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We’re coming to the end of our 15 month stay in Las Vegas. Jacob actually read our lease wrong, so it turns out our move out date is in April not May, which gives us an even tighter schedule to get through our extensive Las Vegas bucket list. Though we prefer foodcations, we know not everyone is as crazy about food as we are, so we grouped types of activities together and listed food at the bottom.

101 Things to Do Las Vegas (The Ultimate Las Vegas Bucket List).

THE ULTIMATE LAS VEGAS BUCKET LIST (101 Things to Eat, See, & Do):

1. Bellagio Fountains – post coming soon!

2. Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

3. Gondola Ride at The Venetian

4. Ponte Vecchio + Gondola Ride at Lake Las Vegas

Ponte Vecchio (101 Things to Do on the Ultimate Las Vegas Bucket List).

5. Go up the Eiffel Tower at Paris

6. Cirque du Soleil Show – post coming soon!

O, Ka, and Zumanity are our favorites. Just a warning in case you are traveling with family, Zumanity has a lot of raunchy, adult humor. We were unimpressed by Zarkana, and Jacob thought the Beatles Love was nothing special. We do want to see Michael Jackson next!

7. Volcano at The Mirage – post coming soon!

8. The Big Apple Coaster & Arcade at New York New York

9. Vegas Indoor Skydiving

Vegas Indoor Skydiving (The Ultimate Las Vegas Bucket List).

10. SkyJump at The Stratosphere

11. Circus Circus Adventuredome

12. Flyboard Las Vegas at Lake Las Vegas

13. Ziplining with Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon

14, Shooting Machine Guns at Pro Gun Club

15. Test Drive a Lamborghini and Ferrari with World Class Driving

Test Drive a Ferrari (The Ultimate Las Vegas Bucket List).
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There are so many subscription boxes out there that it has become a little overwhelming, but with our love for food and travel we were immediately drawn to Try The World! Every two months, you receive a gourmet box from a different country full of goodies and authentic foods chosen by local experts. In the past they’ve done, Paris, Tokyo, Rio, Rome, Instanbul, and for our very first box, we got The Venice Box!

Try the World - A Food and Travel Subscription Box.
Try the World - A Travel Subscription Box.

Each box comes with 7-10 full sized items and a culture guide with recipes, recommended movies and music from the area, and culture tips. It also gives you a guide for a great themed date night, which is perfect for our dates challenge this year. Check out what we got below and we also did an unboxing video. We’ll be doing more of these so be sure to subscribe!

Try the World - Best Food and Travel Subscription Box.

Since this is our first one, Try The World was gracious enough to do a giveaway with us for one of our lucky readers. See below for details on how to enter.

Try The World Box giveaway

Join us every two months unboxing our next Try The World and let us know what your favorites are!

Have you tried any subscription boxes before?
Is Try the World something you’d love to try?

xoxo estherJacob

The Walking Dead is coming back from it’s mid-season break next week! Anyone else as excited as I am? I’ve been following the show since day 1 and love the fact that it’s shot in our hometown of Atlanta. I remember watching Season 1 and pointing at different scenes saying “HEY! I know where that is!”

Last year, we had a the chance to go on a tour to visit a few of the shooting locations with Atlanta Movie Tours. But for those of you who may want to go at your own pace, here’s our road trip guide.

SPOILER ALERT: If you’re not caught up on the show, you may not want to read through the guide yet.

Walking Dead Road Trip Guide (Self-Guided Tour of 11 Walking Dead Locations in Atlanta).


1. The Hospital

Address: 2353 Bolton Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30318
First Appeared: Season 1, Episode 1 “Days Gone By”

Tour the Walking Dead Atlanta (11 of the Best Walking Dead Locations).

11 of the Best Walking Dead Locations (A Self Guided Tour in Atlanta).
11 of the Best Walking Dead Locations

What better way to start off your tour than at the place where Rick wakes up from a coma and realizes that something is a bit off. At this spot you get a view of the courtyard that he exits out to, which was full of bodies, and you can see the parking lot that had abandoned helicopters and military vehicles.

