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).

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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! 🙂

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Destination Of The Week: Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

Brecon Beacons is a north-facing mountain range in South Wales, near the town of Brecon. The range includes the highest point in southern Britain,; Pen y fan, which climbs 2,907 feet high.  The fields of Brecon Beacons National Park are filled with evidence of many years of human history, including single standing stones, or menhirs, from the Bronze Age. The remains of ancient stone circles and Iron Age Celtic hill forts can also be found here.  Surrounded with grasslands and water meadows, Llangorse Lake offers an appealing abode for geese, warblers, starlings, ducks, and other birds, which can be seen from the lakeside hide. The lake also features the remains of an Iron Age crannog, or human-made rock island, on the northern shore. Historians believe the ninth-century King of Brycheiniog may have sheltered here from The Vikings.

How to Get There: The park is just an hour from Cardiff International Airport. Trains stop at Abergavenny, Llandeilo, Llandovery, and Merthyr Tydfil. Buses also run to these main centers and offer connections to smaller communities inside the park.

When to Visit: Anytime is a great time to visit Brecon Beacons, but many people around the world flock to Hay-on-Wye, a town with some 40 bookshops, for the Hay Festival in late May and early June. U.S. President Bill Clinton called the event “the Woodstock of the mind.”

How to Visit: On holidays and summer Sundays, visitors can take advantage of the Beacons Bus, which is based in Brecon and runs routes around the park. Visitors can hop on and off at their convenience.