Savannah, Georgia is easily one of my favourite places in the world. It has everything I could ever want from a city; hundreds of years of history, beautiful old mansions, lofty moss trees, crumbling ancient graveyards, and tons of ghost stories and legends. Essentially, all the makings of my “happy place”.
Here I will share with you some of my best photos of Savannah, Georgia so that you can see for yourself what a gem this city is.
Beautiful Antique shop
View from one of Savannah’s many squares.
Drayton Street in the afternoon.
Beautiful fountain in front of the Old Savannah Cotton Exchange
Walking through one of Savannah’s squares with famous tour guide “Savannah Dan” in the background.
Cathedral of St.John the Baptist
The entrance to Colonial Park Cemetery.
Me standing in front of the famous “Mercer house” that was written about in the book “midnight in the garden of good and evil”
The Mercer House
Beautiful fountain in the Center of one of Savannah’s many squares.
On Saturday morning, I had the pleasure of eating at the adorable Sorelle & co. Cafe at its location in Maple, a city North of Toronto.
I had heard a lot of good things from friends about this bakery & cafe, and about how aesthetically beautiful the interior of it was. Two of my best friends and I decided to try it out, and we arrived around 10 am just as it was opening.
One thing that really stood out to me about this bakery is that everything that is sold there is gluten free. I’m not gluten free myself or anything, but I’ve tried recently to reduce my gluten intake as I have a very mild gluten sensitivity and tend to get a bit bloated when I eat bread/pasta which is hard when you’re Italian.
The cafe is in this gorgeous white clapboard house that looks like something you’d see in a quaint seaside town rather than in a plaza, and it’s outside is abundant with boxes of beautiful white and pink flowers and cute little wrought iron tables and chairs.
The inside of the cafe is gorgeous- large chandeliers on high ceilings, beautifully decorated walls, and lovely patterned sofas. Everything is very modern and chic in shades of white marble and light pink.
And the bakery display was mouth watering: dozens of flavours or donuts, cupcakes, muffins, scones, brownies, cookies, and cake.
One of my friends decided on a blueberry scone, the other ordered a caramel tarte, and I decided on a chocolate crumble cookie. They had a great selection of tea blends, and coffee drinks, and I had a vanilla roobois tea over ice, and my friends had iced drinks as well.
Honestly, I had been expecting gluten free pastries to be very pricey, but for the three of us, 3 pastries and 3 generous sized iced coffee/tea drinks came to about 24 Canadian dollars- which is honestly not terrible considering the prices at places like Starbucks which have a much lesser variety of pastries let alone those that are gluten free.
I really enjoyed the chocolate crumble cookie, and it was very tasty and just the right amount of tender in the middle. My friends also really enjoyed their food as well, and I also really enjoyed my iced tea. The decor is beautiful and the atmosphere is very warm and inviting. I’m just sad that I didn’t order more pastries to try, so I will definitely be returning.
This past weekend, my two best friends and I decided to drive into the city and get a hotel room for Saturday night. Because we all live north of the city of Toronto and all work more or less away from the city, we don’t get to spend much time there. We started our adventure early on Saturday morning with big plans of walking around the city and checking out cafes and ice cream shops like “Sweet Jesus” that we had all heard so much about. However, the weather quickly ruined any plans we had of walking around much as there was heavy rainfall all afternoon into the evening, which sadly meant no chance to walk to the ice cream shop.
Instead, we opted for a quick brunch at Aroma cafe and espresso bar, as it was directly across the street from our hotel. I had never ordered from the breakfast menu at Aroma before but I was really impressed by the breakfast sandwiches. I ordered a breakfast sandwhich with avocado and egg (cause you know, we millennials like avocado) and it was amazing. Honestly, one of the best breakfast sandwhiches that I’ve ever eaten. The bread was amazing, and I’m a sucker for egg and avocado together. I mistakenly ordered only a half portion of the sandwhich instead of a full, thinking it would be filling enough for me but I could’ve eaten way more. Sorry no pictures of the sandwhich I was way too hungry- but here’s a picture of my best friend getting his breakfast on:
My friends and I all got iced drinks, I opted for the iced chai tea latte with lactose free milk which was really tasty, and my friends both got various forms of iced coffee.
We decided to spend the day indoors at the Toronto Eaton Center mall, which is arguably the best mall in the city. Nordstrom was having its anniversary sale and I gleefully purchased 3 pairs of shoes that I had previously had my eye on and were now half their original price. I also purchased a couple tops from the Urban Outfitters located on Queen street, across from the mall, but I was a little dissapointed with their selection of items compared to their usual stock and it was really hard to find sizes in anything. I will be making a haul post this week featuring my new purchases.
The shopping was fun, but for me I was most happy about getting to buy a bag of candy at the store Squish which is a candy shop specializing in hundreds of flavours and shapes of gummy candies. They only have a couple locations in Toronto, one being a small pop up shop in the Hudsons Bay of the Eaton Centre mall. I had heard a lot about the company and about some of their delicious alcohol infused gummy candies like the prosecco gummy bears. The candy definitely lived up to its hype, and we devoured that bag of gummy goodness. I was able to take a few pictures of the candies before they were eaten.
