July 19, 2017

A Long Trip

We have been in Indianapolis since last Sunday on a work trip. We've been doing training and instead of traveling back and forth a few weeks in a row, we packed up the pups and headed to an AirBnB for two week straight to do it all in one swoop. Two weeks is a really long time. We are exhausted. The work part has been great - super productive and lots of awesome stuff is happening, but I'm so excited for my own bed and my own shower.

Since my brain is kind of mush right now, I figured I'd check in here and just make some observations about things happening lately:

1. AirBnB is great for work trips. We got a house with 3 very separate bedrooms and we have a couple of coworkers that are staying here with us. I understand that would be really uncomfortable for a lot of people, but the group we are with is super comfortable (or we would not have brought up this idea at all.)

2. If you are in Indy ever, you should check out Garden Table. We love this place and visited here twice during our visit and love it. Also, the Broad Ripple Brewpub, they have the best vegetarian options.

3. Countermatch is back in stock. This stuff is amazing and when Beautycounter first released it, it sold out almost instantly. It's back now and they made a lot more so get your hands on some. Click here. Make it happen.

4. I haven't had very much time to check social media, but it isn't one of those good breaks. I'm still seeing the sad and horrible and disgusting news, but just seeing less of my friends daily antics and pictures of their babies and puppies.

5. We have had a rough week with Lola. She's going to see the vet on Monday, so let's just hope that our drive home is comfortable and happy for her. She's on a rice and chicken diet right now and I'm hoping that helps.

6. I'm still excited about the GoT premiere.

7. I read an article this week about the new Star Wars hotel at Disney... and now I want to just go super nerd and check it out. Read more about it here.

8. Athleta is having a sale. They are one of my favorite stores because they are comfortable and they have environmentally friendly practices. I'm thinking of getting one of these comfy shirts or these leggings.

9. Everyone here has chickens. I know that lots of people do this, but we are staying just north of downtown and literally every house on this block has a chicken coop. They run around during the day and it keeps catching me off guard. When we walk the dogs in the morning, we hear Roosters. It's hilarious.

So, send good thoughts - for Lola, for these last two days and for our sanity. We will be home Saturday night and I'm so excited. Also, we listened to all of S-Town on our drive out here, so if you have any good podcast recommendations for our trip back - let me know. Hope all is well!

July 16, 2017

Why I Love Game of Thrones

I have so many friends that would update Facebook on Sunday nights with posts about winter and the iron throne and I didn't get it. I understood a tiny bit about Game of Thrones, but didn't really have the interest. I can't remember what started it, but last year, we decided to sit down and watch the first two episodes. We always give shows two chances. Good thing too because the first episode was a little overwhelming. After the second hour, we were hooked. 

We are currently watching the last few episodes of season six and prepping for tonight's big premiere. Unless you live under a rock, you've been seeing the tweets and posts about it everywhere. If you're like I was two years ago, you might roll your eyes and say that it's not your thing, but I thought I'd share the reasons I love the show in case you're on the fence.

A bunch of bad ass women. Seriously, the talented ladies in this show are everything. There is no shortage of powerful females in these stories and it makes it easier to have multiple favorites.

Nerdy discussions are necessary. I can't tell you how many happy hours have been spent arguing over our favorite characters and creating conspiracy theories.

There is an entire map that I can reference while watching the show. I love maps, so this website makes me so happy.

Iceland and the other beautiful places it is filmed. The scenery alone makes me want to travel to all kinds of new places. Lots of filming is done in Iceland, Croatia and Scotland.

The right blend of character development and hard core action. I'm not a fan of non stop fighting scenes or action movies. This show definitely has that, but the stories and writing are so detailed that it doesn't feel like I'm just watching battles non stop.

It isn't a huge commitment. This season, there are only 7 episodes. While sometimes I wish there were more in each season, I'm also happy that I can stick with it. Shows with 20+ episodes each season take so much time to watch.

