Travel Notes: Boston, MA

I did a day trip to Boston last week and had a couple of hours after my meetings to explore the Freedom Trail before catching my flight back home. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston that winds between Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.  It passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the country: Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, King’s Chapel and King’s Chapel Burying Ground, Boston Latin School Site/ Benjamin Franklin Statue, Old Corner Bookstore, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Boston…

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Travel Notes: New York, NY

New York is said to be the most photographed city and for good reason. Regardless of how often I am here, there is always something new to see. When seen through the eyes of my young child, even the most familiar becomes special all over again. Brooklyn Bridge Statue of Liberty Top of the Rock New York Stock Exchange Flat Iron District One World Trade Center  

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When Pope Francis Came to Philadelphia

Philadelphia was graced by the visit of Pope Francis this past weekend. Although I did not get a chance to see him in person, watching and listening to him in the comfort of my home moved me nonetheless. I appreciated his gentleness, kindness, and humility. Philadelphia was in a rare form as well. Despite the influx of visitors from all over the world (unless you were in the heart of the scheduled events) the city has never been as quiet, still, and peaceful as it was during the Pope’s visit. The streets were open only to pedestrians and cyclists.…

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Philly Cheesesteak

Philadelphia is getting ready for Pope Francis’ visit next week. Banners, murals, and “special deals” (there was a cheeky sign “Look Dope for the Pope” in front of the salon I go to today) commemorating the Pope’s visit are everywhere. For non-Philly residents coming to the city for this monumental event, I found this article from the June/July issue of AFAR Magazine about one of the things this city is known for — cheesesteak.

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Travel Notes: Big Sur to Napa Valley

Hello friends! We are back on the East Coast – tired, a bit jet lagged, but happy to be home. We went away with an idea that we wanted to drive the Pacific Coast Highway but kept the rest of the itinerary loose. The end result was just the right mix of relaxation, exploration, and amazing time spent with family and friends. Here are some of the highlights in pictures: Santana Row   Santa Cruz   Big Sur   Carmel By The Sea   Monterey   Muir Woods Napa Valley    

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Traveling

Here are some travel inspiration … have a great week all! Source Unknown Source: mytravelust.com Source Unknown Source Unknown Source: PopSugar

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Anthropologie

I love Anthropologie. Do I need to say more? Well, okay. I will not pass up a chance to stop at an Anthropologie store. I love their clothes, accessories, and house & home items. Today, someone asked if I am getting excited about our upcoming trip. With a smile, I replied that I have to get past the “hurdle” of packing first. When I came home, a copy of Anthropologie’s current catalog was waiting for me. The Story of August. Welcome to the time between. Where summer’s bittersweet end meets a yearning for fall. …  Then turn to the…

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Travel Outfit

As if I needed another reminder, I’ve noticed that some of the trees are starting to turn to various shades of orange and yellow. Summer 2015 is coming to a close but before it does, we are planning one more family summer escape before the arrival of the back-to-school season. This time, we are flying to the West Coast and although it would not be my first visit, there is always something new to see and to be excited about. As I always do before a trip, I plan my wardrobe for each day. I’m constantly trying to think…

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Travel Notes: Asheville, NC (Part 2)

Day 4: Eat … Shop … Eat Early Girl Eatery gave me the farm-to-table southern breakfast experience that I was looking for. The place and presentation were down-to-earth and the food was delicious! I went for the Early Girl Benny which is grit cakes topped with tomato, spinach, poached eggs, tomato gravy and avocado with either toast or a homemade biscuit (I chose the latter). I found a new favorite hot sauce as well – Fire From The Mountain “Smoked Habanero”- a four out of five chili rating and it sure was fiery! I’m really not sure how it…

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