• The archaeological site of Akrotiri

    Akrotiri: Remnants from a Volcanic Eruption

    February 10, 2019

    Santorini is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It’s curious, then, that so few people know of the archaeological gem sitting at the north end of this gorgeous island. Akrotiri is a Bronze Age settlement that was basically decimated in 1627 BC when Thera, the volcano it sits on, erupted and…

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  • The Saint Paul Winter Carnival | Her Life in Ruins

    Saint Paul Winter Carnival – An Actual Winter Wonderland

    February 2, 2019

    Last weekend, I took off visit my best friend in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she’s attending graduate school. Luckily, my visit lined up with the 133rd annual Saint Paul Winter Carnival! We jumped at the chance to visit and I am so incredibly happy we did. We were able to eat lots of delicious foods, watch…

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  • Barcelona Essentials: 7 Days the Catalan Capital | Her Life in Ruins

    Barcelona Essentials: 7 Days the Catalan Capital

    January 27, 2019

    Barcelona is much more than just the inspiration for an Ed Sheeran song. The food, culture, and general vibe of the city was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. The week that I spent in Barcelona, Spain was actually life-changing for me. Now, I’m sharing that experience (and my tips for visiting) with you!…

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  • The Sagrada Familia: An Icon 136 Years in the Making | Her Life in Ruins

    The Sagrada Familia: An Icon 137 Years in the Making

    January 20, 2019

    The Sagrada Familia is one of the most recognized structures in Spain, and it hasn’t even been finished yet. Seriously! The first stone was laid in 1882 and there’s still about 7 years of construction left. Antoni Gaudí designed a ton of gorgeous, groundbreaking buildings, but the Sagrada Familia is something extra special. History Antoni…

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  • Dry Ground: Brewing Hops and History | Her Life in Ruins

    Dry Ground: Brewing Hops and History

    January 13, 2019

    When you think of Kentucky, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is bourbon. But, did you know that the state also has tons of awesome craft breweries? Today, I’m giving y’all an inside look at one of my favorite breweries here in the Bluegrass: Dry Ground. I’m absolutely obsessed with Dry…

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  • 2018: A Year in Review | Her Life in Ruins

    2018: A Whirlwind Year in Review

    December 31, 2018

    2018 has been a big year for me! I graduated from Florida State with my MS in Anthropology, visited so many new places, grew this blog, and connected with tons of new people. Today, I’m reflecting on all of these things, month by month, and go through some of my goals for 2019. This is…

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  • A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Resort | Her Life in Ruins

    A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Resort

    December 23, 2018

    Christmas is right around the corner, so I’m finally rounding out my posts on Christmas lights and decorations with one of Nashville’s most famous hotels: The Gaylord Opryland Resort. Each year, Opryland puts up massive Christmas decorations in their gorgeous atriums. Opryland has a variety of holiday activities (see the full list here), but this…

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  • Cheekwood Holiday Lights: A Nashville Night Out | Her Life in Ruins

    Cheekwood Holiday Lights: A Nashville Night Out

    December 22, 2018

    The holidays are one of the greatest times of the year. There’s hot chocolate, catching up with family and friends, and the decorations are amazing! Luckily, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is the perfect place for all of the above! Bundle up and head to this Nashville gem for a perfect night out with loved ones…

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  • Lights Under Louisville: An Underground Holiday Adventure | Her Life in Ruins

    Lights Under Louisville: An Underground Holiday Adventure

    December 14, 2018

    The holidays are the greatest time of year and one of my favorite holiday activities is looking at decorations! One of the most common decorations is huge, festive, themed lights. After exploring the Southern Lights in Lexington and My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown, I decided to head west to Louisville to one of the…

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  • Merry and Bright at My Old Kentucky Home | Her Life in Ruins

    Merry and Bright at My Old Kentucky Home

    December 9, 2018

    If you’ve been following the blog lately, you know how much I love the holiday season! I’ve been visiting as many holiday-themed places around Kentucky as possible over the past few weeks. That list, of course, wouldn’t be complete without a visit to My Old Kentucky Home. History The mansion at My Old Kentucky Home…

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