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Santa Fe

Last week I had the pleasure of spending a few days in Santa Fe! I have always wanted to go there, and when I learned I had the opportunity to do so for work, I was super excited!!

I arrived last Wednesday and was there until Friday. It is pretty quiet at night–most of the shops close early, but there are numerous restaurants with fantastic food. I was really excited about good Mexican food, and I found that and much more!

The beautiful St. Francis cathedral.

The inside was GORGEOUS–no pictures can truly express how beautiful it was inside. Very ornate, but southwestern-themed.

The Loretto Chapel, home of the “miraculous staircase”

The staircase

That is all I really saw–the rest of the time I did a bunch of eating!! Santa Fe has great restaurants!

Wednesday night: Tomasita’s (margarita–the best one I’ve ever had–and a combination plate with enchilada, tamale, taco and chili relleno–also the best I’ve ever had!)

Thursday: Breakfast burrito at Tia Sophia’s (a favorite breakfast spot of the locals), lunch at Mucho Gusto (“chicken bomb” recommended by friends here in Denver–YUM!), dinner at the Pink Adobe (recommended by several friends and locals)

Friday: Breakfast (latte and chocolate croissant) and lunch (french onion soup and blueberry crepe) at the French Pastry Shop and Restaurant on the plaza

It was a great trip and I would love to go back to Santa Fe when I don’t have to work!

 

 

 

 

 

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Boston!

As you know from my last post, I spent some time recently in Boston for work. I had never been to Boston before, so I was super excited! Because we were working while there, I was not able to do much sight-seeing, but a couple of co-workers and I went out on the town for a bit our last night there.

We had dinner at the Cheers replica restaurant at Fanueil Hall and walked around the shops there. We then walked over to the North End, saw Paul Revere’s house and got some treats at Mike’s Pastry! We also saw a very small portion of the Freedom Trail.

I definitely want to go back to Boston–there is so much history there and so much to see and do, I feel like I got just a teeny-tiny taste of all they have to offer. And the best part–finally meeting Lisa, one of my long-time blog friends (she was one of my first blog readers)!

Paul Revere’s House (not all that remarkable but still very cool to see)

This place was recommended by numerous people when I asked where to go in Boston. They had SO MANY choices, and everything was fantastic!! And I LOVED the North End!!

The famous Mike’s Pastry box

My pistachio cannoli-yum yum yum!

And the best part of the trip–meeting Lisa and her family!! We hung out in a little restaurant in the aiport and had yummy pumpkin beer!

Brad, Whitney and Lisa. It was SO GOOD to finally meet them!! I can’t wait to see them again!

 

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Lisa!!

I got to meet Lisa and Brad and Whitney today!! It was SO fun–I happened to be in Boston for work, so they made the trip there to see me! We met up at the airport and chatted and had a great time!!

We missed Tori, but hopefully we can meet soon! Thank so much, you guys, for driving all the way to see me! It was wonderful!

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Las Vegas: Day 3

Sunday was our last day in Las Vegas. 😦 We met the group for brunch at Harrah’s, and we FINALLY took a picture together! We were very bad at taking pictures!! After breakfast, we all went our separate ways.

Jason and I headed to Madame Tussaud’s, which was fun! I hadn’t been on our last trip to Las Vegas, so we got discounted tickets and went in. It was entertaining, but I am glad we didn’t pay the regular $25 ticket price (thanks for that tip, Rachele!).

After Madame Tussaud’s, we drove around on the north end of the strip (lots of changes going on down there!) and then went to New York New York and rode the roller coaster! I love the roller coaster, and there is something so fun about riding out on the strip!  We played a few slots at NY NY, and then headed to the airport. 😦

For some reason, we were really paranoid that the airport would take forever, so we got there super early and ended up waiting several hours at the gate for our flights. It was fine (I was able to finish up some work I really needed to do), but we could have squeeze in a little bit more fun before we left! Oh well. Our flights were uneventful, and we got home that night abut 10:45 to two very happy pugs!

The whole group

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The bloggers–Sandra, Rachele and myself (ironically, Jason is the one who actually started our blog)

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Jason and Britney

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Me and Ben

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Cameron

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Evel Knievel

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We had such a good time, and I am ready to go back! Jason and I travel so well together–we both like to go, go, go but always seem to have time to squeeze in a nap, too! And you don’t have the stress you do at home. I love it!

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Las Vegas: Day 2!

On day 2 in Las Vegas (Halloween!), we had breakfast at a cute little coffee shop in our hotel. We had veggie quiche and a Nutella pocket (a Nutella-filled pastry–YUM!) and coffee. My coffee had raspberry liquer and Frangelico, and it was waaaaay too strong. We then played a few slot machines in the Bellagio before heading out for the day.

We then just walked around some of the casinos (Caesar’s Palace, Treasure Island, Mirage, Wynn, Venetian). We were tired by the time we got to the Venetian, so we stopped for a treat (I had blackberry sorbet, Jason had amaretto gelato–yum yum!). We then met up the blogger group for lunch at Sushi Samba in the shops at the Venetian. It was a pretty awesome place–it is Asian/Peruvian/Brazilian fusion, so I had sushi with a South American flair. We then went back to our room and took a nap.

