Entries by Shelley

Paris January 2015 “Je Suis Charlie”

We had only two nights in Paris, and my daughter and I intended to pack as much sightseeing, shopping and eating as possible into our one full day in the City of Light. Our version of “Paris in 24 hours”. The night we arrived however things changed, as this was January 7, the day of the terrorist attack […]

Make the Most Delicious Scones Ever with Coconut Oil

In a little garden cafe near Bradford-on-Avon in the UK, we had the most amazing scones I had ever tasted. They were tender and fluffy, served warm with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and pretty much carb perfection. Since then I’ve tried and adapted many recipes to try and match those UK scones. Today I substituted coconut oil for the butter […]

Meteora’s Monasteries in the Sky

About four hours northwest of Athens is Meteora, where unique geological peaks form a dramatic and beautiful natural landscape.  Upon these seemingly inaccessible peaks, monks in the 11th century began building monasteries. Eventually twenty-four of these monasteries were built, and it’s no surprise that Meteora’s Monasteries in the sky are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. We […]

A Taste of Delicious Athens Home Cooking

When you visit a new country, have you ever wished you could glimpse inside a real home, maybe even be invited to dinner? That’s just what we were able to do in Athens, Greece with the Alternative Athens Home Cooked Meals tour. We were taken to a typical Athenian residential neighbourhood where our gracious host, […]

Hagia Sophia – Byzantine Architectural Wonder

If you love architecture, then you probably love visiting cathedrals as much as I do. Besides their historical and religious significance, they represent the best engineering and architectural achievements of their day. So I was really looking forward to our visit to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Hagia Sophia is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture, and […]

Manila, Philippines — a Tale of Two Cities

On our recent trip to Asia we had the opportunity to visit our good friends Ralph and Aida in Manila, Philippines. Our trip was too short, but thanks to our excellent hosts we were able to get a good introduction to this fascinating and complex city. Metro Manila has a population of around 12 million — mostly poor, a few […]

Packing List

General Packing Tips Rolling items helps you fit more in and they wrinkle less. Packing cubes are great to keep things neat and organized. Adjust packing list as needed, according to the destination, weather, and your taste. If you like skirts, you may not need as many pants, etc. Pack wrinkle-free items as much as […]

The Liebster Award

A big thank you to Drea from Travels With Drea for nominating me for a Liebster Award!  You can explore her fantastic blog right here. It is both an honor to be recognized and great chance to promote some fellow bloggers. What is a Liebster Award? The Liebster is an award given to bloggers by bloggers. It’s an opportunity for new bloggers to […]

The Vibrant Street Art of Valencia, Spain

Valencia was the first stop of our Spanish road trip, and we didn’t really have any preconceived ideas about the city beyond oranges and paella. What we found was a very unique medieval and modern city, with an abundance of street art that gives a fresh twist to exploring its old town. Overshadowed by Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is […]

Top 3 Secrets for Saving Money on Flights

Sometimes people raise their eyebrows when they hear we’re going on another trip, or wonder how we can afford to travel often. I’m a travel bargain hunter, and while we want to splurge now and then we are always looking for ways to cut our travel expenses. Saving on airfare is the first thing we look […]