East Coast US in 2006

After National Treasure came out, we knew we had to go back to the East coast.  Yes, I was that kind of dork.  On this trip we didn’t go as far north so we could go further south.  This road trip included: -Gettysburg (again, this is my favorite civil war battlefield) -Antietam -Philadelphia (one of…

Paris by Métro: Opéra

Opéra at a Glance Lines=3, 7, 8 Arrondissement=9th Tip=This is a big station. Sights Within 1 Kilometer: North Palais Garnier-230m Roissybus Stop-250m Boulevard Haussman-350m Galeries Lafayette-400m Printemps-550m East Bourse-750m Passage des Panoramas-800m Passage Jouffroy-800m Gallopin Brasserie-800m Galerie Colbert-850m Galerie Vivienne-900m South Palais Royal-1km West Fragonard Parfumerie-240m Place Vendome-450m Gare Saint-Lazare-750m Angelina-800m Madeline Church-1km Tuileries Garden-1km…

Travel Journey of the Week: Paris

For the first journey, I thought I’d pick the place that I last visited.  There is so much that can be shared about Paris, so hopefully this will be an easy topic for our first challenge.  What makes the city so great?  Here is how you can contribute: 1. Each Sunday, a place will be…

Travel Journey of the Week

It turns out my idea of a weekly travel theme is not my idea alone.  I was inspired to start a blogging event after wordpress encouraged us to improve opportunities for the blogging community.  I browsed the events, and found nothing on travel, so I thought I’d start one.  Unfortunately, it was brought to my…

East Coast US in 2005

My dad recently recovered files from old computers, and I discovered some of my photos from past trips.  This was in my early days of photography.  Digital cameras were very limited with megapixels back then, so the quality of the photos may not match what I’ve shared recently, but I still thought it would be…

Dream Scenes in Photos

I had a dream last night that I was traveling around Venice.  Somehow, my students were there too, but let’s just focus on the Venice part for now.  I woke up this morning feeling rejuvenated.  It was almost like my slumber was spent enjoying a Bellini during the acqua alta.   Last night’s dream inspires today’s…

Interesting Italian Tidbits

I took a tiramisu class last weekend that blended some Italian language lessons and culture.  Our teacher, Fabiana, has Italian in her blood and has spent a descent amount of time in Italy.  She shared some of her experiences with us, and there were two that blew my mind. I am so used to how…

French Market in Chicago

Visiting markets is one of my favorite activities whether I’m traveling or at home.  Chicago has a wonderful little French market for the public.  The “French” title may be a little misleading.  Yes there are cheeses, wines, macarons, and more, but there is also lobster, falafel, and bahn mis. If you are in the area,…