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About The Travel Wench

Michelle Grabuski is travel blogger that is interested in seeing historical sites, especially castles, and nature and marine and wildlife related travel, including snorkeling and scuba diving. I enjoy trying local food and drinks when I am exploring another country.

Customized Phone and iPad Cases From Go Customized

I was offered my choice of custom phone cases from Go Customized and I selected the black silicon case for my iPhone, they also have white or transparent options. It is always a good idea to protect your phone, and why not get a cover that is fun a shows off your favorite place? The silicon case I chose went on very easily, I just pulled the corners over my phone and it was on in no time. The image quality is very sharp and the colors bright are crisp. It also very durable, so the image will last a long time. This phone case is also so sleek that it really doesn’t add too much to the size of my cell phone, so no need to worry about it adding much bulk.

#GoCustomized, #CustomiPhoneCases, #CustomiPadCases, #CustomPhoneCases, #TheTravelWench

My new phone case at our lunch table

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Suffering From Post Travel Blues

I’m home from my latest trip to Australia, and the post travel blues have set in. I had a fantastic time during my first visit, yet a week after being home, I was so down because I knew it will be another year before I could make it back. I love my family, home and I have an enjoyable full time job that allows me the time and money to do wander the globe. Why so selfish? I just went to Australia! Because I have a wanderlust that I can’t control.

Enjoying champagne on my flight home

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GlassesShop.com Review and Reader Offer!

I recently received a pair of prescription sun glasses from GlassesShop.com in exchange for a review of their product, and I was thrilled. I have honestly never thought of spending money on prescription sun glasses. Up until the last few years, I have gotten by with out any glasses, but as I’ve aged, my eyesight has gradually gotten worse. I also have to admit that I’m pretty rough on sun glasses, and I typically don’t spend more than ten dollars on them. They would end up in various places in my vehicle, in my purse, on a table, getting scratched and broken in the process. My eyesight is getting to the point where I either wear sun glasses and things are a bit fuzzy, or I wear my regular glasses. That has just changed!!

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Enjoying a bright day with my beautiful new prescription sun glasses

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Paris Catacombs: The World’s Largest Grave

When most people think of visiting Paris, the common attractions that come to mind are the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame or a cruise on the Seine. These were on my list as well, but along with that, I wanted to visit the catacombs. Some may find this a bit macabre, me too. It is sad enough visiting cemeteries, but to see the skeletal remains of more than six million people is a little eerie. I had to visit.

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Close up of skulls

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The Pullman Hotel – Eiffel Tower

Traveling back to Paris was my first international solo trip, so I wanted to splurge on a nice hotel with a view, and within walking distance from the Eiffel Tower. After searching the internet, I found where I wanted to stay, The Pullman Hotel near the Eiffel Tower. No, this isn’t a sponsored post, I paid for my room, and it was well worth it. Being a female, alone in a city I hadn’t been to in almost thirty years (and the first time with my fluent French speaking aunt), I wanted to feel safe. At my age, I’m wasn’t doing a hostel and or sharing a bathroom. Since I also have some hip problems and arthritis, I wanted to be close of my main attraction. Only a few blocks away from the Eiffel Tower was just perfect for me. After I bought my plane ticket, I booked my hotel and upgraded to a room with a view.

#EiffelTower #ThePullmanHotel #Paris #France

Eiffel Tower from The Pullman Hotel

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Snapshot Saturday 2015 #3 – The Eiffel Tower

An overcast day in Paris is still a fabulous day to visit the City of Light. The weather became a little moody on my last afternoon, which really helped with the lines to the top of the tower. This is a view of the Eiffel Tower from the Pont de la Concorde with Pont Alexandre III in the distance.

The Eiffel Tower and the Seine

Snapshot Saturday 2015 #2 – Mount Rainier and Reflection Lake

This picture of Mount Rainier and Reflection Lake is from my recent trip in September which is a nice time of year to see the fall colors. The view of the mountain from Reflection Lake is my favorite. It is best to arrive early in the morning to get the reflection before the wind picks up.

#MountRainier #ReflectionLake

 

Castello di Amorosa’s Royal Food and Wine Pairing

When traveling, I have a tendency to splurge from time to time. I can save on some things so I am able to indulge when I want to, and depending on my mood, I can just keep on splurging! I’m definitely not a budget traveler. Traveling is exhausting and if I want a nice hotel room so I can relax after a long day, I’m going to get it!

Last June, my sister, two aunts and I went to Castello di Amorosa winery and enjoyed the Royal Food and Wine Pairing hosted by their Sommelier Mary Davidek. Mary has been their Sommelier since 2008 and she is extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. The Royal Food and Wine Pairing includes an informative tour of the winery which stops at the Royal Apartment for your wine and food sampling. Mary pairs freshly prepared foods that go well with each wine.

