When we first started seeing Pinterest pins of the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, we were intrigued by the insane color of the water, the seemingly endless amount of waterfalls and the charming wooden walkways that look like a scene from a movie. The park is is made up of 16 turquoise lakes, all created by a natural process that over thousands of years have established a series of waterfalls and caves that connect the lakes and continue to refine its structure. The area was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979 and is one of Croatia’s most popular places to visit.
The coolest part of the park (in our opinion) is that the amount of walking trails that connect all the lakes is about an 11 mile journey if you want to see it all. We can’t even imagine what an amazing day it would be to hike the whole thing.
We are starting to brainstorm a trip to Europe sometime next year and feel like this part of Croatia is definitely a contender for the list of destinations to consider. Much of Eastern Europe is still uncharted territory for us and it seems every where we turn there are fantastic articles written about many of the major cities and countries in this area of Europe. Has anyone ever been to Croatia or to this area in particular? We’d love to hear about it.
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It is pretty rare that something that you build up in your head ends up being as good or better than you were anticipating, but that is exactly what happened to us on Saturday when we dined at Eden East. A little over a month ago, we read a review that said that their “night was so intimate and festive it felt like we crashed the perfect wedding,” and with that, we were sold. We made our reservation and eagerly awaited the week’s menu being released and were even more excited when we found out our cousin would be in from out of town to join us.
You guys, Eden East is complete dining euphoria. Everything about it feels like you are eating at your neighbor’s incredibly charming, incredibly well planned dinner party, which just happens to have twinkle lights strung from a massive oak tree and an Airstream trailer turned bar sitting on the property. It also happens to be sitting on a five acre working farm that is full of fresh produce, a chicken coop and rows and rows of blooming flowers. OVER. THE. TOP.
The atmosphere alone makes you happy just being in its presence, but when our waitress told us that this was a slow paced meal where you could walk around the property in between courses and signal your next course when you pleased, we about died.
Good news, the food is also really wonderful as well and is made with top quality ingredients, many of them local. We started with a simple Texas goat cheese appetizer, which we enjoyed with a sweet tea vodka lemonade cocktail that we grabbed from the airstream bar before sitting down. Next up were a classic Cajun dish with black eyed peas, spicy sausage and rice and a creamy pea soup with acidic champagne vinegar on top. The two courses were a nice contrast to each other; one full of spicy, bold flavors and the other much more mild and sweet.
There are so many things about Sundays that I just love. A last little bit of rest before the work week begins, attending Sunday church service, shopping for our weekly meals, and generally getting life back in order before the busyness of Monday. Sundays represent rest, organization, family and thankfulness in a way that every other day of the week just doesn’t come close. I also love that Sundays mean getting to sit on the couch enjoying a cup of coffee for longer than usual, planning for the week ahead and not feeling the need to rush. READ MORE
Shark Week: In honor of shark week, check out this couple that free dives with sharks and gets some insane pictures with them, too.
Real Life: Haley shared this post with me and it is way too true and I am embarrassingly guilty of almost everything on the list (hint: involves puppies).
Classic Style: We loved this style post of Kendi’s this week that is all things classic and feminine.
The News is Rough: It feels like the amount of sadness on the news has been out of control the past few weeks. Here is a short history on the group ISIS that helps put how they got to where they are in perspective.
Extra Large Art: This roundup of large art prints and photographs is inspiring us for some decorating we have been doing in our apartment. It is really cool to see how one piece can transform a room.
Weekend Getaway: Loved Merritt’s recap of her recent stay at the Houstonian Hotel. The spa, dining and workout amenities look amazing!
** This week, some of our everyday adventures included **
- Grabbing lunch at one of our favorites and a post meal treat here
- Spending an afternoon at a natural swimming hole in the Hill Country
- Doing a little retail therapy (details to come soon!)
- Spending time by the pool (for Haley) on her staycation in Austin this week
This weekend, we have another visitor (our cousin!) and we will be catching up with her with a few fun activities planned. This week flew by, so we are hoping to majorly slow it down this weekend and catch up on a few errands and such that we haven’t had a chance to get around to. Anyone have any fun weekend plans? Whatever they are, we hope they’re great!
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