by Dannielle Cresp on February 12, 2013
Part of me wishes I could tell you all about the amazing things that you must do in Nashville, but as I didn’t really see all that many of them, I’m probably not your go-to girl for that*. I went to Nashville to visit my awesome and super creative jewellery designer friend Lindsay (of Simon and Ruby) and I won’t lie, I asked if we could spend the weekend just relaxing. After 2 weeks switched on all the time, I was ready for some couch time. We did see some and do some cool things though.
On Friday morning we headed out to see Centennial Park which includes the Parthenon (yes Nashville has it’s very own) and some other sculptures (for lack of a better word) including a steam train from 1942, which has been kept in fantastic condition considering it’s in a public park! Don’t let that sunshine fool you though, it was a freezing -3C! Brr!
I had seen in my guidebook that there was a cool 50s Soda Shop not far from the Parthenon so when it all got too cold we headed over there for some fried chicken sandwiches with fries and strawberry sundaes! I have never had a sundae like it! I think it’s a must try if you’re in the area!
After leaving with happy full tummies, we headed to an area called Hillsboro which has some really cool indie shops including one called A Thousand Faces which I just fell in love with. It has some awesome gifts and notebooks and cards, amongst other cool things. While we were walking around I spotted this vintage neon sign and just had to take a photo! (The graphic design nerd in me told me to!)
After a trip to Target and TJMaxx we headed back to the house to have some dinner and watch some movies. After a cruisey start to Saturday (and more overnight snow!) We went to the mall at Opry Mills to get me some Toms for Charleston as all I had with me were silk ballet flats and snow boots! Next door to Opry Mills is the Grand Ole Opry, the famous music venue for country music. I’m not really into that kind of music, but you don’t go all the way out to it and not take some photos!
We had a great lunch and joint brainstorming session for both of our different projects (how awesome is brainstorming with people who get it?!) and popped over to see the opening of the new location for Old Made Good (OMG). A quirky, indie store with a gold glitter floor!! That’s Lindsay having a opening day drink at OMG.
We had dinner out with Lindsay’s friends Becca and Josh and I got a bit better at ordering a serving of food that I could finish, yay! Becca was talking about it being the Super Bowl (like a football grand final) the next night and how she was making all this cool food for it. We didn’t have any plans, so a new one was hatched and Becca Josh and another friend Patrick, would all come and watch the game and the ads (they’re the best bit). There was a feast of food to choose from and while I was still just as confused about the rules of the game at the end, it was fun to watch once. And of course I got to see the Super Bowl where the lights went out. Apparently that doesn’t happen every year.
I had an awesome weekend in Nashville. *I didn’t think we did all that much with all the relaxing that we did, but now I’ve written it for you, we actually did quite a bit! I think I’ll be back again, even if it’s just to see friends again.
Thanks so much to Lindsay for having me stay!
by Dannielle Cresp on February 6, 2013
Kansas City is an awesome place to visit, especially if you have a friend who loves being a tour guide like I did! It’s not a super common place for people to visit when you’re from as far away as I am, but it’s right in the heartland of the USA and is a great spot to see how America is outside of LA, NY and Las Vegas.
Kansas City let me experience all different kinds of weather whilst I was there. It was 21°C/70°F and sunny on Monday, chilly and raining on Tuesday and cold and snowing on the Wednesday! It sure gave me a taste of all the weather in such a short period of time!
There’s a lot to see and do in KC and I thought I’d share some of my favourite places with you.
The Steamboat Arabia & Historic City Market
The Steamboat Arabia museum is a really cool place to visit. What started as a family looking for treasure and wanting to find the wreck of the Steamboat Arabia turned into a museum where they are still cleaning and restoring the artefacts that they uncovered when they dug her up. If nothing else, the sheer size of the cargo that they uncovered, many pieces intact or near to it, is just amazing. I’ve shared just a couple of photos to try to give you an idea of the scale of it. The tour guide said that it will take approximately 30 years to clear the silt and mud off all of the pieces. One of the other cool things about the Steamboat Arabia is that it’s open on a Monday when most of the other museums are closed.
The Historic City Market which is just next door is a great open market that looks like it would be amazing in the summer time. When we visited, just the fresh fruit and veg market was there but it all looked so delicious!
When we visited Union Station, it was a cold wintery day. But if you have to visit anywhere on a day like that, Union Station is the place to go! It is beautifully restored and nice and warm. The architecture is just amazing! If you’re visiting, be sure to take the time to look up!
It is the second largest train station in the USA (only second to Grand Central), and the waiting area (as shown below) was once filled with long pews that people would sit on while waiting for their train. When it arrived they would walk through the doors on either side and down to the trains that ran underneath the station. Apparently, thousands of American soldiers came here and waited for the trains that would take them off to WWI and WWII. I’m just trying to picture what that sight would have looked like back then. I think Union Station is a must see if you’re in the area.
