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New Press a Penny and Some Souvenir Coins

So as my last post indicated I’m back from my week in Europe. I have a lot of posts ahead of me from this trip. I’m starting my posting my souvenirs and then will share my trip journal.

I was able to pick up one press a penny in Cologne. Though there it’s press a .05 Euro. I also picked up some souvenir coins to add to my collection. I have some from Paris.

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Postcards from Cologne

I just got back from a week in Europe. One of the places I visited was Cologne, Germany. I was only there a day, but I had the chance to pick up 3 postcards. More info from this trip coming soon.

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Postcards from St. Pete Beach

My parents came back from Spring Training and stayed in St. Pete Beach. They brought me back these postcards. I just never got around to posting them until now.

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Postcards from São Paulo

My dad’s coworker went to São Paulo and brought me back these large postcards.

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Here’s some more postcards from places I’ve never been/postcards from friends:

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Postcards from Cuba

My dad’s coworker just got back from Cuba and was nice enough to bring me back two postcards.

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Here’s some more postcards from places I’ve never been/postcards from friends:

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Losing a Piece of my Travel Soul

I have been planning my families’ vacations since 2007. That means every single detail. I pick the flights, airlines, trains, visas, dates, times, hotels, restaurants, museums, sites, etc. I spend days, weeks, and sometimes even months researching every last detail. What time does this museum close? What days is this site cheaper to visit? When do they have extended hours? Which train will take us from this place to the next? So on and so forth. It’s exhausting, but so rewarding. My mom and I are insane travelers. We shove an entire city or country into a couple of days. Would I recommend this? No. However, when you have a limited number of days off you got to do what you got to do. Plus we are from NYC, so we walk twice as fast as everyone else. We don’t regret the intense vacations we have because we are able to see so much. I never want to leave a place with a serious case of “I wish I could have seen/done/visited ______.” I might only get to a visit a place once so I want to see it all the first time. This means I need a place to store and organize all of these details and directions.

This place was always Yahoo! Trip Planner. My trip plans were masterpieces. I had every last minute mapped out with times, admission costs, and directions for every place. My trip plan became my bible while I was on the run in Greece, Paris, Dallas, etc. A couple months ago I went on Trip Planner to start my next trip plan for my upcoming trip to Europe. I kept getting an error message. I tried everyday for a week with no luck. I was having a trip planning breakdown. I emailed, Facebooked, and tweeted Yahoo! and Yahoo! Travel. They told me to be patient. The error message never went away. My thumbs up and comments from other people were no longer visible either. I knew then I should fear for the safety of my beloved Yahoo! Trip Planner, but I put those depressing thoughts out of mind. After days of research I picked a new company to use for my trip plans. I’m using TripIt. I don’t love it, but I don’t have a choice. I held out hope for Yahoo, until a couple days ago.

On February 27th the dreaded email came:

Dear valued Yahoo user,

In an ongoing effort to sharpen our focus and deliver inspiring and engaging products and services, we sometimes have to make tough decisions. Effective March 21st, 2014, the Yahoo Travel services “Trip Planner” and “My Travel” will be permanently discontinued. If you have uploaded Trip Plans to the site, please click here to learn how to save your information.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yahoo Travel Team

I didn’t know if I should cry or be angry. They had just killed a piece of my travel soul. I was in a state of shock for at least 20 minutes. I now have to print my trip plans so I have them, but it just won’t be the same. My entire trip plan portfolio represents hours upon hours of research, frustration, tears, joy, excitement, aggravation, curiosity, etc. Each trip plan had to be perfect before leaving for a trip and each trip plan reflects a part of me. They show you I love Egypt, history, politics, Italian food, bakeries, Hyatt hotels, and the Northeast. I can seriously close my mind and picture myself hunched over at various computers with travel books all over my floor or desk, google maps tab open, and tons of other relevant travel sites minimized. I will miss reading other people’s reviews on places and looking at the pictures while I contemplated whether each attraction, hotel, or restaurant was worthy of being added to my trip. The trip plans were also my first time doing something connected to travel on the internet. I constantly refer to them when working on this blog.

If you want to look at my trip plans before they disappear on March 21st 2014 please click the links below. I deleted a couple before I decided to make this blog post. If it takes you to the trip journal tab just hit “Trip Plan”:

Greece

Cancun

Israel

Georgia

Washington DC

Boston, Plymouth, and Salem

Baltimore

Dallas

Paris

Boston, Lexington, and Concord

Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland

Yahoo! Trip Planner all I have left to say is, “Thanks for the memories!”

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Europe’s Best City Escapes for Spring

In about 2 months (not 1 month-stupid WordPress widgit) I will be heading to Europe to do my annual international vacation. We will be going to Amsterdam, Cologne, Brussels, Ghent, and possibly some other small cities. So when I saw the article below I was glad to see I was going to one of the cities on their list.

