Bayard Cutting Arboretum

New York, not all brick city, but the state of wonder and all possibilities. No place like New York exists in the United States, where else can we find such a rich mix of culture living harmoniously? If you are a child of an immigrant, for most, New York was their point of entry, and…

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Gems in Germany

Rain greeted me my first day in Europe! For years I planned to loose my European virginity in England, but Germany won the prize. Looking out during the final 30 minutes of the flight I was in awe of the landscape. Nothing but shades upon shades of green and as we landed, rain, pouring rain.…

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The Burger, The Cathedral and The Croissant!

The Burger Isn’t she beautiful? Don’t dare ask me where I was when I ate this burger, all I know is that I was in Strasbourg France, we somehow stepped out of the car into a monsoon, and this was the closest cover. Soaking wet, slightly unnerved, but also hungry, we sat down in a…

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A Day In Bastogne

Bastogne War Museum Crossed three countries, broke the speed limit at well over a hundred miles per hour everywhere possible, car sick from all of the curves and turns, but I arrived alive. Don’t ask me for directions, I closed my eyes above 90 mph and didn’t open them until the car stopped. I also…

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Niceness In Napa!

Napa is a stones throw from my grandparents backyard, literally 35 miles. Napa has always seemed like an unattainable destination that was designed for the rich to bask in the shade of vineyards while sipping a vintage Merlot. Never did I think I could afford a trip to the world famous Napa Valley. Quick Misconceptions…

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Desert Botanical Garden

One never thinks of the desert as a place where you would enjoy or even find a botanical garden, well The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix awaits. Not only is the garden full of surprises, it has information along each trail about the plants you are seeing, and how they grow and thrive in such…

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Now Let’s Hike

Ok. Now that the kiddies have been settled and watered, everyone has gone to the bathroom, sunscreen and bug spray applied, its time to actually get out and enjoy the hike. The El Tovar trail provides options for all types of hikers, it also provides a smoother path to accommodate wheelchairs and also strollers. This…

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Arizona Loading

I planned to be organized, intentional, focused and write little blurbs summarizing each day. Though my intentions were genuine, the reality is that it didn’t always happen. First of all I was simply not prepared for the beauty of Arizona. I thought it would be hot, dry, brown, and the real beauty would be seen…

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My Something Beautiful

Happy 18th Birthday Kam! If I am speaking honestly, I was never really sure about becoming a mother. As a girl I always loved babies but I never had dreams of being a mother. I wasn’t sure if I would be a good mother, and I also thought I would spend my twenties traveling the…

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Dominica, Not The Dominican Republic

No, I have nothing against the Dominican Republic but so many people are unaware that the beautiful unspoiled small island of Dominica exists. Dominica sits between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. If you are cruising on one of the smaller ships Dominica is a sweet stop I would highlight recommend. This is not…

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Beach Bum & Bellows

  Bellows Air Force Station sits on picturesque Waimanalo beach, but it is hidden to the naked eye if you aren’t a service member or don’t know its location. Seems like this portion of the beach is military property but I am not certain, all I know is that it is an amazing post if…

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