Be in Two Places at Once
One of the really fun things about Kansas City is that it crosses the state line between Missouri and Kansas. Missouri is where the touristy things to do are, but if you’ve ever wanted to be in two places at once, this is the place to try it! If you’re going to though, I recommend not going on a freezing cold day and trying not to pull a silly face like I did. Haha. (Missouri is at the top of the photo, Kansas at the bottom).
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson, as it’s called by locals is an amazing museum. This place has something for everyone, and I don’t say that lightly. There’s an Ansel Adams in the Photography section along with many other beautiful photographic works and an Andy Warhol in the Contemporary section. There’s also some beautiful renaissance paintings and the building itself is a work of art. It is definitely a place to get lost in.
There is also a sculpture garden outside including two giant shuttlecocks! It was so cold I thought I was going to be left with a frozen smile on my face from the photos! I clearly need more cold weather training. It would be beautiful in the summer time though.
Kansas City also has a gorgeous shopping precinct called the Plaza, that is modelled on the city of Seville, Spain which is worth a look and has all the major US brands that you could think of and lots of eateries too (but the food is another post all by itself).
I loved visiting and I think I’d go back again in the warmer months, I think it would have an even more vibrant feel to it then.
by Dannielle Cresp on February 2, 2013
While I was in Salt Lake City for Alt, I did get a couple of chances to get outside and see some of SLC. Once was on the Wednesday morning to visit the post office and once on the Saturday for the Alt Photography Walking Tour. Here are some of my favourite photos that I took from SLC (as well as one shot from the plane):
1. SLC from the plane; 2. Drive thru post boxes and snow; 3. Cool bike rack; 4. Where City Creek Center meets Temple Square; 5. Reflection Pool in Temple Square in January;
6. Entrance to Temple Square; 7. Salt Lake Temple from Joseph Smith Memorial Building;
8. Salt Lake City Library entrance
by Dannielle Cresp on January 31, 2013
I spent most of my 5 days in Salt Lake City inside at the Alt Summit, but here are some pictures I took outside of Alt.
D is for Dusk
The sun setting from my hotel room on the first night
E is for Extraordinary
Alt Summit 2013 Blogger Map at the end of the conference
by Dannielle Cresp on January 24, 2013
I thought it could be fun to share some of my favourite things that I photograph along each stop of The 27 Adventure at the end of each stop. I have fallen in love with taking photos again and I’d love to make a series that I can look back on, and one I hope you will enjoy too!
I will be doing different letters of the alphabet for each city and trying to get creative with what each one stands for. There are 10 stops on this trip so there will be 3 letters for some cities and 2 for the others.
A is for Air
Helicopter Tour of the Grand Canyon & Las Vegas Strip
B is for Bright City Lights
Walking the Strip at night to see the neon lights
C is for Colossal
Seeing the Hoover Dam up close
Next will be Salt Lake City. Look out for that early next week!
by Dannielle Cresp on January 21, 2013
So it finally arrived! The day that I had been hoping for since I decided that Las Vegas was going to be the first stop on this adventure. A Helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon & Las Vegas Strip.
I was really apprehensive about it. Not so much the flying part, but the ‘would I be able to see anything?’ part. When I booked with the money that my Dad and sister gave me for my birthday and Christmas (and some of my own), I realised that there are two seats on the aircraft that don’t get their own window view. I opted to pay the extra $50 and request a front seat upgrade, but it’s only granted (and you only pay) once everyone is checked in and they have weighed everyone to see where the weight balance needs to be on the helicopter.
I waited nervously, but at the last minute the receptionist called me over to pay and let me know that I had got my seat!! Yay!! A bus came and took the 6 other passengers and myself across the airfield to the helicopter, where the awesome and very friendly pilot was waiting. I didn’t catch her name, but she really knew her stuff and made me feel very safe. As it turns out, I got what I think was the best seat in the helicopter, in the front and by the door so I got a clear view from both the front and the side.
There was only a moment of freaking out, and that was on take off when I realised that my camera was set to Pop Art (blurry photos) and it took me a couple of minutes to realise that the top setting had flicked to Art in my handbag, facepalm! Once I got it back to normal, I was happy just to enjoy the ride.
To put it briefly, it was amazing!! We flew out over a gated community and over Boulder City before doing an S bend over the Hoover Dam and out to the Grand Canyon. The way the canyon looks is just stunning. It’s really hard to put into words, except that part of it reminded me of the movie “Cars”. I took about 300 photos and some video. (I don’t know how to edit the video yet, so I’ll save it for another time, but I’m so glad I took some as it still feels so strange to have happened.
If you’re ever planning a trip to Vegas, or want to see the Grand Canyon I can highly recommend this. You are in the air for around 1.5 hours and cover so much distance. My tour included flying over the strip, which was cool, but the real beauty is the canyon.
