Hey there and happy Friday! We are back from our 2 week Mediterranean cruise to Italy, Spain, Croatia, France and Montenegro and I’m finally over the jet lag and ready to share some of our dream trip details with you. We did a lot in the 2 weeks we were away and I took over 1200 photos so this could take a while. 

Our Mediterranean cruise on Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas.

Just kidding….

The history, the beauty, the food! Yes, we did a lot of eating. Actually, we sought out delicious goodies at each port. You know…pizza and macarons in France, pizza, pasta and gelato in Italy, pizza in Montenegro. It’s the little things, right? 

Our Mediterranean cruise on Royal Caribbean.

I won’t bore you with every detail and every meal we ate, but I would like to share a few photos and small snippet from each of our eight ports.

Barcelona

We sailed out of and back into this port. Barcelona is a beautiful city with so much to see and do. Unfortunately we only had one day here before we sailed so I would definitely like to return and spend a little more time.

Our Mediterranean cruise to Barcelona, Spain. Our 2 week Mediterranean cruise to Barcelona, Spain.

Nice, France

Our first port and it was spectacular. We took a private tour with 6 others that I met through the internet. It was a busy day visiting Nice, Eze and Saint Paul de Vence. I would love to go back to spend more time exploring (and shopping…and eating).

Our 2 week Mediterranean cruise to Barcelona, Spain and Nice, France.

Pisa/Florence, Italy

No organized tour at this port. We just did our own thing and took the train into Pisa and walked around. I wish we would have booked a tour to Florence but it still was a great day. Hey, we were in Italy…how could it not be a good day. ūüėČ

Our 2 week Mediterranean cruise to Barcelona, Spain, Nice, France and Pisa, Italy.

Rome, Italy

O.M.G…one of my favorite ports and I was lucky enough to visit on my birthday. I didn’t have a lot of expectations going into Rome because of everything that I read but I loved it. It was a full day visiting The Colosseum, The Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, The Spanish Steps, The Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel. A lot to squeeze in to a 10 hour day but it was awesome!

Visiting The Colosseum in Rome, Italy on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.

We also had beautiful weather. Sunny and in the mid 70’s. Perfect.
 
Visiting The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.Dubrovnik, Croatia

A beautiful city with the friendliest people. We decided to do the Game of Thrones tour at this stop because we are huge fans. We’d love to go back one day and explore the city some more.

Visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.

Venice, Italy

We spent 2 glorious days and one night at this port and it was fabulous. No organized tour here, we just wandered the cobbled streets and ate a lot of great food. We did end up taking a gondola ride at the last minute and I’m so glad that we did. We loved spending time here and it was everything I had hoped it would be.

Visiting St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.Visiting Venice, Italy on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.Visiting beautiful Venice, Italy on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.Ravenna, Italy

Not my favorite stop but we had a good day. Ravenna is known for their mosaics so we took a self-guided tour of their beautiful churches with their colorful mosaics. Oh, and we did have an awesome lunch with some newfound friends from the ship. This region is known for their Bolognese sauce and it didn’t disappoint.

Visiting Ravenna, Italy on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.

Kotor, Montenegro

Our last stop and possibly the most beautiful place I’ve ever been…Kotor, Montenegro. Before we left I read that the sail in was spectacular and they were so right. I can’t even describe the beauty of this region. We took a private tour with another couple and it ended up being the perfect way to end our dream trip. 

Visiting the stunning Kotor, Montenegro on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.This was truly a dream trip for me and I’m so grateful that we were able to do it. 

Visiting Kotor, Montenegro on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.Thanks for all of your nice comments and good wishes while we were away. I tried to post on Instagram as much as I could and I want to thank you for following along. I will be sharing a few travel tips I learned on this trip so if you have any specific questions you would like answered you can either send me an email ([email protected]) or leave a comment.

Enough of the fun and games, it’s time to get back to work. I have so many projects to catch up on and Christmas will be here before you know it. Lots of good things going on here for the next couple of months but the first thing on the agenda is to lose the LB’s that I gained eating all of that delicious food. It was so worth it though. ūüėČ

Happy weekend!!!