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Snapshot Saturday 2015 #1 – Mount Rainier and Edith Creek

Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors are beautiful, the air is crisp and Halloween is right around the corner. If you live where the leaves change, this means extra work of raking that comes along with that beauty, and winter is on the way. That brings cold temperatures, shoveling, potentially getting stuck in the snow, or my worst fear which is falling on the ice. I try to be optimistic and think of winter as a time of rest. Catching up on reading while snuggled up with some hot chocolate (or wine) and watching the snow come down. Parents aren’t running around with so many activities for their kids and they can prepare for holidays with family. Which brings me to my least favorite time of year, now especially since I just lost my dad at the end of August. So like many others in the natural course of life, I am now parentless.

In my opinion, the best time to visit Mount Rainier is when the wild flowers are blooming. The second best is in the fall when the undergrowth comes alive with vibrant colors. Other times of the year they just blend and are hardly noticed, but in the fall, they get vibrant. Everywhere you turn there are different autumn shades to capture for later. So getting back to Snapshot Saturday, here is a picture I took in September of Mount Rainier with Edith Creek.
#MountRainier and #EdithCreek #Washington #PacificNorthwest

Secret Cottage Tour – A Day Trip in the Cotswolds

Are you searching for the perfect day trip away from London? Look no further. The Secret Cottage Tour in the Cotswolds is a wonderful getaway. I recently took this day trip, which was easily accessible by train from London from the Paddington Station to the Moreton-in-Marsh station. While relaxing on the train, I saw the landscape slowly change from the hustle and bustle of the city, to the picturesque landscape of the country. Our guides for the day, Becky and Ian, picked up our group from the Moreton-in-Marsh station. We toured a few spots in the country and then went to Becky and Robin’s beautiful thatched cottage for pastries with tea or coffee. What a wonderful home they live in which they have opened up to host guests!

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Volunteer in Costa Rica for a Life-Changing Experience

Guest Post by Rohit Agarwal.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a student on a gap year or retiree, volunteer in Costa Rica for a life-changing experience. Beauty and welcoming locals make Costa Rica one of the most popular volunteer vacations. Costa Rica is nestled between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean and is a land dotted with people who truly appreciate help from those who volunteer abroad.

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Cool Places to Explore in Branson with Friends

Guest Post by Joseff Alovera.

With more than 50 music theaters, 100 shops and restaurants, 13 world-class golf courses, a number of theme parks, and scenic view of Ozark Mountains, the city of Branson has something to offer for all its guests. There are tons of fun outdoor adventures for the whole family and friends.

In this entry, we will breakdown some of the coolest places to explore in Branson with your friends. Read this entry and make a better itinerary for your trip in the “live entertainment capital of the world.”

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Three Reasons You Should Go To Tadoba National Park

Guest post by Jenny Richards.

Are you planning to go to India on a vacation? Is the Tadoba National Park among your target destinations? In that case you have to find the most appropriate accommodation. You have to search for a suitable, safe and affordable place to put up at.

Several resorts and hotels have been set up in the area around the national park. It is thus, important that you reserve rooms at one of the affordable as well as plush resorts of the area. Tadoba is located in Maharashtra and is among the biggest National Parks in the state. It is situated in the district of Chandrapur.

Spending time in and around the Forest

A range of amenities welcome the tourists when they enter the resorts. A host of fun filled activities at the resort premises creates a wonderful atmosphere at the resort. These cheap resorts at Tadoba National Park have come up, so that tourists do not have to travel all the way to the park gates and spend time in the endeavor. Tourists can also stay in the safety of the resorts and enjoy a sight of the animals roaming in the forest.

Facilities at the resorts

Facilities at the resortMost of the Tadoba resorts provide a cozy atmosphere. The resorts are situated at close proximity to the forest and the rooms are comfortable. The staffs at the resorts are friendly and efficient. Tourists receive excellent service at the hands of the resort employees. Even the food served at the resorts is delectable. Continue reading

A Guide To Mixing Travel And Health

Guest post by Oscar Waterworth.

Regular “day on the beach, night in the club” holidays became too boring and predictable. People now want something more fun and relaxing. Holiday should be a time for recovering from work-related stress, and not the trip from which you’ll come back with hangover- related headaches. There are plenty of health benefits that come with active holidays, and plenty of possible hazards that are lurking behind overcrowded tourist destinations. That’s why more people now choose relaxing spa or exciting active holiday trips instead of boring combinations of sunbathing and intoxication. In this article we are going to list some of the most health- beneficial holiday options.

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A Broken Promise To Myself – With Hope For The Future!

Well, like I posted last winter in “A Promise to Myself”, I was quite ready to move out of Minnesota and become a snowbird, which just wasn’t realistic right at this point. As the title of this post shows…that didn’t happen! The snow last year was such an issue, my tiny little Chevrolet Aveo got stuck about 5 times. I know it’s not the most realistic car to own in Minnesota, but when we pay for plowing, I should be able to get out to the highway. So, this fall, with the fear and dread of getting stuck again this year, I bought a new vehicle. Did I really need it? No, but it was a nice treat, and now I can get through even if the plow guy doesn’t make it.

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