This Week Inspired By:

Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Oh, YA fiction. You are like a mistress I just keep coming back to. I try to only read YA that is highly recommended, and I saw a bunch of my friends on Twitter talking about these books a couple of months ago. It’s taken me a while to get around to it, but I managed to read both of these within 24 hours today. I slept little and snuck reading into my work day. And now I’m sad that it’s over. Signs of a good book! I think I like Lola a little more, because the characters are a little quirkier, (and Anna shows up there, too), but I love them both. Which brings me to…

Paris

City of Lights! The city I could/should/kind of do love. Allow me to explain.

In college (I was just a couple of years older than Anna!), I finally got to visit Paris. I went with one of my best besties, who I love. However, I discovered once we got there, that my friend did not like art. Or great food. Or history. Or culture. Or basically anything Paris had to offer. Except for architecture, but she got bored of that pretty fast. And we were poor; too poor to drink, too poor to eat well, to poor to take public transit, too poor to afford anything but a hostel, too poor to even go up the Eiffel Tower. And then I got sick mid-week, and we were locked out of our hostel in the rain. Needless to say, Paris is my do-over city.

I am ready to live la belle vie in Paris. I need my do-over.

Quote of the Week

My writing sample for my master’s application is not going well.

Song of the Week
Foux da Fa Fa by Flight of the Conchords

You know. To go with the Paris theme.

Who wants to plan a trip to Paris with me?

Let’s Blow This Popsicle Stand

My wanderlust is kicking in! I haven’t been anywhere in so long. Christmas in Mexico seems so long ago. I’m ready to get out of town!

I think a new trip deserves some retro accessories! I picked some eclectic travel accessories–from bags to pouches, journals to passport covers. There’s even a little first aid kit! Everybody ready to go?

Bags

Travel Accessories

Stay tuned–I do have a tiny road trip planned. Can you say Nashvegas? ;)

New Year’s Resolutions: Travel!

This is the last resolution I’ll be tackling, and my personal favorite.  In the new year, people want to travel more!  I think traveling is the ultimate education.  I love to travel, and I’ve been fortunate enough to go many wonderful places.  But for the traveler, there’s always another destination.  Here are the places I think I would love to go in 2011.

Savannah, Georgia


There’s something so appealing about the dilapidated beauty of the Old South.  Savannah seems to be the epitome of Southern gentility.  It looks like it would be a step back in time, to a more gracious era, with southern belles and gentlemen.  I keep picturing myself in a very Gone With the Wind style hoop skirt in Savannah.  But isn’t that what traveling is all about?  Removing yourself from the ordinary world and living a bit of a fantasy for a while?

The history of Savannah appeals to me.  The old architecture, the drama of the stories, the ghosts of the past make me want to visit Savannah.  I’ll pack my fan to prevent the vapors.

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada


For a winter getaway, I can think of nowhere I’d rather go.  Like a little piece of France in the frozen north, Quebec stands out as a romantic old city with an international flair.  Apparently the walled city has wonderful restaurants and shopping, so you can keep warm on a winter day.  I think it’s the kind of place I’d want to go to walk through the old city in a light snow, looking into windows glowing with light in the twilight.

I really want to go to the Carnaval de Quebec.   With snow sculptures, sled dog races, entertainment and an ice palace, this seems like the ultimate place to drive away the winter blues and just to celebrate the beauty and culture of the Quebec area.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Can you believe that I lived in England for three years and never made it to Scotland?  I went to Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Wales, but never got far enough north.  It definitely makes my life list, because I feel like it’s a travel wish unfulfilled.  Edinburgh, a city on a hill with an ancient fortress, would be my desired destination.  I own a mystery novel by Elizabeth Peters entitled Legend in Green Velvet that’s set in Edinburgh.  This book caught my attention with all its historical details and the descriptions of historical Edinburgh.

Also, after wee drop of Scotch, who wouldn’t want to flirt with a man in a skirt?

Today I booked a flight to Denver to visit my friend The Kitchenette.    Then sometime in the spring or summer I’m off for my first trip to New York City!  Also, my parents are discussing maybe 2011 should be the year of the tropical Christmas, so we’ll see how that pans out.  So those are my travel plans for 2011.  Where are you going this year?  Do you have a dream vacation destination?

Wednesday Wants: The Golden Ticket

Sometimes I wish that my close relatives were landed gentry.  Or recent lottery millionaires.  I’m not picky.  I just think that the perfect gift for me would be things that are kind of out-of-reach to your run-of-the-mill teacher and family.  This Wednesday, what I really want are tickets.  My top ticket wants?

Wicked on Broadway

The touring company is coming to my hometown, but I really want to see if it in all its grandeur in its home theatre.  Ideally, I’d like to turn back time and see Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth perform.  But, since that’s not possible, I’ll take it however it comes.  I’m obsessed with the music–lots of singing along!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Actually, I already have tickets to this.  But I need someone to buy me tickets for a second showing.

The Civil Wars

They are on tour right now, bringing melancholia to the nation.  Well, not all the nation, because they’re not coming ANYWHERE near me.  I will not be seeing them live.  The best I can do is listen to their live album over and over again.  (Download it here.)  And wait for their new album, Barton Hollow.  And watch their videos on YouTube.

Paris

Paris is one city I need a do-over with. I’ve been, but did not have an optimum experience. I went with a friend who hates art (!). We both got sick. We slept in a hostel with plastic on the mattresses that crinkled and woke me up every time I turned over. And I never made it up the Eiffel Tower.

The Royal Wedding

Kate Middleton is marrying Prince William! I’m so excited! But I don’t want to watch it on TV. I want to be there. And I know there will be tickets. I want one of those suckers! I’ll even wear a hat.

What tickets are you after this fine Wednesday?