In all the world, 38 cities are named Paris, but we can agree that none can come close to Paris, France. What cities with this name have you been to? I’ve only passed through Paris Texas, where they have their own version of The Eiffel Tower, donning a cowboy hat. Is it just me or do macaroons look much better than they taste? Did you know they are actually an Italian invention? views from a boat ride on the Seine […]
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). […]
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.