All rights belong to Yahoo! and you can view the original slideshow/article here.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Netherlands takes pride in its tulips, and for good reason: these flowers are big business. This spring, explore the countryside on bicycle to see vast fields carpeted with vibrant tulips in a dazzling array of colors. , located in nearby Lisse, is famed for rows upon rows of flowers that stretch as far as the eye can see. Take a day trip there when the gardens are open, from mid-March to mid-May, by direct bus (No. 858) from Schiphol Airport.

Insider Tip: In the city, opt for ‘s equally fabulous and historical floating on the Singel canal—the only one in the world, open daily—to view floating barges that burst in fragrant swathes of red, pink, orange, and yellow petals.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

In spring, Europe’s westernmost capital is bathed in warm climes, with picture-perfect hues that pervade twisting cobblestone alleyways. A spring trip to is a fairy-tale fling in a global city that’s undergoing something of a renaissance. Outside the city, neighboring castle-clad towns Sintra and Cascais both make for easy day trips.

Insider Tip: The hip, bohemian neighborhood of is filled with creatives. Explore the quarter’s abundance of artistic murals, three-table bars where elderly men smoking pipes flank traditional bars, and Capoeira schools and cafés that boast an eclectic edge.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

The hip capital ranks as a popular budget-friendly destination. The city offers medicinal thermal baths, edgy “ruin pubs,” and a gritty, post-Communist exuberance. For exploring, the lower Pest side of the Danube River boasts opera, theaters, and the city’s historic Jewish quarter, while Buda on the upper side features the castle district’s posh residences.

Insider Tip: Spanning three floors, offers everything from local meats to baked sweets. Spring kicks off a roster of world-themed food days, including Chilean and Moroccan eats. The Easter market is one of the busiest times of year; expect throngs of hungry crowds counting their forints.

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Deeply etched in European history, is synonymous with classical music, elegance, and historic architecture. Get lost in the quaint side streets on a spring morning and make sure to visit the city’s medieval center, which offers the widest collection of art nouveau buildings in the world. Here, the concentration of remarkably intact medieval architecture dates back to the 12th century, which contributed to Riga’s World Heritage status. The European Union also recently recognized the city as the European Capital of Culture for 2014.

Insider Tip: Foodies should head to for locally sourced Latvian tidbits ranging from pig snout and sauerkraut to hemp butter. End your day with a drink and a rooftop view from the ‘s 26th-floor Skyline Bar. The spot fills up fast, so get there early to enjoy spectacular panoramic vistas.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Spring kick-starts a year of Danish design and architecture exhibitions. Start at the iconic , which first opened in 1755. The hotel is newly refurbished, overlooks famous square, and sits near the Nyhavn Canal, the Royal Danish Theatre, and shopping street Stroget. Spend another afternoon at , Northern Europe’s largest aquarium.

Insider Tip: For unforgettable organic fare, go to super-hip , the Meat District neighborhood, and try restaurant, which is housed within a 1920s Bosch warehouse, or the neighboring .

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Man’s Tattoo Tracks World Travels

All rights belong to Good Morning America and Joanna Prisco. The original article can be read here

 

Man’s Tattoo Tracks World Travels

Feb. 17, 2014
By JOANNA PRISCO via Good Morning America
PHOTO: Bill Passmans tattoo is seen after filling in some of the countries he has visited.

While most travelers use photography and souvenirs to remember the places they’ve been, one man has taken a much more permanent approach to recording his trips.

For the last four years, Bill Passman, a former lawyer in Louisiana, has been tracing his steps in foreign countries via a large world map tattoo on his back.

Passman, 59, wrote on his blog that he was inspired to begin the evolving ink project while sitting in a bar in Utila, Honduras, where he met a woman who was marking her travels via red dots on a similar outline of a world map tattoo.

But the retiree takes his body art in a much more vibrant direction, coloring in each country with a different hue once he has visited. The map currently has 60 different nations filled in, including from his most recent post documenting Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Russia.

ABC News’ attempts to reach Passman for comment were not immediately responded to, likely because he is on the road somewhere.

“I got the tattoo as a way to show my passion for travel,” he wrote on the blog.

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Porcelain Box from Cancun

Ok it’s not really made of porcelain, but it is still a pillbox. It is made of plastic and when you hold it up to the light it appears see through. They did a great job with the ocean part of it. The colors and the waves made it look somewhat realistic. I like the mermaid on it. It reminds me of Ariel. I bought it on one of the many walks my mother and I took while there. We went to a couple shopping areas and several local markets. The box doesn’t contain any trinket inside. Since it is made of plastic it is very light and was super easy to pack. I’m always afraid they will break in my suitcase home since the porcelain ones are usually very fragile and most of the places I buy them from don’t wrap them well.

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Porcelain Box from Hollywood

My mom got me this pillbox when I was in middle school. It is actually the first one in my collection. At the time I wanted to be an actress so it was perfect. What little girl and inspiring actress doesn’t want a miniature Oscar. The pillbox doesn’t contain any little trinket inside, which is a shame. I would have loved a mini Oscar or clapboard inside. Out of my large collection of both travel and other random pillboxes this one is still my favorite.

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