Milan | Monday Playlist

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Day 2 of Milan is today! We’re on the hunt for the city’s best vintage shopping and  a winning apertivo (aka my favorite part of Italian culture).

This weeks playlist is upbeat and perfect for exploring cities you’ve never been to before. Also…I shamelessly included Queen Bey because, really, what playlist is complete without her?

…Especially when you’re seeing her+Jay Z in Paris next weekend.

 

 
Speak to you soon!

 
 

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24 Hours in Vienna | City Guide

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Guten Tag! While I’m currently writing this blog from my couch in Milan, I only arrived here from Vienna yesterday. Finis (my best friend) and I spent a few really lovely days there and I was so excited to share what we saw and did! Even though we were there for four days, I thought I’d narrow it down and tell you about our favorite things in the form of a 24-hour guide for Vienna.

Vienna is in eastern Austria and has a history rich with culture and wiener schnitzel. The home of several renowned artists and political figures, there’s definitely a lot to see within the city. These days, Austria’s bustling with locals and tourists alike. A destination for viennese culture, lovers of classical music and adventure–Vienna is worth a visit.

ACCOMODATIONS:
While Vienna does offer a lot of hotels, we opted to go with airBNB for our time there. We stayed in a really lovely apartment (found here) that was a five minute walk from the Museumsquartier and the Naschmarkt. This was a great area to be in because of how accessible it was to those spots, but also for how close it was to the metro.

*I definitely recommend airBNB for wherever you may be going! It’s a great way to stay somewhere cool for likely an affordable price*

24 HOUR GUIDE:
MORNING
EAT: European breakfast often consists of coffee and a pastry or toast (perhaps with ham or cheese), and that was also the case with Austria. Our favorite place we went was called Cafe Sperl, located near the museumsquartier. The dark wood interior of the room juxtaposed with the light flooding in through the windows made for an elegant but comfortable atmosphere. We sat down at a table near the front door and perused the menu; I decided on the apricot cake (house made) and a latte. Within minutes our table was decorated with beautiful pastries and coffee presented to us on a silver platter. The cafe offers newspapers for its guests, as well as free wifi, and is a charming place to spend a morning.

*YOU SHOULD TRY: Wiener Apfelstrudel | Viennese Apple Strudel.

DO: After grabbing some morning fuel, head over to the Museumsquartier for some culture. The huge square behind the gates is a great place to relax. We visited the Leopold museum: “…one of the world’s most important assemblages of Austrian art. At the heart of the collection are masterpieces of Viennese Art Nouveau, in particular by members of the Vienna Secession founded by Gustav Klimt, and representative works of Austrian Expressionism” -MQ website

The mumok (modern art) looked awesome, although we didn’t get to visit that one. I also heard really great things about the Albertine Museum and the Freud Museum (in a different part of town)  Across the street from the MQ is the national library and it is gorrrrgeous. Floor to ceiling with all the books you can imagine. Definitely block out some time for that as well.

AFTERNOON:
EAT: From the MQ, the Naschmarkt is only about a five minute walk. After sashaying down the aisles of fresh product, local goods and pastries, find a restaurant to stop in for lunch. The variety is vast, spanning everything from traditional Viennese cuisine to Japanese to Italian. If you can’t find something you like within the market there are a lot of delicious options on the streets bordering the market as well.

DO: Hop on the metro and head over to the Leopoldstadt district to visit Prater, an amusement park. The park is most known for it’s giant ferris wheel, but there were some other gems in there as well. Not only are there rides, but there are games and biergartens galore inside the gates. Note: if you don’t like clowns…look out.

Afterwards, jump on back on the metro and head to Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s). This gothic/romanesque cathedral is gorgeous on the inside, but the multicolored roof is a conversation starter in itself.

The cathedral is located in the first district of Vienna, Innere Stadt, which is home to important historic landmarks such as the Erzbischöfliches Palais, the University district (lots of bars and restaurants here), the Burggarten and the Volksgarten, the Palais Pallavicini, the Hofburg palace and SO many other things. Just strolling around (with a map…or a guide) will give you an amazing taste of austria’s history and culture.

Shopping is through the side streets, but most notable on the Kärntner Straße and the Graben.

EVENING:
EAT: While we were headed to the grocery one day we passed a restaurant that had a killer interior called Mark’s, and vowed to go back for dinner. We kept our self-promise and made our way back that night; upon sitting down at a table on the outside patio I knew we had made the right choice. I ordered a spritz (always über refreshing) grilled calamari atop lavender risotto+vanilla butter with a garnish of baby carrots. The flavor isn’t even something I can talk about because of how interesting and delicious it was! Finis ordered the Salmon and it was divine; served with an israeli cous-cous and a bacon, olive jam. Wunderbar.

DO: Vienna is full of exciting nightlife that appeals to a variety of different scenes. Unfortunately I was working most evenings so I had to skip this part, but I did run across a really killer guide with more advice on that topic here.

OTHER CITIES ON MY AUSTRIA BUCKET LIST:
• Salzburg
• Innsbruck

(Hopefully some day I’ll be able to check those out.)

In the mean time, as I told you, we’re in Milano now indulging in the three p’s of Italy: pizza, pasta and paninis. We’ve done some exploring today so I’ll have updates to you soon!

 

Ciao!

 

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Transcontinental | Monday Playlist

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As I sit in my third airport in two days, the excitement of going to Europe again has finally set in. The last leg of the journey is finally in motion, and the anticipation of exploring new cities with my best friend and my camera is beginning to take over.

