It's known to many as "The Music City" while others call it "Nashvegas". No matter what you call it, you know you'll have a great time here. NASHVILLE, you're pretty cool!
Granted Nashville is known for it's hot chicken, but don't limit yourself to just that! As many of you know, I never turn down tacos or queso, so our second night in the city we took up a recommendation and made our way to Saint Anejo. Kate had tacos and I had the best gourmet nachos known to man. And let's not forget, you can't properly enjoy nachos without a few beverages! I had a Mexican take on the Moscow mule -- the Mezcal mule-- along with a fresh margarita.
Besides delicious restaurants, Nashville honestly has some of the best shopping I've experienced. If vintage is your thing, Nashville is for you! There are several vintage and second hand shops all throughout trendy East Nashville. Even if vintage shopping isn't quite for you, there are several boutiques and other nation-wide stores you can visit. Kitty, was one of my favorite stores we visited while in East Nashville. I grabbed the cutest crochet swimsuit and cut off denim shorts all for less than $50!
Nashville has a vibrant cultural arts scene and we took full advantage of it! First, we made a stop by the Nashville Parthenon in Centennial Park and took a look at the massive Athena statue. If you search for things to do in Nashville, this will undoubtedly pop up. I'm a big museum lover, so it was definitely worth it to visit. Tickets are reasonable and you can take all the pics you want of the statue! Later that night we made our way back to Centennial Park to watch a free showing of the play A Winter's Tale hosted by Shakespeare in the Park. I'd never seen the play before but it was very good! Plus, they're running Antony & Cleopatra as well!
If you've never been to Nashville before, most people will tell you to visit Broadway Street. It's lined with honky-tonks and other bars, but I advise you to take a turn off of Broadway onto 3rd Avenue South and make your way to the Johnny Cash museum. Whether you're a fan or not, you'll leave with a better understanding of his work and what type of man he was.
A little photo op on the steps of the Parthenon never hurt!
And yes, I got a picture at the Kelsey Montague wings in The Gulch. I only had to wait in line for about 30 minutes but I'd say it was worth it. If you want to avoid the line, try going earlier in the day and probably avoid weekends if you can help it?
You were a blast Nashville! Can't wait to see you again!
Hope you enjoyed Part 1 of this travel post! With this being my first trip to New York City, I opted to do the more touristy things like walking the Brooklyn Bridge and visiting Times Square. Mid-week though, things really started to pick up!
Long time coming for this post but happy to finally get around to sharing it! I've always wanted to go to New York, but the timing was never right and my finances wouldn't allow it. Well, that all changed when I was taking a "study break" a week before finals. I do this thing where I plan trips that I know I can't take quite yet. Seriously-- I'll price out flights, lodging, food, entertainment, transportation, everything! Scrolling through airline websites I found a round-trip ticket to New York for a little over $200! With no hesitation, I booked it!
Happy Friday loves! I finally made use of my iMovie app and put together this quick little mashup from some of my time in New York a few weeks ago. It's just a quick glimpse into what I did while I was there for a week.
I plan on doing a financial break down of my trip as well as a more "Where To..." posts highlighting some spots in the city. I hope you all have a great upcoming Memorial Day weekend! I'm officially headed to my internship next week and will be away from home working for the next two and a half months, so wish me luck!
Honestly, why go to Tulum if you're not going to visit the beach?! Since we stayed in the city we took a quick taxi to the numerous beach hotels/clubs every other day while we were there. My favorite beach clubs are Hotel Poc Na and Papaya Playa Project.
Hotel Poc Na was out first beach club stop. It was a beautiful mid-Monday morning and the weather was absolutely perfect. We ended up renting two chairs and an umbrella for less than $50 and purchased lunch and drinks too while we were there too. Our total spending for the two to four hours we were there was definitely under $75 for the entire duration! Plus, they had a live band as well.
Later in the week we ventured to Papaya Playa Project further down the beach! We actually went to Papaya Playa Project the night before for the Full Moon party but the line was so long and cover was $30 per person! Plus, the DJ for the night was playing mostly EDM and Aeriel and I just weren't into that. So, we ended up coming back the next day around 10 am and ended up being some of the first people on the beach! I had Chilaquiles (tortilla chips, salsa verde, eggs, creama, and cheese) with a freshly squeezed power juice and Aeriel had pancakes and fruit.
Papaya Playa is within walking distance to great shopping, so once you leave be sure to roam around and pick up a few items!
After some morning shopping on the beach one day, we stopped by Maria del Mar hotel to hang out on the beach and eat lunch. The hotel has a slightly smaller beach front but the rocks are pretty cool! We grabbed a lunch here while hanging out on the beach. I must say, this spot was so quiet and I absolutely loved it! Perfect place to grab a bite to eat and steal a quick nap.
I grabbed the green salad with tempura fried shrimp and fresh citrus fruit along with a watermelon mojito. Aeriel had calamari and a frozen strawberry daquiri. Plus, Maria del Mar is directly next to amazing shops like De La Rosa, Naia Tulum, and Psylo Fashion as well if you want to shop.
There are numerous beach clubs to visit so be sure to have a few in mind before you arrive or you can chat with your hotel concierge or host for help! When you finally peel yourself off the beach chairs, be sure to check out a major spot in Tulum - the Ruins!
Unless you already know about the Tulum Ruins, I highly recommend getting a tour guide to take you around the park. Our tour guide, Esperanza, is actually a fourth generation tour guide! She was so kind and knowledgable about the ruins and the Mayan culture. It was only about $30 and we were out there for about an hour and a half with her, roaming around afterwards.
Be on the look out for iguanas as well - they're EVERYWHERE!
While visiting Tulum, be sure to check out the city and neighborhood too. It was so exciting to see beyond the glitz and glam of the beach and fancy hotels.
We had a blast in Tulum and enjoyed every minute of it! I'll be sharing just a photo recap later this week and will highlight my New York trip on the blog soon! If you have any questions about my trip (travel methods, housing options, etc.) please feel free to leave them in the comments section and I'll be glad to help!
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