Enjoying my engagement photos by my dear friend Kayla!!!!
My favorite photos from this trip are of this beautiful flower field and church in Vík í Myrdal. Next stop, Reynisfjara Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Iceland with its black sand and rock formations. The beautiful waterfall is Rangárþing eystra. Loved walking close enough to feel the powerful mist. A campsite is located just a few feet away. I concluded with my list of favorite places in Iceland. You might want to add to your travel bucket list! Enjoy!
Favorite destinations in Iceland:
Skaftárhreppur, with beautiful waterfalls along the road and hikes to even more spectacular ones. These photos depict such incredible scenery!
We pulled over on the road so I could take the following picture. This rocky area is what covers most of Iceland and can be seen for hundreds of miles while driving.
My 23rd birthday weekend adventure in Iceland! Although, I experienced a short layover here back in April, there was no time for exploring. However, this trip was scheduled during their 24 hours of daylight. This allowed us to tour into the night hours, thus extending our weekend vacay.
Iceland is difficult to describe. The main cities remind me of Europe, the countryside… a mix of Kawaii and Ireland (with LESS people)..and the weather, unpredictable. One minute, it’s sunny 50 degrees (their warm summer) and the next, windy and rainy.
Our first destination pictured was Bláskógabyggð. Glad to have GPS with names like this! Although not pictured, our second stop was Flúðir home to Secrete Lagoon Hot Springs. Comparing this to the Blue Lagoon that Iceland is famous for, I prefer Secrete Lagoon. Blue Lagoon is larger, nicer facilities and future home to a 5 star hotel, but it also has the crowds. Secrete Lagoon is Iceland’s oldest, authentic swimming pool, and a great traditional, less crowded, Icelandic experience.
Last up is Jökulsárlón the Glacier Lagoon. This is the furthest point up the coast we ventured. This glaciers are GORGEOUS. Remember, this is SUMMER in Iceland. This lagoon flows into the Atlantic Ocean and leaves huge chunks of ice on the black sand beach. After visiting this lagoon, head across the street to the beach to see the ice on the shore. Surely not tempted to swim in that water!
Stay tuned for Iceland..Day 2 🙂
Enjoying our beautiful June engagement party hosted at the home of my parents. Here are a few photos. Unfortunately, we had so much fun we forgot about pictures during the event!
I also wanted to share photos of the gift bags/boxes for the bridal party. The bridesmaids received a teal beach tote filled with fun items, including, an oversized, super soft, palm beach towel from Nordstroms.
For the groomsmen, hand made wood boxes inscribed with the groomsmen names and wedding date. We discovered them on ETSY. Although we had to wait 5 weeks for their arrival, it was so worth it. Inside was a tie clip from Tie Bar and some miniature liquor bottles.
Exciting news…. I AM OFFICIALLY ENGAGED!!!!
After 5 years, my boyfriend asked me to be his wife.
May 5th started with Justin surprising me with breakfast, church and a shopping spree. Next, I enjoyed a manicure and lunch at my favorite Italian restaurant. We then headed down to the beach at Crystal Cove. Here I spied a beautiful tropical picnic (as we are considering Fiji for our honeymoon!!!). Flower petals lead to a blanket filled with gorgeous bouquets of Hawaiian flowers, pillows, blankets, candles, chocolate covered strawberries, apple cider and my favorite angel food cake. After proposing with an absolutely breathtaking ring that Justin had designed, my two dogs came running around the corner to complete the surprise. It started to sprinkle as we walked the beach but the clouds parted and the Lord blessed us with a perfect rainbow!
Justin’s siblings help him implement this wonderful experience. Truly one of the happiest days of my life!! Thanks Victoria for these photos to remember our day!
Looking for a whirlwind trip around Europe? I have the perfect itinerary that allows you discover 5 countries in 9 days. Based upon low cost airfare, we flew in and out of The Netherlands and road tripped through Germany, Austria and Belgium. My scheduled date was based upon the tulip festival in the Netherlands which occurs mid April lasting 8 weeks. Since there was extensive driving required, we traveled into the evenings with late hotel checkins. Thus how we were able to began most days in a new country.
Tips: When traveling by car through Europe, check on available parking and be aware of high rates.
Departure LAX (Flight duration 8 hours 45 minutes)
Arrive Iceland 1:35pm – layover 1 hour 35 minutes
Depart Iceland at 3:10pm (Flight duration 3 hours 20 minutes)
Arrive 8:30pm in Amsterdam
Amsterdam > Destination: Bruges, Belgium (2 hour 30 minute drive)
Hotel Van der Valk Brugge-Oostkamp.
Bruges Belgium > Destination: Eltz Castle Germany (3 hour 50 minutes drive)
Hotel Villa Vinum Cochem.
Hotel Villa Vinum Cochem > Destination: Reichsburg Castle, Cochem (4 minute drive)
Destination: Hohenzollern Castle (72379 Burg Hohenzollern, Germany) (4 hour drive)
Neuschwanstein Castle > Salzburg, Austria (2 hours 45 minute drive)
This whole day was unplanned. We headed south and discovered the beautiful town of Salzburg.
Things to do:
Salzburg > Amsterdam (10 hour drive)
Since we added the detour to Salzburg, we were unable to visit Giethoorn, Netherlands. This is on my list if I return. However, we were able to visit a similar looking city Zaanse Schans, 25 minutes from Amsterdam. This neighborhood is known for its well preserved wind mills that can be toured. Besides the scenery, I enjoyed more delicious Belgium and Dutch waffles.
Zaanse Schans > Amsterdam City Center
The Amsterdam Flower Market is open Monday to Saturday 09:00 to 17:30 and Sunday from 11:30 to 17:30. Market is located on the Singel canal between the Koningsplein and the Muntplein.
Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport (Rijnlanderweg 800, Hoofddorp 2132 NK)
Fly out of Amsterdam > Iceland
And that wraps up the INSANE itinerary for this trip… 5 countries in 9 days. Great trip but glad to be home!
Zaanse Schans, a picturesque neighborhood in Zaandam best known for its windmills and quaint houses. Located 25 minutes from the center of Amsterdam, it made an ideal day trip.
Amsterdam is a unique city filled with bikes and peaceful canals. We spent a full day as tourists visiting the Jordan neighborhood, the floating flower market, Rijksmuseum and finally, the I Amsterdam sign.
Although one of the largest gardens in the world, Keukenhof in Holland is best known as the garden of Europe. An average of 7 million bulbs are planted each year for this 8 week flower festival. By visiting while the tulips were blooming, a dream of mine has been fulfilled! The following photos are just a minute portion of what can be viewed on these 79 acres of land. What I can’t share is the heavenly scent that engulfs this garden.
After exploring the festival grounds, we drove through the town and discovered numerous farmers with their own gorgeous tulip fields. Could you imagine this as your backyard garden???