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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Vendors pushing carts of fresh tomatoes and cilantro to the Souk in Casablanca.

Fabulous Friday Foto: Walking through the Souk in Casablanca Morocco

One of my best memories from Casablanca Morocco was getting completely lost and immersed in the wonders of the local souk (market).  We had gone beyond the touristy exterior parts of the souk where most of the other passengers from the cruise ship had stopped and continued into the bowels of the market. We wandered, a little […]

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Bastille Day Fireworks in Carcsonne France

Bastille Day in France: Waiting for the Fireworks in Carcassonne

Carcassonne, France attracts approximately 700,000 each year to see thousands of pounds of colorful explosives shot off from the ramparts of Carcassonne castle. I am very happy that we got out early this morning  to stake out our spot for the fireworks. Even now at 1:00pm, people are flooding into the city for the festivities. […]

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Carcassonne Castle at night from the main gate

Spending the Night in Carcassonne France on a Budget

I learned a secret about Carcassonne France;  something that the majority of the  approximately 4 million people who visit each year don’t know.  In order to fully appreciate and take in all of the wonderfulness that is Carcassonne France, you have  to spend the night there. This post will give you some ideas about how […]

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Gooseberry Falls, Minnesota

Travel Pinspiration: Best Waterfall Photos on Pinterest

IGUAZU FALLS (Brazil and Argentina) Source: greenglobaltravel.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest   Multnomah Falls, Oregon Source: timothykurekhikes.wordpress.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest   Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia Source: dtravelsround.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest   Gooseberry Falls, Minnesota  Source: thereandbackagaintravel.com via […]

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Street Scene Porvoo Finland

Fabulous Friday Foto: A Street in Porvoo Finland

Porvoo Finland is the second oldest city in Finland.  Its main attraction is an old town of original houses and buildings built in the 19th century that remains largely unchanged by time. I have read that it can be quite crowded here in the summer, but when we visited  at the beginning of September, we […]

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Too Much Travel? Jetlag and Other Consequences of Going Too Much

Tired doesn’t even begin to touch the reality of the state that I am in right now.  Physically empty, reserves depleted, running on autopilot.    I almost fell asleep while driving to work this morning and I feel even more flat and lifeless now. Being completely and utterly exhausted and yet unable to sleep has […]

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Cote du Rhone Villages

Velo en Provence: Bicycling in the Cote Du Rhone Region of Provence

Our day spent bicycling through the Cote du Rhone villages in France was one of the best days of our trip, and it has been filed away in my heart as one of my all time favorite travel experiences. The Cote du Rhone is a specific wine growing region in France.  It is situated around […]

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Sunset in Edinburgh, Scotland

Top 5 Photos of Favorite Cities Around the World

Edinburgh, Scotland: Source: dtravelsround.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest   Prague, Czech Republic:   Source: thereandbackagaintravel.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest   Carcassonne, France: Source: qatariadventures.blogspot.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest   Seoul, South Korea: Source: straightfromthecurls.com via There and Back Again Travel […]

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Views of the fjord from the cruise ship as we left Geiranger, Norway

Fabulous Friday Foto: Geiranger Fjord in Norway

A cruise is the BEST way to see Norway!  Being on the water gives you a completely different perspective of the grandeur of the Fjords in Norway.  This photo was taken from the front of the Holland America Eurodam as we were leaving Geiranger Fjord. The weather had been cloudy all day, and the sun […]

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Families picnicking at the Pont du Gard Aqueduct

Postcards from Provence: A Sunny Day Spent with the Romans in France

It was hot today. Sweating, clothes soaked, really need a shower hot. We got our first real dose of south of France sunshine. For obvious reasons, the first city that people think of when they think of Romans is Rome, but the Romans were conquerors and they left their mark all over Europe.  The south […]

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