Happy Christmas! London At The Holidays!

PassportIn November of this year, I was fortunate enough to travel back to the very first foreign country and city I had ever embarked upon 20 years ago – London, England.  I had been wanting to return to London for a long time, but airline tickets were always so expensive. In September, when a random fare sale popped up with a $500 discount on a round-trip to London, I jumped on it. There would be no turkey and pumpkin pie for me. Instead, I would travel back to London, England.  Not only was I returning to a city in which I was somewhat familiar, I was also returning to a city where I now I had friends.

I was also really excited that I would be in London at the start of the Christmas holiday season. It’s always exciting to see a city when it transforms itself for the holidays and London would be no different.

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My “Go To” Travel Book. Always.

EW_BooksMy “Eyewitness Travel: London” book arrived! Yay!  Everyone has their favorite travel guide series for different reasons. As I have traveled over the last 20 years, I find I like the “Eyewitness Travel” guides the best from DK Publishing. I’m a visual person and those books allow me to see what I am going to see, or may want to see. There are tons of color photos and probably more than any other travel series. I especially love the Survival Guide in each book which offers great advice if a city or country is new to you or reminders for a city you’ve visited before.  Everything from When To Go to Social Etiquette to Getting Around and Security.  I’ve already purchased China and Japan to help me plan for my Asia adventures (sometime in the near future, hopefully).

So check out the “Eyewitness Travel” guides when you get a chance.  You won’t regret it.  And no, this is not a paid endorsement.  🙂

LONDON, BABY!

Source: VisitLondon.com

VisitLondon.com

First off, sorry all for not posting more.  A lot of changes happening at the 9 to 5-er and I’ve been VERY BUSY!  However, for Thanksgiving, I am excited to say that I am headed to LONDON!  I haven’t been back in 20 years and I’m so excited.  I need to call Liz and see if I can stay at the Palace.

So, what should I see in London?  I’m happy to admit the Harry Potter Studio Tour is on the list already. HUGE Harry Potter fan, but what else in London should I check out?

God Save The Queen!

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Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Destinations Around The World 2015

The Kasbah, the Ksar Ait Ben Haddou; Marrakech, Morocco Credit: wl.travel …your local connection

TRIP ADVISOR‘s annual list of the Top 25 Destinations Around The World is out.  How many have you visited?  Which is number one on your list?  Pick a destination and see the world. I’m definitely game for several of these.

1. MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

2. SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

3. INSTANBUL, TURKEY

4. HANOI, VIETNAM

Bo Hòn Island, Halong Bay, Hanoi, Vietnam Credit:  Eustaquio Santimano

Bo Hòn Island, Halong Bay, Hanoi, Vietnam
Credit: Eustaquio Santimano

5. PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

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