New York City Travel Diary {3.11.17}









Photo Diary: Salem & Boston, MA

Photo Diary: Salem & Boston, MA
House of Seven Gables
Ropes Mansion as seen in the movie Hocus Pocus. Almost every generation of the Ropes family passed away in this home.
Grounds of the House of Seven Gables/Nathaniel Hawthorne’s home.
Boston Harbor
Boston Harbor
Old South Meeting House
My rock, soulmate, best friend.


xo, Janine

Father’s Day Over the Hudson 

This weekend I celebrated my Dad with something I did not even knew existed- a walk over the Hudson River. He’s a very outdoorsy type so I knew it was something he really wanted to do. 

Here are just a few pictures I snapped with my phone: 

I was most interested in learning about what The Walkway Over the Hudson was about. Formerly the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, it used to be used as a railroad as well as carried troops that were being shipped overseas during World War II. Kind of fitting since my day is currently a First Class Sargent in the Army National Guard. 

The walkway is now a cool 212 feet above the Hudson and 1.28 miles long. So, in the 90 degree heat we experienced yesterday, I’d say I got my workout in for the day. And, as always, I wanted to take home every pup I saw walking. (It’s a problem really.) 

 Props to my Dad for picking out a new spot to explore and enjoy the beautiful summer weather here in New England. 

Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads, Stepdads, and Grandfathers out there! 

                                   Xo, Janine 

Niagara Falls


Finally! A trip out of New England to explore a new (at least for me) place. I wanted a place to share all of the photos I took with my camera and a place to tell friends and family about the trip in general. So, through my tired eyes, here’s a quick recap of the trip! (All photos are my own!)

I’ve never been to Niagara Falls and being the nature lover that I am, I was so excited to see something so natural and beautiful. 


In front of the American Falls our first day there. 


The bridge from Canada to the U.S. (and vice versa)


The American Falls and the Canadian Falls


The weather was pretty perfect. Sunny both days we wanted to explore.


Our hotel had beautiful grounds and this small courtyard. (Hi David!)


On our first full day there, David and I decided to do the Journey Behind the Falls since I was too chicken to go on the Maid of the Mist. Instead, I took a photo from above with my feet on the ground.




On the Journey Behind the Falls you get to stand at the base of the Canadian Falls which was pretty insane. The Canadian Horseshoe Falls erodes 1 foot every 10 years and the drop is 170ft high, and is a major source of hydraulic power in the area. We got to walk literally behind the falls (bottom picture) and see tunnels that were made specifically to maintain them. The Niagara River flows at 35 mph so I can only imagine how fast it was falling right in front of us. So freaking cool.



The second day David and I decided to try the sky tower to see the falls from above then have lunch from one of the many falls view restaurant. How crazy is this view?!? 


The view from our last dinner of the trip. So beautiful!


750ft above the falls! A nice husband and wife snapped this for us and then the wife and I closed our eyes all the way back down. Guess I wasn’t the only one trying not to have a panic attack being in teeny elevator so high! (Sidebar: this is one of 4 jumpsuits I’ll be living in this summer.)

And now the countdown begins to Virginia Beach with my family. That’s always a party!


“Travel brings power and love back to your life.”- Rumi

Fresh Air!

Fresh Air!

Hi friends! Anyone else have serious cabin fever lately? I definitely have. Sitting in my office or my house all week drives me crazy. Since it was finally sunny this weekend, my love, David, and I decided to take advantage of it. I needed some vitamin D!


One of mine and David’s favorite thing to do is get breakfast (when we ever wake up in time). We tried to go to Dottie’s in the fall and our stomach’s couldn’t handle the wait. We finally got to go this weekend and it was delish! Their omelets are some of the best I’ve had.


After unsuccessfully getting on Lake Quassapaug, David brought me to a spot where you see it it from afar. I thought it made a nice photo because look at that blue sky!



Our next stop was Southford Falls. This is one of my favorite spots in the summer for hikes. There aren’t too many views, but the trails are fairly easy and it’s just nice to be outside.


The final stop on our adventure was Lake Elise in Middlebury. It always amazes me that this beauty is literally in front of David’s house. It was so peaceful, a little chilly, but it was just the right amount of nature I needed to finally relax a little. Oddly enough, we went adventuring Saturday when it was 40 degrees and ended up being couch potatoes when it was extra sunny and warmer on Sunday. But, a little R&R never hurt anyone.



Favorite. (He had to make it in the post!)



Have a great week everyone!

xo, Janine


“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.”- Helen Keller


Missing Mexico

Missing Mexico

Ever feel like if you could just get away for a few days? And you would promise yourself you would feel rejuvenated and ready to take on your to-do lists?! 

That’s me today. It is frigid here in Connecticut and having today off, I hibernated. After getting an email from my Aunt about our summer family vacation, I started to think about my potential upcoming travels. Thinking about places I’ve been, dying to go to, and places high up on my ‘must visit’ list. Being in the same routine almost every week, I get bored and crave adventure. I’m pretty sure this happens to all of us- especially for those of us who have to deal with the bitter winter months!

I started thinking about my trip to Cancun/ Playa Del Carmen, Mexico this past May. It was the destination of our family vacation this year and my first time somewhere tropical. While some of the family stayed back, it was probably one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. And BONUS! My cousin and her amazing now husband were getting married and I was lucky enough to be a part of it! The beach AND a wedding?! I was in (with some hesitation at first)!

After my minor panic attacks about getting there safely, I was able to enjoy these views for a week…


This view…

The majority of the family stayed at here. It was perfect minus the food. I mean, who really enjoys buffets?



The bride and groom stayed in Playa Del Carmen at Valentin Imperial Maya which was beyond beautiful. You felt like you were in your own little Mexican town. Highly recommended!

Onto the pictures every loves to look at…wedding pictures!

The bride, Tara, got the maid of honor and I these amazing robes to get ready in! She got them on Etsy.



How picture perfect it this?



Group pic!

My family are pretty much party animals and I expected nothing less, especially while in Mexico!


Last, but never least a little inside to my family…

The ladybug is the symbol for my family ever since my Grandmother passed away ten years ago. Her house was constantly infested with them and she was the light of our family. The bride’s mother found these Kate Spade ladybug earrings and pinned one in her bouquet. The perfect tribute.

Looking back at these pictures, it makes me want to say ‘no’ to items I think I need now and save money to travel. There is so much to see just in the United States alone, it would be a shame if we never took those journeys to explore!


“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”- Amelia Earhart

xo, Janine

A Day in the Concrete Jungle

A Day in the Concrete Jungle

Happy Saturday!

I recently got to visit my sister and some family in New York City with my love, David. Quick background!  My sister moved to NYC this summer with her best friends and boyfriend to pursue their dreams. (So proud!)

Anyway, for Christmas this year instead of gifts, my sister and I agreed we would spend a day in the city together instead. After all, sister time is the best time. Today we got to have our city and bonus: we did it with our boyfriends.


Even though it was a gray day, I wanted to head to DUMBO to see some of the Manhattan skyline. My sister has shown me such beautiful pictures here I had to see it for myself!




I loved this street art we saw when we got off the subway. This was especially fitting because it fits one of my goals this year. To say ‘yes’ more to things that are out of my comfort zone. I feel like that is when we learn to really grow as people. It also builds confidence or makes us stronger.

On a lighter note, I hope everyone is having a great start to the new year! Keep up going with your goals and don’t ever stop dreaming! Who knows…they could lead to living in a new city.

“Not all those who wander are lost.”- J.R.R. Tolkien

xo, Janine