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You could say we’ve turned into professional movers. We’ve moved around a lot over the years, 11 times with at least 1 more to go, and I’ve picked up several useful moving tips and tricks along the way that have helped to make the process easier. Now granted moving is never easy, but I’ve found that if I do these 7 things, it helps take a little of the stress out of a very stressful situation.

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Purge

This is a biggie when you’re packing for your move. You don’t want to move things that you never use, it’s a waste of time, energy and space, so take the time and do a good purge. If it’s been sitting in a box for years, you can probably let it go. You’ll be glad that you took this step when you get to your new place.

Save on Packing Supplies

Packing supplies can get really expensive real quick, so you want to make sure you shop around. I did a lot of comparison shopping this time around and you’d be surprised at the price difference for boxes from one store to the next. You could also scout stores for free boxes. Our local Trader Joe’s had a ton of empty beverage boxes, free for the taking, but they were just too small for our needs this time around.

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Easy Box Labeling System

This is something that I used for this move. I’ve always labeled our boxes very clearly so I would know exactly what I had in each but, because we were going to put some boxes in storage and take some out for our apartment, I labeled each box with a red or green circle. Red meant that we didn’t need it and it stayed in the storage unit, green meant that it needed to go to the apartment. It also helped when we unpacked the moving truck into the storage unit. Boxes with a red circle went to the back of the unit while the boxes with a green circle went to the front. Simple but effective.

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Packing Glasses and Dishes

In the early days, we would use newspaper to wrap our glasses and dishes but they always needed to be washed after they were unpacked. Once packing paper came out, we used that but it’s expensive and was thrown away after the move, which is a huge waste. The last few moves we ditched the packing paper and started using paper towels. After our glasses and dishes are unwrapped, the towels are reused for cleaning the new place or to wipe the dog. No more wasted packing paper.

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Mattress Bags

If you’ve ever moved before then you know what a pain it is to move a mattress, and keep it clean. We found these awesome heavy duty *mattress bags at a local home improvement store for $8 each. Well worth the money and it saved us from the tedious task of wrapping our mattresses and box springs.

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Shrink Wrap

This is, hands down, the best thing ever when you are packing up to move. We use it on everything from our rugs to our dressers, to keep the drawers from sliding open, to our couch and dining chairs. All of our furniture ends up getting wrapped in *shrink wrap. Best stuff ever!

Ready to move? Here's my 7 most useful moving tips and tricks to make your move easier. | chatfieldcourt.comVisit the Doctor

The one bad thing about moving is leaving the doctor, dentist and hairdresser that took months to find. Just the thought of finding new everything is overwhelming, so I make sure that we visit all of our doctors right before we leave (I try to do this with the dog too). We get our eye exams, physicals, dental checkups, and haircuts right before we move so that I don’t have to stress about finding us someone new as soon as we get to our new place. You still have to research and find that perfect place again but you don’t have the pressure to do it right away when you are trying to get settled.

Clean Linens

There’s nothing worse than getting to your new place and not having clean sheets or the shower curtain is nowhere to be found. It’s happened to me before and, trust me, it’s no fun when you’re exhausted from moving and ready for a hot shower and a clean bed. I’ve learned my lesson and now I pack a set of clean bed linens, clean bath towels, and a freshly washed shower curtain, with the rod and curtain rings, in a clearly labeled box and put it in the car with our suitcases and other necessities so it can easily be found. I usually end up washing sheets or a mattress pad the morning of the move but I’m so thankful I took the time to do it when we’re getting ready for bed that first night.

Moving? Here's my 7 most useful moving tips and tricks to make your move easier. | chatfieldcourt.com

There you have it, 7 of my most helpful moving tips and tricks. There’s more, a lot more, but these were the big ones for this move. Hmmm…The Moving Pro’s. Maybe a new career path for hubs and me? Nah, I’ll stick to my day job. ūüėČ

What about you? Any useful moving tips that have worked great for you?

