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In lieu of a baking post this Friday, I thought I’d share a short video instead. It’s just a little something something I put together to commemorate recent trips to Lake Anna, Charlottesville and Monticello. I spoke a little bit about how much I love it there in this post, and I’m really happy I now have this video reminder.

We’ll be trading the lake for the beach this weekend, and if the weather cooperates, sadly it might not, I could have another one of these videos up my sleeve.

I hope you have yourself a happy Friday and lovely weekend. You’ll find me on the beach. I’ll be the one regretting that bag of chips from the night before.

Video soundtrack: “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities 

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Macau Family
{My adorable aunts, mom and me}

Hi there! We’re about to start the next leg of my trip to the motherland with a 7-day tour of China’s beautiful Hunan province. I’m quite excited. 

But before I disappear for who knows how long, I want to share some pictures from our day trip to Macau. I didn’t particularly care for it, and at times, it felt as if the place was conceived just to ruin my plans for Hong Kong Disney, but that’s another story for another day. In the end, any time spent with my beloved aunts and mom is a good time in my book.

A-Ma TempleMacau Window PatternMacau Incense
{Sights from A-Ma Temple, Macau’s oldest place of worship}

I enjoy watching people burn incense at Buddhist temples, just not when it’s 100 degrees. 

Macau Tiles

Macau’s pretty patterned tiles were my second-favorite thing about the place. 

Macau Umbrella Egg Tart
{Colorful newspaper stands & Portuguese egg tarts}

These Portuguese egg tarts were my number-one favorite. They and they alone made the trip worthwhile.

Ruins St. Paul
{Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral}

SPaulo SignMacau St Paul Duo
{View from the steps of St. Paul’s & happy Chinese tourists}

That’ll do it from me for now. Until next time! 

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{Tian An Men – Gate of Heavenly Peace}

Hello! Life on the other side of the world has been a busy one, but I’m back from my blogging hiatus, for now. My trip kicked off with a quick visit to Beijing. I’ve been there a handful of times, and always enjoy rediscovering the sights. Here are a few photos from my day as a tourist. 

Summer Palace Sky
{Forbidden City & Summer Palace}

We were so very lucky that Beijing’s infamous smog chose to skip town in our time there. The skies were so clear and blue and made the 100-degree heat a little more bearable. 

Beijing Food

One of the toughest things about only being in Beijing for two nights was picking where and what to eat from all of the options. On Thursday, we celebrated July 4th eating shumai dumplings at DuYiChu, a restaurant as old as our beloved USA. Peking Duck was mandatory and we devoured a fancy, modern take at Dadong Duck on our final night. 

Great Wall LandscaipeGreat Wall
Great Wall
{Mutianyu Great Wall}

The Great Wall is always breathtaking. We went to the Mutianyu section known for having the best views. The scenery was as advertised, but I think what I loved most about it was how surprisingly uncrowded it was. Feeling at peace in China is a precious thing. 


That does it for now. I hope you had yourself a great Fourth of July weekend. I know I did. 

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