Paris

Hey Loves! F & J here!

The final stop on our journey, PARIS! Being the total Disney lovers that we are we have already planned Disneyland Paris into our trip. We also plan to get time to see the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe and the usual touristy things.

And no matter how stereotypical it may sound we are also hoping to get to spend time wandering the streets, and having coffee and pastries in cafes.

Have you been to Pairs? Please let us know what you recommend us doing both in Paris and in Disneyland Paris in the comment section below. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Love,

F & J

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Hamburg

Hey Loves,

Hamburg, the second stop on our big adventure! We are very fortunate to be staying with friends while we are there and will get lots of time to explore the city both with and without our friends to show us around. We will spend most of our time in Hamburg and get to spend both Christmas and New Years there. This will be the first time that we will not be spending Christmas with our families and though we are sad we won’t get to join in on all of our usual traditions we are excited to spend it with our friend and her family and get to experience something completely different and hopefully equally magical.

While we will have lots of time with our own personal tour guides we will also surely have plenty of time to explore the city on our own. So just like we did in our London post we wanted to check in with you and see if you have anything we should do while we are there. We’d love to see all your favorite things in Hamburg, or any city near by.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Love,

F & J

London

Hey Loves! F & J here!

Our next big trip is scheduled for this winter over the holiday season. Europe here we come! Our first stop is London. We have both always wanted to go and are extremely excited! Of course we want to do some of the touristy things i.e. see the Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Harry Potter Studio tour but we both really want to spend some of our time there experiencing the real London. Having never been we have been talking to everyone we know who has been and Pinterest.

We only have 5 days and are staying in central London before we leave for Hamburg, the second stop on our European Adventure. We wanted to check in with you and see if there is anything that is on your “must do” list for London. We would absolutely love to get suggestions from you so we can make our first trip to London amazing and one we definitely won’t forget.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Love,

F & J

Maui Food

Hey Loves! F & J here!

One of our most viewed and liked post was our Kaui Food post, which you can check out here, so we knew we had to put together a Maui Food post this trip, more specifically the Kaanapali area! We aren’t the most adventurous eaters, but we made a promise to ourselves that we will branch out and try new foods while on vacation. This trip in particular we found ourselves trying, and loving, a bunch of new things!

This post contains things we loved, and few things we would pass on, but we wanted to provide an honest review of the places we ate.

LahainaLunaLahaina Luna Cafe- Taste ☆☆☆- Cost $$ –This place is cute, has a good location, and has good food. We wouldn’t go as far to say it’s crazy amazing and a can’t miss, but the food is tasty. We tried the Korean Beef Tacos and shared a platter of Garlic Fries. The fries were topped with furikake, a Japanese spice blend containing seaweed, and a delicious garlic sauce. The cost was on the lower end compared to other restaurants in the area. We would definitely go back.Hula GrillHula Grill Barefoot Bar- Taste ☆☆☆- Cost $$$- The Hula Grill is located in Whalers Village, so a perfect place to stop by for a quick bite while shopping. The food was very average, not the biggest selection, and very expensive. BUT the view of the ocean is absolutely gorgeous, and makes the mediocre food worth the cost! We were seated outside under umbrellas, with our toes in the sand facing the sparkling water. Truly tropical. We would go back for the view alone. Maui BrewingMaui Brewing Co- Taste ☆☆ – Cost $$$-  The Maui Brewing Co has an amazing atmosphere, and an unbelievable amount of brews made in the restaurant, on tap. We both regret not trying something different, because we really did not enjoy the burger. But we can say they have hands down the best french fries that we tried in all of Maui! If you are big beer or IPA fan, then definitely add this place to your itinerary.Ululani Shave IceUlulani’s Gourmet Hawaiian Shave Ice- Taste ☆☆☆☆☆ – Cost $ – Oh my goodness! This place was one of our favorite finds on the island. What is better than shave ice on a hot day in Hawaii, we are pretty sure nothing. There is a great array of flavors to choose from, ranging from just about any fruit to coffee and green tea. The ice is smooth, similar to eating snow, and you can even add ice cream to the bottom for an extra treat. This place is a must go for everyone!MonkeyPodMonkeyPod- Taste ☆☆☆☆☆– Cost $$$- This place is a MUST. Located in Whalers village, this restaurant was hands down our favorite place to eat the whole trip! The view of the ocean was a nice addition, but the mushroom and truffle oil pizza alone would have brought us back. Their fries paired nicely with Garlic Aioli and had us drooling for more. Even though it was a tad on the expensive side, we found ourselves going back for lunch a second time before leaving Maui! MonkeyPod is absolutely delicious, our mouths are watering just thinking about.Fruit TruckFruit Truck (on the side of road)- Taste ☆☆☆ Cost $$- We don’t know the name of this adorable fruit truck attached to a fruit stand on the side of the road, but we had to stop. Its located on the drive from the Kahului to Kaanapali. We got ourselves a sweet pineapple, and a smoothie which consisted of coconut water, coconut meat, and cane sugar. Super refreshing.Ono GelatoOno Gelato-Taste ☆☆☆☆☆ Cost $- Our favorite gelato place on the island, with adorable decor. Our favorite flavor was Sandy Beach, which is peanut butter, coconut, and graham crackers. They also have the most amazing coconut peanut butter which you can pick up as a gift, or for yourself! Gelato seemed like a staple in Maui so we highly suggest this place!

