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Light Show
Quote of the Week
Planning Your Itinerary - Plane Tickets
Finding a Travel Deal - You Can Do It, Too!

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Light Show
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When my husband and I were in Europe on a tour of WWII sites, we stopped in Reims, France. We visited the cathedral there in the afternoon and marveled at the Chagall stained glass windows.  
We had heard there was a light show at the cathedral in the evening.  I didn't expect too much - colored lights shining on the cathedral - but it would probably be pretty. The show was totally different than anything I could imagine. Laser lights of all designs were projected onto the front of the church - you could hardly notice the scaffolding that covered the center third of the front. The 20-30 minute show was amazing!
At this time of the year, there are Christmas light shows all around us. I remember when our girls were still at home, we would reserve one evening to drive around town to see all the lights. We haven't done it for awhile - maybe we should do it again this year. 
Traditions evolve as children grow up. We hang on to some longer than others. We start new traditions as our family grows. And sometimes we bring back an old tradition with all its memories.  
Do you enjoy Christmas lights? What traditions does your family celebrate?  
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Quote of the Week - 9 December 2016

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.”

— Lawrence Block

This Week's Post:

Planning Your Itinerary - Plane Tickets

When planning a trip, one of the first things you think about is buying your plane tickets.  Plane tickets can be expensive and often use a large portion of your vacation budget, so it makes sense to think about them first. Care should be taken when purchasing tickets, because mistakes can be costly.

Where should you start? How far ahead should you purchase the tickets? These are good questions – here are some answers.

Study your Itinerary

When you begin planning your trip, you usually have an itinerary in mind.  Say, for example, you want to go to France, Germany and the Netherlands. There are several airports in these three countries...

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From the Archives:
Finding a Travel Deal - You Can Do It, Too!

If you read my post last week, you know that my daughter found a great travel deal for our family.  Many of you were excited for us; some expressed how you would like to get a similar deal.  Well, you can!

Today I’m going to share a few ways that my family and I get great deals on airfare.  If we didn’t do this, we wouldn’t be able to travel as much as we do.

When I first started traveling internationally, everything almost seemed like a dream.  Travel was so expensive that I thought my trip in the year 2000, would be my last for many years.  The plane tickets alone were $250! (I can’t believe that’s all we paid 16 years ago).

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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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