Posts Tagged "Europe"

Top Five Tech Travel Items

»Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Blog, Travel Treasures | 0 comments

Whether you are traveling international or just across the state, here are a few tech items that you must be sure are included in your purse or bag. Phone: Every time I travel I take fewer and fewer items. But the one thing I rely on the most is my phone.  Currently, I carry a Samsung 6, but whatever model or carrier, make sure it has the best possible picture taking capabilities.  On my last trip, I did not even take my little digital camera. I shot everything on my phone camera.  It has great features, resolution and zoom options, as well as that “must have” selfie ability.  I keep my phone switched to airplane mode when I travel to avoid any accidental data charges on my phone plan. I only use it with wifi at night to send my daily picture blog to friends and...

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10 Travel Faux Pas

»Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Travel Treasures | 0 comments

10 Travel Faux Pas

There is nothing more embarrassing than to be in a crowd of people in a foreign country and accidentally commit a “travel faux pas.” But, it happens, more than we’d like to admit. I make sure that if I’m traveling to someplace I have not been before that I do a little research on-line and/or with reputable travel books on what “not to do”. I also try to take a moment when entering a new situation and watch what the locals are doing. You know the old saying, “when in Rome”, well there is truth to that admonition. Don’t’ draw negative attention to yourself by unknowingly doing something that offends the culture of where you are. Here are ten travel faux pas that I have had personal experience with, mostly in Germany and Austria. Open Markets: Vendors in open market...

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Travel Walking Sticks, Trekking Poles and Canes: Pros and Cons

»Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Travel Treasures | 2 comments

Travel Walking Sticks, Trekking Poles and Canes: Pros and Cons

In the final countdown for our fall trip to Europe, I began to look at the pros and cons of purchasing a travel walking staff or cane. I wasn’t really sure which would best meet my needs and have the assistance and stabilization benefits I desired when walking on uneven ground and cobblestone streets. I started my research by looking at three options, all of which needed to have the prime features of being light weight and collapsible in order to fit in my suitcase: 1. Walking Stick: Walking sticks have been around for ages. First used by shepherds to assist with their job of protecting the flock from thieves and predators and also to help them traverse the steep craggy rocks of the grazing fields. Later walking sticks became a status symbol when brandished by...

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Make Time, Make Memories

»Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Blog, Family Treasures | 4 comments

Make Time, Make Memories

I just finished booking a weekend family house in Lincoln City for Memorial Day weekend. Last year was the first time that our family had decided to get together over this extended weekend and spend a little quality time together away from our busy jobs and never ending house and yard chores. It was my husband, our grown-up kids, our precious little “almost four” year old grandson, my parents and my sister and brother-in-law. We did the typical tourist activities like visit the aquarium and play in the sand…in fact it included lots and lots of playing in the sand which is a priority when you are “almost four”. But one thing I enjoyed most was our marathon puzzle building activity. For Christmas the previous year, I had received a 1000 piece puzzle. The picture...

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Let’s Get Started…

»Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Blog, Personal Stories | 0 comments

Let’s Get Started…

It’s late at night and the house is quiet… pull up a chair. My hubby is at work and won’t be home until tomorrow. Even Belle the cat is snoring away on her pillow in front of the fire. Much better I’m sure than being outside on a cold night like this. But me? I am working on finishing up some text sections that will be inserted in my new website tomorrow. As much as I love writing, I have found the nitty gritty of website development has been a bit daunting. I am so glad I have my son to guide and help me through the process. Hopefully soon, it will be ready to share with everyone. I have converted part of my creative craft room into a mini-office for the purpose of having a dedicated space to write. Around me tonight are little reminders of the things that...

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