We also sadly don’t have pictures, but we highly suggest eating at Dukes Beach House for lunch! They are definitely pricier but they have the most delicious Korean Beef Tacos in all of Maui, and if you have a sweet tooth we highly suggest a slice of Hula Pie!

We hope that you eat your way through Maui, and find as many delicious places as we did! Comment below if you have a must go place that you know about in Maui!

Happy Eating!

Love,

F & J

What to do in Kaanapali, Maui

Hey Loves! F & J here!

One of our favorite things to do before we go on vacation is to scour the web and find anything to do with where we are going to help us get excited and plan out what we want to do. We particularly like reading blog posts by other bloggers so we’ve decided to put out a list of our favorite things we did (our Kaanapali Food post is here).

Whale WatchingPeak whale watching season in Maui is January-March and is a definite must! We went with Pacific Whale Watching Foundation (website here). They were a good price, we had an amazing time on board and ” all profits support Pacific Whale Foundation’s research, education and conservation programs to save whales, dolphins and our oceans”. Which we feel is one of the most important things we can do. It’s very important to us that we were supporting a group that is all about protecting such amazing creatures and their habitats.

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Snorkeling is definitely something to put on your to-do list. Getting your own gear is financially more reasonable than booking a snorkel tour, and there are plenty of snorkel opportunities right in Kaanapali. We rented snorkels and masks from Snorkel Bob’s but there are many options to choose from. First we went to Black Rock. We went late morning, the beach was full, and though we did get to see fish and a couple of turtles it wasn’t the best time to go. We also went to Kapalua which was a short drive north. We woke up early, as that is the best time to see the turtles, and were in the water by 7. It was AMAZING! We had the whole beach to ourselves and were snorkeling with a turtle within minutes of getting in the water.

Old Front StreetWe spent a lot of time in Lahina on Old Front Street. This was one of our favorite things to do. The street is lined with shop after shop full of both unique finds to Maui and also plenty of your favorite brands. You can spend the whole day shopping, taking lunch and dinner breaks at all the different restaurants you can find intertwined with shops.

At the end of Old Front Street there is an outlet shopping center with all the big names and the best deals!

Whalers Village was just a short walk from where we were staying and it was another fun place to shop. It was filled with many different surf shops, which we loved. It was right on the beach and had a splash pad play area for kids. It has lots of places to rest and take everything all in. There is also a cafe section with different food options and coffee, that don’t break the bank! They are also home to the Honolulu Cookie Company which has THE WORLDS BEST PINEAPPLE SHORTBREAD COOKIES! We definitely mean the best and though it gets pricey when things start adding up they are worth it. We brought them home as gifts and everybody loved them.

BeachwalkWe also did a lot of walking on the path by the beach. You can walk on a clean and easy path right on the beach and it goes by all the major resorts in Kaanapali. Some days there were vendors selling on the side and we enjoyed walking around the other resorts. The beach is gorgeous the whole way down and we could see the whales breaching. It is worth the walk.

 

Kaanapali Beach and Kapalua were by far the best beaches we went to. They had much more sand, since the tide was so far in some beaches hardly had any. They were both kept clean and were a great place to just chill on the beach from sunrise to sunset.

We managed to do a lot of things while we were in Kaanapali and yet there is still so much more that we didn’t get a chance to do, we had to save that for next time!

Have you been before? What is your favorite thing to do? If you haven’t been what sounds best on our list?

