The Perfect Zoo Day

We both played hookie today, and went down to the zoo before winter starts setting in. What a gorgeous day to explore and enjoy the nice weather together!

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Mini Maker Faire Cleveland

Luckily my job RULES, and sends me to a bunch of fun things to check out. I was sent to attend Cleveland’s Mini Maker Faire this Saturday. There were a lot of really cool exhibits, ranging from sound artists to game designers. There was some really great things to experience, but I am sad to report that unfortunately it’s gotten smaller in size over the last three years. All in all though, a really fun day to spend at Cleveland Public Library and a good excuse to wander around  downtown on a beautiful day.

European Adventure Times!!!

 

Spent the last twelve days of traveling around in the Mediterranean!!!

Spent two days in Barcelona, Spain -then hopped on our cruise ship that went to Sicily, Naples, Rome & Pisa (Italy), Marseilles (France), and then ended in Mallorca, (Spain)

Europe was magical. A surreal experience in so many ways.

Everything is soo old (sometimes ancient), crazy huge in terms of scale, and ornate beyond the wildest of dreams.

The culture, food, and people were all so unique to their places.

Words will never be able to describe my trip, so I took a zillion pictures instead!!!

Ps, my top 5 of the trip was:
1) Seeing an orchestral concert inside of the Caves of Drach – Mallorca, Spain

2) Museu de Carrosses Fúnebres  -the funeral carriage and hearse museum in Barcelona, Spain

3) the ancient ruins of Pompeii – Napoli, Italy

4) the Colloseum, Catacombs, and Rome, Italy in general

5) the Gothic Quarter and La Rambla St of Barcelona, Spain

Ps Pisa was pretty cool too!

If you’re interested in seeing more pictures in my album, CLICK HERE!

Wishlist of places to visit when I go to Europe this fall!

I’ve been day dreaming and wander lusting HARD about my upcoming trip to Europe!!!!

Here are some cool places that I am hoping to see while I am there!

Death and natural beauty are definitely the themes so far lol


PALERMO, ITALY (Sicily)

 Capuchin Monastery Catacombs

Catacombs with thousands of well-dressed mummies 

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/capuchin-monastery

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NAPLES, ITALY  (Capri/Pompeii)

The Anatomical Machines of Cappella Sansevero

These “anatomical machines” are only one of the many strange items in this Italian crypt

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-anatomical-machines-of-cappella-sansevero

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NAPLES, ITALY (Capri/Pompeii)

Fontanelle Cemetery Caves

The plague of 1656 and the bombings of WWII united by a cult dedicated to caring for the dead

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ROME, ITALY (Civitavecchia)

Santa Maria della Concezione Crypts

The crypts of Capuchin friars decorated with the bones

of over 4000 friars, including an entire “crypt of pelvises”

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/arciconfraternita-santa-maria-dell-orazione-e-morte

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LIVORNO, ITALY (Florence / Pisa)

Museum of Human Anatomy

Anatomical cabinet holds unexpected treasures

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/museum-human-anatomy-pisa

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LIVORNO, ITALY (Florence / Pisa)

La Specola Anatomical Collection

The largest and most famous wax anatomical collection anywhere in the world

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/la-specola

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Marseille, France

Château d’If

This historic island prison holds one of the dungeons

from the Count of Monte Cristo even though it is a work of fiction

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/chateau-d-if

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BARCELONA, SPAIN

Museu de Carrosses Fúnebres de Barcelona

This Funeral Hearse Museum represents the finest in cadaver transportation

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/museu-de-carrosses-funebres-de-barcelona

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Columbus Weekender!

Andy and I went down to Columbus for the weekend !!! Four Strings Brewery was pretty awesome, and it was soo cool to try a lot of their special brews on tap. We also checked out some record shops, and swam in the pool at our hotel the first day. Sunday, had brunch at Grass Skirt Tiki room, went to the Columbus Art Museum, met up with my longtime pal Matt and his darlin’ Chelsea, and stopped at Cabella’s on our way home. It was a short trip, but pretty epic!