The music. I love it. I missed out on a live orchestra performance of some of the music last year and I'm still kicking myself over it.

Even after watching many episodes twice already, I still find myself discovering new clues and character connections I didn't notice the first time. The story is so complicated, but you find yourself wanting to learn more. Plus, I haven't even tried the books yet, so there's a whole different level I could take this love to.

If you're watching the premiere of season 7, I'm with you. If you're thinking about giving the first episode a try, I fully support that idea. I'm off to get my wine poured and get comfortable. Cheers!

July 11, 2017

The Bookshelf: Vol 13

It's book day!! Surprisingly, I'm still on track to hit my goal and that's after I've decided to give up on two books already this year. If I've tried more than 1/4 of the book and I'm still not into it, I'm probably going to give up. If I'm on the fence, I usually check to see if any of my Goodreads friends have read it and what they thought. 

Not Finished: Swing Time was a book that I was so excited about and then I just didn't love it. I might give it another try next year. The Women in the Castle was the one I just brought back to the library. I think it was too soon to try another WW2 story.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling - (Goodreads/Amazon) I really enjoyed this book. I recently watched the Mindy Project and loved it way more than I thought I would. It took me a lot longer to finish but I read it while reading other books and it was perfect to pick up every once in a while and read a little bit. I would definitely recommend this if you like anything she does.

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo - (Goodreads/Amazon) This book was fine. I didn't love it, but I finished it and it was enjoyable enough. I think I just have a problem with love stories that make me angry at the people in them. This was one of those stories. I just rolled my eyes multiple times.

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham - (Goodreads/Amazon) I love Gilmore Girls and I love Parenthood, so I was excited to read this book. It didn't impress me that much. I was enjoyable to read, but I think I was hoping for more. I did like the way she shared her memories from filming the Gilmore Girls special on Netflix. It's always been obvious that she loved played that role, but it was fun hearing how much they all loved each other.

My favorite of the last month:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - (Goodreads/Amazon) I loved this book. It was recommended by one of my best friends, plus it was the book selected for the citywide book club in New York. Some of my favorite books are ones that introduce you to characters and just walk you through their life. There was no suspense or mystery, just a constant desire to know what happened next.

So what about you? Did you finish those two books I mentioned above? Have you read Americanah? What should I read next? It's that time of year for poolside easy reads.

Linking up with Steph and Jana for my favorite book link up.

July 3, 2017


Happy 4th of July weekend. My mom is in town visiting so we have been eating, drinking, strolling and sweating all over the city. But I did take the time to write my monthly "currently" post since I think the blog would explode if I missed a month. Here is what I'm currently doing...

Reading this book since it's been a while since I read a WW2 book. I went through a phase where it felt like that was all I was reading, so I took a little break. I just started it, so we will see if it's easy to dive into.

Watching summer movies. After long days in the sun, I love coming home, pouring a glass of rose and putting on something hilarious like The Great Outdoors or Summer Rental.

Loving this amazon purchase. It has come with us on multiple adventures now and is so comfortable. Plus, watching Justin run to fill it with air is amazing. Get one now. You won't regret it.

Attempting to use Instagram stories for more things. I think I will hold onto Snapchat because I like the voice changers and the ease of sending funny photos to one person, but I use Instagram more and I like the back and forth communication.

Sharing this bundle of Beautycounter summer essentials, because I love when anything saves money and these are some of my favorites. Get these 3 items for $50 instead of $63 if you place your order by July 5th. Click here to get yours.

Eating Steve's Key Lime Pies. He opened a stand at the Dekalb Food Hall and we visited it last night. Those damn pies are my absolute favorite - especially on a hot day. They have tons of awesome food stands there and if you need a break from the sun, it's a great place to check out.

Plotting out our road trip. We are heading to Indianapolis for work next week and we are driving since we have to stay for longer than 2 days. We like to bring the dogs if we can instead of leaving them at the boarding place. Also, we have been hoarding some podcasts for this trip and we will FINALLY be listening to S-Town and I'm pretty excited.

