About Shanna

Shanna is a travel professional in the airline and hotel industries. She lives in Lonsdale, MN and there enjoys cooking and gardening. Her favorite places to travel are Scotland and France. Shanna writes about travel in the Midwestern part of the United States at her blog A Midwest Travel Companion More About Shanna Google

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Mediterranean, South of France

Fabulous Friday Foto: The South of France – Endless Miles of Sun Kissed Coastline

Ah, the beautiful coast line of the south of France on the Mediterranean ocean!  Perpetually blue water that looks to good to be true, kissing endless miles of beautiful beaches and dramatic coastline.  This looks even more inviting now than it did when I was visiting France in July (the cold weather is just setting in here […]

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Cote du Rhone village

Postcards from Provence: Leaving France-Reflections from my Trip to Provence

I left on my trip to Provence with the idea in my mind of seeing the lavender fields in bloom.  While I am not sure if I fully realized that particular goal, I gathered so much joy from this trip that I am not sure if I have the right words to summarize it.  Let […]

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Dinner on the MS Eurodam at "An Evening at Le Cirque"

Holland America Dining: Dinner at Le Cirque

Holland America’s “An Evening at Le Cirque” is inspired by the famed Le Cirque Restaurant in New York City, a culinary institution well known for innovative menus featuring surprising, well prepared cuisine.  One night each cruise, the Pinnacle Grill is transformed with fanciful plates and table decorations which help set the mood for the meal. […]

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The bells at Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

Fabulous Friday Foto: Bells at a Temple in Thailand

The giant bells fascinated me at this temple in Thailand.  What a beautiful way to announce your prayers!  We saw bells like these at a number of different Buddhist temples around the country.  Can anyone enlighten me about exactly how these are used in Buddhist practice? Pin It

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The Surf and Turf at the Pinnacle Grill on our Holland America Cruise

Holland America Dining: Dinner at the Pinnacle Grill

If you want to experience the full scope of Holland America’s outstanding culinary offerings, you need to make space in your cruise for an evening out in the Pinnacle Grill. The Pinnacle Grill is Holland America Line’s take on classic, fine dining.  Prime cuts of beef, succulent fish and chops are served with graceful, attentive […]

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Anne Frank Diary

Our Visit to the Anne Frank Museum Amsterdam

“First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade […]

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Sunset in the South of France

Fabulous Friday Foto: Sunset in the South of France

The perfect end to a perfect day in the South of France !  This was snapped as we were leaving Millau, France after visiting the Millau Viaduct and the Tarn Gorge. Pin It

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The Pinnacle Grill on the Holland America Eurodam

Dining Options on Your Holland America Cruise

Depending on which stunning Holland America ship you are on, you will have a plethora of dining options at your disposal.  Here is a breakdown on the amazing culinary options that you may have available to you on your Holland America Cruise!:   Tamarind: Available on Holland America’s Signature class ships, the Tamarind was by far […]

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Carcassonne Castle at night after Bastille Day fireworks

Pictures of France: Bastille Day in Carcassonne

Here are some memorable pictures of France from Bastille Day in Carcassonne. If you are looking for more pictures of France as well as information for planning your own trip to Carcassonne for Bastille Day, check out these other informative pieces: Planning your Trip to Carcassonne for Bastille Day in France Bastille Day in France: […]

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Carcassonne Castle at night after Bastille Day fireworks

Waking up with Naked Men in Carcassonne France

I awoke in Carcassonne France a little rough around the edges this morning surrounded by mostly naked men. Bastille Day in France had treated my very well.  I enjoyed it sitting along the edge of the river in Carcassonne France picnicking and drinking a little too much French wine while waiting for the spectacular fireworks show that was […]

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