September 2, 2014

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sometimes you just stumble upon something so amazing it’s almost dream like, and thus deserves an entire post all unto it self.   this is giraffe manor, a luxury boutique hotel in nairobi, kenya.  not only is this old building fairytale like an old building covered in greens, but the herd of rothschild giraffe’s that make their home there.  can you imagine waking up to a giraffe popping it’s head into your window looking for a snack?

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and, the accomodations are quite stunning.  wouldn’t you agree?

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giraffe manor is now on my one day some day list of places to travel to.  i’m all for dream like real life travel.

where is the most magical place you’ve ever traveled to or would like to visit?

more on travel here and other dream like images i like to collect.

images : the safari collection / honestly wtf / next trip tourism 

August 21, 2014

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i have been thinking a lot about vacation.  like a real vacation.  not a business trip.  not a conference.  not a family holiday trip.  a straight up nothing to do but vacation vacation.  it’s been a little too long.  while my favorite places to go almost always include europe and exploring, i’ve been dreaming of a beach (most recently this pink beach) lately.  sitting, listening, reading.  nothing to do and no agenda.

i have no beach vacation planned, but i do like to plan all kinds of trips, even if only for my one day some day wish list.  the other day i happened upon chateau de la resle, a luxury retreat in burgundy, france and i thought it looked pretty amazing and like something i needed to share.  france is always a place i want to visit.  i’ve only been once for a few days and it seems like that was forever ago.  i’ve never been to a chateau and hadn’t envisioned a modern one, but i’m liking what i see.

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this staircase is worth saving in a one day, some day house kind of design file!

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thursdays always require a little escape, even if it’s virtual . . . so click through to see more of this modern chateau, complete with a sauna.

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May 29, 2014

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i shared last week on london, shalom and coming home.  only i hadn’t sat down to linger on london.  and, i’m really still a little in awe that i landed there again this year.  last year was a very unexpected trip and nothing short of a grace gift from above.  and, i couldn’t have known, 12 months ago, that the gift of going would begin an unplanned journey over this past year.  a one foot in front of the other kind of journey that requires empty, open hands, and a willing and surrendered heart.

 

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May 23, 2014

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it has been crazy these past two weeks since i came home from england.  london already feels like a life time ago.  i’ve been wanting to share photos and tell you about the trip, but it just hasn’t happened yet (next week!).  crossed an ocean, one of the great lakes, conquered customs and walked in the door to kids with the flu – a very long lasting one – that ushered us into this very harried week.  two starting baseball, 5th grade field trips, award ceremonies and a day that started with an unexpected and necessary trip to the doctor for one, and ended with a trip to the ER for another (everyone is ok, thank god!).  mix in regular responsibilities, working on the website update / launch and bad headaches (sinus headache suggestions anyone?) and, well, i’m ready for a weekend or two or three.

they say when it rains it pours.  i’ve found that to be true….not all the time, but occasionally.  i’m not for expecting monsoons at the sight of a drop, but sometimes a drop turns to rain and so on.  if i’m honest, i’m usually one that freaks out when it rains this kind of water.  sometimes, admittedly, even when it just sprinkles.

flash back a few weeks, before the pour, and i was packed and prepared.

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April 30, 2014

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i’m traveling today and thought i’d share what i normally wear on a plane.  the outfit can vary a bit, but i promise, whether a long or short flight, i have a bit of a uniform.

the funny thing is i used to have a flying uniform in high school.  in those days, some people still dressed up to fly.  i remember a teacher of mine saying that she always dressed up when flying and i must have been very influenced by that because just as everyone was starting to go major casual, i decided i had to wear khakis or dress pants – never jeans.  i was an old soul, i suppose.

these days i always wear :

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