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Our Family Road Trip to Richmond and DC

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Last weekend we took a little vacation to Washington, DC. Hubby had the long weekend and I’d been wanting to take a trip to the city. It’s just a few hours from where we are in North Carolina and I’ve always loved DC.

On our way to DC, we also got the chance to stop over in Richmond, Virginia to see a good friend of mine from law school (who recently had a baby!) And really, any excuse to coo over an adorable baby, and I’m all in.

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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Since we were only in Richmond for about a day-and-a-half, we pretty much just ate our way through the city. So let’s talk food …

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If for any reason you are EVER visiting Richmond, Virginia you must visit Sally Bell’s Kitchen. This place is practically an institution and this year it celebrated it’s 93rd year in business. My parents used to take us on our own road trips so many years ago, and even now, when we get out to Richmond, it’s a must-visit. Sally Bell’s is about as no frills as you can get, serving only paper lunch boxes with sandwiches, cupcakes and the best potato salad you’ll ever have. There is never not a line around the corner, but it is so worth it. I’m fairly smitten with their strawberry cupcakes and at just $1.65 a cupcake, it’s hard not to get two; plus an extra lunchbox … err, we’ll call that one Scarlett’s.

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Truth be told, since moving to North Carolina I’ve seriously missed Jewish delicatessen. There are so many great options in Miami (and of course New York), but I can’t say that I’ve found my bagel place here in the Triangle. I just want a good bowl of matzoh ball soup (that I don’t have to cook) and a bagel with fish! Randomly, while in Richmond, we happened upon Perly’s Restaurant & Delicatessen. I may have cried a little when we walked through the door and spotted a real life deli counter. Perly’s is sort of a hipster take on classic delicatessen – with specials like duck confit matzoh brei, french fries tossed in dill (which are incredible, for the record), and a beet bloody mary – but it also has the classics, like latkes with apricot applesauce (YUM), reuben sandwiches, and matzoh ball soup. Great; I’m hungry now.

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We loved driving around Richmond. The homes are historic and stunning and in the fall, the leaves make everything look so gorgeous.

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WASHINGTON DC

We spent Thursday through Sunday in DC at the most amazing hotel: The Kimpton Glover Park Hotel in Georgetown. Hubby and I both love the Georgetown area – there’s great shopping, restaurants, and I’m such a fan of Kimpton hotels. Kimpton Hotels are also great with kids. When we checked in, Scarlett got to pick a prize from “her treasure chest” and of course, conned her way into a handful of glittery balls that she took with us everywhere the entire weekend.

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We traveled from Richmond to DC that afternoon, so the free wine at happy hour was basically awesome.

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Later that evening, the amazing staff also showed up at our door with the sweetest little welcome.

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The hotel was really close to M Street – one of my favorites – where you can find the most amazing upscale shopping (and window shopping) at places like Club Monaco, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Calypso St. Barth, Dean & Deluca, and all of the best cupcake places. The M Street Anthropologie has long been one of my absolute favorites.

We also stopped in for salads at sweetgreen, and even hubby liked it! Getting him to like a salad place; that’s a major victory.

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Baked and Wired was hands-down our favorite cupcake spot. Their cupcakes are moist and perfectly sweet and they even have a vegan oreo cupcake (which Scarlett went crazy for.)

She also loved the vegan oreo cupcakes from Sticky Fingers Bakery. If you’re looking for an all-vegan bakery, this is your place!

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Brunch at Ted’s Bulletin is still one of my top picks every time we visit DC. Their breakfast is fantastic and come on, homemade poptarts? I want them all.

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Another great place to fall in for a meal, like lunch, is Buredo. They make sushi burritos that are fantastic!

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We spent a lot of time walking around, snapping photos, and playing at parks. It really was such a nice weekend away, and it gave me a taste of the big city that I’ve been missing since leaving Miami.

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Hubby and I love driving around the neighborhoods in every place we visit, picking out our dream homes and looking them up on Zillow (and then collectively having mini heart attacks over their pricetags). It’s become a tradition and also the perfect time for Scarlett to nap.

We spent one day checking out the Smithsonian National Zoo and the National Mall (a huge park which houses some of the most famous museums and memorials, and plenty of awesome food trucks.)

The National Zoo is the perfect place to take the family – and everyone gets in for free! Scarlett spent most of the time having conversations with the monkeys and seals and telling them to be careful.

