Disney Memories

As a Disney World College Program Alum, Disney has held a special place in my heart for many years. You can't wear a Jungle Cruise hat and tell bad jokes for a summer without a longing to return. As a parent, going to Disney World with my children is an amazing and magical time. Through sticky Continue reading

Best travel destinations for your zodiac sign

Fancy a travel destination aligned with the stars? Check out the best travel destinations suited to your zodiac sign You can find yours truly somewhere between South Africa and California's wine country....ahhhh, the possibilities! Source: Best travel destinations for your zodiac sign Continue reading

10 Tips for the Ultimate Summer Staycation

  Can't afford a major getaway? No problem! Learn to love your hometown by planning a "staycation." Source: 10 Tips for the Ultimate Summer Staycation Continue reading

Experiencing Champs Elysees

Experiencing Champs Elysees

We left Avignon early in the morning, taking the 2.5 hour train ride back to Paris where we spent our last two nights in France. We made our way to our final hotel of the trip, the historic grand chateau - the St. James Hotel. What an amazing place to stay the night in Paris! More to follow on our Continue reading

Enchanting Gordes

Enchanting Gordes

On our third day in Avignon, we made our way to one of the most enchanting towns in France - Gordes. The small Provincial village is set in the hills of the Luberon region. The narrow hillside driving can make it a challenge to reach the hill town in poor weather. However, to our good fortune, we Continue reading

Roman Influence in Southern France

Roman Influence in Southern France

On our second day in Avignon, France, we drove straight west to visit the small towns of Arles and Nimes. Both towns have been highly influenced by Roman architecture and monuments. While in Arles, which is a quintessential provincial town, we toured the very large Roman arena dating back to 1st Continue reading

Road to Avignon

Road to Avignon

We said au revoir to the Royal Champagne hotel very early on Tuesday morning and drove back to Paris. From Paris Gare de Lyon, we caught an early train to Avignon, in Provence in Southern France. The 2.5 hour train ride was relaxing and gave us both a chance to catch up on our writing. On a side Continue reading

Our Lady, Notre Dame

Our Lady, Notre Dame

On Sunday, our third day in Paris, it was fitting that we toured the iconic cathedral, Notre Dame. On a side note, when I called the kids back home to tell them we went to Notre Dame, my son reminded me that Notre Dame had just lost to Florida State, ha! When you walk up to the towering Continue reading

Royal Tour of Versailles

Royal Tour of Versailles

On our second day in Paris, we ventured out in the St. Germain area for a quick, early morning run in Luxembourg Gardens. Whoever said the French do not run for exercise is mistaken. We saw many runners, men and women, throughout Paris (day and night) but especially throughout the garden, albeit Continue reading

Fairway Breakfasts

Fairway Breakfasts

I don't typically eat much for breakfast. A scone here or a Greek yogurt there, is what you'll find me eating on most mornings, and usually it's right before I have to rush off to work. However, for the last few mornings, I have enjoyed a long, leisurely buffet breakfast complete with fruit, Continue reading

Italian Bellinis and French Macarons: Sampling “The World” in Chicago

Italian Bellinis and French Macarons: Sampling “The World” in Chicago

(photo source) Happy Birthday to me! And how did this Bistro Chic celebrate her extra special day? Not only was I spending two luxurious days in an awesome Millennium Park hotel, but I was also off sampling the world in downtown Chicago. Take a peek at my itinerary: Spain - Strolled among Continue reading

Lago Mar: The Quintessential South Florida Resort

Lago Mar: The Quintessential South Florida Resort

(Photo courtesy of Lago Mar Resort) When I was in college, Ft. Lauderdale was a huge mecca for students. However, with all of the drinking binges, wild parties on the public beach, and endless hours laying  in the sun, I didn't understand why parents with young children made Ft. Lauderdale a Continue reading