(Time) Travel Tuesday: The Royal Wedding Trip

In 2011, we decided to take a trip to England. Then we thought, why not coordinate our trip dates with that of the Royal Wedding between Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Kate Middleton which was taking place on April 29,2011 at Westminster Abbey.    The day of the royal wedding--waiting at Buckingham Palace with so many other people--along with viewing Westminster Abbey the day after, were definite highlights of that particular trip, but … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesday: The Napa Valley Wine Train

One of the things that had been on my "bucket list" for awhile was a trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train in Napa Valley, California, and in May, Darcy and I finally booked our passage. We were on a short holiday in San Francisco and took a day trip down to Napa to enjoy this special tour. Leaving from the Fairmont downtown, it was a pleasant 90 minute drive to McKinstry Street Station in Napa where it departs from.  Their website … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesdays: California Adventures (LA, Santa Barbara and Solvang)

 California holds a special place in my heart. I lived there from 1997 to 2002, holding residence in both the Northern end of the state, near the Oregon border, and also in Los Angeles while I worked as a Speech Pathologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  It is where I was living when I met Darcy, where we courted, and though we didn't get married there (we were married in Scotland), we were living there still when we had … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesday: 4 Tips–What to do if you are injured while traveling

Do you know what to do if you become injured when traveling?  Today I'm sharing some tips from personal injury Attorney Richard Levin of the Levin, Riback Law Group on how to protect yourself if you get injured while you are on holiday. Vacation is a time to kick up one’s feet and relax- but if an unforeseen event dampers your getaway, it is important to be prepared. “"All too often people don’t want to deal with the headache of … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesday: The Button Shop of Montmartre: Dam Boutons

  My last trip to Paris I had a couple of areas I had my heart set on seeing that I had not gotten to in previous trips: The Marais and Montmartre. Our day in Montmartre was fabulous; what started as a very cold and wet day turned sunny and warmer though we were having such a good time we would not have noticed either way. We started at the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and from there I was set on finding the button shop of Montmartre, Dam … [Read more...]

Trocadero at Night

Paris Trocadero Eiffel Tower

I took these pictures from the esplanade du Trocadero. This area, between the two wings of the Palais de Chaillot, offers what many consider to be the best view of the Tour Eiffel. It is located in the 16th arrondissement, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. The hill of the Trocadéro is the hill of Chaillot, a former village. If you go at night, be sure to visit at the top of the hour when the twinkle lights go off for ten minutes. From … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesday: Tips for Visiting the Palace of Versailles

Versailles tourism

                                        If you go to Paris, a day trip to the Palace of Versailles, by most people's opinions--including mine, is a must. The court of Versailles was the center of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family (including his wife, Marie Antoinette) was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. You can do a 1/2 day … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesdays: Where I’ve been

I was recently blog hopping and saw a list on a blog of the places they had been and thought, what a wonderful idea--especially if you are for all intent and purposes a travel blogger. Though this blog focuses mainly on France -- and a good deal on England-- (The two countries I go to the most), I thought it might be fun to share where I have been. Airport layovers and drive through states don't count; to make the list the state/country had … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesdays are here: NEW YORK CITY & The Art of the Short Trip

It is my firm opinion that traveling, whether domestic or international, whether big or little trips, or long or short trips, improves a person for the better. I know many people who don't travel because they don't have the time, feel it is "too hard" to get away and they miss out on wonderful opportunities that short trips can provide.My husband and I are the master of the short, on the fly, spur of the moment trip.One of my favorite short … [Read more...]