Shopping for new summer dresses. I purged so many when we moved last fall because they didn't fit anymore or just weren't my favorites and now I don't have any and it seems wrong. Hopefully I'll find a few when I'm out in the city with my mom today.

Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July and that the pups all survive the obnoxious fireworks displays.

June 29, 2017

Perfect Mornings

I love getting a glimpse into people's normal lives. I think mornings are the most consistent time for most people. My morning routine is pretty locked in - only differing between weekdays and weekends for the most part. This account/hashtag will always be one of my favorite Instagram accounts because I love this glimpse.

Weekday Mornings:

The sun wakes me up in the summer and my alarm wakes me up in the winter. I prefer the sunshine.

This programmable coffee maker helps make life easy. We grind the beans and set up the coffee the night before, so it starts brewing right at 7:00.

There are 2 apps I dive into before starting work. The Skimm is usually first to find out if there's anything big I missed the day before (they have a free weekday newsletter plus an app - click here to sign up.) Next up is the NY Times crossword app to do the daily mini. It's usually less than a minute.

Sometimes I get sucked into all the social media, but some days I'm able to battle it until at least mid morning.

The bathroom routine is fairly simple because I don't go into an office currently. Teeth brushing, weighing myself, contacts in, this magical lotion (which I have an extra bottle of if someone wants to buy it before it is back in stock - let me know) and a spritz of this in my hair.

We trade off walking the dogs in the morning depending on schedules. Quincy is enjoys a longer morning walk so I usually turn on a podcast and enjoy a good stroll. Lola isn't a morning dog and just gets right to business outside. While walking the pups, I listen to either The Daily podcast or Up First from NPR.

Emails for work come next. There are usually a fair amount waiting for me from the night before.

We usually eat after getting catching up on emails in the AM. Weekday breakfast is usually Siggi's yogurt (Coconut is my favorite), a smoothie if there's stuff in the fridge we need to use or possibly a bagel and cream cheese.

Weekend Mornings:

I usually wake up pretty early on weekend mornings. Isn't it crazy how much easier it is to get up early on weekends vs. weekdays?

On Sundays, we grab the NY Times and sort through all the sections and learn weird stuff.

I like taking Quincy for a walk on the weekends. We call it a "choose your own adventure" walk and most of the time, I broadcast them on Instagram stories or Snapchat to entertain myself. I let Quincy pick which direction he'd like to walk. Sometimes, we go in a circle and sometimes, I eventually have to reel him in because I don't want to carry him home.

We use this espresso maker to make our coffee a little fancier since it is the weekend. We make the whole pot and then split it between two giant mugs with almond milk and a drizzle of goat's milk caramel from the Farmer's Market. It's amazing hot or cold.

Eggs are poached and whatever is in our fridge gets added to a sandwich or an omelette - usually it's veggies and cheese. Justin is an expert egg poacher. Maybe I'll get him to share his secret here soon.

While enjoying breakfast and fancy coffees, we either read or we watch "adult cartoons" which is usually just Trevor Noah or John Oliver or funny YouTube videos from the week.

Once all of these things are done, I toy with the idea of working out - sometimes it happens, but most of the time, I plot out our brunch/day drinking plans and take a quick shower.


I hope I'm always a morning person, because there's something so satisfying about having so many of my favorite things done by 10 AM and still realizing that I have a whole day ahead of me.

What's your morning routine? Are you a morning person?

June 27, 2017

Wonder Woman, Eye Cream & Other Recommendations

Here are some things that I've found or talked about in the last month that I need to show a little love on the blog today.

I watched the first few episodes of Handmaid's Tale last night and it is way more intense than I was ready for. I read the book in high school, but I don't remember it at all. I'm hooked now and will probably have the whole season wrapped up by the end of the week.