On our last morning (Sunday), we made our way to Eastern Market after hearing so many great things about the popular indoor/outdoor market.

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We had such a great time checking out Richmond, Virginia and Washington, D.C. and I can’t wait to go back!

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If you’re planning a trip to DC this holiday season – and you definitely should – Kimpton has two amazing deals going on right now:

“Branching Out” package – This package shows the best of the property with a City View Room, $100 credit to Michael Schlow’s Casolare Restaurant + Bar, a $10 donation to the nearby Rock Creek Park Conservancy (a nod to the hotel’s décor inspired by the nearby park), a class pass to the Urban Atheletic Club gym in the hotel, plus a tote bag and wildflower seeds. (Rates starting from $229 per night.)

“Give Yourself Some Credit” package – This holiday package includes a $25 daily credit to use toward anything you’d like from parking to dining at Casolare or through room service or even toward in-room spa treatments. The offer is available now through February 28, 2017 and must be booked byDecember 30, 2016. Just use the code: KREDIT at  www.gloverparkhotel.com. (Rates starting from $149 per night.)

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If you take a trip to DC, be sure to let me know in the comments or on social media (@glitterinclexi). I’d love to hear about your travels!


Lexi

Guide to Millstone Creek Orchards in North Carolina

Two weekends ago we headed to the opening weekend for the fall season; a.k.a., apple harvest, at Millstone Creek Orchards. I’ve been dreaming of checking out the apple orchards in North Carolina since we moved here, and last year, with everything going on, I totally missed the season. This year I was determined to get our family there. It was so worth the wait!

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We started our visit by taking a tractor hayride to each of the picking fields.

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We started at the vineyards and Scarlett got such a kick out of seeing all of the “grape trees.”

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After that it was off to the apple trees. There were several varieties of apples and SO many trees to pick from.

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We even got to pick gourds which totally satisfied my fall-loving heart.

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Seriously, there were SO many places to pick apples, and so many types. (Apple recipe is coming soon … obviously!)

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The property is sprawling and so beautiful. The drive from Durham was just shy of an hour,  but totally worth the trip.

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I’m pretty sure we need an apple tree in our backyard now.

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The property also has a stage with live music on the weekends … Scarlett couldn’t stop dancing; there was a store full of jellies, jams, apple cider, gifts, and home accessories; there are (amazing) apple cider donuts (worth every single calorie), caramel apple sundaes, and apple cider slushies. There were also outdoor games and activities, apple cider pressing demonstrations, and even a story time for kids. This is THE place to go in the fall, whether you have kids or not.

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Check out the Millstone Creek Orchards’ website for their fall schedule.


Looking for more fun, family-friendly activities here in North Carolina? Check out our Guide to the North Carolina State Fair (my favorite!), a trip to the Urban Vintage Market in Raleigh, and last year’s trip to a Christmas tree farm.


Pictures taken by me for Glitter, Inc.


Lexi

Our Spring Family Vacation 2016

If you follow along either on social media, you may have caught a few behind-the-scenes from our family vacation over on instagramfacebooktwitter, and snapchat → glitterinclexi (lots of fun videos there, but hurry – they only last for twenty-four hours). Last week, we went on a little Southern adventure and took a road trip from North Carolina to Georgia and back to visit family, with a quick detour in Atlanta!

As Scarlett gets older – a.k.a., the toddler years – we’ve found it easier and easier to just drive to our destination, rather than brave a very long day of airport travel. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a big proponent of flying – you can get literally anywhere in just a few short hours – but with a toddler, a whole lot of prep work and patience goes into that mode of transportation. I prepare plenty for road trips – activities and games, snacks, movies, an extra change of clothes diapers and wipes – but with a car trip, the chance to make pit stops, snack breaks, and if need be, hotel detours – are all lifesavers when traveling with a toddler.

Back to our trip: we had so much fun, so I thought I would share a glimpse into our packed family vacation days. This post is picture-heavy, so prepare yourselves. 🙂

DAHLONEGA, GA

First stop: Dahlonega, Georgia to visit hubby’s Aunt and Uncle. They own the most amazing vineyard and winery – Frogtown Cellars in Dahlonega (with locations in Atlanta and California as well), and we stayed in their gorgeous mountain house. Aunt Cydney is a fabulous cook, and they were both such awesome hosts. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen our tiny little girl eat so much.