It’s labor day, so hopefully that means you’re spending your day–you know–not laboring. In the mean time, it’s playlist day! So from the floor of BNA I present to you this weeks collection of spotify jams.

 

 

I can’t wait to share my wandering with you all! So many photos to take and so much cheese to eat; that’s why everyone goes to Europe, right? Tomorrow I wake up in Vienna. Stoked.

To follow my adventures in real time follow me on instagram at @lacunningham and on twitter at @peacelovelc.

Speak to you soon!

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Shift | Monday Playlist

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There are a lot of shifts in the midst of happening right now: a shift of season, a shift of city, a shift of job, a shift of social circle, a shift of comfort zone, a shift of burrito joint..

Where there is shift there is change all around and what I’ve learned though all my times of shifting is that it’s best to welcome the shift with open arms and adapt to it. Why be afraid of the new? Because you were comfortable with the old?

New is scary, but it’s far from impossible. Run at it with open arms and see where the wind blows you. Who knows where you’ll end up?

This weeks playlist is here! Enjoy!

 

 

I’m not sure how much blogging I’ll get in this week, but hopefully I’ll get at least one more post up before Europe.

 

Have an amazing week & speak to you soon!

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Seattle Catchup | Sunday Favorites

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One week ago today I was on the last leg of my cross country plane trip to Seattle–my new home. Countless ideas and questions were swirling around my brain like chocolate-vanilla soft serve ice cream about what work would hold within it’s first week and how different city life would be. Would I be able to keep up?

After a week of getting into the swing of my routine, learning the bus route, meeting my co-workers and falling in love with Seattle side-street by side-street that initial nervousness seems silly. There hasn’t been a hiccup to speak of and I’ve been meeting new people and seeing new places every day. A few of my favorites so far:

1. Cafe MOX- Yesterday we adventured into the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle to check out a cafe called MOX. Within moments of walking through the doors you get the gist: an excited buzz of conversation, wall-to-wall tables whose chairs are all filled, a coffee and beer list on the wall and sprawled across the table tops? Games. Board Games, Card Games, Strategy Games, RPG Games…ALL KINDS. Cafe MOX is a gaming parlour that definitely makes for an entertaining Saturday night. I ordered a chicken + white bean hummus naan sandwich and my friends and I decided on playing Pandemic. The service is great, the patio is wonderful and attached to the restaurant is a store called Card Kingdom where you can purchase any of the games that are available to play (or take part in a tournament if you should so desire). Check it out!

2. Smith- Brunch is one of my favorite things, so I was excited to try out Smith in Capitol Hill for my first official one in Seattle. Once we sat down and scanned the menu I knew we had chosen the right place: zucchini scramble with basil, homemade waffle with washington cherries and whipped cream, chicken and waffles, pomegranate mimosas…perfect. I went with the zucchini and basil scramble that was on special and a hot mug of Stumptown coffee. Across the table was an order of a spectacular eggs benedict for Finis and the Chicken and waffles for Travis; nothing came close to disappointing us. The decor in Smith is a conversation starter, as well. One one wall you’ll find a variety of old, painted portraits, from Kennedy to poised women with ambiguous identities, and on the other? Taxidermy trophies (deer and pheasants to name a couple). Definitely worth the walk.

3. Fremont Coffee - Known for their unique latte art, sometimes featuring either Darth Vader or a skull, Fremont coffee has become a staple in my work week. Whether it be for a quick Americano on the patio with a few spare morning moments or a meeting with my co-workers I’ve always felt welcome there. The prices are good and the coffee punch card gives you further incentive to quickly go from first-timer to regular. Great vibes, great baristas, great coffee.

4. Coconut La Croix - The weather on this coast is inching pretty closely to fall, so for me the final drops of summer are going to come straight from this can. La Croix is flavored, sparkling water that doesn’t have a lot of sugar but does have a satisfying amount of flavor. They’re inexpensive, but so far not the easiest to find. I take one whenever I can get my hands on it.

5. REI - I think a lot of you probably know how great REI is, but I just jumped on the bandwagon this week. Aisles upon aisles of anything you could need for outdoor activities await you. The Seattle location is the flagship store, so to see what makes it special you’ll just have to visit for yourself.

Looking forward to sharing more of Seattle with you all! I leave for Europe a week from today and would love to hear any suggestions about things to do in Vienna, Milan, Cannes and Paris.

 

Speak to you soon!

 

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Seattle | Monday Playlist (LATE)

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As everyone is I’m sure aware by this point in the day, it’s Tuesday (or rather, for some of you, it was). Things have been so crazy the last few weeks that I’ve had to step back from blogging a little to focus on me and what I’ve got going on right now. Last week was vacation (and a side step away from the grid) and this week I’ve started my new life in Seattle and my new job! I can’t wait to update what’s been going on, but for noww… how’s a playlist sound?

Back to regular posting soon! Enjoy:
 
 

 
 

Speak to you soon (Promise!)

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Concrete Jungle | Cincinnati Photo Diary

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Wanted to share a few more photos from my trip to Cincinnati OH last month. I’ve got on more entry to the photo diary to post, but then it’s off to the beach!

Posting has been a little sparse recently and here’s why: things are so crazy that I feel I may be actually going I N S A N E. Between moving, tying up loose ends in Nashville, getting ready for the beach next week and then heading up to Seattle immediately after that–my head is spinning. So much excitement and adventure awaits!

But I’ve got to admit, my week at the beach that’s on the horizon is what’s keeping me going right now.

I’ll get a (late) playlist up just as soon as I get some time.

 

Have a great week!

 

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