I purchased these Wonder Woman stamps from Amazon and it makes me want to send mail to everyone. Also, that movie. You should definitely add it to your list to see even if you aren't a super hero person. I laughed out loud, wanted to be an Amazonian bad ass and was thoroughly entertained the whole movie. I have been soooo over the superhero stuff, so I've decided this is the only one that people should see.

I got this After Sun spray and it has become my new favorite. I got a little red this weekend while playing outside and the fact that I could just spray this on and not have to touch my skin was wonderful, plus I woke up the next day with only a tiny pink and it felt much better.

I posted the picture below on Instagram yesterday because it was the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter. I finally dove into the new illustrated versions of the stories. They are releasing one each year. You can get the first one here on sale and the second one here. The Prisoner of Azkaban comes out on Oct 3 and I can't wait to finally own that story again. The illustrations are awesome. 

We made this recipe for Cauliflower Mac & Cheese last week and we ate the leftovers all week. It was a wonderful meal and reheated awesome. Anything that I can cook one day and eat multiple times throughout the week is a winner in my book. I'm working on a round up of our favorites for a meatless Monday post soon.

Last, but not least, I finally used up the Kiehl's eye cream we've used for the last two years and started on the Beautycounter Rejuvenating eye cream. I'm pretty loyal to my favorites, so I forget how noticeable it is when you try something new. I'm loving this stuff. 

For the next 3 Beautycounter orders over $75.00 placed using this link, I'm going to send you a free Protect Stick Sunscreen ($18 value). Email me if you have any questions.

That's it for today. I'm working on another round of Eurotrip vacation photos, so come back soon.

June 26, 2017

Summer Weekends in the City

I miss the days of weekend recaps. I would still do them every week, but I've been kind of bad about taking photos. Also, I'm a little out of habit of blogging on a consistent basis. The bummer about not doing it is that I have no way of documenting it. Here are some awesome weekend things that have happened recently:

Our favorite place has 16 oz beers to go now. That doesn't sound awesome, except that this bar has beers you can't really find anywhere and sometimes, you just want to be home in your pajamas drinking.

Drinking while shopping is always a great idea. We found the Chubbies store and the boys shopped for swim trunks while we drank beers and supervised. The amount of flamingos in that store made me happy.

I ate chicken & waffles at Sweet Chick. I always thought that would be impossible while not eating meat, but Sweet Chick has a Tempeh "chicken" so I got to dive in. Maybe it didn't taste like chicken, but it's been so long and it tasted so good. Plus, I'm a sucker for flavored butters.

We had some MN friends in town last weekend and they allowed us to follow them around for a whole day. We did a little Brooklyn eating and drinking and then a littles sight seeing. I had my first Momofuku Milk Bar experience. I love cereal in every dessert. I'm excited because we have a few more visitors on the calendar this summer which means more excuses to eat desserts.

We have been trying new places as much as possible. We play "pick a neighborhood and then try new places" game every weekend. It's the easiest game there is, but it's my favorite. The place above was called Pizza Beach which seems like a magical place. We had some good people watching from our patio spot - apparently we found the place people get rowdy during the day.

On Saturday, the rain went away late morning and we made the trek to Governor's Island - FINALLY. I've wanted to do this for years, but it always seemed hard to get to. Well, I regret not doing this sooner. It's such a cool place. You just jump on a $2 ferry from Wall Street and in 10 minutes, you are somewhere that seems so far from the city. With food trucks, beer gardens, big fields of grass and tons to do, it's the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon. We threw the frisbee and ran around in the grass barefoot - it was magical. We finally used this gem - totally worth the money and the confusion on how to blow it up.

Add all of that in with three weeks of no travel, late night Mac & Cheese, early AM coffee walks with the dogs and a few successful greenmarket trips and I would say this summer in the city is off to a pretty good start.

Have you ever visited New York in the summer? It can get a bad reputation of smelling bad, but there are so many redeeming qualities.

