The Walled City of Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Croatia is absolutely stunning!  I visited Dubrovnik for the day and enjoyed walking around the town that is enclosed by a set of stone walls.  There were so many beautiful photo opportunities and I enjoyed taking in all of the sights.  Sadly, I am nearing the end of my pictures from Europe.  It’s been a lot of fun to look back and reminisce about my amazing summer as I’m getting ready for my last year at school.  Next up: pictures of Barcelona!

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{Coffee breaks in Croatia}

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{One of many skinny alleyways}

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{Exploring}

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{A dashing group of gentlemen}

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{On the pier}

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{The view from above}

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{Off the coast of Croatia}

Marseille, France: European Capital of Culture 2013

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Located in the South of France, Marseille is the country’s second largest city after Paris. This year the European Union has declared Marseille (and Slovakia’s Košice) as the European Capital of Culture and I was able to visit Marseille earlier this summer on my trip to Europe.  When I arrived I took a hop on, hop off bus that toured the city. After taking in the sights I shopped around the large department store named Galeries Lafayette, indulged in a french macaron and enjoyed taking in the city around me.  Marseille is such a beautiful picturesque place that boasts the impressive Catholic basilica known as the Notre-Dame de la Garde (Our Lady of the Guard).  While I was here for the day I fell in love with the view as I overlooked the city of Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea.

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{Amazing view of some buildings during my tour}

IMG_2353{The view from Notre-Dame de la Garde}

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{Vieux Port}

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{Another shot of the port area}

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{In the middle you can see the Notre-dame de la Garde}

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{Mairie de Marseille Government Building}

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{Street style: kick up your heels}
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{Laundry lines}

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{City streets}

Independence Day

KarlieKlossUSAI hope everyone in the U.S. has a happy Fourth of July! Today will be filled with patriotism, American flags, sparklers, dirt bikes, fireworks, good food, and even better company. I hope everyone has a wonderful day with their loved ones.  I’ll be back on Monday with some pictures from Marseille, France!

-Chelsey

Image: Guy Aroch for Free People

Here’s to Summer

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F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” Just like that it’s already July and I find myself asking: “Where did June go? Where did the first half of 2013 go?” Up until now summer has been filled with lazy days and Netflix marathons–and while that’s all well and good (it is summer after all), I’m ready to get out there and do something.

Summer feels like a blank slate. I really like New Years resolutions but I find that there’s something about summer that can be just as inspirational. It’s a time to pick yourself up from your bootstraps and just get going because the only thing really in your way is yourself. The “I’m busy” or “I don’t have time right now,” has to fly out the window. There’s really no time like the present.

So without further ado, here’s an ode to summer I suppose; a list of a few things that I plan on doing this summer and the rest of the year.

Here’s to:

  • Day trips & weekend getaways
  • Putting plans into actions
  • Reading more (like this, and this)
  • Catching up with old friends
  • Having new adventures
  • Making time
  • Geting lost
  • Disconnecting and leaving your phone in your purse
  • Long days & late nights
  • Being in the moment
  • Sharing your passion
  • Side projects
  • Creating something new

Here’s to making my days worth remembering.

-Chelsey

Your turn: what do you want to do? This summer? This year? This lifetime? Share below in the comments!

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