Venice is Sinking!

Or is it just high tide? Actually both. But more on that later… Now that spring has sprung, I am…

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My 5 Essential Travel Accessories

Jen in Butan

**Note: I originally wrote this blog for my eShop blog, www.JJCaprices.com and knew it would also be appreciated here! Bon lire.** Come August I will be South America bound – Bolivia specifically. I will also include a side trip to Peru to experience the fabled Machu Picchu. I haven’t started packing yet, but going to a country with such varying climates and altitudes (La Paz is consider the highest international capital city in the world at 3,650 m (11,975 ft) above sea level) definitely has set the packing wheels in motion! Invariably, however, I will be packing these 5 travel accessories that I find to be essential for all my trips. 1) Travel Kit…

My 5 Favorite Travel Destinations…So Far

The Mud Mosque in Djenné, Mali

One of the most ubiquitous questions I get when people learn of my travel bug is, “So what has been your favorite place to visit?” Internally this questions usually makes me all queasy and stressed.  The thought, “How dare they ask me to name just one!” creeps into my mind and then I typically expel a deep breath and dauntedly respond with a weak smile, “Oh, that is a hard one!” However, today I have decided to take on this intimidating question and actually list my top 5 travel destinations to date!  I chose these five because the experience of my visit to each left such an impression that I dream of…

Venice is Sinking!

Jen ready to discover High Tide!

Or is it just high tide? Actually both. But more on that later… Now that spring has sprung, I am finally writing about my winter trip to Venice. In January and February, I spent over 3 weeks in Europe. To date I have just shared a glimpse of my time in England and not yet shared the glories of my experiences in the other 3 countries I visited. Well, that changes now! Dreamy Canals of Venice. This was my third visit to mystical city of canals.  I returned to Venice to curate hand blown glass pieces from the island of Murano for the shop (explore what I found here!).  Venice…

5 Things I Did Wrong in London

Parliament

London.  A wonderful city indeed! And I was thrilled to explore and experience it for the first time last week.  Big Ben (<- which actually isn’t really called that) was just as impressive in real life, the Tower of London’s history was more captivating than I imagined and the red telephone booths were just cool to see in person. However despite an overall tip-top experience, I decided that if I could do this first trip over again I would…with a few improvements. Perhaps you can learn from my rookie mistakes. 1) I stayed near Hyde Park I know what you are thinking, “Hyde Park, that is a lovely part of…

My Jaunt to the English Countryside

Ely

I am in England! After landing in London two days ago I headed straight out of the city to explore the English countryside. And as pretty as it all was, I wasn’t able to stop giggling. Store front and restaurant names like Goblins Pantry, The Eel Catcher’s Daughter, and The Fox and Hounds brought huge smiles to my face as I was chauffeured from idyllic town to idyllic town in a friend’s Land Rover. Who wouldn’t want to eat at Goblins Pantry? The Copper Kettle, Magpie Centre, The Crutched Friar…oh, I still can’t get enough. It all seems so, well, so English. Fancy that!? Downtown Hunstanton My first two nights were spent in…