Portland, Maine Advice Needed!

Every time I finish up a trip, I have another one already booked and in need of planning! We’ll be heading to Portland, Maine in the next coming weeks and would love any tips from someone who has been there!

Looking for ideas on things to see, unique spots as well as landmarks. Looking for places to eat (big fans of brunch if you have any suggestions there). And looking for some low key bars to visit at night. Any and all advice is welcome!

Thanks in advance!

xoxo

Rosie

The Hookup On: My Trip To Montreal!

Over Memorial Day Weekend, I took the 7 hour drive up through the border to Montreal. Last year, I did the same thing but went to Toronto. Both times were for an early birthday celebration and both times didn’t disappoint!

We were sort of in Montreal during the off season, so some places weren’t serving brunch yet and the Olympic Tower was closed. But the city was beautiful and there were still plenty of things to do!

Things we did:

  1. Mount Royal – ummmmmm no one told me this was a legitimate uphill hike so we attempted it the first day and then just drove to the top on the last day because I was not having it lol. The view of the city from the top is totally worth it though.
  2. Olympic Park and the Biodome – the park was kind of empty and creepy, but I had never been to a biodome before and thought it was awesome.
  3. Bonseccours Market – didn’t think this was super impressive, just an indoor market.
  4. Visited the Port – which is in the coolest and most European looking part of the city, the views were beautiful!
  5. Notre Dame Basilica – very beautiful! One of the coolest things about Montreal is that there will be an amazing cathedral and sky scraper next to each other.
  6. Underground city – which is just a mall really.

Places we ate (I would recommend all of them!):

  1. Thursday’s
  2. Deville Diner – omg the food and drinks here are amazing
  3. Allo Mon Coco
  4. 3 Amigos
  5. Tim Horton’s for coffee and a donut because duh!
  6. Le Bistro Magasin General du VIeux-Montreal – yummiest brunch and cronuts!!

Tours we went on:

  1. We went on a very low key bar crawl, but met some awesome people and had a great time: click here for the tour.

Where we stayed:

  1. AirBnB in downtown

Montreal was really cool because you could get every aspect of a city. There’s a Times Square/shopping NYC feel on St. Catherine’s Street, a Central Park kind of feel on Mont Royal, and then you can be transported into Rome where there are cobble stone streets and bistros on every corner!

Seriously, you can see an amazing sky scraper and right next door will be a historic cathedral. It’s amazing!

The primary language is French, but everyone speaks English. And money-wise, using my American credit card was the best bet but we had some American money and Canadian money in our pockets just in case. Montreal was a great little getaway, I would highly recommend going if you are looking for a little bit of history, fun, Europe, Canada, and modern city all rolled into one! 🙂

The Hookup On: My Updated Spring Bucket List

The spring bucket list has gotten a slow start, mostly because half of spring is cold and rainy so it’s hard to get out and do things. This is also wayyyy more ambitious than my fall and winter bucket list – but I’m determined to get it done!

  1. Visit 3 out of state/country locations
  2. Go to a NYCFC soccer game
    I’m hoping I can go to another one!
  3. Visit wolf preserve
  4. Hit over 7,000 Instagram followers
  5. Go blonder
  6. Completely furnish my apartment
  7. Make more time for friends
  8. Learn to knit baby booties
    They are ready for my niece or nephew who is coming in August 🙂
  9. Turn 24
  10. Go to the gym at least 3 times a week
  11. Host a game night
    Highly recommend you buy the Oregon Trail card game, it is so. fun.
  12. Treat myself to the list of lush items and clothing items I’ve been wanting
  13. Stop eating donuts every week
  14. Hit over 2,000 WordPress followers
  15. Feel healthier overall
  16. Go hiking in 3 different locations
  17. Be my best self
  18. Read 5 booksWhat’re you doing this spring?
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Montreal Advice Needed!

Hi guys!

At the end of the month I will be heading to Montreal and seriously can’t wait!! I have a loose itinerary of what we will be doing, but I’d love to get some suggestions from anyone who has ever been there or lives there!

We will be staying in downtown Montreal. I would love suggestions for things to do as well as your favorite bars and restaurants.

Thanks in advance for all of your help!

xoxo

Rosie

The Hookup On: Why I Want To Visit Sicily

I visited Italy when I was 16, it seems so long ago now. I’ve put it back on my list of places to go because I think it’s hard to appreciate culture and history when you’re young. At least it was for me. When we were there, we saw Rome and Pompeii, but I was really hoping to see Sicily. I’m half Italian and apparently half of that is Roman and the other half is Sicilian. Visiting the place my family originated from would be incredible.