There were gummy pineapples, gummy mermaids, sharks, bears, strawberries, watermelon, cherries, sour gummies, alcohol infused gummies- I was in candy heaven. I can’t wait to go back to the Eaton centre to buy more!
To finish off our night out on the town, we decided to try something we had all been dying to try for a while: a karaoke bar! We found a place called Bar + near our hotel which was a bar and karaoke lounge. We cabbed over -it was still raining- and we were told that there are individual karaoke rooms for 2+ people (which I like much better than having to sing on a stage in a crowded bar). The wait time for a karaoke room however, was a whopping 2 hours and because we didn’t want to cab back to the hotel to wait it out, we decided to have a couple of drinks at the bar. The crowd in the karaoke lounge was vary diverse and ranged from young couples, to a group of middle aged women celebrating a birthday, to a bachelor party of rowdy 20-something men with a blow up doll in tow (people watching is quite entertaining).
Eventually around 12:15 pm, we got our karaoke room which we had decided to rent for an hour and a half ( which goes by very quickly when you’re belting out 90s love ballads) and we were given an iPad with thousands of songs which we could make a playlist out of for our karaoke session. We chose a variety of our collective favourites, like “Just A Girl” by No Doubt, “Toxic” by Britney Spears, almost everything by Destinys Child, and most of the soundtrack from Grease. It was honestly one of the funnest group activities we’ve ever done and I’m dying to do it again. I loved the seclusion of being in our own room and being able to dance around and karaoke to our hearts content without being watched. And thus was our “best friends” weekend.
I was going through my expansive photo library yesterday and I rediscovered a ton of photography I had taken on past vacations and trips. I decided to make a weekly thread where each Friday I’ll post a picture or two that I’ve taken from somewhere in the world.
This week, for my first Travel Photography Friday post, I’ve decided to feature some photos that I took on a trip to Aruba in April of 2015.
This is an image I captured of a beautiful sunset outside of the condo building we were staying at.
How beautiful is this flower lined pergola outside of our condo building ? This beautiful walkway housed the workout room.
This little old chapel known as the Alto Vista was the first ever built in Aruba and is located in isolation amidst a desert landscape. The original church was built in the 1700s but this structure that stands there now was built in the 1950s. We had to rent ATV’s to reach this spot and it was an amazing experience.
This is a view of the inside of the chapel which is quite small and only holds a few pews.
One of the best views I’ve ever seen- the view from a restaurant situated above miles of desert land and water.
A photo I took off the beach near where we were staying known as Eagle Beach. The waters were so clear and pristine and the sand was clean and well maintained. Definitely one of the best beaches I’ve ever been to.
I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and for those celebrating Father’s Day I hope it was good!
I spent most of Saturday morning studying for the GRE test that I have to take in the end of July for my Masters program and taking flatlay photography in my room (the photo above was taken then). 😝I’ve developed a recent obsession for flatlay photography and I find it fun finding a mix of fashion items and knick knacks that go well together and capturing them in a photograph.
I wanted to mention something that I found quite fascinating that happened to me on Sunday. I’ll start with a bit of background information. 12 years ago, the summer after I turned 10, my aunt gave me a beautiful ring as a late birthday gift while my family and my cousins family were up at my grandparents cottage together. It was an adorable flower shaped ring- a blue stone in the middle, surrounded with tiny diamonds that made up the flower’s petals. I was so happy about the ring and so excited to wear it because It was truly the first piece of “real” jewellery I had ever received, so I put it on right away. The ring had been made a little too big for my tiny 10 year old fingers and after not even 5 minutes of chasing my cousins around the backyard while holding a red balloon, I felt myself accidentally let go of said balloon, which caused the ring to slip right off my finger. The entire backyard is made up of sand as the cottage backs onto a sand hill, so the ring landed somewhere in the sand making it impossible to see. I was so distraught over losing the ring that I remember crying for the rest of the day and for the rest of that weekend, my whole family searched for the ring. We never found it. We spent years looking for it every summer in the sand, using shovels and sifting pans but to no avail. Eventually we all forgot about it. Fast forward 12 years later and somehow my grandfather-who at 80 still manages to maintain a house and a cottage-was doing yard work in the backyard of the cottage when he spotted something shiny sitting on top of the sand. And lo and behold; it was the ring! He called me right away to tell me and I was so shocked! I never thought I’d see it again, especially not after 12 years had already passed! I visited my grandparents Sunday and was reunited with the ring at last. It actually fits me much better then it fit my younger self and it’s in great shape considering it weathered 12 years of rain, wind, snow, and dirt! 😝
Here’s a picture of the ring after a happy reunion with it on Sunday! I still can’t believe that it was found after all these years!
Has anyone else lost something for a long time only to find it turn up randomly much later? Let me know in the comments ! 😊