Food, Fun, and Kitsch in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg {Tennessee}

Food, Fun, and Kitsch in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg {Tennessee}

The areas of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg sit right in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountain National Park. These areas have become sort of resort towns in a way with the millions of visitors that go through on their way to the park. Because of this high volume of tourists, there is no end to [...]

Seeing Stars at the Country Music Hall of Fame {Tennessee}

Seeing Stars at the Country Music Hall of Fame {Tennessee}

I have a pretty cool job. I work for a university in their international affairs department and part of my job is planning events and activities for international students. And this last weekend the event that I got to take them on was a tour of Nashville. We started the day with all the usual [...]

{Israel} Day 11: The Garden Tomb, Christian Quarter, Israel Museum, & 9/11 Memorial

{Israel} Day 11: The Garden Tomb, Christian Quarter, Israel Museum, & 9/11 Memorial

The Garden Tomb Our final day in Israel started early in the morning with breakfast and packing our bags for the trip home. We then met and walked the short distance from our hotel to The Garden Tomb. Originally it was believed that the place of the tomb was in the spot that is now [...]

{Israel} Day 10: Ammunition Hill National Memorial, Good Samaritan Mosaic Museum, Genesis Land, & Qumran National Park

{Israel} Day 10: Ammunition Hill National Memorial, Good Samaritan Mosaic Museum, Genesis Land, & Qumran National Park

Ammunition Hill National Memorial We began our day visiting the national memorial of Ammunition Hill. After Israel had declared their independence, the city of Jerusalem was not considered part of the state. It was a divided city with a large wall separating the people. Families were divided across the wall and the space between East [...]

{Israel} Day 9: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Knesset Building, Theodor Herzl Museum, & Holocaust History Museum

{Israel} Day 9: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Knesset Building, Theodor Herzl Museum, & Holocaust History Museum

Southern Steps We began the day with a visit back to the old city of Jerusalem at the Southern Steps. This is the original entrance to Temple Mount dating back to biblical times. The path up the stairs would have been lined with people coming to the entrance to be cleansed before entering the temple [...]

{Israel} Day 8: Old Tel Aviv, Museum of the Jewish People, Carmel Market, & Bullet Factory Historic Site

{Israel} Day 8: Old Tel Aviv, Museum of the Jewish People, Carmel Market, & Bullet Factory Historic Site

Old Tel Aviv We left the old, historic city of Jerusalem and headed out on a day trip to the lively metropolitan city of Tel Aviv. We began our tour of this old town on the hill overlooking the downtown area that sits on the shores of the Mediterranean. We walked across the Zodiac Bridge [...]

The Danish Community of Solvang {California}

The Danish Community of Solvang {California}

Our weekend in California started off with the charming town of Solvang. This community was established by Danish immigrants who brought a little bit of home with them to California and the generations of their families that still live here. This town is so wonderful to walk through, home to wonderful bakeries and shops, streets [...]

Moments & Misadventures :: Kindred Spirits

Moments & Misadventures :: Kindred Spirits

Happy Mother's Day! Since I was a kid and first read 'Anne of Green Gables' by Lucy Maud Montgomery, I wanted to come and visit this island that inspired the wonderful stories of the orphan girl Anne Shirley who finds a home at Green Gables. My mom and I use to watch the movies on [...]

Churchill Downs & The Kentucky Derby Museum {Kentucky}

Churchill Downs & The Kentucky Derby Museum {Kentucky}

If there is one thing that Kentucky is known for it's that this is race horse country. Every year millions of people come to Louisville to watch the Kentucky Derby horse race, cheering on their favorite steed while relishing the dapper attire, all here at the legendary race track of Churchill Downs. This racetrack was [...]