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is known for having a rich and unique culture, especially in the arts, music, literature, cuisine, and architecture. The richness of the Sicilian territory in terms of history, art, nature and traditions seems unmatched. It has been ruled by many different oppressors from a wide variety of countries in the past.

Italy itself is known for amazing food, art, culture, and history – but to be surrounded by sparkling water on the island of Sicily just seems like a whole new adventure!

There are so many amazing places to explore in Sicily. I was really inspired to visit after seeing this infographic of the sights to see. Places like:

  1. Ancient Theatre of Taormina
    An open air museum, Greek theater that has been renovated to fit Roman style. It is located in a town often referred to as the “pearl of the Mediterannean.”
  2. Etna Park
    Beautiful trails and views that surround one of the largest active volcanoes in Europe.
  3. Valley of Temples
    This is a fascinating Greek sit that expores the incredible history of the Hellenic Civilization.
  4. Scala Dei Turchi
    A beautiful white-rocked cliff looking over the turquoise sea.
  5. Zingaro Natural Reserve
    A paradise for nature lovers, you can see so many different shades of blue in the ocean here.

Sicily is a beautiful island and easy to get to if you’re making a trip to Italy. You can easily take a ferry to any of the locations above. I didn’t know about all of the historical views Sicily had to offer. I was also surprised to learn that Sicily hosts one of the largest active volcanoes in Europe!

Sicily seems like a dream, but I’m hoping to make that dream a reality some day by hopping on a ferry and visiting those beautiful places. Do you want to visit Sicily?

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The Hookup On: Weekend Pennsylvania Trip

I get bored so easily, therefore I travel often. Changing scenery often helps my restlessness.

Valentine’s Day weekend was the perfect time to get away. We initially planned a trip to visit multiple abandoned places like Centralia and the abandoned Pennsylvania turnpike. When we reached our first destination, we quickly realized the snow from a few days earlier had ruined all our plans. It would be impossible to get to/see these places in the snow.

I was more than bummed. But the quick thinking of my boyfriend turned the whole day around. We went to Hershey and did the free tour and a chocolate tasting which was so fun. We already had an AirBnB booked in Harrisburg so we headed there next.

I will always recommend AirBnB’s, I’ve never had a bad experience and they are so inexpensive.

We got lunch in Harrisburg at an awesome gallery and brewery called The Millworks (https://millworksharrisburg.com/), would definitely recommend. Then we walked along the waterfront before heading back to our AirBnB to relax.

We got dinner at Rubicon, which was great! The next morning we got breakfast and explored the capitol building a little bit. We then decided to take a stab at seeing the last abandoned place on our list, the old York County Prison.

This place was awesome and creepy. It is easy to get to and to get inside, but it was muddy and I’m a scaredy cat so we didn’t go in. All in all, weekend trips are so much fun and I will be definitely planning more for the future. It is great to be able to explore the world, but sometimes you just need to explore your neighboring states!

Check out my instagram for more pictures 🙂

The Hookup On: My Trip To Iceland

Here’s the backstory on my trip to Iceland: About 6 months ago I saw this AMAZING Groupon for a cheap trip including a flight, hotel, and tour in Iceland. I had been on about 3 dates with my now-boyfriend and just asked if he wanted to go. I knew my travel-savvy friends all had trips booked in the future and just decided to go for it. He said sure, we booked it, and then we went on the trip last week!

We went on three excursions:

Northern Lights Tour – where it was way too cloudy to see the Northern Lights and we stood around for two hours at 10 pm just waiting for nothing to happen. It was a bummer, but life goes on.

South Beach Tour – it was raining this day and just did not let up. We saw two beautiful waterfalls, a glacier, and the black sand beaches. The sights were beautiful, but we were soaked through our clothes and miserable during the two hour bus ride back.

Blue Lagoon – okay, this was AMAZING. Everything about the Blue Lagoon is relaxing and beautiful. We spent more than two hours in the natural geothermal water which was probably 80 degrees. We got awesome face masks and a free drink. It was a wonderful time.

If you’re thinking of visiting Iceland I would definitely visit www.thoughtcard.com for a more detailed outline of the country.

We explored Reykjavik one day and got to see a bunch of museums, the harbor, and the music hall. We tried to eat local food as much as we could. One thing about Iceland is it is very expensive, so it’s something to think about when you are budgeting for the trip. Another great thing is that Iceland has free wifi like everywhere, you are almost never disconnected. You can visit my Instagram to see more pictures from the trip 🙂

The people were friendly, the country was beautiful, and I decided that I will definitely visit Iceland again during the summer time. It was a great trip!