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Discover Arkansas: Mount Magazine – Paris, Arkansas

IMG_0814{Mount Magazine Lodge: views from our balcony were just breathtaking. I could have sat here all day!}

IMG_0771{But we decided to get a drink at the restaurant … I really could have sat here all day!}



IMG_0813{Gorgeous wedding in Blue Mountain – congrats Kelsey and Kyle! <3}

IMG_5890{Good morning, Arkansas – you sure are stunning.}

{We did a little bit of hiking on our way out – highest point in Arkansas!}

IMG_0841{And of course, when in Paris you must see the Eiffel Tower!}

We were here for less than 24 hours, and we’re already planning our next trip!
xo xo

See more Discover Arkansas posts here.


Aldermans Go Global: Paris

D A Y  1




IMG_7735[Arrived in Paris to a beautiful day and another adorable (Rick Steve’s recommended) hotel – Hotel Des Grandes Ecoles. This was the cobblestone pathway that led to the hotel behind closed doors from the street, and the adorable patio/garden where everyone sat and drank wine every afternoon. To say I could get use to this would be an understatement.]


IMG_7747[6-course French wine + champagne tasting]

IMG_7752[Dinner at Louvre Ripaille – mushroom risotto + beef bourguignon (and a creepy husband)]


IMG_7769[Moonlit stroll home with Notre Dame + Love Locks]

D A Y  2



[Musee d’Orsay was incredible – highly recommend it! And the special exhibition was amazing. Pictured: At the Moulin Rouge by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec]


IMG_7867[Our favorite thing about Paris was just walking around, exploring and these gorgeous views.]

IMG_7879[One of the last remaining original metro signs]

IMG_7895[We didn’t go in the Louvre, but we did stop by for some photos]

IMG_7905[Wine in our hotel patio/garden. Like I said before, I could get use to this.]


IMG_7951[It was a looooong walk to the Eiffel Tower after an already long day of walking, but these views sure were worth it. <3]

D A Y  3


IMG_7967[Cappuccinos + croque monsieur at Le Descartes]

IMG_7971[Strolled through the gorgeous Jardin du Luxembourg]

IMG_7994[Laduree was a dream! And the macarons were amazing! From L to R: Iced Mint, Salted Caramel, Pistachio, Coffee (our favorite!), Rose Petal, Marie Antoinette]

IMG_7980[We stumbled upon this pop-up art museum and had to go in. Turns out it was an Hermes exhibition that was one of the coolest things we saw in Paris. We felt like we were in Alice in Wonderland!]

IMG_8010[This hole-in-the-wall bar in Montmarte served us the best duck we have ever tasted. It seriously melted in my mouth, and was my favorite thing we ate on the trip.]

IMG_8018[Loved seeing a show at the Moulin Rouge! So much fun!]

D A Y  4 – Last day in Paris

IMG_8063[The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles was stunning!]

IMG_8095[And so were the grounds – wow! Versailles was so impressive. There aren’t even words to describe it.]

IMG_8108[Another adorable side street with Shakespeare and Co. bookstore + take-away crepes. It doesn’t get more French than walking the streets with a crepe.]

IMG_8127[Dinner on Ile Saint-Louie was so romantic! A perfect end to our Parisian adventure.]

IMG_8132[We loved you, Paris! We will definitely be back!]

xo xo

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60 days.

Y’all, trip planning is hard, and I love it.

In 60 days, husband and I will be embarking on our first European adventure together and I could not be more excited. [London, Paris, Munich + a spontaneous night in Salzburg] (Side note: is it really spontaneous if I’ve already planned it? But I hadn’t originally planned it, so it feels spontaneous!!) 

But it’s hard.

If you didn’t know, I’m super planner, especially when it comes to trips. My favorite thing is to find the amazing local restaurants. Food is too good to skimp on when traveling!! But it can get overwhelming fast when planning for a two week vacation in several cities. I’m starting my itinerary spreadsheets now (go ahead, judge) and I’ve taken a lot of recommendations (go ahead, send me more). I’m already thinking about packing, and the shoes I need to buy, and my passport that still has to come in, and the train tickets I need to purchase, and the adapter I can’t forget, and the budget that needs to be solidified, etc. etc.

Like I said, a girl can get overwhelmed.

But I love it.

And like they say, anticipation is half the fun. I’m already learning new things about the cities and their cultures just from reading up on what to do. I seriously get giddy if I think about how much we are going to get to experience together.

When I realize we will land in London on the anniversary of our engagement.

When I realize I will get to eat macaroons at Lauduree.
(and also at home, in my bath, just like Blair Waldorf)


When I realize we will be in Munich for Oktoberfest. OKTOBERFEST!

When I realize our last night will be in this adorable lakeside hotel.


When I realize I’ll get to go to Platform 9 3/4 and take a cliche picture, all the while praying I will somehow end up at Hogwarts.

When I realize I will get to stroll hand-in-hand with my love beneath the glittering Eiffel Tower.


It all sounds magical. And it will be here before we know it. 60 days.
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

xo xo