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Why I Love Paris!! Travel Photos and Memories!

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Paris is a city that we had the opportunity to visit many times while living in Europe.  There is no other city quite like it.  We have tried to see as many out of the way places in Paris, but yes, I will admit we did the touristy thing and went up the Eiffel Tower two separate times.  Loved it.  We wandered all over the city, up and down side streets into the different districts.  We visited the huge flea markets and saw amazing things for sale.  The Louvre was visited several times and we drank our fill of all the history and beautiful artworks.  The building itself is an architectural gem that should not be missed.  We climbed the Arc du Triumpe, wandered down the Champs de Elysses, ate in great restaurants including dim sum and sushi restaurants.  I even drove in Paris and didn’t die!! The Musee d’Orsay was purused and the Impressionist and Post Impressionist artwork drooled over by me. We drank coffee in fantastic people watching cafes.  Went to the great shopping districts and lived vicariously seeing people by Yves St. Laurent and Chanel like it was nothing new or exciting.  We loved Paris and hopefully will have a chance to go there again.  I am just going to post my photos and hopefully this will give you an idea why Paris is so amazing.

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As you can see by just a few photos, it is an amazing and beautiful city.  I could post tons more, but I just restricted it to a few.  Hope you get a chance to go there and if you have been, I would love to hear about your adventures.  Cheers, Michele

Things I Would Tell My Younger Self!!

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I have been reading these kinds of posts on other bloggers’ sites and thought I would do some reminiscing and figure out what I would tell my younger self.  Here are just a few of things that my younger self should know!

  1. Save my money and invest it in myself.
  2. Don’t worry about people judging me, they don’t really care about what I do as much as I think.  Those that matter don’t mind, those that mind, don’t matter.
  3. Have more self-confidence.  Stand up for myself and be easier on myself, stop being my own worst critic.
  4. Be more appreciative of all the wonderful things life has to offer.  Appreciate good friends and family more and be closer to the people that are important to me.
  5. Be more careful of my own feelings.  Be kind to myself.
  6. Listen more carefully to my instincts about people.  Make better choices in friends and relationships.
  7. Work harder and enjoy school more.
  8. Take opportunities when they arise, don’t let self-doubt make me turn away from greatness.
  9. Love my kids and husband and parents more and spend more time with them.
  10. Be more open and honest without making myself too open to hurt.  Allow vulnerability and accept that it is part of my humanness.  Cry more over the more things that matter, but cry less over things that don’t.
  11. Travel more when the opportunity arises.
  12. Don’t worry about fitting in; trying to fit in is an acceptance of mediocrity and conformity.
  13. Read more, watch TV less.
  14. Don’t let the hurts of the past affect the joys of the future.
  15. Be happier and laugh more.

These are just a few things that I would tell that much younger me, and if even a few of them sunk in, I might be a different person in a different place.  But then again, I like myself very much and where I am in life and the choices, mistakes and missteps that I have made have lead to the person that I am.  So who knows…maybe I should just leave my younger self to make those choices and I will still end up in the wonderful place I am in.  Life is great, I have people in my life that make me truly happy and each day brings me joy.  I hope that you are in a place in your life where you feel the same…but then again, we all wish we could go back and tell that younger self to smarten up, lighten up and not to give up.  What would you tell your younger self?  Cheers, Michele

Why I Love Seville!! Travel Memories and Photos!

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Seville is an absolutely gorgeous city in the south of Spain that we visited on one of our last trips during our time in Europe.  It is an unbelievable mix of the ancient and the modern and the food…is to die for.

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We were there during Easter and saw the amazing processionals of the shrines from churches from all over the city to the Giralda, the main cathedral in Seville.

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The Bull Fighting ring.

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The architecture.

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The bars with their hams hanging from the ceiling.

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The Alcazar Palace.

There are so many beautiful places in Seville that I could go on forever but this is just a taste of some of the beauty that Seville has in store.  If you ever get the chance to visit, just wander about and find the interesting little shops and streets as well as the larger more well known attractions.  It is truly a city to fall in love with.  Cheers, Michele

 

Why I Loved Brussels!! Travel and Photo Memories!

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Brussels, Belgium is one of the most amazing cities.  We went there on our first little trip when we lived in Germany and went back several times after that.  The city has so much to offer but I am afraid that we usually spent most of our time in and around the Grand Platz which is a very old square in the old part of Brussels.  Here are some pictures and memories of the wonderful times we had there.

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The chocolate shops.

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The Tintin shop (One of my personal favourites)

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Mannequin Pis.

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The beautiful buildings.

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The beer stores.

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The moules and frites and the beer.

We had many wonderful times in Brussels and I would love to return again to explore more parts of this beautiful city.  Cheers, Michele

Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day!! But This Top Was!

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Once again I thrifted some vintage travel scarves and these two are from Rome. I did the usual stitching across the shoulders and down the sides and in less than 20 minutes I have a new top.

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Here is the back of the repairs.

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And here is the front. When I wear my new top, which has already had an outing, the holes are no longer obvious. I am very happy with my new vintage souvenir scarf top, and am happy to add it to my collection. Cheers, Michele

Why I Loved Egypt!! Travel Memories And Photos!

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Egypt was a place of many contrasts…horrible poverty and disease and yet beautiful ancient monuments.  I am very glad we went and it was a profound experience which changed me.  I appreciate more the beauty of life and how it contrasts with the not so beautiful things.  It makes me appreciate how much I have and how lucky I am.

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Hopefully these pictures can show you some of the beauty that we saw and how amazing it was to be there.  We took a cruise up the Nile from Cairo, visited the Valley of the Kings, Memphis, the Valley of the Queens, saw hot air balloons in the morning over the Nile, took a train from Thebes to Cairo and so much more.  Hope you enjoy these pictures, Cheers, Michele

Why I Love Dublin!! Travel Photos And Memories!

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When we visited Dublin for a long weekend years ago, it was a whirlwind of activities.  We walked all over the city from one side of the Liffey river, which divides the city in two, to the other. We visited the Wicklow mountains and saw the beautiful country side.  We enjoyed some great food and drank some great beer.  We loved it and I will try to show you why.

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The Dim Sum (best we ever ate in Europe)

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The Pubs and all the interesting characters you meet while enjoying a pint of the finest!

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The beautiful Georgian homes with their gorgeous brightly painted doors.  I have a fondness for doors.

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The Jamieson Factory and becoming a whiskey taster.

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The Guinness Factory and all the Guinness we drank.

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Dublin Castle

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St. Patrick’s Church and it’s amazing floor.

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The Tea Shops (this is a family joke)

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The Dublin Museum (God I love Bog mummies)

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The Wicklow Mountains and all the Jamieson’s whiskey we drank on our trip.

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The weirdos you meet when shopping and walking around the city.  Dublin is an amazingly beautiful city that should not be missed.  Cheers, Michele