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Giving Back
Quote of the Week
Securing Lodging: A (Personal) Case Study
Exploring Cinque Terre

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     I started knitting about ten years ago - for the third time. My great-grandma taught me to knit when I was young, I taught myself to knit again when my oldest daughter was born, but it wasn't until that daughter became an adult and started knitting herself, that I actually became a knitter. Now, I knit whenever I can.
      About three years ago at a quilt group meeting I attended, a quilting friend talked about the knitting group she belonged to. This sounded so interesting, that I decided to look for a knitting group I could join. 
     My local library hosts a group that meets once a week. "It's actually a crochet group," the librarian told me, "but there are also a couple knitters." I went to the next meeting of the group, but quickly realized it was not what I was looking for. The two knitters in the group were beginners - I was looking for someone who could challenge me or help me with more complicated knitting projects.  
     I called my quilting friend to ask more about the group she was in - it was a larger group, mostly knitters, and of all experience levels. I asked if they were taking new members and she wholeheartedly invited me to join. Although the group is not local to me, I decided to give it a try. Now, I rarely miss a week.  
     The women in the group have become more than knitting buddies, they have become my friends. If I ever have a conflict and cannot attend, I feel empty. They've encouraged me, helped me, and admired my progress.  
     Now that I am a more accomplished knitter, though, it's time to give back. When I attended the meeting this week, I spent most of the time helping two of my friends with their projects.  I didn't mind at all - in fact, helping them gives me more joy than knitting itself, if that's possible. 
     So, thanks ladies!  Thank you for all you've done for me.  And thank you for making it possible for me to give back!  

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Quote of the Week - 10 March 2017

"Travel is so important in its capacity to expand the mind. It's exciting to start as young as possible - you get to see how other cultures live, challenge your senses, and try different cuisines."

– Natalie Dormer

This Week's Post:

Securing Lodging: A (Personal) Case Study

In the past I’ve written about how to choose lodging. There are less expensive types of lodging and more expensive options.  I’ve written a bit about deciding and booking the lodging for a recent trip to Paris. In this post, I will walk through the process of choosing lodging for an entire trip.

My daughter and I are going to Spain and France in late spring/early summer. We plan to start in Spain, work our way north through western France, and then spend time in Paris.

We’ve set our budget at between $50 and $75 per night per person – $100 to $150 total for the two of us. As of today, one Euro will cost us about $1.06, so our budget should be between €94 and €141...

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From the Archives:
Exploring Cinque Terra

Cinque Terre is on the west coast of Italy, bordering the Ligurian Sea – part of the Mediterranean. There are five villages along this area of coastline, all connected by walking trails. From north to south the villages are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.  Despite the fact that we had researched the area and saw pictures on the internet, we were still amazed at the beauty of the area.

Vernazza, the village where we stayed, and Monterosso were badly damaged in 2012, when storms caused flooding and mudslides.  Most of the properties have been restored or rebuilt and tourists are again visiting the area.

One of the most popular activities in the region is hiking between the towns.  My daughter and I hiked from Vernazza to Cornigia...

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Tour of Paris - 2017

The dates have been chosen!  My next tour will be September 8 - 17, 2017.  Paris is my favorite city in Europe and I’d love to share it with you. Click on the link below for more information.  

10 Day Tour of Paris

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