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.
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.
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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Guest post by Marc Plumlee.
Eastern and Southeastern Asia rank very high in most of the surveys and statistics data on the most propulsive areas in the world. While Eastern Asia is experiencing incredible economic growth, mostly based on newly formed generations of IT and industry experts, the southeastern part of the largest continent in the world mostly relies on tourism and the leading star of this economic branch is definitely Thailand. Being one of the most visited countries in the world, it offers a huge variety of tourist adventures. From luxurious hotels to traditional Thai bars, this outstanding place has a bright tourist future. And on top of all that, Thailand has a cluster of the most beautiful islands in the world. Continue reading
Guest post by Peter Smith.
Spiti Valley is home to Himalaya’s most beautiful open-air museums. It is bordered by Lahaul and Kulu, and it is separated by the Kunzum Pass. This mountainous path is actually the main route to Kaza, Spiti’s sub-divisional headquarters. If you’re hiking, make sure to include a trip to Moon Lake, too, which is positioned 9 km away from Spiti. The superb valley is remote and secluded from the rest of Himalaya, but it’s still a place of interest you cannot miss out on your unforgettable journey to Himachal Pradesh, India. Heavily worn by wind and snow, the mountains that surround Spiti Valley are completely nude. The scenery is breathtaking, considering this isolated valley is untouched by urbanism.
Guest post by Peter Smith.
Cape Town, or the so-called ‘Tavern of the Seas’ is located on the beautiful coast of Table Bay, at the southernmost tip of South Africa, and it is the legislative capital and second most populous city in the country. The city’s multicultural harmony is often overlooked by the exquisite Table Mountain; thankfully, it is surrounded by the most appealing wonders of nature. Cape Town is unique, mysterious, busy, and ultimately, packed with the most spectacular hidden attractions. Often called ‘The Mother City’, traveling to this beautiful South African metropolis will leave you speechless.
Guest Post by Peter Smith.
There’s a lot more to Eastern Europe than meets the eye. Crammed with an exceptional history and lots of puzzling cities, traveling to this corner of the continent is like a dream come true. The sights are unbelievable, not to mention that the customs & traditions you’ll stumble upon will exceed all your expectations. Eastern Europe is unique, puzzling and mystifying. International travelers will taste unbelievable foods and they’ll gaze at sceneries they’ve never before. Here are five amazing cities you can’t miss out if you’re exploring Eastern Europe.
1. Bucharest: Romania’s main capital and largest city, Bucharest is such a mesmerizing place to see, explore and admire. With a staggering population of 2.3 million inhabitants, Bucharest prides itself with numerous parks, lakes and green areas. Cismigiu Garden, Herastrau Park, and Carol Park are just 3 of the main reserves you cannot miss out if you ever happen to in Bucharest. Cut in half by Dambovita River, Bucharest is also Romania’s most prosperous city, as well as main financial and economic hub. In terms of places of interest, check out the Old Center where you’ll come across tens of pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Guest Post by Rohit Agarwal.
Located at a perennially sunny location between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Florida is the 3rd most populous state in the US. With famous cities like Miami and Jacksonville, Florida is known for its warm and sunny climate and a fully beach influenced lifestyle. The state was one of the first in the history of continental America to be visited by the European settlers, when Spanish conquistadors came during the early 15th century. This is also one of the main reasons for the large Hispanic population in Florida as compared to other states in the US. It is also popular as a tourist destination owing to its history, flashy beaches, warm climate and a variety of iconic American wildlife species. Florida also sports the longest coastline in the United States which stretches to around 1,350 miles. The state was named ‘La Florida’ (The Flowery) by the Spanish when the landed here around Easter season when flowers are in full bloom in Florida. If you are looking for reasons to visit Florida, here are some interesting places that will make up your mind.
1. Castillo de San Marco
Guest post by Vincent Simon.
In need of plain sun, sand beaches and warm water? Tahiti is a dream destination, and you’ll need to pinch yourself every now and then to make sure you’re not dreaming. It’s easy to prepare your vacation in Tahiti, and a lot of information can be found on the internet, for instance on the official website of the touristic organization. It’s not the point of this article to summarize the best things to do in French Polynesia (besides, I haven’t visited all of it), but to share a few advises and give you a few ideas of some must-be-seen spots and activities.
Guest Post by Erica Brooks.
Fondly named as the harbour city, Sydney is one iconic place to be with your family. Be it a much-needed break from the mundane routine, a well-planned getaway with kids or a romantic kick-start to the year, Sydney never fails to please its visitors. And while the list of attractions in Sydney is quiet exhaustive, here’s a pick of some enjoyable activities for making the trip memorable.
View of the moon at dusk through North Window Arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. The park has over 2,000 arches and was originally established as a national monument in 1929 but was redesignated as a national park in 1971. The views of the arches are amazing as you are hiking along the trails. Continue reading
Ahhhh Cairo. Is there any other city that can make you feel so lucky to be in? What a unique mixture of past and present. If you’ve read my posts, you know I love the feeling of stepping back in time. And how amazing is it to step so far back in time with the hustle and bustle of the city whizzing by you? I certainly felt like this trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I would never forget. Continue reading
Neuschwanstein Castle is nestled in the mountains of Bavaria, Germany near the town of Füssen. Construction was started in September of 1869 commissioned by King Ludwig II. He used his own money to finance the project, but then began borrowing money from Bavaria. He would change the plans, which would delay the process. Construction was still not completed at the time of his mysterious death in 1886. Within a few weeks, the scaffolding was removed and the castle cleaned up enough to start receiving tourists, so the country could recoup some of their finances. Continue reading