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  • A Day Trip to Ware – Franglais27 Tales

    Ware is one of those destinations that I always remember seeing on the display boards for trains departing from London Liverpool Street. I had never visited the town previously, however, and so decided to visit for a day trip during a long weekend. If you have already read my current post about Paris then you will know just how much I do enjoy travelling on a day trip!

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  • 10 Best Websites For Freelance Writers- Super resourceful sites for every freelance writer In 2019.

    Starting your freelance writing career is the best thing to do. However, breaking into the writing industry is not an easy thing. When I was starting out I didn’t know what I was doing. I ransacked the internet trying to find useful information. It was HECTIC! and TIME-consuming. I spend so much time trying to find resourceful …

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  • Things Nobody Warned Me About Blogging » Retrace These Steps

    I knew coming into this, that blogging about my travels would take time, patience, and most of all EFFORT. Starting out, monetization was never a goal for me, and to be honest, still really isn’t. I do this because I truly enjoy it. I love seeing new places, I love learning new things, and most of all I love sharing my experiences with other people. I think if anything, travel has taught me that people are generally the same everywhere. You have your friends, and you have your foes. Nobody will agree with everything that you have to say always, and that’s perfectly fine. I have my opinions, and you have yours, and that’s the world that our ancestors fought so hard for us to live in. So why fight it? Agree to disagree. There are somethings, however, that I knew happened to other fellow bloggers, but never imagined happening to me. (I like to think I’m perfect, joke). When blogging, a lot of your site traffic comes from people like you, who are looking for honest reviews, or trying to learn how to do something they’re currently struggling with, or looking for a new place to explore but aren’t quite sure what to do when they get there. Therefore, it is my job to go out and do it, gather the suggestions, and then give my honest feedback. As a result, here I am trying new foods, hiking new trails, visiting popular and not so popular attractions, and telling you about my experience. In the world that we live in today, people are so easily offended. Mistakes are blown out of proportion, assumptions are made without any chance for justifications or explanations. We are misunderstood without trying to understand, and it can make lives for bloggers a living HELL (among other things). The point of this post is to warn those of us who are like me; just starting out, wanting to do something good for everyone, but who lack the experience and in my situation proof-readability of those who have hired virtual assistants, publicists, etc. This is my experience, and I hope that I can help save some of you from yourselves by sharing. Social media is the most perfect tool for getting your content out there. I share on a weekly basis to my followers from afar, friends, family, and anybody else who will read what I have to say. I post on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, you name it in hopes that what I have to say will make someone’s day brighter. Unfortunately, words can get misconstrued, the greatest of intentions can be flip-flopped when repeated by the misunderstood individual, and basically, it can all turn into a big mess. (I mean, I guess all of this had to happen sooner or later, right?) This past weekend, I visited a local wolf preserve Seacrest Wolf Preserve Inc., because (common theme alert) I just love animals so so much of all kinds. I jumped at the opportunity to be up close and personal with the beautiful creatures, to learn more about their lives (in an out of captivity), most importantly to raise awareness on a crucial situation in order to help save the lives of these beautiful animals that have no voice to speak for themselves and of course to share my experience with all of you. It was a rainy Saturday and things were running out of average routine due to the weather. I arrived, I paid the $35.00 fee (+tax) for the tour, and the $35 fee (+tax) for the photo encounter with the wolves. After I had my photos taken I walked over to the small animal encounter and found that it was closed early. I was deeply saddened by this because I drove 2.5 hours from home strictly for this visit and was disappointed not to have received the full package. Walking back up towards the main cabin, I ran into a woman on a walkee-talkee. At this time, I was not sure who I was speaking with, I had assumed she was a routine staff member here, and asked her if they would be opening this encounter again for those who were not able to experience it before the wolf tour. She jumped to attention immediately, and had the individuals running the encou

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  • Planning a Route 66 USA road trip

    Planning a Route 66 USA road trip

    We’ve been on many road trips in our time and must admit there is nothing like driving a minor road, off the highway, moving on from day to day, experiencing authentic historic towns and local life, especially in small-town America. I also love the planning aspect of a road trip, picking the perfect stop, family run motels and places to eat along the way. So when we decided to drive the iconic Route 66, the ‘Mother Road’ from Chicago to Santa Monica LA, later this year, I thought what a cool experience. 

