Apple of My Eye

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Hello friends! I hope everyone’s Tuesday is going well. This past weekend, I got to check an item off of both my 101 in 1001 list and my fall bucket list. I got to go apple picking! Holy moly me oh my this event was the apple of my eye!

My sorority had a unity event where we went to Showalter’s Orchards for a couple hours. New members as well as sisters got to go and it was a lot of fun!

I took lots of pictures, which is honestly the whole point of any fall activity. I got to pick about 10 apples (help a girl out and send some yummy apple recipes for me to try with them because I have too many apples). I also got to buy some mini apple cider donuts as well as a gallon of apple cider (I’m not crazy doing this I swear I just love it).

The most fun part of the day though, honestly, was being able to meet some new friends and hangout with some older ones too. My little and I had a blast trying to pick apples from the top of the tree or trying to feed each other an apple (the idea sounded a lot cuter in my head).

Have you been apple picking this fall? What was your experience like?

xoxo Morgan

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Fall Bucket List

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It’s officially fall, y’all! Anyone else like super hype? The basic girl in me is screaming. Fall is without a doubt my favorite season. I love seeing all the leaves change. Give me all the cozy sweaters, boots, PSLs, and fall activities. Speaking of fall activities, I thought I would share some things I definitely want to try to do this fall.

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Now I’m off to get my first PSL of the season… What is on your fall bucket list?

xoxo Morgan

We Were Staying in Paris: Day 7 & 8

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Hello friends! The last Paris blog post is here! Can you believe that it’s been a month since I was there and I’m just finishing these posts? The blog has been slacking because of school but I’m hoping to use it as a time for stress relief. Let’s get started with the last day of the best trip ever…

Day 7: Goodbyes are the hardest thing to do

The last day we decided to go big or go home (ya know before we had to go home). We started off the day with some yummy food at a cafe. I’ve decided that the cafe lifestyle in Paris is something I am 100% on board with and I need every day in my life honestly.

We then took a trip up to find the love lock bridge (the original was taken down so another bridge started taking the name). We bought a cute lock and set off to find the bridge. Little did we know, it only took up a little section of a bridge now and you can’t see it until you are on the middle of the bridge so we ended up walking too far and just placing our lock on a random bridge (trendsetters honestly). Also, we didn’t realize the new bridge is literally the bridge in the Jason Bourne movies, which padre literally took a picture on that same excursion.

After messing up the lock situation, we headed over to a little french grocery store to get supplies for a picnic. We grabbed a couple cheeses, some grapes, crackers, meat, some honey, and the wine we had brought with us and headed over to Champ de Mars for a little picnic. We also had macarons we had bought at Carette. It was such a fun, Parisian (touristy) thing to do.

After our little picnic, we headed back to the hotel and rested up before heading out to dinner. We ate at Chez Francis, which had the most amazing view of the Eiffel Tower from our table. We were able to watch it sparkle once it got dark, and honestly it was a magical moment on our last night. We had snails with an amazing pesto sauce, which were devine.

Following dinner, we headed over to the flame of liberty. It was originally just a replica of the torch on the statue of liberty but now marks the spot of Diana’s tragic accident. It was a chilling place to experience.

We also stood on the bridge looking at the Eiffel tower for a while, trying to sink in every last moment in Paris that we could.

Day 8: An easier travel day but also a sad one

Our final day doesn’t count because it was literally us heading home. We endured our long flights home and had to say goodbye to the wonderful place that brought some many memories that week.

There’s nothing more I would like right now than to be in Paris with people that I love. I would have to say that it was one of my favorite trips and possibly one of my favorite cities I have visited (or at least top 3). I would love to go back there someday and be able to see everything again. Who wants to book another trip with me right now and we can just go live there?

xoxo Morgan

We Were Staying in Paris: Day 6

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Hello lovelies and happy Wednesday! The Paris blogs are almost done! One more day after this post to go!

Day 6: My homie Monet

Day 6 was definitely a favorite of mine. The fam rented a car and drove out to Giverny to visit Monet’s gardens. Not only were we going to see the gardens, but we got to visit with our friends from Luxembourg. They were also on vacation in France so we all decided to meet up so why not do that at a beautiful garden in the countryside of France?

Like other days and other tourist things, we started by waiting in line. But luckily this time, we were all entertained by Amélie and were able to catch up with each other.

Once we got in, it was like a scene from a movie. Flowers everywhere, so much chaos but also so much beauty. We had lots of fun taking pictures and Amélie even took some of everyone.

We got to explore Monet’s house as well, it was very cute. They had replicas of famous art works up and we asked Amélie which one was her favorite one. She picked “The Artist’s Garden at Vetheuil 1880” which has a little girl in a garden, which looks like Amélie.

We explored the rest of the house, found some chickens outside, and then decided it was time to explore the pond.

The pond was gorgeous. It was the inspiration for Monet’s water lilies. I completely understand why he was inspired there. I took lots of pictures of the flowers and it was so fun to be able channel my inner artist, in a way.

After exploring, we hit the gift shop. I got a smaller picture of the painting I talked about earlier. We then headed over to lunch at a restaurant down the road. I had a delicious salad and ended with a nutella crepe, of course.

After many good byes, we got back in the car to head back into the city. We made a pit stop in a little town nearby. Mom and I kind of freaked out because there was a viking river cruise parked at the dock, so the Downton Abbey freaks in us thought it was really cool. Of course, we had to take some basic pics by a blue door.

Once we got back into the city, Mack and I took some pics by the Eiffel Tower again. We then met up with Mom and Dad to head back to the hotel.

All in all, I loved day 6 because it was a fantastic time catching up with friends and seeing such a beautiful place together. It will definitely go down in the Morgan history books for one of the best days.

xoxo Morgan

We Were Staying in Paris: Day 5

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Happy Thursday friends! It has been an interesting day so far, to say the least, so I thought I would take a break from this crazy day to write some more about Paris.

