Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

The photo challenge theme this week is making me feel a bit nostalgic.  Two summers ago I realized the comforting affects of the sea, and how much I want to be near one.  The best moments in the salty-sea air are when my pants are rolled up, and my bare feet sink in the wet…

Dabble into Something New

I came across a website yesterday that I am super excited about.  Do you ever find that you are different person when you travel?  You take more risks, you try new things, you meet new people?  Why can’t I do that at home?  I do live next to the 3rd largest city in the US… …

Paris by Metro: École Militaire

École Militaire at a Glance Line=8 Arrondissement=7th Tip=This metro stop involves more walking.  The metro stops seem to be fewer and far between in the 7th.  École Militaire is the most centrally located exit for exploring this area.  Wear your walking shoes if you plan on seeing most of these sights. Sights Within 1 Kilometer (Well,…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Playing with the aperture can change the focus of an image.  Sometimes an image looks best with only one item in focus whereas sometimes you want to see the detail in every layer.

New Sights, Ideas Needed

I am a planner.  Planning for a trip is probably one of the greatest joys I get to experience.  This past weekend I officially signed up for the Rick Steves’ Eastern Europe in 16 Days tour along with the My Way Spain Tour.  I will be visiting seven new countries which has me giddy like…

Paris by Métro: Abbesses

Abbesses at a Glance Line=12 Arrondissement=18th Tip=Use the elevator.  There are a lot of stairs. Sights Within 1 Kilometer: North Mural of Je T’aime-52m Picasso’s Studio-300m Espace Salvador Dali-400m Moulin de la Galette-500m Renoir’s Home-500m Montmartre Vineyard-600m Square Suzanne Buisson-600m Musée de Montmartre-650m Au Lapin Agile-650m East Funicular-400m Place du Tertre-400m Sacre Coeur Basilica-550m West…

Summer 2014

I saw a post on Facebook tonight that stated the largest boost in happiness comes from planning a vacation.  I am feeling it tonight because Rick Steves posted the 2014 tours on his website.  What am I so excited about?  After looking at the dates I have realized I can definitely sign up for my…

Paris by Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre

Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre at a Glance Line=1/7 Arrondissement=1st Sights Within 1 Kilometer: North Palais Royal-180m Galerie Colbert-550m Galeries Vivienne-600m East E. Dehillerin-600m Les Halles-900m* Saint-Eustache-900m* Pont Neuf-900m Rue Montorgueil-950m South Seine/Quais-500m Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel-350m West Louvre Museum-220m Tuileries-400m Angelina-650m Place Vendôme-800m Musée D’Orsay-1km Sights Details: North Palais Royal: Unfortunately you cannot get…

Cooper’s Hawk Winery

The restaurant and winery might be a chain, but it is too good not to share with everyone.  Going to Cooper’s Hawk Winery will hit the wallet a little harder than places such as Olive Garden or Chile’s, but the food and wine leave unforgettable flavors in your mouth. One option to help save a…