What’s On Your Travel Wish List?

My passport has been feeling very neglected lately. It’s been 5 months since I pulled it out and got another stamp in the Bahamas, and since then I’ve been itching to hit the road again.

After my epic trip to London and Paris last December, I made a list of places I wanted to go this year, and unfortunately that hasn’t quite materialized yet. Instead of traveling, I’ve been steadily racking up bylines (which, will hopefully lead to more travel), but come 2013 I definitely MUST add more stamps to my passport.

So where would I like to go?

Costa Rica

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been wanting to go to Costa Rica for years. Perhaps it’s the potential to travel through the rain forest, or maybe it’s just because all of the picture I’ve seen look downright beautiful, but I really, really want to go to Costa Rica.

Paris

Sure, I’ve already been to Paris, but it was for a mere 12 hours. After reading ‘Passing Love,’ I realized that my magical day trip to the City of Lights didn’t even begin to scratch the surface. I want to wander the city for days, or weeks, eating pastries and working on my French.

Africa

I know Africa is not one, big ol’ country, but I haven’t quite decided which of Africa’s 50+ nations I want to visit first. South Africa is all the rage these days. Tanzania is a draw for its beaches and safaris. Ghana with its history and “Door of No Return.” I want to see the Africa other folks merely dream of and never knew existed.

That’s it for now, although my ideal list is a whole lot longer.

How about you? What’s on your 2013 travel wish list?

Paris, In 90 Seconds

Tour paris

I must have lost my mind, or had a serious lapse in judgement, because I recently signed up for a Facebook group challenging its participants to make 30 Videos in 30 Days.

Although I love the video medium and would really, really like to make a documentary film one day, I’ve been making all sorts of excuses to not get started. Now, I have an excuse!

This week was the first of the challenge, and I’ve stayed faithful making a video every, single day. So far I made a commercial offering my services as a writing coach, and I shared a little advice on how to overcome the blahs and break out of a funk.

Today, I was fresh out of ideas and decided to put together a quick 90 second tour of Paris (like I did for London) using some of the pics from my trip.

Check it out!

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Abiento!

Photo Trippin’: Remembering Paris

The very best shot of the Eiffel Tower I took. I love it! 

I can’t believe it’s been two months since I strolled the streets of Paris.

My trip to London and Paris was pretty damn epic. Although I only got to wander the streets of the City of Lights for a day, it definitely made an indelible print on my life. While I was there I made a new French friend (a fine gentleman who still calls me every, single day. Oui!), and I also (re)ignited my passion to see more of the city.

Recently, I was looking back at my pictures and realized I didn’t take nearly as many as I thought I did. Sure, I got several shots of the Eiffel Tower (I was desperate to find it, because then I felt I was IN Paris), but I didn’t take as many pictures of the sites and sounds as I would have liked. Probably because I spent most of the time just taking it in (and asking for directions), but I’ll always have my memories.

Next time….there will be more than enough pictures to go around. But for now, check out some of my favorite shots from my brief excursion to Paris.

The Louvre
Cleopatra’s Needle at the Place de la Concorde
Ferris Wheel at the Palais de Tuileries
Artwork in the the Jardin des Tuileries
Christmas decorations on the Champs-Elysées
Arc de Triomphe

And to top it off….the Eiffel Tower at night. Magnifique!

Have you ever been to Paris? What was your favorite part of the city?

Want to see more shots of Paris? Check out my girl Sheryll’s blog, The Wanderlust Project. She has some AMAZING ones!