Day 5: Couldn’t help looking like a tourist

Day 5 was the last day of our Paris Pass, which meant we definitely needed to get the most out of it that we could after losing time with Versailles (see Day 4 here). Mom really wanted to do a bus tour (we have done one in pretty much every city we have visited to so it was a must) so we headed over to the Arc de Triomphe to catch one. From there, it took us all over Paris, and we were able to hop on and off as we pleased.

Our first stop on the bus tour was to go on another tour. The Paris Pass included a wine tasting at a “cavern” in the middle of the city. After searching far and wide for this obscure shop, we finally found it and began our tour. The tour pretty much walked you through where wine is made and other parts of the wine making process, with a focus on each of the 5 senses. The tour ended with a wine tasting of three different wines. A plus of this tasting was each person got a free bottle of house wine at the end of the tour, so we were pretty set for a little while (I even brought one back with me to remember the experience).

After the wine tour, we hopped in a bike cart scooter thing (honestly thats the best way to describe it, I still have no words) and rode to the Lourve gardens to have a quick bite to eat at a cafe. The baguette sandwich was good and Mack ended up trapping a bee in a glass (don’t ask) before we headed off in search of the Big Bus again.

We then took the bus over to Notre Dame in search of the hunchback. It was interesting to see such a historic place (even with the amount of people that were there). Definitely something I was excited to check off of my bucket list.

After Notre Dame, Padre, Mack, and I went shopping a little bit and then got some gelato. The gelato was shaped like a rose and had a macaron in a middle. It was everything I needed and more.

We also ended up shopping on Champ de Elysee, hitting up a couple stores (including an Abrecrombie and Fitch that was actually in a mansion I’m kidding) before heading back on a long walk to the hotel. We tried taking a different way and it was just a struggle… but we did find a grocery store which helped inspire a picnic another day.

After relaxing for a hot minute, the three of us went to dinner and got to have a view of the Eiffel Tower while doing that. We then ordered mom an uber (my uber code is morganv135ui to get a code towards your first ride!) and then headed down to the river Seine. We then hopped on a boat tour, which was very interesting to have at night.

It was a great end to day 5.

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I have been thinking about Paris so much lately. I feel like every time I go on Pinterest and Tumblr I see something from Paris or see something that just reminds me of it. I already want to go back. Maybe I’ll just move there and everyone can visit.

Where have you always wanted to travel?

xoxo Morgan

We Were Staying in Paris: Day 4

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Back at it again with the Paris blogs! I was gonna just move on from these blog posts but I keep wanting to go back and relive Paris so y’all are gonna do it with me.

So continuing on our journey with day 4…

Day 4: Let them eat cake

The fourth day of our trip consisted pretty much solely of Versailles. After a breakfast at Café Kléber, we headed to the metro. I love metros in other countries; I think they are much easier to navigate than the ones here.

Anyway, after a 30 minute metro ride out of the main part of the city, we arrived at the town of Versailles. It is a cute, quaint town (if you can call a town that has a Starbucks and McDonald’s quaint) with a bunch of little side streets. You walk down a path lined with trees and all of a sudden come across this magnificent palace of Versailles.

There was a little line to get through the first gates, so we thought “oh no big deal this shouldn’t take long”… little did we know once you got inside, you had to wait in another line. And not just any line… one that wraps around and around and causes you to wait 2 hours to get inside the palace.

But it was worth it. Once we got inside, everything was so beautiful. I kept thinking of all the history involved. Like, I was walking where princes and princesses, dukes and duchesses, and so many more had walked before me.

I also got to fulfill my Parisian dream and buy a neck scarf from the Ladurée there. I put it on and instantly felt classier. After exploring inside, we walked through the gardens. They had a little cafe hidden so we got some ice cream and a crepe to go.

Once we got down to the lake area, we bottle some cute little bottles of wine and watched everyone go by in the boats.

After making our way back into town, we stopped at a pizza shop with a great view of the little street. Honestly, the pizza was delicious and our waiter was very funny.

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Well, that was day four. Not including much because of wait times but it was still a wonderful part of our trip.

More Paris blog posts to come as well as a fall bucket list coming soon!

xoxo Morgan

Last First Day of School

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Hello friends! I decided to take a break from the Paris blog posts today because today is an important day in the life of Morgan.

Today, August 28th, 2017, I have my last first day of school (minus grad school but that is going to be a completely different experience). I cannot believe I have been through so much to finally say I am experiencing my final first day.

People truly are not lying when they say college flies by. I remember moving in my freshman year, so nervous to meet new people but extremely excited to be experiencing a new place. Sophomore year I knew more of what I was doing but was definitely having to adjust to harder classes and a harder schedule. Then junior year came around and I felt like more of an adult, moving into my first apartment and taking more of a leadership role in certain clubs. Finally, we are here. Senior year. I have such mixed feelings of excitement and nostalgia.

On one hand, this is the last year of my life that will ever be like this. Living with really close friends, getting to have more free time than I would with a job but also having to focus extremely hard on finishing the year strong with great grades. At the end of this year, I can add JMU alum to my list of attributes.

I was trying to think of some goals I want to focus on this year. Here’s what I came up with…

  1. Make Dean’s list both semesters
  2. Say yes to hanging out with more people, rather than staying in my own bubble
  3. Complete my senior year bucket list (a post on that is probably to come)
  4. Grow my relationship with Jesus
  5. Take lots of pictures

I mean, I have a lot more goals than that, but I just want to make senior year something worth remembering. This year is a year for work, fun, friends, and memories and I could not be more excited for it.

SENIOR YEAR BABY! Here goes nothing!

xoxo Morgan