Photos: Bruges

I haven’t posted in a few days. It didn’t feel appropriate given the horrific events in Newtown last Friday. December 14, which is incidentally my birthday, was a day I was hoping to celebrate getting another year older and wiser, and I was instead grief-stricken by what happened. My thoughts are with all of the friends and families affected by this tragedy. 

I’m not sure how to segue from that into this post, but here we are: Bruges.

Bruges, Belgium

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Photos: Garvan Woodland Gardens

Garvan Woodland Gardens

When I visited Little Rock a few months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Garvan Woodland Gardens. It was an incredibly muggy and miserably hot day, especially for early-September, but it was worth all the sweat and flush face. There were a few highlights from the walk around the grounds: the curved wooden bridge; the cave with the waterfall blocking its entrance; and the view of the lake through the trees (though, the loud party boats kind of put a damper on the serene ambiance of the the whole thing).

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Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona

Flagstaff

I went to Phoenix for Thanksgiving to visit family and we decided to take a little adventure to Flagstaff and Sedona. I’d been to both before, but only for a brief time, and to be honest, it was so many years ago that I didn’t remember a lot about them.

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Wrigley Mansion, Phoenix

Phoenix Skyline

When I visited family in Phoenix for Thanksgiving, I wanted to get some photos of the skyline. My uncle suggested the Wrigley Mansion. The mansion finished construction in 1931 by the Wrigley gum magnate, William Wrigley, Jr. You can take tours of the mansion, enjoy a meal in one of their fabulous dining areas, or have a drink on the deck or in the library.

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Photos: South Iceland, Volume 3

Iceland South

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Dream Hotel: Stoke Park

Stoke Park

Stoke Park is a luxury 5-star hotel surrounded by 350 acres of parks, lakes, and manicured gardens. If you’ve ever seen Bridget Jones’s Diary, you’ll recognize this hotel as the one that Bridget and Daniel stayed at during their “this must mean true love” mini-break. It’s been featured in a number of other movies as well, including James Bond’s Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies, and Layer Cake.

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7 Travel Gift Ideas for the Holidays

The holidays are here and I’ve put together a few travel gift ideas to make your shopping a bit less hectic! These travel gift ideas range in price from $5 all the way up to $400, giving you a wide variety of things to choose from.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Traveler

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Photos: South Iceland, Volume 2

Iceland South

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Dream Destination: Christmas in Europe

Religion aside, I love Christmas. I think perhaps what’s more is that I love the idea of Christmas and the traditions that come with it. I also find it fascinating that different countries and cultures have their own unique traditions:

In Iceland, they have 13 Yule Lads (their version of Santa Claus). Historically, they’ve been portrayed as mischievous, but more recently they’ve taken on a different role similar to the traditional Santa Claus — now, instead of stealing things from children, they leave gifts behind (even for the bad ones!).

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Photos: Chicago

Chicago Skyline

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