After our nap, we headed out to watch all the Halloween festivities! We took Halloween costumes but were afraid we’d be the only ones in costume, so we went down in normal clothes. Let me tell you, there were LOTS of people in costume!! It was pretty entertaining to watch! We first stopped at the Fountains and watched them dance to “Appalachian Spring” (one of my all-time favorite songs) and then had dinner at Paris (pizza again! Jason had a crepe). We then went to Planet Hollywood for drinks, and we saw Jerry Springer! He walked right by us! He is there doing an “America’s Got Talent” show, and he was on his way to dinner after the show and walked right past it. It was pretty cool!

After drinks in Planet Hollywood, we walked around to a few casinos to check out the clubs. I really wanted to go to a club while we were there, but it just didn’t happen this trip. Many of the clubs were having Halloween parties, and the lines to get in were super long. So we just people-watched, which was great fun!

That was it for day 2–nothing terribly exciting, but fun nonetheless!

The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace

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I had to take a picture of this for my sister–her name means butterfly! These were in the Wynn and were decorating the ceiling of one section. They were beautiful–all glittery and sparkly!

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My favorite!

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In Planet Hollywood

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Las Vegas: Day 1

We woke up fairly early on Friday and had breakfast at the buffet in the Bellagio. I was a little bummed to wake up early, but I am glad we did, because the buffet line got long quickly!! It was great–Las Vegas attracts people from all over the world, so they had all types of different foods for breakfast in the buffet. It is so interesting to me to see what people in other countries eat for breakfast! I had a make-your-own-omelet and mimosa. Yum yum!

We then headed out to Hoover Dam! Jason had been on a past trip, but I had never seen it and really wanted to visit this trip. It was great! It is so amazing to me that they can build such incredible things, and especially so many years ago. It was fascinating!

Jason at Hoover Dam–pictures cannot do it justice. It is HUGE!

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After Hoover Dam, we enjoyed a late lunch at In ‘n Out–the one place Jason HAS to go in Las Vegas–and then headed back to our room for a nap.

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That evening was our first blogger meet-up event! We all met for dinner at Mon Ami Gabi at Paris. It was fun–we sat outside, which is directly across from the Fountains at Bellagio, so we were able to watch the fountains as we had our dinner. It was a good dinner and great conversation! Unfortunately, none of us took pictures that night. 😦

After dinner, Jason and I headed back to the Bellagio to see Cirque du Soleil “O.” It was so, so good! It is set on/in water and has so many amazing acrobatics and stunts. We loved it! Our tickets said our seats were “wet seats” which made me a little nervous, but we just got a few sprinkles. It was fantastic, and I would recommend it to anyone!

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(Sorry for all of the excessive details in these posts–I have found that if I don’t document things here, I forget everything, and when I go to scrapbook things, I can’t remember a thing!)

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Las Vegas: Getting There

Oh boy, was I a nervous wreck last week! For those of you who haven’t heard, we had a HUGE snowstorm in Denver last week. It started late Tuesday night and snowed non-stop through much of Thursday. I had to work in New Mexico on Wednesday, so I headed out of Denver before it started. I was SO WORRIED that I would get stuck in Albuquerque and miss our trip to Las Vegas (I was scheduled to fly out of ABQ to DEN Wednesday night at 7). My original flight was cancelled, but thanks to rockstar Frontier, I was rebooked on a 4:45 flight. That flight was delayed several hours, but it was okay with me, because I got HOME on Wednesday night!

We were scheduled to leave Denver for Las Vegas Thursday afternoon–me at 5:55 and Jason at 6:45 (we had free tickets on two different airlines, so he flew United and I flew Southwest). We got to the airport without issue (the road to the airport was kind of bad, but we made it). My flight was delayed about 45 minutes, but Jsaon’s original flight was cancelled. Thanksfully they rebooked him on the next flight, at 8:00.

I arrived in Las Vegas about an hour before he did and went to pick up our rental car. The line was SUPER long–I was in line 45 minutes-1 hour. It worked out well, though, because I got the car about the same time Jason arrived in LV, so I hopped in the car and swung through passenger pick-up to get him. Our vacation was started!

He was so nervous about my driving down Las Vegas Blvd, but I did just fine. We got to our hotel, checked in and headed out for some fun! We stayed at the Bellagio–they had a deal I found online, and since we didn’t have to pay for tickets, we splurged a little on our room. It was GREAT! I love the Bellagio, and we had a room that overlooked the lake and fountains. You can’t hear the music from your room, but they have a station on the TV that plays the music that is playing outside. I prefer to be outside for the fountains, but it was pretty awesome to see them from our room as well.

We went across the street to Paris and had a slice of pizza and a few drinks there in the casino. I LOVE the Paris–I like the area that feels as though you are wandering the streets of Paris. And the pizza I had–seriously probably the best pizza I have ever had! We recently read “Eat, Pray, Love” in our book club, and the author described pizza in Naples, and I swear the pizza I had in the Paris casino sounded just like what she described. So so good!

Glass flowers by Chihuly in Bellagio lobby.

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View from our window–it was perfect!!

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Enjoying adult beverages in Paris

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The Bellagio at night

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We were up until about 2 that night–my goal was to stay up all night one night (didn’t make that one) and to have an adult beverage at every meal (met that goal with one exception–had lunch at In ‘n Out one day, and they do not serve adult beverages).

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