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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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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: Kyoto, Japan!

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One of Kyoto poet Buson’s most famous haikus reads: “On the one-ton temple bell a moon-moth, folded into sleep, sits still.” If Japan is the temple bell, Kyoto is the moth—tranquil, delicate, intricate, and wildly mysterious, centuries after the first outsider was drawn to its woodsy hilltop Shinto shrines and rarefied Buddhist temples. The city is about to get an influx of luxury hotels, making room for more tourists, but for now a walk along the Kamo riverbank still reveals the gentleness and gracefulness of Japan’s ancient capital. The Shigemori Residence features a dynamic Zen garden designed by mid-20th-century landscape architect Mirei Shigemori.

When to Go: Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season typically is late March through mid-April. Fall foliage peaks in November!

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.

Rhineland, Germany River Cruise

This was a beautiful shot that I took of the trees as we were about to board our boat. Probably one of my favorite shots of my trip!

Here are some pictures from my cruise down the Rhine River:

This was a small town that we passed by

One of the many castles that we passed by. Most of them were on top of the hills and mountains.

After our boat ride, we passed by this small park. I have never seen so many German little kids together, they looked so happy! They waved at our tour group as we passed by 🙂