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Hey, ya’ll. We are in North Carolina and I’m so excited to be back. It’s been a crazy few weeks but we are finally in our temporary digs, a one bedroom apartment, so I thought it was time to give you an update on what’s been going on and where we’re headed.

Selling our house in Illinois and moving to North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.comNorth Carolina, Here We Come!

In case you’re new to Chatfield Court, I’ll give a quick rundown on the big move. In February, the hubs was offered a job in North Carolina and, after a whirlwind trip and some soul searching, we decided to take the plunge and move. I shared more about it here.

Selling our house in Illinois and packing up the movng truck to go North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.com

We had 6 weeks to get everything done before his job start date, and by everything I mean we had to get the house ready to sell, put it on the market and sell it, pack all of our belongings, find a temporary place to live in North Carolina and plan our 2-day trip down, which included moving trucks and hotels for the 10 days prior to moving into an apartment. Sounds reasonable, right? ūüėČ Luckily, the house sold in less than a day and, although it was difficult, we got all the packing and plans made before our move out date.

Selling our house in Illinois and packing up the living room to move to North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.com

We looked into having a moving company come and do everything for us, packing, loading the truck and driving our stuff down, but after working the numbers decided to do it all ourselves. Paying a moving company to move out of state is expensive…very, very expensive, so there was no question that we would have to do it all ourselves. Well, not all by ourselves, we had a few awesome friends come to help us load the big yellow truck.

The kitchen…my newly remodeled kitchen. Sigh…It was hard to leave it after all of the work we put into it.

Selling our house in Illinois and packing up the kitchen to move to North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.com

Unfortunately, we ran out of room in the moving truck, so the hubs will be going back to Illinois next weekend to load up another truck to drive back down. I know…what a pain, but we saved thousands by doing it all ourselves (that’s what we keep telling ourselves anyway).

Selling our house in Illinois and filling up the truck to move to North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.com

We’re Here!

It took two long days to drive down and, once we were here, we headed straight to our storage unit to unload the truck. Because we couldn’t move into our apartment before April 1st, which I rented sight unseen, we had to stay in a hotel for a week. We had no time to rest though because hubs started his new job the day after we arrived in town and I hit the ground running with our awesome realtor.

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On April 1 we were ready to give up living out of boxes and suitcases and move into our apartment, so it was back to rent another moving truck, load up the necessary belongings from the storage unit, and head to our temporary digs. Are you dizzy yet? We weren’t dizzy but definitely sore, bruised and thoroughly exhausted.

Selling our house in Illinois to move to North Carolina for a new job. | chatfieldcourt.com

It took a few days, and lots of trips back and forth to the storage unit, but we are settling in. We haven’t lived in an apartment in 30 years and it’s taking me some time to adjust. It’s not ideal, but I know that it’s only temporary.

Where We’re Headed

I’ve looked at a few homes since we arrived but the inventory is pretty low. We’re working on it every day and I know that the right house will come along, I just hope it’s sooner rather than later.

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So that’s where we stand as of today. In case you’re keeping score, we’ve rented 2 moving trucks (with 2 more in our immediate future), stayed in 2 hotels and drove 600+ miles over two days (with one more 600+ mile trip to go). The good news, though, is that the hubs’ job is going well, it’s springtime in North Carolina and we’re excited about finding the perfect home. I think we are going to like it here.

Springtime and wisteria in North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.comI’ll be sharing a post or two on what you need to do when you’re getting ready to move, and our house hunt journey, so stay tuned. Happy weekend!

I shared some tips on getting your home ready to sell if you want to check it out.

How to get your home ready to sell, quickly and for the most money. | chatfieldcourt.com

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On September 14th, the hubs and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. We usually just go low-key and go out to dinner to celebrate, but we decided to celebrate a little bigger this year by going¬†on a cruise. We’ve been cruising regularly for about 15 years, all over the Caribbean. The cruise we chose this time was with Royal Caribbean, on the Adventure of the Seas. We wanted to visit ports that¬†we’d never been to, so we decided on¬†the Southern Caribbean route, which¬†sailed from San Juan Puerto Rico and stopped in 4 ports, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba and Curacao, with 2 days cruising.

