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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Shanna and the baguette in front of Notre Dame

Reverse Culture Shock: 8 Things That Are Irritating Me Since I Left France

Most of the time, I hear people talking about going into “culture shock” when they arrive in a foreign country.  For me, when I left France, the culture shock that I experienced was the shock of returning to the United States.  There are so many things here now that never really irritated me before, but […]

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A scenic view of Alesund Norway

Alesund Norway on a Budget: How We Spent an Entire Day in Alesund Without Spending a Penny!

Normally the words “Norway” and “budget” don’t play very well together.  Norway is well known to be on the the most expensive countries in the world. With a little leg work, we spent an entire day in Alesund, Norway on our cruise this summer without spending a dime! We were very excited to take our […]

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A vintage road trip photo

Travel Pinspiration: The Best Road Trip Photos on Pinterest

Vintage Road Trip Photo from California in the 1960’s Source: thereandbackagaintravel.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest A Road Trip in Australia: Source: off-the-path.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest Interesting Car on A Road Trip in Argentina Source: 2backpackers.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest […]

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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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Tennesse Smoky Mountains

Travel Pinspiration: The Best National Park Photos on Pinterest

Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna, Costa Rica Source: trans-americas.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest Purnululu National Park (the Bungle Bungles) Source: findingtheuniverse.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest Wicklow Mountains National Park, Ireland Source: inspiringtravellers.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest Wrangell-St. Elias National […]

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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 House in 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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