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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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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Dayona Beach 1960's

Travel Pinspiration: The Best Beach Photos from Pinterest

Daytona Beach, Florida Source: thereandbackagaintravel.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest Utah Beach. Normandy, France Source: thereandbackagaintravel.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest Beaches at Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia Source: inspiringtravellers.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest Koh Lanta, Thailand Source: ytravelblog.com via […]

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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

More Photos from Bastille Day in France

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Carcassonne Castle at night after Bastille Day fireworks

Bastille Day in France: Waking up with Naked Men

I awoke 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 picnicking and drinking a little too much French wine while waiting for the spectacular fireworks show that was the grand finale […]

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