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Lori Helke

Wisconsin Getaways- Chateau De Pere in De Pere, Wisconsin

Weekend getaways Chateau De Pere De Pere, Wisconsin My hubby is always full of surprises.  This past weekend to celebrate our 24th Anniversary he told me to pack a bag  after I came home from work Friday, we were heading to an undisclosed location for the night. After some questions about what to pack we headed off north. Now you all know my obsession for all things French right?   The only hint he would give…

The Women In Travel Summit WITS Was A Game Changer

I am officially dealing with a WITS hangover! For the most part, us bloggers have kind of a lonely life.  What I mean by that is that you spend a huge chunk of your time sitting in front of your computer and stare at a screen. Sure, you engage on social media but there is little face to face contact with your tribe- those fellow bloggers that seem to be the only people who truly…

Explore Wisconsin-North Point Lighthouse Milwaukee

Discover Wisconsin! With the arrival of Spring comes a yearning to get out and explore.  So last weekend was the perfect time to begin my Wisconsin adventure.  I have made it my mission to travel around Wisconsin and discover places and things to do that are right in my backyard and write about them to promote Wisconsin travel.  There are so many places, natural, cultural, historical, and downright plain interesting to see and do in…

Sault St. Marie Area and The Soo Locks

Exploring the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is one of the most picturesque things you can do.  With miles of Lake Superior coastline with sandy beaches, to waterfalls, the UP has it all. For many years every July Megan and I would pack our bags for the week and join my parents outside of Escanaba, Michigan.  From that home base, we discovered many places to see in the UP.  We frequently took side day trips to…

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Spring!!!

Welcome Spring!! (It’s about time you show up!!) It was a perfect day for delivering mail today.  After the gray, cool temps, and on and off rain of the last few days, it was a welcomed change to see the sun shining today.  It made driving the mail route pleasant.  Another thing I noticed was the color green beginning to add a bit of color to the brown and dull landscape.  Yes, the…

Traveling On The Path To Self-Discovery

Imagine you are thousands of miles from home in a place you have never been before and yet you feel oddly settled, like you have been there many times before.  It’s a feeling so strong that it knocks the wind out of you for a few moments. This is just what I experienced the first time I went to Paris. It may sound corny, but I always tell people that I had to…

It’s Spring Break! I Can’t Believe The First Year Of College Is Almost Over

Tomorrow I will be picking up Megan to bring her home for Spring break from her first year of college at UW-Whitewater.  Where in the world is this year going?  It doesn’t seem so long ago since we tearfully moved her into her dorm back in September. I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to that 2 1/2 hours in the car,  just her and I.  At Christmas…

Hidden Places To See In Paris- Rue Cremieux

If you are looking for a hidden gem in Paris, Rue Cremieux is it! Rue Cremieux is a quiet pedestrian street tucked away just off of bustling Rue de Lyon. This street is roughly a 15 minute walk from Bastille in the 12th Arrondisement. It’s easy to miss and only takes about 5 minutes to walk it’s whole length, but I classify it as one of my must sees in Paris…

Paris And The Seine River Video Snapshot

Paris offers so many picture opportunities, but it’s even better seen by video From time to time I look back at all my Paris photo’s from last year and remember all the things I saw.  If you are one of my Instagram followers (@lorilovesparis) you know that my feed is 90% Paris photo’s. What I was looking back at today was a few videos I took strolling around Paris…

It’s Official! I’m A Blogger And I’m Going To WITS17!

I’m going to the Women In Travel Summit in Milwaukee!! Back in the beginning of the year I filled out my goal workbook.  One of the things I wanted to make happen was that I was able to attend a blogging conference so I could learn and connect with fellow bloggers.  It was a vision I had for myself in order to fulfill my goal of growing and making money off my blog…

8 Great Articles To Read About Paris

Looking for a post that contains a bunch of articles on Paris travel so there is less of a need to scour google for info for your upcoming trip? Well, you are in luck cause I did the work for you! That being said, there is still a gazillion articles on Paris all over the web.  I may not have covered everything here but I hope I helped make your search a bit easier. Everybody…

You Must Go To Mardi Gras New Orleans At Least Once

In the Spirit of Fat Tuesday I am posting an article I wrote 2 years ago when I spent a couple of days in New Orleans for Mardi Gras before we left port for our 25th Anniversary cruise. Everyone must experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans at least once in their lives! We spent two days in New Orleans the Thursday and Friday before Fat Tuesday.  Hubby and I were to set sail for our…

Why I May Be Moving To A Retirement Home Before I Retire

To move or not to move, that is the question. Moving to our retirement home before we actually retire has become a real possibility.  Things have certainly changed in the last year. We went from 2 stable incomes to one of us retiring from a long utility construction career and one of us  loosing a 32 year job with no warning. All this brought us scrambling as to what to do next.  Luckily we have…

Winter Bucket List Item-Ice Castles Wisconsin Dells

I had been waiting patiently for the chance to see the Ice Castles in Wisconsin Dells.  When I read in December that Ice Castles were coming to Wisconsin for the first time I was pretty excited.  Truthfully I had never heard of it before, but it looked like a cool thing to do. All we needed was the Wisconsin weather to cooperate. The construction of the castles began in Mid December. Due to the warm…

5 Essential Items For A Perfect Paris Experience

It’s no secret that Paris is my favorite destination in the world. I have visited Paris twice now and I have not been able to see everything this city has to offer.  Paris is a city perfect for the wanderer, the person who wants to find themselves, the art connoisseur, and the fashion lover.  I could go on and on listing all this cities attributes.  Those of us that love it and have…

Book Recommendation-Big Magic From Elizabeth Gilbert

I am revisiting this book recommendation I wrote from January 2016 when I about my favorite book from 2015.  It is timely since we are reading it this month in an online book club I am a member of. It is one of the best books I have read, and  in April I will be traveling to southern Illinois to see Elizabeth Gilbert speak for the first time! I am beyond excited to see her…

Why My Book Addiction Will Cause My Sudden Death

I love books I love new books, used books, book recommendations, book clubs, and mostly owning books!  This last fact is the main reason that books could be the death of me. Books stores are an instant magnet to me.  If I walk past one, I HAVE to enter.  Before I know it I have spent hours combing the shelves only to walk out with 5 new books in my bag. Sometimes I think I…

All Saints Church Of Elkhart Lake In The Snow

Winter Destination -The All Saints Chapel Of Elkhart Lake Wisconsin All Saints Chapel of Elkhart Lake was my first photo-op of the morning.  Wisconsin became covered in a blanket of white on Wednesday and I knew just where I was headed to take some pictures this morning.  Almost everyday the whole month of December as I delivered parcels for the USPS I drove past this cute little chapel.  Every time I did I vowed…

10 Travel Quotes For The Midlife Woman

Travel Enriches Your Life You don’t need to travel to the ends of the earth.  Maybe discovering a  State Park is more your speed. That’s okay, travel is more about discovering yourself than how many stamps you collect in your passport.  I did not truly begin my travel adventures until age 48 which means it’s never too late to explore. So get out of your comfort zone and if…

Tuesday Travel Snapshot-Paris Love Locks

Love them or hate them- it seems Paris  cannot escape the infamous love locks.  Despite the city’s efforts to stop the tourists from professing their undying love for each other sealed with a lock, they  just keep showing up. Read about how they dismantled the 45 tons of locks from the Pont des Arts bridge in 2015 here. Not only did I spot them on various bridges, they seemed to show up at…

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