5 Ways To Conquer Post Vacation Blues

We’ve all been there.  You spend weeks planning a much needed vacation to your dream destination and in the blink of an eye, it’s over.  The post vacation blues set in.  Post travel depression is a very real thing compounded if you are returning to a mediocre job or any other less than perfect things going on in your life. While we travel, we are often our best versions of ourselves…

Going To Paris? Rent An Apartment With Paris For Rent

  Are you planning a Paris Vacation? Sure you could book a hotel in Paris, but why not feel like a local and book a Paris apartment rental? I did just that on my last trip to Paris. Deciding which agency to book with was not easy, but after looking at various rentals through a number of agencies, I went with Paris For Rent.  I am a die hard Rick Steves fan and because his…

Ahnapee Brewery in Algoma Wisconsin-The Coolest 2 Car Garage In Town!

Love craft beer? I must admit that while I LOVE wine, I do enjoy dabbling in trying different craft beers from time to time. We’ve come a long way from the days where you basically had a handful of choices when it comes to beer.  Most of it tasted the same (okay, kind of), but as far as originality, there was little. Beer brewing is actually becoming an art form and the brew…

My Top 5 Things To Do In Chicago

    I love Chicago!  There’s tons of stuff to do and see, It’s easily accessible to me,  and mostly I feel like a different person when I’m there.  Something about the big city appeals to me.  I guess it’s the fast pace of life and the fact that I can strap on my most comfy shoes and walk all over the center of the city. After…

5 Reasons To Visit the Civil War Museum In Kenosha Wisconsin

Opening in 2008, the Civil War Museum in Kenosha tells the story of the Civil War from the perspective of the upper midwest.  This museum focuses on the stories not only of the soldiers who went to battle, but of all citizens and how the war effected their lives during and after the war. The museum is located down on the lakefront of Lake Michigan. One you have completed your tour of the Civil…

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…

Book Recommendation: Pancakes In Paris by Craig Carlson

  My book recommendation for this month is Breakfast In America by Craig Carlson Not only did this fun read make me incredibly hungry for all breakfast food, it  was a great glimpse into the crazy bureaucracy of starting and running a restaurant in Paris. This is the true story of Craig Carlson and his very famous diner style Breakfast In America restaurants in Paris. Armed with an idea and a dream, his journey is…

Setting Goals For 2017

Saying goodbye to 2016 did not break my heart in the least.  There were good things about last year, but all in all I was ready to start fresh with a new set of goals for 2017. I have typically made new years resolutions in the past, mostly to lose weight and get in shape, but I decided to approach 2017 a new way.  More organized with concrete goals both professionally and personally.  With this…

Purging My Book Stash

One of the hardest things for me to do is to go through and downsize my book collection.  I love having books around. The smell, colors, and access to all those printed words make me giddy with joy. One of my goals in 2017 is to downsize and simplify my life. I got a burst of energy today when I got home from work and decided to tackle this one job. Now mind you, I…

My (Almost) All Shopping Online Christmas

How much shopping online do you do for Christmas? I’m approaching Christmas gift buying totally different this year.  The last couple of years I have slowly moved from actually hitting the stores for all my gift buying to buying online.  This year I intend to do 99% of my gift buying online.  There are only a few gifts I purchased in person, a few from my artist friend Shannon who does beautiful paintings…

Whew! I’m Finally Getting My New Job

I’m proof positive that if you are forced to start over in a new job after age 50 you can do it. I’ve had a tough road the last few months starting a new job for the USPS. There were many days that I wanted to give up thinking I just could not do it, but 2 weeks ago I did one of the rural routes from start to finish!  That…

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