19 October 2017

Suitcase. A Weekend In Cape Cod

Ahhh the famed Cape Cod. A long, sandy peninsula in Massachusetts, renowned for its summer homes and fantastic seafood. Of course I had only impressions from the movies to go off, hence why I wanted to see it for myself. I quickly discovered it is pretty much everything you would imagine...

My visit in late September brought with it a mix of warm and cool days. The scent of sticky salt air followed me around reminding me very much of home. Sandy dunes covered head to toe in seagrass that waved in the breeze featured heavily, and old wooden fences lined each of the paths.

There was a fog that hung in the air relentlessly, but curiously enough, you'd never know where you'd find it. Over a beach there could be perfect blue sky, yet 400m down the road you could find it thick as cotton wool. I'm told it's normal at this time of year.

I based myself in Chatham at the charming Captain's House Inn. This historic home and grounds is beautifully maintained and feels just like a residence, so you could almost fool yourself that you lived there! Each afternoon I took my book into the yard and sat on the little white wooden chairs, happily envisaging myself as a local.

I will say that America sure knows how to do neighbourhoods with style. Cape Cod is brimming with beautiful shingled homes, quaint winding streets and white picket fences. Everywhere really was picture perfect.

With only two days to explore, I ensured I was able to venture the entire length of the cape from Provincetown to Wellfleet and of course a walk along the famed Nauset Beach. That afternoon the beach was shrouded in fog but it made for some spectacular pictures, and I was thrilled to spot a wild seal frolicking in the waves!

A little later back in town I found where the fishing boats come in. If you're in or around Chatham I highly recommend visiting the pier at 5pm. You're guaranteed to see seals! Clever little things, they hover at the back of the boats hoping to catch a stray fish!

Cape Cod was the last stop in my Massachusetts adventures but I must say this state now holds special meaning for me. Its scenery, its people and its towns are truly charming and I can only say I had wonderful experiences. If you're thinking about a trip to the cape for yourself, book your stay here.

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Photos by Krissie.

15 October 2017

Suitcase. Marvelling At Marblehead, Massachusetts

It's quite funny how I came to be in Marblehead; a town which few outside of Massachusetts have actually heard of. It pretty much happened because of a finger-map scenario. You know, where you take a map and point to a random place. After being in Boston I knew I would have a few days before I needed to be down in New York and after looking at the state map Marblehead stuck out at me. After a little research, and discovering it was a historical fishing town with ample colonial homes, I was sold!

12 October 2017

Suitcase. 3 Days In Boston

With the end of September came the end of my European adventures, it was time to hop across the Atlantic to the US of A. First stop? Charming Boston. Of course I had heard many speak of the English influence in the New England region and I was keen to see it for myself.

8 October 2017

Style It. A Period Of Transition

My last days in London marked the first days of autumn. And where better to head on an autumnal day than Richmond Upon Thames? An undeniable favourite of mine that I’ve told you about before, you truly can’t beat this spot along the river bank.

5 October 2017

One Day. Belgravia Wanderings

I'm fairly certain that everyone who's ever lived in London would agree with me when I say that a home in Belgravia is life goals. Possibly London's most elegant suburb, each street oozes sophistication and style.

3 October 2017

One Day. Picnicing In Regent's Park

Returning to London after the European sun, there was a noticeable autumnal snap in the air; the kind that calls for you to abandon your skirts and dresses in favour of something a little cosier. Whilst the air was crisp, the sun was bright, so I figured, what better day for a picnic?...

1 October 2017

Suitcase. Bologna & Modena, Italy

By the time we'd wrapped up in Sicily, I'm fairly certain the 4 of us had eaten enough to feed a family of 10... But oh what trouble I was in because where was I off to next? Bologna and Modena - only Italy's food capitals. But my, it certainly was heavenly...