Category Archives: Things That Inspire Us

Bloggers Share Breathtaking Places from Around the World

Bloggers Share Breathtaking Places From Around the World

While there are many beautiful places around the world, sometimes you visit a place that really takes your breath away. Without further ado, here are some of those breathtaking places. Thank you to all of the bloggers who participated!

The Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx - The Traveling Gals

Giza, Egypt from The Traveling Gals: “Seeing the Pyramids and Sphinx in person was an amazing experience we will never forget!”

Bora Bora

Bora Bora – Toniya from The Travelling Panda: “Our trip to Bora Bora was something that completely took our breath away. The beauty of this small gem in such a vast ocean is just indescribable.”

Neuschwanstein, Bavaria

Neuchwanstein, Bavaria – Amy from Sass and Shamrocks: “It may be over done but Schloss Neuchwanstein in Southern Bavaria took my breath away. Whether under a blanket of snow in Winter, the bright sun of Summer or in the stunning colors of Autumn the castle is surreal and utterly fairy tale like!”

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Sister Cities

Where is your hometown’s Sister Cities?

Post by Kary

While on a walk through Bayfront Park, I noticed a plaque recognizing Sarasota’s sister cities with a Ceremonial Tree Walk on March 17, 2003.  Sarasota has 8 sister cities!   The placard whose mission and objective reads “To Foster Peace and Understanding and to Develop Respect and Cooperation through Citizen Diplomacy” piqued my curiosity.   

Do you know your hometown's sister cities?

The Sister city program was developed by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956.  His vision was to promote citizen diplomacy after having seen the severe hatred and after-effects of World War II.  Sarasota got involved early on in 1963 by pairing up with its first sister city, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  This was part and parcel due to the local Hispanic heritage.  Visits began and to commemorate the exchange to this day there is an Avenida Sarasota in Santo Domingo and the Plaza de Santo Domingo is located next Sarasota’s Municipal Auditorium.  A relationship was maintained through the 1980s when Santo Domingo decided to partner with Miami and New York City instead.  Sarasota declared them to have emeritus status and moved on over the years to its current 8 sisters.

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5 Ways to Inspire Your Wanderlust Today

5 Ways to Inspire Your Wanderlust Today

5 Ways to Inspire Wanderlust Today! -

A Walk Across France By: Miles Morland
Be instantly transported to a wonderful place of travel adventure and want to hop on a plane and walk across France.

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
We have been reading and researching India with both excitement and trepidation. This movie definitely made us more excited to hopefully go one day.

Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas
Just watching this quick video of the new Ovation of the Seas will make you want to hop on board immediately and plan a cruise to an exotic location.

Download a podcast of a walking tour of Rome. Just listening to this guide brought back such wonderful
memories of visiting Rome.

Mock plan a trip around the world. When we have a spare moment, we often research different itineraries and luxurious cruises around the world. Even though a trip around the world seems like it could only happen in a dream, research and education on the different options brings it into the realm of possibility!

How do you stay inspired even when you’re not traveling? Let us know in the comments!

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Lunch in Paris and Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard: Book Reviews

Which do you prefer…Lunch in Paris or a Picnic in Provence?

Lunch in Paris, A Love Story with Recipes

Picnic in Provence, A Memoir with Recipes

By Elizabeth Bard

Elizabeth Bard is an American journalist who moved to Paris, fell in love and settled in Provence.   She was raised in New Jersey and New York City.   Both of her memoirs received much critical acclaim and commercial success.

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The Nutcracker Ballet

The Nutcracker Ballet

The Nutcracker

Nothing says Christmas like a performance of The Nutcracker ballet!  The Nutcracker ballet is adapted from The Nutcracker and The Queen of Mice by ETA Hoffman.  The basic story is of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle of against a Mouse King.  The first ballet was commissioned in 1891 by the Moscow Imperial Theater.   The music is by Tchaikovsky and it was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa.  The composer selections known at the Nutcracker Suite Op 71a became instantly popular, but the ballet did not achieve its great prominence as a Christmas event until much later when it was performed out of Russia in Europe and the United States.

The Nutcracker Ballet - The Traveling Gals

The first performance outside Russia was in England in 1934 and annual performances still take place by the English National Ballet.  The first US adaptation was in 1944 performed by the San Francisco Ballet.  It was not until 10 years later in 1954 that widespread popularity was reached with George Balanchine’s Nutcracker in New York City.  George Balanchine is a renowned choreographer whose version utilizes more children and since Clara and the Nutcracker Prince are children there is no romance aspect.  This and other versions across the world are an essential part of the Christmas season for many families.

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Versatile Bloggers Award

The Versatile Bloggers Award Another award for our blog! Very exciting! Thank you to Taylor’s Tracks for nominating us for the Versatile Bloggers Award. Here are the rules of the award after being nominated: Display the award on your blog Express thanks to the individual who nominated you. Share seven different facts about yourself. Nominate 15… Read More

Book Review: The Vacationers

The Vacationers By Emma Straub The Vacationers is a novel about a family in crisis forced together on vacation in a rented house in Mallorca for 2 weeks.  Each person is at a crossroads and inadvertently work out their problems together in a witty and funny way.  Although set in gorgeous Mallorca, this book is… Read More

Book Review: Getting Genki in Japan by Karen Pond

Getting Genki in Japan: The Adventures & Misadventures of an American Family in Tokyo By Karen Pond | Illustrations by Akiko Saito Every time I visit Mitsukoshi at the Japan pavilion in EPCOT, I peruse the rather large book section.  I have read many interesting books from there and Getting Genki in Japan is no exception!… Read More

Book Reviews: North of Naples, South of Rome and Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria

Book Reviews: North of Naples, South of Rome and Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria

Book Reviews: North of Naples, South of Rome by Paolo Tullio and Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria by Mark Rotella I have switched gears a bit lately and my reading has been devoted to Italy.  The following are two books I enjoyed reading and made me long to spend time in Italy! North… Read More