Pike Place Market at Night
Apr23

Pike Place Market at Night

While I was home last, I made a stop at my beloved Pike Place Market–one of those famous sights that’s really worth the hype and not just for tourists. After being in Spain this long, I now look at the market with new eyes, chuckling at the peeled and deveined shrimp; which in Spain is basically sacrilegious. But mostly I just daydream about living in the area, and doing the majority of my shopping there:...

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Why My Blog Hibernated This Winter
Mar23

Why My Blog Hibernated This Winter

  Why, hello! To say “it’s been awhile” would be a bit of an understatement. Where have I been, you ask? Well, always looking for a deal, I decided to change web hosts. It was time to renew with my current host, however, the renewal price was a bit of a sticker shock. So, I shopped around, found a cheaper host with good reviews and thought things would be up and running in no time. The whole changing hosts...

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The French Pyrenees: La Mongie
Nov04

The French Pyrenees: La Mongie

        As we drove further and further away from Lourdes, past pretty Bagnères-de-Bigorre , and through the green valleys of the French Pyrenees, we made the ascent to the largest ski station in the area: La Mongie. Stepping out into the cool, clean mountain air, the only thing we could hear were the occasional barks of some shepherds’ dogs, and a whistle or two from their master who was overseeing...

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The Pastel Town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France
Oct29

The Pastel Town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France

After a disappointing experience in Lourdes, I needed something that was the polar opposite of mass tourism. Driving further into the French Pyrenees, I stopped at the cute town that was the site of one of the Tour de France finish lines that I was at earlier in the summer: the colorful, small town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre. Ah, yes. This would be the perfect place to wander the pastel-toned streets with my family, sip on a steaming...

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Lourdes: Living Off of Tourism
Oct28

Lourdes: Living Off of Tourism

I keep things real on this lil’ blog of mine, and when I don’t like a place (which rarely happens) I let you know. Lourdes, unfortunately, was my type of travel nightmare; like a Disneyland for Catholics. Instead of hawking Mickey and Minnie Mouse products, you had crosses, Bibles, and Jesus figurines of all colors, shapes and sizes. But, I had an important reason to go here, and that made the trip completely worth...

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Photos: A Pit Stop in Pau France
Oct25

Photos: A Pit Stop in Pau France

I loved the Pyrenees so much, that I was back a month later–but this time, staying just on the French side. A couple of hours spent wandering the streets of Pau in southern France was a spontaneous decision fueled by hunger, that made a nice pit stop on a sunny August afternoon.  While the town itself wasn’t particularly memorable, some bits and pieces stood out (check out that gorgeous mint green door!) Certainly...

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