The location is actually not a hospital at all, but the admin offices of the Atlanta Mission, a local non-profit that serves the homeless.

2. CDC (The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)

Address: 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339
First Appeared: Season 1, Episode 5 “Wildfire”

CDC - The Walking Dead Filming Locations.

In hopes to find answers to all their questions, the group finds its way to the CDC where they meet Dr. Edwin Jenner, the last remaining employee. Unfortunately things don’t work out and they escape just before the building self-destructs.

Although the CDC is located in Atlanta, the location they used to shoot this is the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. We’ve been here to watch the ballet! The interiors were mostly shot at the Georgia World Congress Center.

3. The Quarry

Address: Lois Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30318
First Appeared: Season 1, Episode 2 “Guts”

The Quarry (11 Best Walking Dead Locations).

The quarry and campsite nearby is where a different group of survivors had made their homes, but when it was overrun by walkers, it led to a confrontation where Amy’s sister is killed and Rick is reunited with Lori and Carl.

This location is a 100 yr-old granite quarry that is being converted into a 300-acre park and reservoir. You can get a glimpse of it from above, but if you want to hike down to the bottom you’ll need to check out an Atlanta Beltline bus tour. (http://beltline.org/programs/atlanta-beltline-tours/)

4. Tank Intersection

Address: Forsyth St NW & Walton St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
First Appeared: Season 1, Episode 1 “Days Gone By”

Tank Scene - The Walking Dead Locations.

Rick narrowly escapes a zombie horde inside of an abandoned tank at this intersection and eventually escapes with Glenn’s help (YEA, GLENN!).

You could easily miss this spot as a shoot location if you’re not looking carefully. They have some amazing aerial shots and having dressed the intersection to be more… zombified, they did a great job creating the Walking Dead world here.

5. Bridge & Rooftop

Address: 327 Nelson Street Southwest, Atlanta, GA 30313
First Appeared: Season 1, Episode 1 “Days Gone By”

The Walking Dead Tour Atlanta (11 of the Best Walking Dead Locations).

In the show, Rick heads to Atlanta in search for Lori and Carl and after running out of options, decides to enter on horseback.

The address is actually to our friends over at Atlanta Movie Tours, who do an amazing guided tour of The Walking Dead sites! Just down the street from their offices you’ll see the bridge where Rick entered. The roof of this building is also where Merle’s hand (or lack there of) scene took place.

6. Rick’s House

Address: 817 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
First Appeared: Season 1, Episode 1 “Days Gone By”


After waking up from his coma, this is Rick’s first stop in hopes to find his family and answers.

In the show, this house was located in a rural town but in actuality, it’s in the heart of Atlanta across Grant Park and The Atlanta Zoo.

7. Woodbury

Address: 1 Main St, Senoia, GA 30276
First Appeared: Season 3, Episode 3 “Walk With Me”

11 of the Best Walking Dead Locations.

So much happens in the small town of Woodbury. Andrea and Michonne are brought here after being captured by Merle, Maggie and Glenn are tortured, and we learn how creepy the Governer is.

The actual town is Senoia and they still run even during filming. There is an amazing gift shop in town, a gun store in case you want to prepare for the actual zombie apocalypse, and quick chat with any of the townsfolk and you’ll get to hear some amazing stories!

8. Hershel’s Farm & The Prison

Address: 600 Chestlehurst Rd, Senoia, GA 30276
First Appeared: Season 2, Episode 2 “Bloodletting” and Season 2, Episode 3 “Seed”

The Prison (Self-Guided Tour of 11 Walking Dead Locations in Georgia).

Both of these iconic locations are home to a huge part of the story in Season 2. Both become temporary homes for the group and new characters are introduced at each location.

