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I will confess that I love to read travel essays.  I love when travelers write first-person accounts of their adventures.  One of my favorites is by Suzy Gershman, the author of the “Born to Shop” guides.  In C’est la Vie, the author discusses her journey of moving to Paris after the death of her husband.  The writing is fun, optimistic and perfect for a weekend read.  If you love Paris, you will love this book.

Paris is my favorite city in the world (so far!)  It is so magical.  If you are going to Paris, don’t forget about your Paris Museum Pass.  In my opinion, this is one of the best deals in the city.  It is worth it for the fact that Museum Pass holders do not have to wait in line!  Do you know how much time this can save?  Also, it can be used at many of the popular museums including the Louvre, d’Orsay and Rodin. For more information visit, Paris Museum Pass.

I never travel to Paris without buying this pass and you shouldn’t either!

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A New Idea…

Today I was thinking about what has made me so passionate about travel.  I think it has to do with my love, and some would say, obsession with books.  I started reading at age 3 and haven’t stopped since.  When I was younger, I always loved to imagine the faraway settings in my books and pledged that I would visit some of these places when I “grew up.”  Well, I am a “grown up” now (I put that in quotes because I’m never sure what that really means 🙂 ) and I have planned some of my trips around destinations that I have read about in my books – whether they be mystery, travel essays, guidebooks, cookbooks or biographies.  The books make these destinations come alive.  Where will I go first?…

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A little Lucca…

On my last trip to Italy, hubby and I started our trip in Lucca.  I have now christened Lucca as my favorite city in Italy.  The medieval city is such a contrast. It is surrounded by walls (called ramparts) that are filled with residents and visitors walking, running and biking on top.

 

Biking on the walls in Lucca...

Biking on the walls in Lucca...

 

The reason I say that Lucca is a contrast is because inside the walls, the city is filled with modern shops, excellent restaurants and hotels.  I found Lucca to be extremely charming and an excellent balance of big-city amenities and small-town character.  The easiest way to travel to Lucca directly from the U.S. is to fly to Pisa and then take a train – if you are already in Europe, the train or a low-cost airline is your best-bet.  Check out my hotel page for more information!  See you there!

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Last night I was reminiscing about some of my past trips and I was thinking about the best train station I have encountered in my travels.  Hands down, it is Berlin Hauptbahnhof, the main train station in Berlin, Germany.  It was finished in time for the 2006 World Cup and it is the largest and most modern train station in Europe.  It is phenomenal.  If you forgot something for your travels, no worries!  There are pharmacies, clothing stores as well as plenty of places to grab a coffee!  If your upcoming travels take you through Germany, check it out!

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My beloved Nittany Lions  won their football home opener today with a 31 – 7 victory over Akron.  Whoo hoo!  If you’ve never seen a game at Beaver Stadium, or never experienced a college football game, then take a road trip to State College, PA this fall.  Check the Penn State Athletic Site for tickets.  If today’s game didn’t make you run out and make plans for a road trip, this definitely will:

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Hotels for Dogs (and You)

If you’re like me, you hate to travel without your dog.  I mean, how could I leave this guy?

My sleeping boxer, Colt.

My sleeping boxer, Colt.

OK, tear yourself away from the picture.  I know, it’s super cute.  Anyway, the point is that now hotels are recognizing that doggie parents don’t want to leave their four-legged kids at home.  There are many hotels that will allow you to bring your dog with you and some even have special programs focusing on their comfort.  For example, Loews Hotels touts itself as having some of the most pet friendly hotels in the industry.  So, if you want to travel with your dog (or cat, etc.,) call the hotel directly when booking to find out their pet policies.  You may be pleasantly surprised!

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Have you ever seen Lululemon Athletica’s company manifesto?  For those of you who aren’t familiar, Lululemon Athletica is a company that makes athletic apparel.  The best part of shopping there, besides their fantastic yoga, running and other athletic clothes is their company manifesto.  It is found everywhere.  It is printed on their reusable shopping bags that they give you when you buy something, and you can pick up a copy of it in a poster or postcard size in the store.  It is also on water bottles and jackets.

Two of my favorite sayings in the manifesto are:

  • Dance, sing, floss and travel.
  • Successful people replace the words “wish”, “should” and “try” with “I will”.

How does this relate to travel?  Well, I think the first saying is pretty obvious.  For the second, instead of saying “I wish I could go to Paris” say “I will go to Paris.”  Making passive plans just delays your dreams.  Saying things with a more definitive statement will change your whole outlook.  Or, at least it will get you to Paris…

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