Heaven On Earth

IMG_5367There comes moments in our lives when we go to a place and feel at peace or in another world that you feel so comfortable being in and wish you could never leave. I have always wanted to go to the Flower Fields in Carlsbad and I am so happy that I finally had to chance to visit a few months ago, it was simply spectacular! This beautiful place filled with flowers everywhere it felt like a piece of heaven was placed in this world for us to see. The fields are only open during the spring in March until May so if you are in the area you should definitely check this lovely place! Not only the flowers, but the environment felt wonderful! The sky, the clouds, the birds, the air, the people walking around the fields..it felt like everyone’s troubles and worries that they might be going through disappeared for a few hours and everything was perfect. They also have a huge garden gift shop outside which is worth visiting and buying a little souvenir to remember your visit! I would love to visit this place more often, but it’s a bit of a drive for me. This is a must see place I promise you that you will not regret it! 🙂

DSC03199

Monterey, California

Here are a few pictures that I took while visiting Monterey, California. The City of Monterey is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California’s Pacific coast. There are so many unique attractions in Monterey that it can be hard to pick just one. There is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17-Mile Drive which is widely recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world, this famous coastal landmark runs from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, featuring awe-beautiful sites perfect for a day of exploration. Marvel at some of nature’s treasures including The Lone Cypress, Spanish Bay and Stillwater Cove, as well as the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links.

58386_605182632349_7508289_n 58577_605184239129_824213_n 47306_605183834939_5867124_n 47306_605183824959_143822_n 47101_605183330949_2389142_n 47101_605183315979_369108_n 47101_605183310989_3236275_n 46655_605183091429_6356034_n 47306_605183839929_1892680_n

Endeavour & California Sky

I was so lucky to have had a great view of this historical event! I have never seen anything quite like it, a huge shuttle that was once used to fly in outer space, is now flying right above me! Strapped to the back of a 747 jumbo jet, the pair touched down around 1 p.m. after a nearly five-hour flyover. One of the crew members stuck an American flag out of the hatch of the jet.

The flyover took Endeavour over the state Capitol, Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood Sign and other icons en route to the landing at the Los Angeles International Airport, where the shuttle will be prepped for a slow-speed journey to its museum home next month.

At the Santa Monica Pier, spectators pointed their cameras skyward and some chanted, “USA! USA!” as Endeavour swooped along the coast.

“Even though it was a few seconds, it was a unique experience to witness history,” said Andrew Lerner, 23, of Santa Monica.

Thousands of spectators jammed rooftop buildings and streets in Sacramento, cheering as Endeavour made two loops around the state Capitol. A crowd of schoolchildren squealed in delight during the second flyover. Endeavour returned to its birthplace Thursday after an emotional cross-country ferry flight that made a special flyover of Tucson, Ariz., to honor its last commander, Mark Kelly, and his wife, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

 

World’s Best Picnic Spots

Photo: Hikers in the Andes Mountains near Machu Picchu

Huayna Picchu, Peru

At an elevation of nearly 9,000 feet, the view from atop this peak, which towers over the 15th-century ruins of Machu Picchu, is breathtaking in a number of ways. A steep, slippery climb to this rocky summit is a nerve-racking effort—one instantly rewarded with a panoramic perspective of the Urubamba River Valley and the famed city of the Inca. Don’t linger too long—the hike down is a doozy.

Photo: Temple of Aesculapius in the Villa Borghese gardens

Villa Borghese Gardens, Rome, Italy

The Villa Borghese gardens, near the Piazza del Popolo, is a picnic-perfect landscape for escape. The Spanish Steps lead up to this English-style garden, but the romantic feel of the urban park is all-Italian—a fact reinforced by the sculptures by Bernini and paintings by Titian, Raphael, and Caravaggio housed within the Galleria Borghese on the broad expanse of these scenic gardens.

Photo: Alamere Falls at Point Reyes National Seashore in California

Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes Station, California

This spectacular nature preserve located on a 70,000-acre peninsula north of San Francisco is rich in wildlife. Hikers, backpackers, and beachcombers ply the trails, especially the wildflower-wild Chimney Rock hike, while picnickers head to the nearby Point Reyes Lighthouse for prime whale watching in January and March and coastal beauty year round.