I’ve added just some of my favourite photos here, but I’m also adding more to my Flickr account if you’d like to have a look there.
by Dannielle Cresp on November 14, 2012
It was a sunny August day in 2006 when I took a day trip to Monte Carlo, Monaco. It was unlike any place I had been before. Stunning and full of wealth, but also calm and friendly. There are places you go that are so expensive that you don’t spend a cent, you just walk, look and listen.
The changing of the guard here was so different to London (the only other one that I have seen). They walk right by you. Up close, no huge gates and fences in the way. It felt more welcoming.
I remember taking the bus up to the top of a hill and sitting on a park bench with a peach I bought in Nice. It would have been a picture perfect scene, but a wasp decided he wanted my peach so the scene was more of me darting wasp (which from a far just looked like I was dancing around the park bench, haha). I wonder if I would remember it like I do without that wasp? Probably not.
I don’t like to get caught in the past too much, it’s no fun. But I do sometimes like to look back on the moments and the places and remember what fun they were. I may share a few more with you here.
by Dannielle Cresp on November 12, 2012
There was a time, not too long ago, where I was miserable. It was pretty awful and I was not so fun to be around. I wanted to break the cycle, but I was struggling to find a way. I was lost and things didn’t seem to be working out as I had planned. I wanted something more. So I applied for some jobs and I made a decision: I want to live an intentional life, finding what makes me happy and making sure that I feel alive.
It was then that I decided that I would try to live by this saying: Do something that scares you everyday.
Then a series of things happened. I got a full time job. I decided that I was going to do what ever it took to make my dream of moving to Canada come true and I found my focus and lost that miserable feeling.
Fast forward to now, I don’t really manage to do something that scares me everyday, but I do try to take the opportunities that I would otherwise shy away from. So I went to Problogger and to the $100 Startup Meetup and when the opportunity for me to participate in Ulyana’s True Beauty Project came up, I put my hand up and said yes.
Now, this was definitely on the scary list. I don’t like to be photographed much. It makes me nervous. I do try to be in photos sometimes. But I am more your jeans and a tshirt and messy hair than dressed up. I’ve never really felt all that pretty, even at 5 I knew that I was going to be more of the brains. The photographer called all the other girls in my Prep class “Princess” but he called me “Pumpkin”. Why I remember that, I don’t know.
But this was a challenge that I set for myself. Do it even though it scares you. It will be ok. And it was. I was really nervous, but Ulyana was so kind. I could see she was struggling with this girl that didn’t want to look at the camera (sorry, Ulyana!!). But she managed some amazing shots. All her magic!
Here a just a few:
It was as nerve wracking to do as it was to share them, but people were lovely and kind, and most seemed to understand how hard it is to put yourself out there, or maybe some didn’t even realise what a challenge it was for me. But never-the-less, people were awesome when I first shared them on facebook and twitter, and while I don’t see myself becoming fancy any day soon (haha), I’m so glad that I took that challenge and have some nice photos to show for it.
My favourite photo of all of them is now my image for this blog and for my social media sites. I love it because I’m 2 seconds from bursting out laughing and that’s just so me!
Thank you, Ulyana, for taking such wonderful photos and for giving me the opportunity to challenge myself. I am very thankful for your generosity and for the chance to be part of something so awesome.
by Dannielle Cresp on January 11, 2012
[Warning: Image Heavy Post]
I was cleaning our family bookshelf last weekend and I came across some treasures that have lasted through the years. This book I’m about to share some of the pages of with you was a Christmas present to my Dad in 1971. The book was published by Australian Universities Press in 1970.
I was quite fascinated to see how Australia was portrayed back then and I thought you might enjoy it too! Here’s a quick trip back through time:
Australia: The Island Continent in colour
The inside cover
The A.CT. Including what used to be Federal Parliament and the futuristic looking Science dome that still exists today.
Queensland with some ladies ‘Enjoying tropical fruit’
The Great Barrier Reef
Orange picking in Griffith
The Moomba Festival, Melbourne
The Melbourne Skyline at night – This has changed so much no one in my family can work out where it was taken or what part of Melbourne it’s taken of.
Yacht’s on Sydney Harbour
The Australian Television Industry – look at them filming with no shirts on on the edge of a cliff!!
Collins Street, Melbourne - There aren’t any trees on this street anymore
I thought it was interesting to see how things have changed in 40+ years. That last picture looks like it could have been from a Barbie magazine!
Do you have anything like this hidden in your bookshelves?
by Dannielle Cresp on November 9, 2011
Here are some of the photos I captured on the 4 hour flight from Las Vegas to Detroit.
It was my first time flying across the USA and I was excited to see what varied landscapes it had to offer.
Photos: Lake Mead; Grand Canyon; Rocky Mountains; Detroit, USA & Windsor, Canada with the Ambassador Bridge
More stories to come tomorrow.