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  • Explore Louisiana | New Orleans, The Big Easy » Retrace These Steps

    Good ol’ NOLA; forever tainted with the stereotype of being a dirty, smell, dangerous city. Okay so like, Bourbon Street is, but there is so much more to New Orleans than Bourbon Street, and I’m here to tell you how I was able to learn this in only 72 short hours. Things to know before you visit: New Orleans is EXPENSIVE. Not quite as expensive as Vegas maybe, but it’s certainly up there, but there are ways to get around it, and that my friends, will take some smart planning and not letting yourself fall into all the traps that lie waiting for you. I visited New Orleans this Memorial Day weekend with a friend who works at the Hilton Inn. Therefore, finding a cheap “ish” hotel wasn’t a difficult endeavor. We were able to grab two nights in the French Quarter for less than $300. Had we not been so lucky, you’re probably going to be looking at somewhere between $250 – $500 per night down here. So if this is an issue for you, go during the off-season. After MDW prices tend to really die down, and don’t pick back up again until the winter holiday season. My second tip of advice; ditch the car. If you’re flying in, don’t bother with a rental. Uber is affordable, there weren’t many surges, and if you’re in the quarter everything is within walking distance. You’ll save money on valet fees or hefty garage parking fees. Follow this itinerary and you’ll see so much more of what New Orleans really has to offer. Day 1: The French Quarter We drove down (lucky for me I’m only about 3 hours from the city), got in around 4:00 pm, valet’d the car, and headed out towards Bourbon. Now I know I said that Bourbon street was gross, but you have to at least experience it once. New Orleans is notorious for its vast culture of voodoo and spiritual practices. Therefore, you must visit some of the voodoo shops. We started with Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo. This is the most popular voodoo shop in the city, sits right off of Bourbon street and was incredibly crowded. In my opinion the wrong person will spend WAY too much on the little trinkets inside of the store, and if you’re interested in having your palm or cards read, you will pay way too much here for this. Snoop around, don’t spend more than $15.00 on one item, and then go on your way. I wanted a little voodoo doll to take home, so I found this adorable little felt guy who is supposed to be spelled with protection. We didn’t die here, so I guess he works. Our next stop was another voodoo shop down a side street called Boutique du Vampyre. Still relatively pricy for souvenirs, but the card reading here was much more reasonable, so we had our cards read here. 10 minutes for $30 plus a tip. I’ll save my experience for myself, and it’ll be up to you whether or not you believe the accuracy of your own. Definitely recommend though. Tip: This store is affiliated with a little speak easy around the block. If you ask, they might just give you the password. Turns out, card readings make people hungry, so we grabbed dinner at Sylvain afterwards, right up the street just inside of Jackson Square. The menu didn’t provide much of a variety, but we split a few items, and seriously everything was amazing. The chicken sandwich is classic, but so much better than I expected considering the environment and dining style of this restaurant, and you HAVE to spend the extra $5 for the cornbread. I don’t even like cornbread, but I couldn’t stop eating it (damn you sweet cajun butter). They also serve some of the best moscow mules I’ve ever had. After dinner, we went back to the hotel to freshen up for our first night out. We tackled Bourbon Street first to get it out of our systems, starting with Carousel Rotating Bar. Yes, this is a heavily acknowledged bar and definitely tourist central, but super unique and very cool. We were lucky enough (persistent I guess is probably a better word to use here) to get seats at the bar. The most popular drink here is the Vieux Carre, but unless you’re a bourbon kind of person, ski

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  • Why Go To Virginia

    Our Virginia Virginia conjures up all kinds of romance and my experience of Virgina definitely lends itself to that feeling. This Family has interesting genealogy dating back to the American Revolution and before. Yup! Before… we have one line (that I need to research more) on my mother’s side that is rumored to date […]

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  • Normandy, Grandpa, and WWII

    June 6th marks the start of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy and with it, a momentous occasion to celebrate peace, liberty and reconciliation. Normandy Tourism writes: D Day: On 6 June 1944 and during the long summer that followed, men from all over the world came to […]

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  • Tartan Day

    On April 6, 1320 The Scottish Nation declared Independence from England. Did you know the American Declaration of Independence was in fact modeled on this particular document. Almost half the signers of the American Declaration of Independence were of Scottish descent, including our own ancestor, Blair. Who knew?? The US Senate Resolution on National […]

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  • The Story of The American's Creed

    The American’s Creed ‘I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers area derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon […]

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