June 23, 2017

Summertime To-Do's

Summer has arrived. That means work is busy, I'm jealous of other people's "summer homes" and I'm in a constant conflict of loving summer and hating the concrete jungle heat of NYC. I've done this list for the last few years (2015 and 2016) and I've been about 80% successful.

1. Go to a Mets game

2. Visit at least 3 new brunch places. I have a list of awesome places in Brooklyn that are worth trying, so I'll have no problem coming up with ideas.

3. Play mini golf

4. Head to Coney Island for a day of fun

5. Get Vegetarian Chicken & Waffles from Sweet Chick. I know they exist thanks to this lovely blogger and I need them in my life ASAP.

6. An Epic Road Trip

7. Spend as much time on our tiny balcony as possible. The good news is that I'm writing this on the balcony.

8. US Open with my dad again. But this year, we are adding my godfather and my husband to the crew.

9. Outdoor concerts and movies. I want to take advantage of the millions of things to do outside in NYC in the Summer.

10. Make a West Coast appearance.

11. Enjoy some amazing summer desserts. Tipsy Scoop, Steve's Key Lime Pie, you know... the hot weather classics.

12. Visit at least one new brewery or winery. I've learned about so many small breweries in NYC that I was not aware of before.

13. Governor's Island. I'm putting this on the list for the 3rd year in a row, but this is optional. It would be a bonus.

So that's it for the big items. I also want to write down that I want my summer to include phone free weekends, sunsets on the rooftop, watermelon, popsicles, sparklers, rainy afternoons and checking books off the list. Also, Game of Thrones comes back mid July, so... winter will be upon us soon.

All in all, I would like this to be the most epic summer yet. Cheers.

Check out more Summer goals by clicking below:

Life According to Steph

June 20, 2017

Some Favorite Spring Moments

I created a Spring Bucket List and then never checked it after hitting publish. The funny thing about that is I didn't put anything on the list that wasn't already in my head, so I'm happy to report that we ended at 100%.

We saw the Cherry Blossoms in Prospect Park. We were also lucky enough to see them in our neighborhood. Clinton Hill is absolutely beautiful in the Springtime.

We strolled through Bed-Stuy, Bushwick and Boerum Hill exploring new fun spots and eating everything we found. We even wore matching outfits for our latest date night.

We went to Europe.

I had the best time in Asheville for Meredith's bachelorette party. We didn't sneak away any more, but at least we checked one thing off the list. Read the full recap here.

We spent many nights enjoying our balcony and also the rooftop.

I went to the library at least every other week and checked lots of new recipes off the list - plus we had some pretty hilarious at home date nights.

Plus, we watched two of our best friends get married, we hung out with some new friends, we saw the Yankees play the Red Sox, we went to the TriBeCa film festival and had one of my best friends come and visit.

And because I'm somehow on top of my game this time around, here is the collection of our Spring moments from this year.

If you've missed any of the previous seasons, you can subscribe to the Insert Classy Here channel on YouTube where you can also find our travel videos and maybe some other gems.

What was on your Spring Bucket List? Are you like me where you made a list and then never checked in on yourself? 

June 19, 2017

Band of Beauty Perks & a Special Deal

Beautycounter has a program called Band of Beauty which is a yearly membership. By joining, you receive deals on certain products, a free gift for joining, product credit and free shipping on orders over $100.  Today, I wanted to explain the program a little bit because they are doing something extra awesome this week.

Becoming a Band of Beauty member costs $29.00 for one year. When you sign up, you receive a free gift. Plus, every purchase you make in that year translates into 15% product credit. On top of that, you receive free shipping on any order over $100. It's a pretty good deal if you buy things 2-3 times a year because that product credit adds up.

The current deal they are running is the usual goods PLUS a huge discount on one of the best sellers, the Cleansing Balm. I've written about my love for that product here - it's good for a face cleanser, overnight treatment, makeup remover and sunburn treatment.

