turning 30 in the city of light

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I saw Paris for the first time the way a lot of people do, in a photograph. Quintessential Paris in an 8 x 10 frame.

As I grew older, I thought it no coincidence that I had developed an appetite for croissants, relished the scent of lavender and preferred stripes over solids. I had amassed a collection of scarves so vast they barely fit in my petite apartment, and my shelves were adorned with books about Parisian style and French fashion.

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beneath paris: my journey into the catacombs

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A love affair with Paris usually begins with the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower, the picturesque streets of Marmontre or the hurried sidewalks of the Champs Elysees. Beauty is the business of Paris. And never to be outdone in his trade, a true Parisian can find beauty in even the darkest of places.

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riding and gliding: a costa rican adventure

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“Andale, andale” Manuel shouted; awakening our horses from their peaceful saunter up the Costa Rican mountainside, into a determined gallop. Certain I would topple off my horse and somersault into the rocky ravine below, I fought the urge to shout “Enough with the andales” and forced a smile instead.

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traveling with a baby: one mom’s awesome advice

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I don’t have kids, but luckily, I know someone who does. My friend Jess has a daughter named Audrey, an adorable 22 month old. So when I had some questions about traveling with a baby, I knew exactly who to ask.

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the sunsets of coron, palawan

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It’s 5:00 pm in Coron, Palawan, and our pilgrimage to the highest point has begun. It doesn’t matter why each of us traveled here, we all have the same thing in common this time of day. It’s time to watch the sun set. So we sit, like we have every night before, atop the roof of the The Funny Lion, in silence, staring.

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planning a destination wedding: a bride’s sage advice

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Last March, my best friend Eugenia and her husband Mike planned a destination wedding in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. I was lucky enough to be Eugenia’s Maid of Honour, and it remains one of my most memorable vacations. Eugenia and Mike celebrated their one year wedding anniversary on March 7, and with a year’s worth of perspective, I asked Eugenia what it takes to plan a great destination wedding.

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a glimpse at: business travel

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Let’s face it, a travel blogger’s dream is to travel for work. Getting paid to sit poolside at a a five-star hotel and write about it? Sign.Me.Up. However, with two blog posts under my belt, the offers have yet to roll in. So instead, I asked Chantelle, a Category Sales Manager for a leading national electronics company, about the ins and outs of  business travel.

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on the road: the art of planning a road trip

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Fourteen. The number of states we drove through. Five. The number of days it took us to do it.

For as long as I can remember, I have idealized the road trip. Packing whatever you can fit into a bag and heading out onto the open road has always symbolized freedom to me. Those of you who spend most of your days behind a desk like I do, will understand. Monotony has its limits, and when the empty glow of florescent lighting grows dim, it’s time for a little adventure.

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