Great sights for your first visit to New York City, part 3 – Upper East/West Side and Central Park

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Good morning! Here is the final installment of my series on planning your first trip to NYC…today we are covering sights and my favorite eating spots on the Upper East and West Side and Central Park. Two of the biggest museums in Manhattan are in these neighborhoods, as well as my favorite skating rink in winter, but there are a number of smaller gems as well as an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea room! And make sure you check at the end of the post for a BIG money-saving tip!

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Great Sights for Your First Visit to New York City, part 2 – Midtown East/West and Times Square

Chrysler BuildingOne of my favorite buildings in NYC is the Chrysler Building, shown above in a great image by skeeze on Pixabay

Hello everyone! Today we continue with part 2 of Great Sights for Your First Visit to New York City. Many people spend their first trip solely in Manhattan, so I’ve been listing some of my favorite sights and restaurants for first time visitors! Today’s post covers sights in Midtown East, Midtown West and Times Square.  Continue reading

My best (and worst) travel moments of 2018

Happy December!  I’ve been on radio silence for a while…after working so hard on the midterm elections, I needed time to rest, recharge and nest at home. But I don’t want to let December pass without a post or two, so today I thought I’d share my best (and worst) moments of travel this year! In no particular order, here they are…

Best:

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Biking through the forests of South Bohemia – in September, I went on my second bike trip with two girlfriends. This time we biked through the South Bohemia region of the Czech Republic, with more varied terrain than we experienced on our first trip. My favorite days were spent biking through the forest…the trees, rivers, shade and the gigantic mushrooms (the biggest I’ve ever seen) combined into pure joy!

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My November Bucket List (and how I did in October)

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Do you all enjoy these bucket list posts?? They really help keep me accountable and productive during the month, so I might make it a monthly series if you’re interested?

I was just looking back over my October bucket list – I didn’t do as much running or hiking as I wanted to, mostly because I spent so much time working to get out the vote. I did, however, rack up miles and miles of walking while knocking on doors to talk with voters! With the November 6th midterm election coming up, encouraging voters became my number one priority for October.

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A Day Out at Fontevraud Abbey (Wednesday Wanderings)

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When we went to France in August, we had one day to fill between our arrival at Charles de Gaulle airport and our stay in the Dordogne region (to read about our stay in the Dordogne, click here and here). I had just read a fascinating trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine, so we decided to spend our free day at The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud.

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7 Easy ways to help Get Out the Vote (that don’t involve talking to people)

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For those of us in the United States, Tuesday November 6th is Election Day. I’ve been spending lots of time this month working on getting out the vote; I’ve even *gulp* gone out canvassing! Like most people, I was super intimidated at the thought of getting involved and TALKING TO PEOPLE (it’s not nearly as bad as I thought it’d be), so thought I’d share some easy ways to help get out the vote that don’t require voter interaction!

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A Day Out on the Glen Burney Trail (Wednesday Wanderings series)

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Happy Wednesday! My husband and I spent today hiking in the North Carolina mountains with our dog.  I love having these midweek adventures with him; it will be one of the things I miss most when he goes back to work!

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My October Bucket List

blue glass front porchOctober is one of my favorite months…although it is 88 degrees today, I’m all about fall and am anxiously awaiting its arrival here in North Carolina (I got a quick little taste in Prague last week, where for three glorious days it was in the high 50’s).  Here are some of the things I’m excited for this month…

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