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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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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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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Our running tour of Prague

winged lion prague 2The Winged Lion Memorial – a thank you from Great Britain honoring the 2,507 Czechoslovak airmen who served in the Royal Air Force during WWII.

Hello from the Czech Republic! I’m currently biking around South Bohemia with two girlfriends (follow my adventures on Instagram here) – if you haven’t been to the Czech Republic, add it to your list! It’s a beautiful country with warm, friendly people – we’ve had so many great experiences! We flew into Prague and spent a couple of days there before we started biking. I found this running tour of Prague, and it sounded like so much fun that we booked it for our second morning.

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Three Days in the Dordogne region of France, part 2

burnt out car oradourHello again! If you’re still reading, I’m glad I didn’t scare you away with my last post! But these things happen, right? We have these images in our head about how it will be the perfect vacation, and it’s never quite the same…real life happens instead.  This trip was very different from others I’ve taken, and I ended up LOVING the differences!

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Three days in the Dordogne region of France, part 1

beynac 2The riverside town of Beynac-et-Cazenac, with the church and chateau perched at the top of the town

Happy Monday all! We recently got home from ten days in France –  this trip marked a transition for me, as it was the first family vacation we’ve taken without our two oldest children, who now work and live in different cities. I think our youngest may have missed the company of his siblings after spending ten days alone with his parents….

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