• Travel Tips

    17 Things You Didn’t Know You Could See between Nantes and Dinan

    With a well planned itinerary it’s real easy to zip from Nantes to Mont-Saint-Michel without a thought to the things you might be missing between them. Here are few places you should consider along the way! Saint-Nazaire has several nice beaches and an interesting museum on transatlantic ocean liners, known as the (1) Escal’Atlantic experience. You might also enjoy visiting the submarine (2) Espadon and the (3) Ecomusée, but you will need to arrange ahead of time if you plan to tour the (4) Shipyard STX, (5) the Airbus Factory, or the (6) harbor terminals. I was personally surprised to see several enlarged pictures of (7) The Adventures of Tintin comic on our wanderings.  I learned that the inspiration for…

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    7 Places to Explore near Nantes!

    If you decide to extend your stay in Nantes there are some nice camp grounds and walking trails around Nantes to encourage you.  With a little bit more time on your hand, you might want to consider a few places outside of Nantes. Le Pallet Oh if only there was a wine museum…and there is!  If you are a wine enthusiast, what could be better than pairing up wine with a local castle? The Nantes Vineyard Museum offers you the opportunity to see the area in a different way.  From the viewpoint of the regional vineyards and winemakers you can see how the process evolved.  The gift shop has regional wines and travel trinkets for…

  • Postcards from Life

    Oh The Place We Go!

    August’s Link-up, Through the Lens 8/16, is here! One of the things I found on my adventures was a little something that brightens my day. Street art! It’s like a surprise made just for you. A reminder that in a world that seems beyond our control, art is the answer to break all barriers. It’s also a reminder that art isn’t always commissioned.  It’s not always found on a flat platform and it’s not always seen… and it’s a pleasure for our sense when we find it in the moment we least expect it.  It enthralls me. For me it’s a symbol of someone trying to express their humanity. A recent trip…

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    Discover the Hidden Gems of the Black Forest!

    As a child I have fond memories of escaping with my father to the Black Forest.  I remember traveling on a train and meeting new friends over a dining cart.  I remember taking a bus to a visit a shop and their cuckoo clocks.  When Honey Bear asked me where I wanted to go… I knew where my heart was yearning for! The timing was a little off because we would be visiting a couple weeks before the tourist season began.  We didn’t let that deter us.  We packed up.  Set our sights on a working farm near the Triberg area and *poof* we were rewarded with the romantic and rustic charms of the Schwäblehof.…

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    3 Unwritten Rules about Finding the Best Deals

    What I originally had planned for my Sunday was a Volkswandertag and possibly an art walk later in downtown Wiesbaden.  It was a bit ambitious.  But not as daunting a task as the first Sunday of the month Trodel Markt. My first Flohmarkt was a bit of a disappointment.  I did find a couple of knickknacks but I had lost the desire to beat the early morning rush for first look.  At the mention of this mega event I noticed the gleam of eager eyes in the veteran Flohmarkt goers’ eyes.  I figure that if this experience failed to provide a worthy look into Flohmarkts I would never bother again. I…

  • Living Your Life,  Travel Tips

    Plan less, Travel more

    Ever feel like getting everyone out of the house to explore the world is becoming more like a chore? It happens.  We get caught up doing the things that we are comfortable with.  We started getting too busy to travel.  There always seemed to be a reason to stay home… and it was driving me crazy! I expressed to my dear husband this deep seated need to stretch our legs a little further than a walk around the neighborhood.  He stumped me with a simple question. “Where to then?” Good question.  It’s one thing to say I want to go somewhere.  It’s another to actually have a destination in mind.   I…

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