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At the Vineyard, Scarlett spent most of the time collecting rocks (her new favorite hobby), chasing after the vineyard dogs (both of whom she fell instantly for), and having deep conversations with the koi fish. Mommy and Daddy got to taste plenty of great wine. Win, win.

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The next day, we went to Downtown Dahlonega and the cutest little town center. We had the yummiest lunch at Shenanigans, shopped a few of the antique markets, and Scarlett had her very first lollipop.

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Road trip must: always stop for donuts. If it looks like a dive, odds are, the donuts will be off the charts.

Road Trip Donuts

CLEVELAND, GA

When I was a kid, my parents used to take my siblings and I to Babyland General in Cleveland, Georgia – the giant mansion that houses the over-the-top themed Cabbage Patch museum.

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Though I knew Scarlett would probably be a bit young for Babyland, the kid in me just had to take a trip down memory lane. And lucky for us, Scarlett loved it! She spent the whole time running from station to station, playing in the pretend kitchens, baby hair salon, toy shop, and petting each and every stuffed dog on the head. There was even a “live birth” from the Cabbage Patch while we were there. So cheesy and fun.

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ATLANTA, GA

One of the perks of staying with family in Dahlonega is how close it is to Atlanta. I’ve been missing the crazy city life (the transition from a huge city like Miami to smaller town life in North Carolina is a major one!), so hubby insisted we spend a couple of days in Atlanta. Despite a little bit of traffic, the two day trips to Atlanta were so worth it.

We spent one day having brunch at the cutest little restaurant (Sun in My Belly), taking Scarlett to the Aquarium and falling into Krog Street Market for a snack. The aquarium turned out to be such a treat for all three of us.

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Krog Street Market was a little gem we happened upon when we wanted a little break. Hubby was in Hop City heaven and of course, they had me at ice cream.

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The second day we took a trip to Lennox Square Mall and explored Buckhead. Is it weird that I love checking out malls in big cities? I can’t say that I wasn’t just a little ecstatic to be reunited with a Zara.

We took a shopping break and had lunch at Joy Cafe; I’m still dreaming about their desserts.

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Driving back from Atlanta, in good road trip form, we made a pit stop at an Outlet Mall – with a Restoration Hardware Outlet (yes!)

On our last morning in Dahlonega it started snowing heaps and suddenly everything was covered in snow. Such a pretty way to say goodbye.

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BURNSVILLE, NC

Hubby’s mom just bought an awesome cabin in Burnsville, so our last stop was to visit Grandma. The home is in such a cool part of town – so much great artwork and food and stunning scenery. It was extra cold following the snow, so we stayed bundled. And of course, Scarlett and Grandma were thrilled to be reunited.

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Let the rock hunting continue.

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Driving around Burnsville is totally gorgeous.

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Brunch at Pig & Grits. Such amazing food and of course, Scarlett loved the jelly packets best. Such is the life of a toddler!

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We took a trip to Asheville – about forty minutes away – and went to The Grove Park Inn; cocktails by the fire, plenty of fun shops, and quite the view.

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Hubby found the Funkatorium in Downtown Asheville – an extension of Wicked Weed brewery (where we went on our last visit to Asheville) and he brought home a bunch of sour beers (yuck!)

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Asheville is such a fun town to explore; it’s grown so much over the years, and we love discovering new places each time we visit.

Back in Burnsville, on the last day of our trip, we went to a local Country Store to do a bit of shopping and for the live music.

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On Saturdays, everyone is welcome to come play, plus there’s a great bakery and coffeehouse on site, so this mama was happy. Scarlett spent almost the entire time dancing in a circle to the music. It was so sweet to watch her clap her hands and spin.

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Back at Grandma’s house we did a bit more exploring and then had to say our goodbyes.

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Of course vacation went by way too fast; but it is so nice to be home. Hubby’s on night shifts now but luckily I’ve been plenty busy planning a huge styled shoot I have coming up and chasing Scarlett all over the place. I’m already counting down the days until our next trip!