Today, you purchase $150.00 in product and add the membership $29.00, you will receive the free gift of Calendula Lip Conditioner (a $20 value).  Plus, if you add the membership to your cart, you will also receive the offer of the Cleansing Balm (normally $80) for $48 - it can be included in the $150 you spend. On top of the free gift and the great discount on one of the best sellers, you will also receive free shipping and 15% product credit on your next purchase.

I currently have $107 in my cart. I'm restocking on the Navy Color Outline Pencil, my favorite Color Shade Eye Duo of Pearl & Champagne, another bottle of the Protect All Over Sunscreen and the super popular (and back in stock) Protect Stick Sunscreen (for the face.)

Sign up to be a member here and start shopping.

Let me know if you have any questions. The deal on the cleansing balm is good until Friday unless the demand is extremely high.

Also, I was going to share the new Countermatch product that launched last week with Beautycounter, but they sold out in one day. I have one extra bottle if anyone is interested in getting their hands on it now. Also, if you want to try it first, I'm sending out samples this week. They are working to get the next batch prepared, but it might not be available until August. I used it yesterday and today and I'm already sold, but I'd love to send you some to try out. Just comment below!!

Tomorrow, I'm back with more shenanigans from life and maybe even a video.

June 15, 2017

Thursday Ramblings

Happy Thursday. Here's a random collection of things. 

1. I got a little carried away on my library holds again and I have a serious backlog. I need to probably spend about 8 hours reading tonight to catch up. That said, I'm almost done with this book and I wish I had a book club to discuss this with in person. I'm also reading this book at the same time because it's mostly just facts and I like reading non fiction and fiction at the same time. It gives me a little variety.

2. I ordered two more of these candles this week - this time we went with The Shire and Winterfell. They last for a long time and they are all book themed. Plus, they are made by a small shop in Minnesota. I'm a huge fan.

3. It's Beautycounter new product launch day. They are continuing to expand their offerings and this new product is definitely innovative. It's called Countermatch and it adjust hydration levels throughout the day using a Bio-Mimic technology - plus it doesn't have the silicones and synthetic polymers that many lotions have. You can purchase it right here. If you are interested in sampling it first, let me know. I'm heading to the post office tomorrow and I'm sending out some sample kits. 

4. I need to be talked out of ordering these ice cube trays. I mean, flamingos + rubber ice cube trays (which are SO MUCH BETTER THAN PLASTIC).

5. Things we googled last night: Hasidic Judaism, Dog Ice Cream, Christopher Guest and Equador. Whenever we take long walks, we tend to have some pretty random conversation topics. The good news is that we learn a ton of random information.

6. If you are dying to see more vacation pictures, I posted Munich in One Day on the Tumbling Nomad and you can check it out. I love Germany.

That's all I got today. My brain is stuffed full of work. Hope you have a wonderful day.

June 14, 2017

Some Confessions and Tacos

The hot, smelly weather has arrived. Work has never been busier. I have to fight the pissy mood more than usual. I figured I should probably confess some things and lighten my load.

We ate tacos 4 times last week. We had chickpea tacos, cauliflower tacos, tacos from Habana Outpost and fish tacos from an awesome place in Bed Stuy. Also, we ate cheese quesadillas one night. Not sorry. I'm already planning my next taco meal.

As a proper follow up to the first one, I have gained some weight over the last few weeks. I'm blaming vacation and all the fondue and beer... but also the summer weather that brings patio drinking, all the outdoor food markets and laziness. I showed my face in the gym yesterday for the first time in weeks and we meal planned this week again. As long as I'm aware of the crap I'm eating, I'm able to keep it in check. I've just ignored it all the last few weeks.

I get mad every day when I don't get picked for the Hamilton Lottery. I know the chances are slight, but it always feels like my day.

My desk is extremely messy and out of control right now. It makes me mad every day when I'm looking for things, but I haven't taken the time to sit down and clean it out. I know some people say "messy" and you roll your eyes, but I can't even open the drawer of my IKEA desk without things falling out the back. It's a disaster. Reminder: I work from home so having a messy desk is just escalating my pissy attitude.

