colosseum and also a 10 minute walk from Termini Station. We decided to start our first day with the Colosseum, since it was so close, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill.


The Colosseum was gorgeous but super crowded and our tired bodies were pretty happy that we bought the Roma Pass and were able to skip most of the long lines.



As you can tell by the silly photo above, by the time we made it to the Roman Forum, we reached a point of exhaustion but thought it best we keep it going to combat  jet lag.

SONY DSCWe finally headed back to the hotel and zonked out. We woke up, well rested, and off to another busy day out in Rome.

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Happy Friday!


I am happy that this week was so busy that it flew by. No more concerts for a while but we have a lot of plans to keep ourselves busy for the next few weeks, starting with this weekend which we will be spending upstate in the Catskills with Brian’s parents.

I am also excited to be heading into  NYC this evening, for a date night with my mom and little sister, to go to a new photo exhibit at International Center of Photography by Sebastio Salgado called Genesis.


One of the photos previewed for the exhibit

Ashley from Hither&Thither has got me excited about the new addition to the High Line Park so I hope to be heading there for an after dinner walk as well.


A glimpse of the new part of the park. I hope to take a lot of photos later today and post them later.

I have been enjoying my free time catching up on some reading, especially loving this book, and on some blog posts I have been missing out on the last few weeks.

My favorites this week have all been from Garden & Gun, I think I am just missing Charleston and southern life and enjoy reading and dreaming about our future there.

A day in the life of a southern chef

New coffee table book with beautiful photos of southern artists

Do you want to add some extra flare for your walls?

The best honey!

40 Years in Georgia (cover photo above from here)

Do you know how cane syrup/sugar is made?

I hope you enjoy some of the reading and can see my love for the southern charm that flows out of Garden&Gun’s website.

Any fun plans for your weekend?

Hannah Sheflyand

Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days. We have our final sailing classes this weekend and then have to take a test to certify us and the overall obsessive part of me has been studying every day. The classes plus the fact that we got a new foster dog (!!!!!!) has made this week too crazy for daily posts (I will do my best to get back in the groove for next week).

I hope everyone has had a lovely week and has some exciting weekend plans but before I say good bye until Monday I wanted to share a very cute photo contest that I found through Garden & Gun. One a year they have a GOOD DOG PHOTO CONTEST where anyone can enter and at the end there is a top pick and then readers choice picks and then highest rated pictures. This years winner photos are amazing and I wanted to share the goofyness with everyone so I posted the favorites below (Hint: some Great Dane pictures at the end). The full album of contestants can be seen on Garden&










How great are these photos? For the dog owners out there, do you try to capture lots of photos of your goofy pups?

This has inspired me to work a little harder at understanding my camera so I can capture some great shots of Charlie in all her glory.

Hannah Sheflyand

Brian and I just came back from our trip to Woodstock, VT. We had a great time with Brians family and many opportunities to just sit back and enjoy our beautiful peaceful surroundings. My next weekend getaway post (last one here) will definitely be about all the great things to do when visiting Woodstock, VT.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy some of the photos we took on our vacation.


This is the house we stayed in.

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