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Daydreaming in Versailles – A Day Trip from Paris
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“Crazy tourists! Why did they all decide to come to Versailles at the same time?” “When do you want to go back to Paris?” “I’m tired! How long do you want to continue walking?” “What’s there to see anyways? I don’t think palaces are really that interesting anymore! No, they are in fact BORING!” “How many pictures do you need to take with that...

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Three Days in Paris – The Trip
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Having potentially set ourselves up for a disastrous first trip to Paris with a jam-packed itinerary, it’s time to assess and evaluate.   How did we do?   It’s definitely not an experience everyone (actually, most) would enjoy, but we wouldn’t change a minute of it. I’m happy to report that the trip was simultaneously exhausting and delightful, not to mention a good workout to offset...

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Three Days in Paris – Last Minute Trip Planning
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On the eve of our first trip to Paris just a little over a week ago, a dear friend emailed to warn me against letting “whirlwind travel” get in the way of true enjoyment of the City of Light. Specifically, she said, “I hope rather than trying to see everything, you approach the most romantic city in the world knowing you will return to...

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A Whimsical Afternoon at Mystica Lodge in Costa Rica
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“There is a sacred and delicious way of living life on this crazy, beautiful planet, a way of life that is full of joy, expansive in life and characterized by deep peace.” Lori Myles-Carullo There are places that draw you in despite your best efforts to resist them. Mystica Lodge in Costa Rica is one of those special places. I still remember receiving my friend...

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Thanksgiving in Costa Rica: Experiencing Pura Vida
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The moment I stepped off the plane, my body began to breathe differently. Later, I would describe it to a friend as a subtle shift from consciously having to tell my body to breathe long and deep to melting naturally into the rhythm of the earth. The minute the oxygen hit my pores, my body instinctively knew how to drink it in. We had...

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Whirlwind Weekend – Boston by Foot + Wiki Offline Winners Announced
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A Stroll Through One of the Oldest Cities in America Although I’m not a big fan of cities, there’s something about Boston that I find utterly charming.  My first visit was a few years ago, when Mr. Travelbypoints and I were relative neophytes to the world of whirlwind travel.  If memory serves correctly, we budgeted two full days to tour the city, a more...

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Whirlwind Weekend – Connecticut Before Sandy
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It was two days of quiet before the big storm. This past weekend in true whirlwind fashion, Mr. Travelbypoints and I packed our small Cambelbaks and headed cross-country for a short tour of Connecticut’s lovely fall foliage. It was not until a few days before our trip that we heard rumblings about a storm called Sandy that was supposed to hit the eastern seaboard right...

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Whirlwind Weekend – Experiencing Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton is the yin to Yellowstone’s yang. While Yellowstone is visceral , energetic and raw, the energy that pervades Grand Teton is contemplative and quiet. In the days leading up to our trip, I tried to research Yellowstone’s sister park and would often come across descriptions of Grand Teton as essentially a pretty place that you pass through en route to Yellowstone. Some even...

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Whirlwind Weekend – Road Trip to Yellowstone National Park
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Two National Parks in Two Days Are you ready for another road trip? Two days and a full tank of gas inspired us to undertake a road trip that would be considered a stretch for even the most seasoned travel maximizer.  To round out what Mr. Travelbypoints has termed our “National Parks Extravaganza” (Five National Parks in Four Weekends), we set off from Salt...

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Whirlwind Weekend – California Road Trip to Point Reyes and Yosemite
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Another weekend, another opportunity for me to question my husband’s sanity and my own.  Which begs the question, who is crazier – the guy who attempts a road trip to visit both Point Reyes National Seashore and Yosemite National Park in one weekend, or the wife who gets dragged along for the ride?  On second thought, don’t answer that.  I concede defeat. In our...

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Whirlwind Weekend – Colorado – Rocky Mountain National Park
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Whirlwind Weekend Wackiness (“WWW”) continues with our recent trip to Denver, Colorado.  Newly acquired national park pass (and photo ID) in hand, Mr. Travelbypoints and I traveled to the Mile High State with the expectation of spending two days basking in the glorious outdoor beauty of the Colorado Rockies.  Little did we know that the weatherman in the sky had other plans. Colorado is...

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Whirlwind Weekend – Seattle – Deception Pass and Mt Rainier
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This past weekend Mr. Travelbypoints and I hopped on the plane to visit our dear friends in Seattle, WA to kick-start what I’ve decided to call “Wacky Whirlwind Weekends” (“WWW”).  Plural.  As in there is more to come and I better get my sleep in whenever I can. Yes, Mr. Travelbypoints is a newly-minted proud holder of a Southwest Airlines Companion Pass, which entitles...

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Peru & Chile in 11 Days – Part 15 – Walking Tour of Santiago
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Our Itinerary: Day 1: Flight to Lima, Peru Day 2: Flight to Cusco, Peru + tour of Cusco + tour of Chinchero in Sacred Valley Day 3: Full-day tour of Sacred Valley – Pisaq (or Pisac) +  Ollantaytambo and  Moray Day 4: Full day at Machu Picchu – Travel + Intipunku Sun Gate Hike + Inca Bridge Hike + Exploring the Machu Picchu Ruins Day 5: Flight from Cusco to Juliaca, Peru + transfer to...

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Peru & Chile in 11 Days – Part 14 – Easter Island in a Day
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Our Itinerary: Day 1: Flight to Lima, Peru Day 2: Flight to Cusco, Peru + tour of Cusco + tour of Chinchero in Sacred Valley Day 3: Full-day tour of Sacred Valley – Pisaq (or Pisac) +  Ollantaytambo and  Moray Day 4: Full day at Machu Picchu – Travel + Intipunku Sun Gate Hike + Inca Bridge Hike + Exploring the Machu Picchu Ruins Day 5: Flight from Cusco to Juliaca, Peru + transfer to...

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Peru & Chile in 11 Days – Part 13 – Full Day in Lima, Peru
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Our Itinerary: Day 1: Flight to Lima, Peru Day 2: Flight to Cusco, Peru + tour of Cusco + tour of Chinchero in Sacred Valley Day 3: Full-day tour of Sacred Valley – Pisaq (or Pisac) +  Ollantaytambo and  Moray Day 4: Full day at Machu Picchu – Travel + Intipunku Sun Gate Hike + Inca Bridge Hike + Exploring the Machu Picchu Ruins Day 5: Flight from Cusco to Juliaca, Peru + transfer to...

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