Did You Know?

Annecy-France

Annecy is one of the most beautiful, romantic places on earth, may be even more stunning than the majestic French Alps that surround it. Just 22 miles from Geneva in the Upper Savoy region of eastern France, Annecy is divided by small canals and streams running from the brilliant blue Lac Annecy. Highlights include the popular terraces that line the canals, giving it a Venice-like feel, as well as the famous Palais de l’Isle, a picturesque 12th century castle built right in the middle of one of the canals.

And all this time I thought Paris was the most romantic place on earth! I definitely have this enchanting place on my places I need to visit!

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Quote of the Day

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

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(This picture was taken at Claude Monet’s house in Giverny, France. We were some of the first visitors there very early in the morning so we had the garden all to ourselves for a little while! It was mesmerizing).

Destination Of The Week: Colmar, France

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Described as “one of the most attractive towns in Alsace,” Colmar is situated in east-central France, in a border region that was once disputed between France and Germany. It serves as something of a gateway for those seeking to travel overland from France to the Rhine Valley. Colmar is 273 miles from Paris and 73 miles from Strasbourg, France. Colmar’s main draw is its well-preserved and colorful old town. This district is a good reminder of Colmar’s place in a border region, as its half-timbered architecture is noticeably more German than French. Two highlights of a walking tour of the old part of Colmar are the Maison des Tetes (“House of Heads”), so-named because it is decorated with faces; the ancient wooden Pfister House; and the pink St. Martin Church. The Unterlinden Museum is home to a fine collection of old armor, furniture and other items, but its main point of interest is the Isenheim Altarpiece, with its striking paintings of scenes such as the Crucifixion and the temptation of St. Antony. According to Fodor’s, the low rainfall and distinct seasons of Alsace make pretty much anytime a good time to go to Colmar. The city enjoys a snowy, Christmas-postcard atmosphere in winter and golden colors in autumn. The summers are warm and mild, and in spring the vineyards of the surrounding countryside come alive with grape blossoms.

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Destination Of The Week: Montmartre

A hill that reaches a height of about 130 meters (427 feet) you can get a spectacular view of Paris and even see the Eiffel Tower from the distance.
Montmartre’s most recognizable landmark is the Basilica du Sacre- Coeur, constructed from 1876 to 1912. The white dome of this Roman Catholic basilica sits at the highest point in the city, at the summit of the “butte Montmartre” and the church is visited by millions of tourists each year. It is a good example of French Romanesque architecture. The Basilica is open 6AM until 11PM (free entry), the dome and the crypt 9AM- 5.30PM in the summer. There is a €6 charge for entry to the dome and crypt. On a clear day, climb to the tower to admire the view of Paris!
 
 
 
Walk around in Montmartre and you will discover gardens, steep streets and splendid Paris views.  The area is known for its nightlife with destinations such as the Moulin Rouge giving it worldwide fame. In the day, explore the little shops and as I would like to call them, their very own farmers markets. They sell all kinds of delicious French foods. They also have many souvernier shops to choose from. Montmartre is very crowded during weekends. Go there early on weekdays. Book your hotel right in Montmartre and you will best appreciate Montmartre. To get to the top of Montmartre, guests can hop aboard the funicular railroad that ascends the hill. Just walking around the district is a treat, but if you want to do some sight seeing or cultural visits, head to the Musée de Montmartre, where artist Maurice Utrillo once lived and painted, as well as the mansion behind it, which was once occupied by Renoir. You may also want to take in dinner and a show at Moulin Rouge or one of the many other nightclubs in the neighborhood. You can walk down the street Lepic (rue Lepic), with plenty of shops. You can also visit a small pub restaurant (Brasserie), which was the workplace in the movie “Amelie.”
 
 
 
 
Place du Tertre is located just a few blocks from the basilica. It is here that today’s artists set up their easels and tempt passers by with their works of art. Paintings at the Place du TertreMany will ask if they can paint your portrait, which of course would be a lovely souvenir of Paris! Monmarte was one of my favorite spots in Paris! Having visited it three times, I can honestly say that it is a very friendly fun enviroment, the people here are very nice to tourists, and the experience is amazing! Try some of their French ham it’s one of the best 🙂
 
 

A Planet Unlike Any Other

It is unfortunate that we sometimes take for granted our beautiful planet. Since majority of the people live in cities and towns, we do not get to admire and appreciate it’s true beauty. It seems that only in television, books, internet and movies can one visualize how our planet looks like. These are just some of the thousands of beautiful places that most people do not know exist. If only we could just step outside of our house and have these spectacular views right in front of our eyes..

These photographers who have taken these pictures are so fortunate to have seen such beautiful panoramic scenes. We should be thankful that they are able to share with the world what they saw in that moment and capture the essence and beauty of these wonderful places.

Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Normandy Beaches, France

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Zambia, Africa

Geiranger Fjord, Norway

Mediterranean Sea, Spain

Lesson in life: When given the opportunity, travel as much as you can!