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We flew into San Juan a day before our ship sailed and stayed in a beautiful old B&B in Old San Juan. We sailed from San Juan once before but stayed away from town and didn’t get to see much, so I wanted to be able to explore Old San Juan this time around. We hit the ground running as soon as we dropped our bags at our home for the night and we had a great time exploring. It’s such a beautiful city with friendly locals and delicious food. I would love to go back and spend more time exploring, maybe even visit a few beaches.

Southern Caribbean Cruise | chatfieldcourt.comThe following day was our sail day. Because we weren’t going to set sail until 8:30 that evening, we spent the morning wandering around the city and eating, lots¬†of eating.

Southern Caribbean Cruise | chatfieldcourt.comOnce we got on the ship, we went right to our cabin to drop our bags. If you’ve never been on a cruise before, the cabins are really similar to a hotel room, but a lot smaller.¬†This time around we booked a cabin with a balcony. An inside room is usually¬†less expensive, but we splurged a little this time and stayed in a balcony room. We both love¬†to stand out there and check out¬†at the beautiful scenery¬†as we pull into a port.

The hubs took the cabin photos with his iPhone 4¬†and¬†they aren’t the best.

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It’s not the best pic because¬†of the window, but it gives you an idea of what the other half of the cabin¬†looks like.

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Our first stop was St. Thomas in the U.S Virgin Islands. A lot of people book excursions to explore a port through the ship, but I always do our planning and booking with private companies before we go. It’s usually a lot cheaper than ship excursions and a lot less crowded. This time we took a ferry over to St. John to enjoy a beach day. I have to say that this was my favorite stop ever. I can’t even explain to you how beautiful the beach was, and the pictures don’t do it justice.

Southern Caribbean Cruise | chatfieldcourt.comThe water was perfectly clear, and I was out up to my chin. I could even watch the fish follow me around. We were in a little cove so there were no waves and very few people. Let me just say that I spent 3 glorious hours in the water and the mister had to practically drag me out so we didn’t miss the ship.¬†I will definitely be back, someday.

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The next stop was St. Kitts, which has an inactive volcano and beautiful lush scenery. We took a 6 hour private tour with a local, which included everything from climbing on lava rock to snorkeling and some time at a small local beach. A great day but we were both exhausted when we got back to the ship (I even took a nap, and I never nap).

Southern Caribbean Cruise | chatfieldcourt.comSouthern Caribbean Cruise | chatfieldcourt.comAfter a day at sea, we stopped in our next port, Aruba. This island was totally different from St. Kitts in that it was a desert, complete with cactus. Not a very pretty island but the beaches were absolutely beautiful.

Southern Caribbean Cruise | chatfieldcourt.comAlthough the scenery wasn’t particularly beautiful, we had a great time taking a tour of the island on 3 wheeled trikes. ¬†We had¬†so much fun and I would highly recommend it. I was a little nervous about my back hurting but the trikes were actually very comfortable.

Southern Caribbean Cruise | chatfieldcourt.comOur last port was in Curacao, which is 17 miles from Venezuela. This island was similar to Aruba in that it was a desert, and very hot, I think it was about 104 degrees on the day we were there. We rented a car to explore on our own that day and, although the signs that we saw (which were few and far between) were all in Dutch, we managed to find a beautiful beach.

cruise anniversary 2015 10After we dropped our car off we explored the cute little town near the ship. Like I said, it was really hot and I wasn’t feeling well, so we ended up going back to the ship early.

Southern Caribbean Cruise | chatfieldcourt.comOur last day was spent at sea and we just hung out and relaxed (and ate a little too much). We had one last dinner with our new friends¬†(we dined with the same people every night at the¬†early seating) and packed our bags. We were up early the next morning to get our flight back to Chicago. By Sunday evening we had unpacked, done wash and opened all the week’s mail. It felt like we hadn’t even gone away. Do you ever feel that way after a vacation?

