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). […]
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 […]
I’ve been lucky enough to go to London on several occasions. Without fail, I always forget how easy it is to walk 10 miles a day while you’re exploring. It’s a huge city. In the US, big cities are extremely vertical and squished together (unless you’ve been in LA too long). London, like many European cities, is on the short side and super spread out. This stay in London was filled with rest and visiting friends. I also happened to […]
I’ve lived in Kansas City, MO for a year now and I’ve had the itch to discover the nature in this neck of the woods. Last weekend, I made the long trek (5.5 hours in a car) to the Ozark National Forest in the Ozark Mountains. Here it is! Whitacker Point in Arkansas. The hike itself was very easy and should only take an hour or so (if you’re not taking tons of photos). It was the drive to the trailhead […]
Mission San Juan Capistrano was the home to California’s very first vineyard–one of the other way Spanish missionaries left their mark on North America besides Smallpox. The mission itself dates back to the 1700s. Time, power shifts, and an earthquake have colored its walls, creating a backdrop for artists to showcase through film, literature, and the visual arts. Today, the site is a museum with a functioning chapel.
Dana Point is a beach town in Orange County. It’s a big surf spot and it feels like suburbia on the sea. Despite the odd, creepy feeling that the burbs give me–this place has some beautiful beaches. Here are the views from Dana Point Lookout: Now for some beer brewed in state at Salt Creek Beach. Orderville by Modern Times is a pretty kick-ass New England IPA.
Holy Smokes, did I love walking the streets of Santa Barbara! The Spanish architecture, ginormous palms, and wealth of succulents, all framed by the Santa Ynez Mountains and the sea are enough to make anyone swoon, really. Where did all this Spanish flair come from, you ask? Well, I’ll tell ya! We have proof that this beautiful spot along the coast has been inhabited for the last 13,000 years. The earliest known tribe to call it home are known as […]