We listen to the Moana soundtrack more than two adults should.

I ordered a wine delivery. I always said I wouldn't cave, but after enough flyers in the mail with discount codes, I figured I would restock using one of them. Holy crap. The nice young man showed up at my door 35 minutes later with a bunch of wine and it was cheaper than the wine store (only because of the discount.) Now, I'm tempted to see what other discounts I've been passing up.

My husband has been scolding every person that isn't using the brown composting bins correctly in our neighborhood and I just stand back and giggle.

We spent three hours last night working on a puzzle of our own faces we got for our birthdays, drinking wine and having a full on dance party. Nights like these happen often in our house and I love it.

I have been kind of sucking it up on my Beautycounter business recently. I love sharing things, but I haven't really done any reach out. They do have an amazing new product launching this week, so I'll be sharing that here. If anyone is interested in earning some free and half off products, let me know and we can set you up with a social. We can do a spa night with samples or an easy online event that you can share with anyone. Just email me or comment below. Also, if there's anything you want to try, I'm happy to send out some samples. I'm doing a post office run on Friday, so let me know before then.

We are keeping a secret from the internet and it feels dirty. I'll share soon and no, I'm not pregnant because that seems like the one thing everyone will assume.

I already need another vacation and it's only been three weeks.

Also, a blogger I've followed since the beginning of time shared this post yesterday which inspired me to add funny random photos of tacos and confess things. I miss old blogging. I miss reading random shit people just want to put out into the universe. I'm going to try and do more of it. Plus, a while back, there was a google form on this blog and I have the most awesome list of bloggers that I still haven't shared. It's coming. Go fill it out if you haven't done so already by clicking here because why not? It's free press for you AND you get to pimp out one of your favorite blogs.

Send help in the form of tacos, sangria and vacation days. Also, tell me what you have to confess.

June 13, 2017

Stepping into a Fairytale

People have been asking since we returned what my favorite part of the trip was, but that's always hard to answer. I will say that this town is one I will never forget and I'm so happy that we made the last minute add (thanks Helene for your vote for this town.) This is a collection of pictures from our one night in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (which means Red Fortress above the Tauber) is located on the Romantic Road in Bavaria. We flew into Munich and the next afternoon, we drove about 2 hours to this little town. Driving in not encouraged once inside the town walls, so we were extremely pleased that our hotel offered to take care of our car for us. 

We spent the evening walking through the narrow streets, eating amazing food, drinking cold beers and taking in the scenes. During the day, lots of tour buses roll into town and the streets are quite busy, but once 5:00 rolls around, they will leave and you will have a much quieter town to explore. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows was filmed here and they say that Pinocchio was inspired by this town.

We found the famous "crooked house" and the beautiful town square. We dined on the beautiful patio at Der Reichsk├╝chenmeister. We enjoyed local beers, a special flatbread pizza and some amazing pesto pasta. We spent the golden hour walking around the town and enjoying the quiet streets. We stopped in an Inn near the town square for a couple pints of local beer and met some wonderful people. Our server was from Scotland and was teaching us the main phrases we would need to get us through the next week - the things they don't teach you in high school language class. It was great.

We got up early the next morning to explore the town before the buses returned. It was just us and it was magical. We climbed the town wall and got a rooftop shot. We walked the perimeter of the city and discovered the Castle Gardens - which SHOULD NOT be missed. The views were unbelievable.

We stayed at the Romantic Hotel Markusturm and we loved it. They upgraded us to a room on the top floor. It's a smaller hotel with tons of history. The staff was amazing. We loved that we were up so early to walk around that we had to lock the door behind us. It's just so different from anything we've ever stayed in back in the US. We loved it.

Have you ever been to a fairy tale town? Tell me about it because I want to visit all of them.