Thanks for sticking with me through this long post and letting me reminisce about our¬†cruise vacation. We had a¬†great¬†time and it was so nice to be able to spend¬†time together and not think about work or the kitchen reno. I’m already looking forward to our next one.

Hope you have a great weekend. We’ll be working on the kitchen backsplash (surprise, surprise). What do you have planned?

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Just a bit of a disclaimer about this post…it is rather long but it has some tips if you are going to WDW. Also, I mention names of places but I have no affiliation with any company. I am sharing this post as my own personal experience with¬†my own personal opinions.¬†

We got back from our trip to Orlando and Walt Disney World a week ago Sunday but I’m finally getting back into a routine. It seems like it’s taking¬†longer and longer to get back on track after we’ve been away. Maybe it’s because we don’t travel as much as we used to?

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Well, we’re home¬†from our 5 day excursion so¬†I thought I’d share some of the highlights and a few tips with you. We used to live in Florida, from 2004-2011, and we visited Disney alot often when the kids were growing up. It’s one of my favorite places to go¬†and it’s been too long since we’ve visited…5 years to be exact and yes, we still enjoy it even though we¬†no longer have kids at home.

Our Trip to Walt Disney World | chatfieldcourt.comWhenever we travel we try to spend as little as possible and this trip was no exception. Our airline tickets were insanely cheap,¬†we¬†got a great deal on a rental car and I rented a nice condo on Homeaway.com¬†about 8 miles from WDW. I love staying onsite¬†at a Disney resort but the prices were outrageous this time and we are in the room only to sleep so, for us, it wasn’t¬†worth the expense. Make no mistake though, WDW is an expensive place to visit so¬†we try to spend our money wisely by cutting corners when we can, like staying in¬†a condo 8 miles from WDW, so that we can visit a park and eat dinner at a great restaurant.

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When I made all of our travel and sleeping reservations, I also researched and booked our dinner reservations, bought park passes and booked fast passes for the parks we were going to visit. WDW offers magic bands, that you register on Disney.com, that are used as your¬†room key, for park admission and all of your reservations for anything Disney, including fast passes.¬†Since we didn’t stay onsite I had to buy our magic bands but I’m so glad that I did, and we can use them again the next time we visit.

Our Trip to Walt Disney World | chatfieldcourt.comI also downloaded the Disney app on my Iphone which listed my itinerary, including my fast pass times and our dinner reservations. I could also check wait times for rides and the times for fireworks and parades. We used the app tons, even to find the nearest restroom.

The first night there was hubs birthday and we tried a new place, Narcoosee’s. It’s on the lagoon at the Grand Floridian where you can see the castle at Magic Kingdom and the Contemporary. It was¬†pricey but oh.my.goodness it was delicious, our best meal, and after dinner we stood on their deck and watched Wishes, the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks, complete with music. All in all, a great experience.

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The next day we went to EPCOT. What a great day we had with absolutely beautiful weather and no big crowds. After taking a few pics at Spaceship Earth, we headed back to France where we ate lunch at Chefs De France. I’ve read glowing reviews on this place and it didn’t disappoint.

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I didn’t think it was¬†as good as our dinner the night before but hubs loved his meal. After a fun and easy day of walking around all the countries and going on a few rides, you gotta go in Spaceship Earth, we strolled over to England for our dinner reservations at the Rose & Crown Pub. Since we had a big lunch, fish and chips was the perfect meal for us. We ended up eating there at the right time because we were escorted to their VIP section, right on the lagoon, to watch the awesome fireworks show.

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Our second day, Friday, was a more relaxed day spent driving around to a few resorts we always visit, riding the monorail and visiting Downtown Disney.

Our Trip to Walt Disney World | chatfieldcourt.com I read about Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at the Polynesian so we stopped in there for an afternoon cocktail. It was a fun and unique bar but the drink prices were a little steep. After our Grotto experience we headed to¬†dinner at the Beach Club’s Cape May Cafe…love the steamed clams and crab!