Lexi

Our Family Vacation to Punta Cana, in Pictures

Over the holiday break we went on a trip with my mom’s side of the family to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. There was plenty of nostalgia wrapped up in this trip for us because my Bubby and Poppy once lived in the Dominican Republic for several years on a farm (yeah, they were totally cool like that, and I miss them every day.) We rented a big house and ate, drank, swam, and explored. We also threw a mini tropical-themed baby shower for my cousin’s wife (they’re pregnant with their first baby!) All in all, it was the perfect getaway (special thanks to my amazing Aunt who took all of us, and always organizes the best trips.)

And now for the pretty pictures …

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Our house had a private pool, and we took frequent trips by golf cart to the nearby beach and to explore the other beautiful homes in the area. Anyone else obsessed with driving around looking at big, beautiful houses?

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The nearby hotel also had amazing views and the yummiest restaurant; though having Dominican food cooked for us by the amazing chefs at our house was equally awesome too.

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There was also this amazing nature preserve/path that we took the golf cart to, and then hiked around. There were all of these hidden lagoons and canopied paths to walk along. So perfect.

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And of course, we celebrated the new year!

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How about you? Did you do anything fun over the holiday break?


Lexi

Guide to the North Carolina State Fair (with Kids)

I’ve seen fairs. I love fairs. But nothing is as outrageously humongous and fried-food packed as the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, North Carolina. The N.C. State Fair is chock full of classic fair food, colorful rides, funhouses, sideshow acts, agricultural exhibits (including prize livestock, horses, bunnies), even a bonafide pig race.

If I can stress nothing else on your first or next visit to the N.C. State Fair (and I sure do hope you go!), try to head out on a weekday and go early. Truthfully, no matter the time, the fair is unbelievably crowded; which is crazy, considering how huge it is.

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PARKING

Scarlett and I set out on our own, and parking was a bit intimidating. To make our lives easier, we grabbed a spot at the nearest lot just behind the fair, by gate 9, but we probably could have parked for free over at PNC arena. All of the lots lead straight into the fair, with cone walkways and a whole lot of police officers directing traffic. My suggestion: follow the masses.

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FRIENDS & FAMILY

Hit up the fair with a decent-sized group. You don’t want to go with too many people because it’s pretty difficult to keep track of everyone in all of the crowds, but having a few friends and family there to share in the awesome fair food; that’s key. Scarlett and I met up with Courtney, the awesome fellow blogger behind Courtney Fashionista, and Laura, a new-to-me, and totally amazing photographer in the area. After the girls left, I waited for my friend Mikkel, an incredible photographer who travels all over the world (seriously, check out her travel blog and her beautiful photography site) and my hubby, who came after work. Mikkel and I bonded over our love for sweet ‘n low (diet limeade is awesome, you guys!) and hubby was in gross fried food heaven (seriously, if you’re an adventurous eater, the fair is for you!)

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KIDS

Scarlett is still too little to ride the rides, so a stroller was essential. I probably should have brought her baby carrier as well, because it’s hard keeping them in the stroller through such a long day, but I sure am glad we brought that stroller. It was a lifesaver for Scarlett’s inevitable early afternoon nap and great for carrying snacks and prizes. It also worked as a great way to push through fair traffic.

I brought along sunscreen, snacks, bottles of water, the diaper bag, and a blanket for Scar just in case. Again, so glad to have that stroller basket.

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There are games for all ages, and I can’t wait to bring her next year to choose a rubber duck from the “pond” and hold onto all of the prizes her daddy will win her.

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We stopped off at Smitty’s Apples – still crying over the fact that I didn’t try the “apple fries” nearby (apple sticks fried in sweet dough and topped with powdered sugar), but I did get Scar a cold freshly peeled apple for a dollar that she devoured. Winning. If you don’t want your little ones eating so much fried food, the peeled apples are a great and inexpensive option.

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WEATHER

The weather is absolutely gorgeous this time of year, and this year (2015), was no exception. Bring layers. I brought along a light cardigan, jacket and scarf, and took turns using each. Scarlett (15 months), wore a cardigan over her outfit, plus I packed a jacket and blanket. The blanket really came in handy because I could easily throw it on and off while she was in the stroller. In the shade it can get really cold, though the “warm”, typically in the 60s, is so beautiful (and perfect fair weather)

A guide to the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh (with little kids), and how to have the best time ever. Photo by Mikkel Paige

Photo by Mikkel Paige

A guide to the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh (with little kids), and how to have the best time ever. A guide to the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh (with little kids), and how to have the best time ever.