Photo: Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, France.

Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France

Fountains, sculptures, two museums (the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume and the MusĂ©e de l’Orangerie—which houses famed water lily paintings by Monet) and countless comfortable chairs make this garden on the perimeter of the MusĂ©e du Louvre a surprisingly tranquil space for staging your own dĂ©jeauner dur l’herbe. With the Seine on one side and Rue de Rivoli on the other, the park is a well-placed rest stop. Stop by patisserie Angelina (226 Rue de Rivoli) to pick up a Mont Blanc cake!

Photo: People lying down to look over cliff

Aran Islands, Ireland

Embarking on a scenic ferry ride to the karst limestone landscapes and rough green terrain of Inishmore island. Explore some of Ireland’s oldest archaeological remains and landmark monasteries and then head to the Iron Age fort of Dun Aengus to savor a summertime picnic while gazing over the Atlantic Ocean!

Ghost Towns

I have always been afarid of ghost towns, but at the same time, I was interested in learning more about them. I have never been to one, but I do hope that one day I can visit one. There are so many ghost towns in the world that it is hard to name them all. I found this article that narrows down the top 10 abandoned towns. 

1. St. Elmo, Colorado

Once a booming mining town and trading post along railroad routes running through central Colorado, St. Elmo was abandoned when the railroad shut down in 1922. Many of the buildings including stores, houses, and the church were left intact, filled with the belongings of their former residents.

2. Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

The Chaco civilization thrived from roughly a.d. 800 to 1100. During this period, the canyon served as a ceremonial, civic, and commercial center. Residents built clusters of dwellings and circular ceremonial structures, called kivas, from mud brick, sandstone, and wood, many of which remain intact today.

3. Bodie, California

In 1879, Bodie was a bustling gold-mining town and home to 8,500 residents known for gunfighting and brawling. Within a decade, the mines had been largely depleted and the population had begun a steady decline that ended in total abandonment. The 150 remaining buildings are much as their residents left them.

4. Humberstone and Santa Laura, Atacama Desert, Chile

Home to saltpeter mines, these two company towns in northern Chile were abandoned in 1958. The well reserved buildings include a theater with its original chairs, houses, a cast-iron swimming pool made from the hull of a ship, a hotel, and grocers’ shops complete with price lists.

5. Bhangarh, Rajasthan, India

When Bhangarh, a local capital in northwest India, was conquered by the raja of Jaipur in the 1720s, the city was quickly deserted. Dating from the 17th century and before, the ruins including crumbling temples and pavilions, a fort, and a medieval bazaarare said to be haunted, and eerie legends surround the city’s rise and rapid decline.

6. Kayaköy, Anatolia, Turkey

When the Greco-Turkish war ended in 1923, roughly a million Greeks living in Turkey were repatriated, and Kayaköy, a Greek village of roughly 2,000 residents in western Turkey, was abandoned. The remains of the village, including hundreds of ruined homes and two Greek Orthodox churches are preserved as a historic site.

7. Pyramiden, Svalbard, Norway

This Arctic coal-mining town, owned by the U.S.S.R. since 1927, was an ideal Soviet settlement complete with workers’ barracks, a sports center, and a bust of Lenin. The mine is now exhausted, but the buildings, including a library full of books, a theater, and a music hall with the world’s northernmost grand piano, have been left as they were when the town was abandoned in 1998.

8. Herculaneum, Naples, Italy

In the summer of 79a.d., Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the small, wealthy Roman seaside resort of Herculaneum in searing ash and rock. Archaeological excavations have uncovered private villas, shops, bathhouses, and a fascinating range of everyday objects.

9. Belchite, Zaragoza Province, Spain

Belchite was the site of a particularly brutal battle during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Occupied by Franco’s forces in 1937, the town was attacked by the Republican Army. The siege destroyed Belchite, but its ruined buildings serve as a ghostly memento of the intense violence they witnessed.

10. Kolmanskop, Namibia

Located among the sand dunes of the Namib Desert, Kolmanskop was built to house workers at a nearby diamond mine. The town was abandoned by the mid-1950s and since then the desert has consumed it, almost filling many once grand houses with sand. The interiors of a few buildings, however, are in good condition.