Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

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We didn’t make it to the Arc de Triomphe during our first trip to Paris, but we made a point of visiting it during our second trip. It was cold and rainy, but that didn’t deter us from going to the top of the Arc and getting views of the city. In addition to the famous Champs-Elysees, there are another 11 avenues that all stretch to and from the Arc de Triomphe. The full name of the Arc is the Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile, which translates to Triumphant Arch of the Star. The star refers to the shape that is made by the twelve radiating avenues that look like rays of light emanating from the Arc.

DSC_1771 Arc de Triomphe

DSC_1774 Inscriptions Inside of the Arc

DSC_1799 View of the Eiffel Tower on a Cloudy Day

DSC_1785 Champs-Elysees from the Arc Terrace

The Arc de Triomphe was originally commissioned by Napoleon in 1806…

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Covent Garden-London

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One of my favourites places when I go to London, Covent Garden, you can see a beatiful market, with antiques you can find everything you are looking for, it is always crowded but is worth it. Definetelly I recommend it.

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Titicaca Lake in 1 day: Copacabana – Isla del Sol – Puno

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March 2018, Titicaca Lake – Bolivia&Peru

Lake Titicaca, with its elevation of 3812 meters, is the highest navigable body of water in the world. Considered the birthplace of the Incas, it’s home to ancient ruins, impressive legends and local tribes living in total isolation.

Below you will find our itinerary for Titicaca Lake in 1 day: Copacabana – Isla del Sol – Puno. Even if Titicaca seems hard to reach, it’s possible to get on both Bolivian and Peruan shores quite easily in just one day!

All you need is a little bit of planning. And waking up early. 🙂

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COPACABANA

The morning we finally leave La Paz feels like an escape. After having a severe tooth infection and considering ending our journey in Bolivia, we are now absolutely thrilled of jumping in the bus again!

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A few hours on the road, and we reach…

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The Brussels Story

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Synonymous with Frites, Beer, and the heavenly smell of chocolate everywhere- that is Belgium for you! The capital city of Brussels is the embodiment of the country’s culture and history. A perfect blend of food, culture, and all things beautiful, Brussels is a true European delight which definitely deserves a spot on your travel itinerary. Find out about some amazing places that I have curated in the city below!

Start with:

Grand Place

Now a World UNESCO site, the Grand Place in Brussels is a gigantic central square surrounded by magnificent buildings, including the Town Hall, Brussels City Museum perched right there. It is truly gorgeous and exactly as the name suggests- GRAND!

There are often installations, and exhibitions or some event going on in the squae. If you go around christmas-time, you might just witness an impromptu light show after dark!

Manneken Pis

A rather unusual, but historic landmark…

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A Photo Journey: Death Valley National Park

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A recent chain of events (a record-breaking polar vortex which led to a four-day school cancellation which led to a reorganization of the photo cupboard) brought to light a long-forgotten photo album of our first Southwest road trip.  Turns out the husband and I (but mostly the husband – you’ll see his massive camera in several photos in this series) took more and better photos back then than we did on a similar road trip last summer, and I thought I would share some of them with you in a series entitled “A Photo Journey.”  I hope you enjoy them, and even more, I hope they inspire you to travel.

Recently I did something I almost never do.  I went to the gym and ran on the treadmill.  (What drove me to this madness, you ask, incredulous?  Well it seems that, ’round here, some people think that if a snowstorm…

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Day 3. Hull and the Humber Bridge

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It was yet another bright, sunny morning as we enjoyed a final relaxing breakfast overlooking Hull’s marina, if only each day could start like this! Having set ourselves up for the day with freshly prepared smoothies and full English breakfasts we gathered our things together and checked out of our room, leaving our bags to collect later in the day.

Untitled Enjoying a cooked breakfast at the Holiday Inn Hull Marina

Our plan for the morning was to visit the Humber Bridge and the easiest way to get there by public transport was by train. It only took us around ten minutes to walk to Hull’s Paragon Station from where we caught a train to Hessle. The journey took 8 minutes with an adult off peak day return costing £3.10.

Untitled The Humber Bridge viewed from the platform at Hessle Station

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Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza in Seville

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The Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza is a very large bullring in Seville, Spain. Seating 12,000 spectators, it is one of the oldest and most famous bullfighting rings in Spain as well as the world. Construction began on the stadium in 1749 and the highlight of the bullring is the “prince’s box”, which has ornate arches and columns and was exclusively reserved for the Spanish Royal Family. It is still an active bullfighting ring that has bullfights from March/April until September. Certainly there are passionate feelings about bullfighting, its cruelty as well as its cultural significance. The history and architectural design of the bullring make it worthwhile to visit regardless of your opinion of bullfighting.

IMGP3812 The Prince’s Box for the Royal Family

IMGP3811 Inside of the Bullfighting Ring

IMGP3821 Painting of a Famous Matador

IMGP3817 Walking Inside of the Bullring

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What Do You Hope to Get from Traveling

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There is a saying that travel is it’s own reward, but there are obviously other reasons for making the decision to travel to different places. Whether for vacation, adventure, a change of scenery, or a trip of a lifetime, people travel to a variety of places every day. For the most part, people are hoping to gain something from their travels, after all it is often quite expensive. We aren’t any different, we also get something in return for traveling to all of the places that we visit. For us, it is learning about the culture, meeting the people, and experimenting with local flavors that are our rewards. We aren’t cultural anthropologists, but we do use many of those concepts when we are on a trip to a foreign country.

SCAN0248 When Our Raft Flipped on the River

DSC_9244 Dancing in an Embera Village in Panama

DSC_3765 Hiking in the Andes Mountains

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