Unfortunately it’s pretty difficult to actually get a glimpse of either. Hershel’s Farm is just outside the town of Senoia on an unmarked road. The prison, as opposed to random internet rumors claiming it was filmed at an actual prison, is actually located at Raleigh Studios Atlanta. And because they want to keep everything under wraps, access is prohibited. We had a chance to chat with Scott Tigchelaar, President of RSA, while we visited Woodbury and got to hear how filming has affected Senoia and the surrounding area.

9. The Silo

Address: Railroad Street, Haralson, GA 30229
First Appeared: Season 3, Episode 13 “Arrow on the Doorpost”

The Silo (11 of the Best Walking Dead Loations).

This is the location of Rick and the Governors meeting in hopes to ease tensions and there’s a lot going on outside with Andrea, Daryl, and Martinez.

The interior was actually shot around the corner but all of the exterior was shot here at the old ESCO Feed Mill.

10. Post-Farm Campsite

Address: 1739 Elders Mill Rd, Senoia, GA 30276
First Appeared: Season 2, Episode 13 “Beside the Dying Fire”

Post-Farm Campsite (11 of the Best Walking Dead Locations).

After leaving the overrun farm, the group makes camp by this waterfall and Rick gives an epic speech to end the season.

Shot at Elders Mill Road Waterfall and Campsite, you can check out the stone remnants of the old grist mills for $10. Otherwise you get a glimpse of it from the road.

11. The Pharmacy & Bar

Address: 58-98 Main St, Sharpsburg, GA 30277
First Appeared: Season 2, Episode 4 “Cherokee Rose

Pharmacy (11 of the Best Walking Dead Locations).

Steve’s Pharmacy is where Glenn and Maggie get it on while on a run for medical supplies (YEA, GLENN AGAIN)! The Carriage Bar is where Hershel goes for a drink after Shane destroys all the walkers in his barn.

Both of these locations are located in the small town of Sharpsburg. The pharmacy was actually an unused storefront during production and the bar is the Old Sharpsburg Auction Building.

Check out the photos from our previous tour here.

Are you all caught up on The Walking Dead?
What TV or movie filming location would you like to visit someday?

A few weeks ago, we were invited up to Carmel, CA to stay at the Hofsas House Hotel. As we pulled up to the family-owned boutique inn, we could instantly feel its European charm. It made me reminisce of fond memories I had while temporarily living in a small town in East Germany in 2009.

Hofsas House Carmel By the Sea.

Hofsas House Carmel CA.
Hofsas House Hotel Carmel By the Sea.

As we headed to our room, the first thing we noticed was the view of the Pacific Ocean from the second floor deck. Overlooking pines, Carmel, and beach, it’s a great spot to see the sunset.

We didn’t take advantage of the other amenities since we were busy exploring Carmel and Monterey, but there’s a heated swimming pool, dry saunas, and of course wifi (can’t live without the wifi!). Also for you dog people out there, they do have rooms that are dog friendly!

Hofsas House Hotel Carmel CA Lodging.

Carmel By the Sea Hotels.
Pet Friendly Hotels Carmel By the Sea.

The Hofsas House has 38 uniquely decorated rooms. The furniture felt handpicked and like they poured in a lot of love into each room. We also had a small kitchen for those who like to cook on the road.

Hofsas House Hotel - Carmel CA Lodging.

Where to Stay in Carmel By the Sea.
Hofsas House Hotel - Pet Friendly Hotels in Carmel CA.

Hofsas House Hotel - Places to Stay in Carmel CA.

Hofsas House Carmel California.
Hofsas House Carmel By The Sea Hotels.

Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel By the Sea.

There was cozy fireplace by the bed that we took advantage of every night.

Carmel by the Sea is amazing. You really feel like you’re far away from everything, but it’s just a short drive away and you’re in Monterey, Pebble Beach, Big Sur, or Pacific Grove.

Hofsas House Hotel
San Carlos Street
Carmel CA 93921


Is Hofsas House Hotel somewhere you would stay?
What do you look for in a hotel?
Have you stayed in Carmel by the Sea?

xoxo estherJacob