Portland, Maine

I visited Portland, Maine over spring break this year. Will came with me and we had a fabulous time!

Originally, this trip was meant to be for me to tour Maine Law and go apartment hunting. Will and I turned it into a foodie tour (as well as a shopping spree for me haha). We visited so many amazing places!

First up: Rising Tide Brewing

Duck Fat

Holy Donuts

Becky’s Diner

My favorite meal? The lobster club at Becky’s! The prices were very fair (although I was the one willing to pay $20 for lobster…) and they have some amazing desserts! Will got a whoopie pie, which is something you’ll see a lot of in Portland.

Will’s favorite meal was the poutine from Duck Fat. Their fries are all house made and fried in duck fat (hence the name). I got the brussels sprouts and they were the most delicious vegetables I’d ever eaten, which is saying something because in 2018 I put up a recipe post on the blog claiming that those brussels were my favorites!

Portland reminded me of Asheville, my home town. If you want to read about my Asheville adventures you can check out this post, this post, and this post!

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Jacksonville, FL

I promise I’ll be off my Florida kick after this post. I just miss the warmer weather so much!

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This big blue bridge made me feel like I was back in San Francisco.

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I love all the palm trees.

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Duuuval!

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St. Augustine

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Last weekend my friends and I traveled to St. Augustine for fall break at UGA. The weather was absolutely perfect. I had friends up north talking about how it was snowing early this year while I was basking in the sun in a tank top and shorts. I was living the life.

My friends and I rented a small air bnb in one of the…sketchier…areas of the city. Favorite part? All the abandoned houses really set the scene for Halloween and the feral cats made it feel extra spooky. The homeless people were really a catch. “Y’all seen Cletus?” was the most quotable part of the trip; however, we still don’t know who or what Cletus is. Lol.

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The history buff in me not only loved the aesthetic of the city but also stopped to read each and every historical marker. Needless to say, I was the straggler of the group.

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Seeing as this was a “school trip” for the big game on Saturday, I felt that taking a picture with the U.S.A.’s oldest wooden schoolhouse was obligatory.

While I didn’t get the best pictures, the cafes I visited were super trendy and Instagrammable. My favorites were the Cuban Cafe and Bakery and Dreamboat Coffee. If anyone is in the neighborhood, pick up a sweet cream iced coffee from Dreamboat! The barista is the nicest person, and her bubbly personality left me feeling full of giggles, even after my six hour drive to the city from Athens! I totally forgot her name, but shoutout to her because she rocked my world Friday night.

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The above photo was the view from our porch…Now that I’m back in Athens, I want to return more than anything!

Florida Georgia

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This was my first time going to The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, otherwise known as the Georgia vs. Florida game in Jacksonville. While I didn’t have a single cocktail there (my liver is probably grateful for that haha) I did indulge in way too many sweets and treats. Sometimes you really need some stadium junk food to get you in the mood! Plus the bag checkers let me bring in my Cheerios because, let’s face it, I am truly a soccer mom at heart.

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After a Dawgs win, the weekend couldn’t have ended on a better note!

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The Vatican

My class and I visited the Vatican on our last day in Rome. I loved the experience, even if I didn’t get to meet the Pope (although some of my friends did get to see him the very next day!)img_3566

My favorite part of the Vatican? The ceilings! img_3494img_3498img_3506img_3507

All the other artwork was cool too, but really, the ceilings here are something else entirely. I loved them! img_3531img_3528

The stained glass here wasn’t as impressive as I’d hoped. The best stained glass I’ve ever seen was definitely Chartres Cathedral in France. Maybe that’ll be the next stop on the Tour de Bailey? Who knows! You’ll have to wait until this next semester ends to see where I travel too next!

Rome

Today’s blog post is short and sweet (just like me, lol). These are all the places I went in Rome, other than the Vatican, which is technically its own country.

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The Trevi Fountain was my favorite landmark. I had been wanting to visit and make a wish ever since The Lizzie McGuire Movie came out! img_3439

Below is the Pantheon…img_3443

Believe it or not, this building has a giant oculus in the middle! I’m a little sad that I wasn’t here for the Pentecost – the Romans celebrate by showering rose petals through the hole in the ceilingimg_3452

Of course, the Column of Trajan was a must! img_3455img_3468

If you missed my last post about all the coffee I drank in Italy – check it out here! Spoiler alert: Arnold’s was my favorite!

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The oldest tea room in Italy!

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I high-fived Constantine the Great.IMG_3399IMG_3403IMG_3418IMG_3421IMG_3426IMG_3429

And I managed to make some cool cat friends while abroad! Turns out, meowing in Italian is the same as EnglishIMG_3534

Obligatory “we figured out how to navigate the metro on our own” selfieIMG_3738

That’s all for now! Check back next week for more on my Italian travels!

Coffee in Italy

If you haven’t guessed, I love coffee! As something I drink every day, I would say I know what I like and how I like it done. Transitioning from American coffee to Italian coffee was a little weird because I’m so used to a big mug of black coffee in the mornings and in Italy most people drink a shot of espresso instead.

Starting on hour one in the airport, I decided to drink as an Italian would drink – I ordered a cappuccino. Turns out, I actually like them here! In the States I find them too sweet, but here the foam and bitter coffee make the perfect harmonious marriage of flavors.

Truth be told it wasn’t the prettiest coffee I’ve ever had, but it was from an airport so I didn’t have the bar set too high.

Bar Signorelli in Cortona is the UGA kids’ usual haunt. Go there for their cafe lattes, cappuccinos, or iced coffee. Honestly, we all went there for their wifi haha

Gilli’s in Florence is my friend Sherry’s favorite coffee place. While I don’t think it’s the best there is, the coffee was definitely the prettiest I’ve ever had!

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The bar there was also super cute! The whole place had a very British vibe.

I loved the mirror in the background (as you can probably tell by the awkward mirror selfies).

I’m honestly not even sure where I bought this coffee…

Or this one…whoops!

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My favorite coffee shop in Italy has to be Arnold’s. It’s essentially a knock off Starbucks, but with better coffee. Get the American coffee with vanilla! That’s what saved me during my sleep deprived day long tour in Florence, and then again when in Rome. Their cookies are also a hit!