It's still crazy hot so I went through my closet in the hopes of finding a skirt or dress I had forgotten about and I came across this dress I thrifted a few years ago - also from Goodwill. I also made a bunch of fun friendship bracelets a while ago and thought it would be fun to stack them all together. The only thing missing was a pool for me to jump into!
I started making these a few years ago with the intent to start selling them but that never happened so I just kept them all for myself.
I got these fun plastic sandals at Marshalls. I still need to break them in some more because they give me blisters but I love them regardless.
Second Stop: Prague, Czech Republic
I visited Prague with my grandparents while I was living with them during my internship in Amsterdam. They are veteran travelers and have been almost everywhere but they were nice enough to accompany me during my first trip here.
-Old Town Square (probably my favorite because there is so much to see in all of the little side streets as well as the main areas - this is also where the famous astrological clock is)
-The Prague Castle complex
-Josefov (this used to be the Jewish ghetto-it is much different than the main area of the city)
-Golden Lane (except it was super crowded and too tourist-y for my taste)
-The Dancing House
-The Lenin Wall
-Best dinner was at a local bar/pub off the main road where we had super amazing pork shoulder. Super. Amazing.
Left is the famous astrological clock, the Orloj. This was such an incredible feat that the Prague councillors had he clockmaker blinded so he could not repeat his work - pretty messed up. He tried to get revenge by breaking the clock. it would take a hundred years for someone else to fix it. Anyway, it is amazing to see. To the right is St. Vitus Catherdral.
Off course the Dancing House, matryoshka's galore and super delicious street food called staroceske trdlo (I had like 5, they were awesome).
And if you're feeling adventurous, you can also take a day trip to Chumutov to go bungee jumping.
It's super hot outside and I don't know that I would survive without dresses. I have yet to win the lottery so I take to thrifting. Almost everyone loves thrifting nowadays and I am definitely one of them. I bought nine books for under sixteen dollars last week! Also, I bought this dress for $6 at a Goodwill in Tallahassee a few years ago when I was still in college. I took it in a little bit at the top and it has served me well ever since. And what better to go with a sun dress than a sun hat?...
Thrifted dresses for $6 make me so happy...
Summer is a prime time for travel so I thought I would share some suggestions of places I've enjoyed visiting. There are many many more places I would like to go in my lifetime but It's a start.
First stop: Barcelona, Spain.
I loved Barcelona because it is a very diverse city that has a great variety of sights and activities all in one city. I went with my old neighbor whom I have known my whole life and who is like an older sister to me. We decided that the best way to see the city was on one of those sight-seeing busses. It turned out to be a great idea because it allowed us to see the most sights and get on and off wherever and whenever we wanted.
Here were some of the highlights:
-The Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi
-Park Guell also by Antoni Gaudi (Although I recommend going early in the day before it gets crazy crowded-same goes for the Sagrada Familia, by the way.)
-The Gothic Quarter (probably my favorite)
-Place de Catalunya
-and Tapas galore!
The Sagrada Familia is one of the most impressive sights I have ever seem-probably the most impressive made made sight. Construction began in 1882 and Antoni Gaudi took over in 1883. By the time Gaudi died in 1929, only a quarter of the work was finished. The cathedral is unfinished to this day and it's estimated date of completion is 2026.
While all of the tapas we had in Barcelona were delicious, Tapas 24 was my favorite. They have an amazing passion fruit drink that I could not get enough of.
The architecture everywhere in Barcelona was amazing. and there were some great street performers. This lade on the right was sitting in the summer heat dressed and painted head-to-toe in black! She definitely earned my money.
Our last day we relaxed on the beach, which is on the eastern border of Barcelona, We were able to walk there from our hotel, it was awesome! We were only there for a weekend but because there was so much to see it felt like a lot longer. Definitely worth a visit!
I LOVE French Onion Soup. Love it. I started making my own by trying a Martha Stewart recipe but it was sweet and I did not like it. I called my mom to ask how she usually makes it and made several different batches over time before settling on this recipe. It. Is. Delicious.
BEST EVER FRENCH ONION SOUP
Serves 2 big heaping bowls or 4 appetizer-size portions
2 1/2 Yellow/Vidalia Onions
2 1/2 White Onions
or 2 of one and 3 of the other
4 tbsp butter
2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme or 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tbsp flour
3 Cups Beef Stock
a little bit less than 1/4 cup Cooking Sherry
1/2 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup Jarlsberg (Swiss) cheese, grated
3/4 cup Gouda cheese, grated
(Traditional recipes call for gruyere cheese but it is pretty pricey and basically tastes like swiss. I find swiss a little bland and boring so I like to mix it with Gouda to give it more flavor.)
1 French baguette (I use 4 slices per bowl)
salt and a generous amount of pepper
Cut the onions into half circles. Heat up the 4 tbsp butter in a big saucepan on low-medium heat. Add the onions and some salt and pepper. Spread out onions to evenly coat the pan. Cook onions until they are soft and translucent and starting to turn brown - about an hour (I cover them for more than half this time).
After onions are cooked, sprinkle with 1 tbsp flour and stir. Then add the cooking sherry, white wine, beef stock and thyme plus some more salt and pepper (more pepper than salt) and cook for about another 30 minutes to let the flavors combine.
Grate the cheese and cut the slices of french bread. Set the oven to broil on high. When the soup is done cooking, fill the (oven-safe) bowls. Place the pieces of bread in the bowls and cover with a heap of cheese. Carefully place the bowl on the top rack in the oven for about 5 minutes. Keep an eye on the cheese because to can go from unmelted to charred black pretty rapidly. Once the cheese is turning golden brown, take the bowls out of the oven, serve and Bon Appetit!
Although I am generally not a bog fan of pepper, I love it in French Onion Soup because it adds to the rustic flavor.
Do not be shy with the cheese!
Enjoy your easy and delicious meal/appetizer/side!
About the Author
Born and raised in the Netherlands, I now work as a designer in NYC. I love trying new things, candy and the color orange. In this blog, I will post about things I've learned and things I love. Veel plezier!