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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.

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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.

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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.
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Three Unique Dining Concepts in Las Vegas

Las Vegas continues to wow us with its luxurious casino hotels and dedication to entertainment. Even the restaurants never cease to amaze as each offer one-of-a-kind dining concepts, and below we’ve rounded up some of the most extraordinary establishments.


An Adrenaline Pumping Experience at Dinner in the Sky
No restaurant can claim a view of the Las Vegas skyline like Sky can. Dinner in the Sky suspend diners 180 feet up in the air where they can enjoy gourmet dishes and tasty beverages while basking in the unparalleled views of the Strip.
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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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Bangkok: Famous Tourist Destination on Thailand!

Guest post by Marc Plumlee.

16155079130_35b4e7001f_kPhoto by Fah Rojvithee via Flickr

Every once in a while you need a break from work, family, obligations and problems that you face day by day and can’t seem to get away from, no matter how hard you try. Among the most popular ways of regaining peace, besides staying at home, dedicating yourself to a hobby, spending quality time with friends and family, etc, is travelling and some of the frequently visited destinations are those that are far from your country and culture. Only in these can you completely forget about your problems and worries and truly relax. Being exotic, popular and vivid, Thailand gained much popularity over the past years, so, if you plan to visit this country, here are some guidelines about it. Continue reading

Top 5 Relaxing Activities In Sydney

Guest post by Oscar Waterworth.

Sydney is a great city, no question about it. It is a cultural and architectural center, full of interesting and original places to visit. This is a city where you can have fun at any time of day and night and you will never get bored, it will take a lifetime to try out everything Sydney has to offer nowadays, not to mention future construction plans and amenities. On the other hand, Sydney is also a great place if you are trying less dynamic fun, that is if your only goal is to relax and make your day last as long as possible. If this is your choice, we prepared top five relaxing activities you could try in Sydney.

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Tips To Help You Enjoy The World’s Best Trip To Cape Town

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.
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Top Budget Travel Destinations in 2015

Guest Post by Chetan Jadhav.

The New Year has begun and the hustle-bustle of your daily life has taken over, leading to monotony! It’s time to work on your resolution to explore some novel & interesting places this year. Worried about the big hole it will create in your savings? No worries, we have crafted here a list of top 12 budget travel destinations to visit in 2015. Here’s to a long and a happy holiday without glancing at your credit limit again and again!

  1. South Africa: The recent currency fluctuations & Ebola scare, despite of the proximity of affected areas being more with Europe and Brazil than Africa have ensured that this incredible country with its diverse landscapes is now in your budget. From its fantastically rich wildlife to the wide variety of options for adventure sports and some of the most surreal museums ever, South Africa promises a holiday of a lifetime. Add to it, the extremely cheap and tourist friendly public transport and reasonable cafes for repast, and this place becomes one of the most value adding travel destinations of all times.
  1. Hungary: Arguably the most affordable destination in Europe, because of its own currency other than euro, this tiny country has a lot to offer for an avid traveler. Its rich culture, scenic natural beauty, healing waters and yummy food ensure that this will be one vacation worth remembering. Budapest, the capital is a diverse location offering numerous experiences like a cruise along the blue waters of Danube to historical museums, galleries, magnificent castles. Outside summer, the hotel savings are also substantial, making this place top budget destination of Europe.

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  1. Bali: Bali has always stayed the backpacker’s value beach paradise with its reasonable beach side bungalows, food & transport at throw away prices. The famed beautiful beaches, spa treatments and the intriguing Balinese culture make sure it is irresistible go to destination this year.

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