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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

November 21, 2019

The opulent, iconic and pink two-story French seaside mansion called Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is on the Cote D’Azur in France.  Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild built the villa in 1905.  After her death it was donated to the Academie des Beaux Arts.  Pink is my favorite color so we had to stop and see this beauty for ourselves.  It did not disappoint! With its nine distinct gardens, it will take a bit of time to see it all.  Most popular and photographed is the picturesque French Garden with the pink villa in the background.  Many a picture of the French […]

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Earning Airline Miles Without Flying on an Airplane

November 14, 2019

Looking to increase your airline points and miles but don’t do a lot of flying?  Airlines are willing to help you out!  If you shop online, there’s a way to earn points without flying. Just start your online shopping by making a quick stop at the airline’s online shopping portal, then proceed to your favorite online stores. In exchange for using their online shopping portal, airlines reward you with frequent flyer miles. They get a commission for sending shoppers out into the world wide web, and you walk away with points and miles.  It’s a way to earn airline miles without flying on […]

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Claude Monet Ritorno In Riviera

November 13, 2019

Claude Monet returned to the Italian Riviera this past spring and it was a special treat to see his paintings.    We took the train from our hotel in Nice, France to Ventimiglia, Italy. After arriving, we made our way through the busy train station until we stepped outside and the warm Italian sunshine kissed our faces. From there, we walked a couple of blocks to the bus stop and purchased our tickets at at a nearby cafe. The bus would make the windy trip to the mountain village of Dolceacqua.   Stepping off the bus our attention was drawn […]

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Monmouth Coffee Company- Borough Market, London

November 10, 2019

As we walk towards the cafe, the lingering coffee aroma draws us to a place of all things coffee! A favorite stop in London is Monmouth Coffee Company. This popular coffee company started back in 1978 in Covent Garden, London. Don’t let the often long lines detour you from experiencing this coffee lovers delight. On the menu we find a selection of filtered coffee, espresso, pour overs and lattes just to mention a few. We patiently waited in line to order a freshly made flat white and cafe americano. While waiting, I notice there were no pastries behind the counter. […]

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Multicolor Mural of Shakespeare in London

November 3, 2019

In London, you’ll find artwork in the museums and out on the streets. London boasts a rich street culture. A great example is the multicolor mural of Shakespeare on the Southbank of the River Thames. To find this mural head towards the Globe Theater. The Globe is a reconstruction of Shakespeare’s original theater where his plays are still performed. Once you pass the globe, continue East along the river towards Borough Market. After a five minute walk, you’ll be greeted by a giant, multicolor mural of Shakespeare. The artwork is by James Cochran, an Australian artist, who is also known […]

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Ordinary People Traveling to Extraordinary Places

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Our passion to travel takes us to cafes and alleyways around the world. From neighborhood cafes in Paris to a street market in London, we’ll take the road less traveled to hidden gems, new experiences and mouth watering eateries.

Whether it’s your first time abroad or you’re an accomplished traveler, we’ll share inspiration and tips for traveling the world.  Let’s pack our bags, grab our passports, relax in our seats…we’re now ready for take off!

 Mike  and   Maria

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