More than 6 million human remains line the tunnel walls of the Catacombs of Paris, spanning 200 miles. This spooky place was created to utilize the city’s ancient stone mines (which were occasionally collapsing due to poor construction) and address the pressing issue of overflowing cemeteries. At first, the catacombs were unorganized, but with the leadership of Louis-Étienne Héricart de Thury, the stacks became more orderly. The use of femurs and skulls to create patterns and designs is beyond creepy […]
The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument on earth. It was built for The World’s Fair in 1889, with the intention of being demolished in 1909. However, this famous structure was saved because the French Navy repurposed it into a giant radio antenna. At 1,063 ft high, The Eiffel Tower held the title of World’s Tallest Building for 41 years. It was dethroned by The Chrysler Building in 1930. Now both those buildings are drawfed by modern construction–but The Eiffel […]
Here I am, right out front of the museum that served as a royal palace for more than 2 centuries. Every monarch who called it home expanded the grounds more and more. Eventually, Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles, and the Louvre was never the main royal residence again. It’s transformation to art museum was largely the result of the French Revolution, displaying an impressive collection of art (and a good deal of it was stolen thanks to Napoleon). […]
As I mentioned in my last post, our hotel in Paris was only a few blocks from The Arc de Triomphe. It was so fun to pass by it multiple times a day. As a child, I remember walking beneath it, but it wasn’t until this trip that I realized you could climb to the top! Scroll down to see the beautiful views from this piece of history. (Also, be sure to note the spiral staircase.) The Arc de Triomphe […]
My guy is a Points Wizard. He snagged this unbelievable room in Paris for 5 nights for FREE! Scroll down and you’ll find a video inside our room at The Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe. The hotel is only a few blocks from the Arc, which you can spot from the balcony along with The Eiffel Tower and Sacré-Cœur. Don’t these pink velvet beauties match the sunrise that day?
As the seasons change, I get the itch to document it. This year, I did do a bit of exploring to catch the leaves as they turned. (Check out my photos from Colorado and Arkansas if you’re interested.) Next year, I’ve decided to make it a point to do a few more fall themed trips. Until then, here’s what Kansas City, MO had to offer: Below you’ll see KC firefighters squirting a symbolic saber arch over a road a busload […]
South Valley Park Trail is a beautiful, simple hike just 30 minutes from downtown Denver. The red sandstone rock formations jet out of the ground in a seemingly random order. I’d advise you go at sun up or sun down for ultra-dramatic lighting. Do you know of any other quick hikes near downtown Denver?
For being a small city, with a population hovering just above 1,500, Nederland is a well-known part of Colorado. It hosts Frozen Dead Guy Days. You can read more about the fascinating celebration here. While we didn’t enjoy the odd festivities, we did go on a lovely hike, then got back on the road to Boulder. While there, we walked along Pearl Street, stopped in at Post Brewery and drove to Vision Quest Brewery. Their Industrial Parks Politics IPA is […]
I’ve been to Denver countless times. Without fail, I’m always impressed by the growth this thriving city boasts with each visit. After a quick, chilly walk around downtown, I ventured off to RiNo (River North Art District). Whatta neighborhood!! Scroll through the images below and you’ll see a stark difference once I enter this graffiti and brewpub covered part of town. It’s easy to say, this is my new favorite part of Denver. Let your weird hang loose! See a […]