On Saturday we spent the day at Hollywood Studios. It was a Star Wars weekend, unbeknownst to us, so we spent the day fighting crowds in the rain and humidity. We had a great time but I wouldn’t go on a special weekend like that again. Our dinner reservations for this night were at Sanaa at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Our Trip to Walt Disney World | chatfieldcourt.comInstead of driving our rental there, we took the resort bus from the park to the lodge. This was our first time at this restaurant and we ended up having a great meal with awesome service and a curious dining companion. We sat right next to the window looking out on the savannah and this guy (or gal) stood there watching us for a good 30 minutes.

Our Trip to Walt Disney World | chatfieldcourt.comAll the food we had was delicious but they are known for their bread service…fresh made naan with dipping sauces. OMG…so good.

Our Trip to Walt Disney World | chatfieldcourt.com

After dinner, and one last look at the animals, we hopped on a bus for Hollywood Studios to see Fantasmic! We haven’t seen this show in many years so we really enjoyed it.¬†Back in the parking lot in our car, we were treated to some more awesome fireworks that were part of¬†the Star Wars festivities.¬†A perfect ending to a great day and a fun vacation.

On Sunday we headed home to Chicago and the chilly weather, it was 45 when we landed. Ugh…maybe the weather’s the reason¬†I had a hard time getting back on schedule.

If you’re still with me, congrats you made it to the end. Thanks so much for sticking with me through this long post. If you have any questions about Disney or Orlando, please leave a comment. I read and answer every one. ūüôā Hope you have a great week!

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I’ve been away this week with my husband on a last-minute business trip. He doesn’t ask me to go with him¬†often because he never knows what his schedule will be but this week was different, so¬†we dropped the dog at a sitter’s and off we went, 11 hours to Ridgway, Pennsylvania. It’s a small town, a very small town, located in¬†the Allegheny Forest and far from any major cities or airports.

Country Girl, City Girl | chatfieldcourt.com A step back in time, at least for me, because this place so reminded me of my childhood in New Jersey. Walking down the street, looking at all of the big beautiful homes with their gorgeous covered front porches and the simple farmhouse style homes with their white siding, the smell of freshly mown grass and burgers on the grill kept bringing me back to a time when I was a child.

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I grew up in a tiny town in New Jersey and I was the odd one in the family who longed to be somewhere else. I have fond memories of playing outside all day and running around barefoot, catching lightning bugs on warm summer nights but I always knew that one day I would move away.

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I’ve always longed to live in a big city, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, but that’s never happened, probably never will. My husband’s work will never bring us to a big city but we’ve lived¬†in 5 different states during our marriage and we brought our girls up¬†with the love of travel and adventure. Now that they are grown they both live in a big city, just as I had always dreamed of doing myself.

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I’m not sure I can adequately explain my desire to live in the city, especially since I’ve never actually lived in one, but I’ve visited and stayed in enough of them to know that I love that there is always something going on, there’s always a certain sense of excitement in the air, people out and about eager to get to their destination. Like I said, it’s hard to explain but if you share my love of city life, I’m sure you’ll understand.

Country Girl, City Girl | chatfieldcourt.comThis week, while staying in a beautiful bed and breakfast and taking my daily walk¬†around this small, quiet town, I had time to remember the good things about my childhood and where I came from. I also realized that, although I spent my childhood in the country, I’m¬†still a city girl at heart. My husband could move to a place like Ridgway and be happy for the rest of his life, me…not so much.

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It was a great place to visit and relax for a few days¬†but I miss my dog, my house and the busy, bustling town we now call home, the closest we’ve lived to a city in 30 years. Will we move on to a new adventure? I can’t say for certain but I’m up for almost anything, as long as we’re near the city.

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How about you? Do you prefer the quiet of the country or the excitement of a city?

Hope you have a great weekend.

The interior photos shown are from our¬†stay at Cooke’s Murphy House, a B&B located in Ridgway, PA.

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