Love,

F & J

01 • 13 • 18

Hey Loves! F & J here!

There is something we have been wanting to write a post about, and we both feel like its important to share our experiences and feelings with you. We have been stalling writing this post because we have been unsure how to approach the subject. Its hard to find the words that describe our emotions and feelings surrounding this post. We decided the best way to go about it is to jump right in, so stick with us.

A few weeks back we posted about being in Hawaii (more blogs about the trip to follow, we promise). We were so excited and thankful to be there for a good amount of time. We were even complaining about how we wish we didn’t have to go home. But on the second to last day of our vacation, our morning was interrupted by the loudest ringing alarm off of both of our phones. It sounded just like an amber alert notification but louder, and thats what we were expecting to see on our phone. Instead we had an emergency notification for a ballistic missile threat. Our hearts stopped. It was in all caps, sent out by the government, and urging us to find shelter immediately; it was not a drill.

Within the second, we both shot looks to each other to confirm we had read the same terrifying thing. Our blood went cold, and we started to panic. We have never felt this kind of fear. Ever. The first thing we did was call the friends we went to Hawaii with and made sure they knew what was happening. There was a lot of confusion and tears. While on the phone their television showed an emergency alert with even more instructions, stating the missile would be hitting within minutes. We quickly hung up the call, and immediately started dialing our parents. J was quick to get through to them, though there was a moment that she was afraid that she wouldn’t be able to. F had a harder time and it took several tries to get ahold of her mom. While we were dialing F spent the time trying to shut the blinds, and windows, taking in as much clean water as she could. Neither of us knew what to do in the situation, and was trying to do anything that made sense.

Looking out the window seeing people who must of not had gotten the alert, wandering around, made us fearful for them too and we didn’t know how to save them if we could. Time was moving so fast, but also as slow as you can imagine. Constantly bracing for some kind of bang,  explosion, or radio silence. We didn’t know what to do or if there was anything we could do to save ourselves. We thought we would be dead, or at the most, barely alive. The fear that we felt was indescribable and hard to relive, making this  post really hard to write.

After 38 long minutes of this all consuming fear, we received another alert that sounded the same as the first, telling us that it was a false alarm. A wave of relief hit us, and disbelief. We had to check sources to make sure this one was real. It was hard to believe that all of it was just a mistake. The rest of the day the mood never shifted for us. There was constant fear, panic, and paranoia. It was hard to enjoy being in Hawaii, we were ready to be home. Every plane that flew over concerned us, any loud noise, any sudden screams, calls coming in, even phone notifications, had our hearts racing again.

Somehow the rest of Hawaii seemed to be back to its happy spirits, but the haunting memory of the lingering fear really stayed with us. Even coming home we still have a constant fear on our back. Being home has helped us, but F is still having trouble sleeping at night. If we are being completely honest, thinking about it and writing this post is making it all fresh again. We have been avoiding the topic in general.

We have noticed since coming back to Seattle that people all heard the short story of it, and look over it and laugh. But to us it was real. Those 38 minutes will haunt us forever. There was no missile, but to us there was. We are very fortunate that things played out the way they did.

We would never wish this upon anyone but honestly it gave us a new outlook on life, and  a new understanding of what a lot of people have to face. In that moment you realize what is actually important. As people we know what is important, but it is too easy to care about that don’t matter, such as beauty and material things. When it came down to it, the life we lived and our family and loved ones were all that mattered. We realize now more than ever how important it is to find happiness in your life, and that theres no better time to do what you want than now and don’t let anyone get in your way. Everyone deserves that, and no less.

We know this is a heavy post but we are glad to put it out there and we promise our next posts will be fun and light, and we can’t wait to share all the good times and memories we had in Hawaii. Thanks for sticking around.

Love,

 F & J

Travel Tuesday – Packing Edition

Hey Loves! F & J here!Or should we say Aloha! We are writing this blog post in Maui! We couldn’t be more excited to start off this year by traveling to a new and beautiful place. We have been super blessed to be given the opportunity to travel as much as we do, so we have become experts at packing. We know how stressful it can be so we thought we would make a list of what we put in our personal bag for travel.

This is a list of what we put in a small back pack to have during the flight and at the airport, but we are known to be over packers, but we like to be prepared for just about everything. We sometimes don’t use all that we pack but we find comfort in having them there to use if needed.

If we forgot anything let us know in the comments below! Mahalo!

Love,

F & J