Swiss Alps

Oh Switzerland! I LOVE you, so! As a young girl, I read the classic Swiss tale ‘Heidi’ and I became intrigued by the simplicity of life spent roaming around the beautiful, undeveloped countryside…a place ideal for enhancing a young imagination! Years passed, life presses on and to be honest, I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to visit Switzerland. Such an amazing blessing!

Switzerland is a truly magical place! Snow-covered mountain tops leading to the valleys below filled with lush green grass and brightly colored wildflowers. We were further enchanted, when we awoke to St. Mortiz blanketed in snow and heavy snow continuing to fall! Our Swiss Snow Days were definitely a memorable highlight of our trip!

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Awoke from our warm featherbeds to see a beautifully snow covered St. Mortiz

Awoke from our warm featherbeds to see a beautifully snow covered St. Mortiz

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Lunch in the Swiss Alps

Lunch in the Swiss Alps

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Romantic Road to Austria

There are moments in life when even those with far-reaching and vast imaginations…can be truly stunned by the sheer wonder of this world.

Driving along the Romantic Road from Germany into Austria was absolutely breathtaking! We stopped briefly to view the Southern Bavaria Mountain range–a sight, one can only dream of with snow-covered mountain tops and vibrant blue waters below. I remember thinking “Good God, this is incredible!”

We continued our journey to Austria with full hearts and immense gratitude for this spectacular adventure!

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Evening sunset in Austria

Evening sunset in Austria

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Darius Rucker Concert [Southern Style Tour]

Hello Sunshine! Happy Monday to you!!

I’m taking a quick break from our European trip to share our photos from the Darius Rucker concert! Hello Summertime and outdoor concerts!! Now that we’re living below the Mason-Dixon Line, it seemed fitting our first concert in Texas was the Southern Style Tour! I’ve actually been a fan of Darius Rucker way before his country music days. Old school Hootie and the Blowfish! Just a little southern rock band started freshman year at the University of South Carolina 🙂

The Southern Style Tour featured the ‘Brothers Osbourne’, ‘A Thousand Horses’, ‘Brett Eldredge’ and ‘Darius Rucker’. Darius has a relaxed confidence and a jovial stage presence! He is always smiling! He sang his classic hits- “It won’t be like this for long”, “Don’t think I don’t think about it”, and “Wagon Wheel”. Plus he sang several Hootie favorites including “Hold My Hand”, “Only Wanna Be With You”, “Time” and “Let Her Cry”.

Darius Rucker was born and raised in Charleston, SC and he gave a heartfelt rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’ to honor all the families involved in the recent Charleston church tragedy. Brought tears to my eyes… It was a beautiful and uplifting expression of peace.

Interesting, fun fact: Darius told us when he tried to break into the country music scene, none of the radio stations wanted to play his music. Apparently his sound wasn’t “country” enough. His response? “They are playing it in Texas!” Texas radio stations were the first to give Darius Rucker legitimate air time. We are SO thankful Darius was given a chance to explore his country roots through music.

Southern Style Tour tickets are on sale now at www.dariusrucker.com/shows

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93Q Hula Hoop Contest

93Q Hula Hoop Contest

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Hey Y’all! Happy HUMP day to you!

I’m SO excited to share our photos from our day at Neuschwanstein Castle! Following our morning tour in Rothenburg, we traveled along the Romantic Road (more photos to come) to spend the afternoon touring Neuschwanstein Castle!

Neuschwanstein Castle is magnificently located in the Alps of Barvaria, Germany and is truly a fairytale castle! Walt Disney even used the Neuschwanstein Castle for inspiration when he created Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

We had the most magical day together walking around the stunningly picturesque Neuschwanstein. It was certainly one of our favorite days in Europe! One, we will never forget!

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King Ludwig II native home

King Ludwig II native home

First glimpse

First glimpse

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Lunch with a view of Neuschwanstein Castle

Lunch with a view of Neuschwanstein Castle

Off to Mary's Bridge for the best views of the castle

Off to Mary’s Bridge for the best views of the castle

View of Mary's Bridge

View of Mary’s Bridge

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Neuschwanstein Castle (view from Mary's Bridge)

Neuschwanstein Castle (view from Mary’s Bridge)

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Views of Alpsee Lake

Views of Alpsee Lake

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A Neusvhwanstein Princess

A Neusvhwanstein Princess

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Rothenburg

Rothenburg has been called “Germany’s Fairy Tale Dream Town”. It was the village inspiration for ‘Pinocchio’, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows’ were filmed in Rothenburg, and also inspired the town for the Japanese series ‘A Little Snow Fairy Sugar’. Historically, Rothenburg represented the perfect and most ideal German town during World War II.

Rothenburg has been beautifully persevered and behind the 12th century walls, you’ll find cobblestone streets lined with colorful medieval architecture.

We were lucky enough to tour Rothenburg during in the early morning, when the streets were relatively empty. We visited the gardens, enjoyed cappuccinos and “schneeball” (snowball pastry) and window-shopped the charming German shops.

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Rhine Valley

Hello Loves!

Following our adventures in London and Brussels, we traveled into Germany for a gorgeous cruise along the Rhine River Valley. Our tour passed through beautiful scenic towns, castles atop the hills, vineyards, trains and even the historic Lorelei Stone!

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Cappuccino Love

Cappuccino Love

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London Town

Hello Darling! Happy Monday to you!

Traveling and adventurin’ are two of my biggest passions! I absolutely love discovering new places, meeting new people, and immersing myself into other cultures.

Needless to say, I have been over the moon EXCITED about our European Tour, ever since Big South surprised me with tickets!  I’ve literally been counting down the days until our departure!

London Town was our first stop! We toured St. Paul’s Cathedral, watched the famous ‘Changing the Guard’ ceremony at Buckingham Palace, shopped at Harrod’s, dined at a historic local pub and finished the day with an evening cruise on the Thames River.

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Harrod's Department Store

Harrod’s Department Store

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London Stock Exchange

London Stock Exchange

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

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London Eye

London Eye

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Big Ben

Big Ben

Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster

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Tower of London

Tower of London

The Shard (London's Tallest Building)

The Shard (London’s Tallest Building)

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London Bridge

London Bridge

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Rachael McIntosh Photography

Hey Y’all Hey! Did you miss me? ‘Cause I really missed YOU and I have much to share with you!

Our move to Texas was a super duper quick process! Right before we moved and prior to our decision on relocating…a kismet encounter happened! A long-time friend told me she had a friend visiting New York who was a photographer and suggested we meet one another.

On a cold February morning, Rachael McIntosh came over and I was immediately struck by her warm personality. We became instant friends–chatting, laughing and sharing our love of photography.

Before we began shooting, Rachael asked me “what do you want from your photos? What are you trying to capture?” I loved Rachael’s question! Not only because she was the first photographer to ask me this question but also because it came from a place of genuine interest in her approach to the entire photography session. I replied that I wanted the photos to convey “happiness, candid moments and most importantly to capture this special time in New York City!”

Shooting with Rachael was fun, fun, fun! Who knew you could actually get New Yorkers to bat an eye over something unusual in Grand Central? We did! Bring the party balloons!! 🙂

I am forever thankful to Rachael for capturing these photos of me enjoying New York, embracing the unknown and eagerly awaiting another adventure!

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