FOOD

I love great barbecue – though disclaimer here: I’m boring, and typically stick to chicken – but my husband about burst when he realized he could have BBQ in a cup. And that he did. Get the BBQ in cup. I promise you, you’ll love it.

A guide to the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh (with little kids), and how to have the best time ever. Photo by Mikkel Paige

Photo by Mikkel Paige

Of course there are also the classics: giant turkey legs, roasted corn on the cob, lemonade, kettle corn, gyros, potato ribbons, corndogs, the list goes on and on.

A guide to the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh (with little kids), and how to have the best time ever. Photo by Mikkel Paige

Photo by Mikkel Paige

But let’s be real: it’s the fried food that has everyone talking. Our local NPR station has been singing it’s praises for weeks now, so I knew we had to take the plunge. I’m talking fried pickles dipped in peanut butter and chocolate and covered in powdered sugar, every variety of funnel cake ever (red velvet funnel cakes, OMG), fried cheesecake, fried Tootsie Rolls (wrapped in bacon), fried Twinkies, fried Oreos and Girl Scout cookies.

A guide to the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh (with little kids), and how to have the best time ever. Photo by Mikkel Paige

Photo by Mikkel Paige

We took the plunge on fried Caramel deLites – which are basically just Samoas in disguise deep fried in doughnut dough and topped with chocolate syrup and powdered sugar; best decision ever. Who knew Girl Scout cookies could get better? I’m a huge coconut fan, though it’s subtle, and the cookie starts to melt on the inside. I’m crying a little just thinking about it.)

A guide to the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh (with little kids), and how to have the best time ever. A guide to the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh (with little kids), and how to have the best time ever. A guide to the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh (with little kids), and how to have the best time ever.

ATTRACTIONS

There is so much to do here and though we were there almost an entire day, I still missed so many things. But hey, there’s always next year! I’m a dork, so I loved the bunny exhibit; the Flower and Garden Show; the craft exhibits in the green Hobbies & Crafts building; the Bluegrass Band Stage (with live music all day long); and though it was hard to see, the pig races were pretty adorable (little pigs race for cheese doodles – a worthy prize indeed.) Of course there are also the “spectacles,” like the “World’s Tiniest Horse!” and “Beautiful Head of a Woman …. Ugly Body of a Snake!” There were log-chopping competitions and horse races and livestock shows and carnival games, so many Village of Yesteryear and old-time themed displays too. I promise you this, you’ll be entertained.

A guide to the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh (with little kids), and how to have the best time ever.

We left before it got REALLY crowded; just before 5pm. You can’t imagine who busy it gets in the evenings. The fair is the place to be. I grabbed a caramel apple on the way out, because I always think it’s fun to have something sweet to remind me of our awesome time a day or two later. Plus, who doesn’t love a caramel apple?

A guide to the North Carolina State Fair (with kids), and how to have the best time ever.

Photo by Lexi of Glitter, Inc.

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Photos by Laura Simson Photography and Mikkel Paige (Pictures taken by Mikkel are noted and check out Mikkel’s travel blog for more fun details about our trip to the fair!)

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Windows of the World

Portuguese photographer André Vicente Goncalves photographs windows, and the result is stunning. The ongoing series, called Windows of the World, documents a variety of colorful exteriors, sills, shutters, and window shapes, grouping individual images into large grids according to their location. Who knew windows could have so much character and style?

“I always had a curiosity about windows,” Goncalves writes, “like the structure of houses, they change region to region.” The photographer later compiled the thousands of pictures he had taken and Windows of the World was born. “[It’s] a big evolution from the earliest windows that were only a hole in the wall.”

Lisbon Portugal 2 - Windows of the World

Lisbon, Portugal

Burano Italy - Windows of the World

Burano, Italy

Porto Purtugal - Windows of the World

Porto, Portugal

Venice Italy - Windows of the World

Venice, Italy

Lisbon Portugal - Windows of the World

Lisbon, Portugal

Ericeira Portugal - Windows of the World

Ericeira, Portugal

Évora Portugal - Windows of the World

Évora, Portugal

Albufeira Portugal - Windows of the World

Albufeira, Portugal

The Alps - Windows of the World

The Alps

Sesimbra Portugal - Windows of the World

Sesimbra, Portugal

via My Modern Met | Photographer, André Vicente Goncalves


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