We had the pleasure of visiting the Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam … the emotions you will feel are indescribable. The original bookcase is still there hiding the steps… to stand in those tiny rooms in that attic knowing that’s where 8 people spent 2 years of their lives… it’s one of the most complicated emotions I’ve ever had. The anguish you feel trying to empathize with them… and the elation you feel Bc all she ever wanted to be was a famous journalist and author… and she made that dream come true , posthumously. Sometimes, not even the purest of evil can stop you. (They wouldn’t allow any pictures of the inside at all. I bought a guide book and will post pics from there when I return home tomorrow!
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Pompeii! (You can see Vesuvius rearing it’s beauty in the background. We went about 1/4 mile away from the top/crater of Vesuvius, but they had it closed off and guarded due to a landslide so we didn’t get to look down into the crater😩)
This city was covered in volcanic ash and pumice stone from the Vesuvius eruption in 79 A.D. I took lots of pictures of the different building materials because I was so fascinated with this ”honeycomb” type of texture/material. I also got some cool shots of the brick columns and how they were made on the inside. In some of the homes, the paintings on the walls , the actual paint used to decorate the walls, and the mosaic tile floors are still there! The colors were so vibrant too considering how long ago this was built and also buried by the eruption in 79 AD.
The legend is true! It’s said that if you throw a coin over your left shoulder, you will return to Rome. Four years to the day… I was back in the very same spot ❤️ (video of 4 years ago in the comments)
Raphael’s -The School of Athens (inside the Vatican) He hid a self portrait in this painting! As well as giving the great philosophers like Plato and Aristotle the faces of Leonardo Di Vinci and Michelangelo … There are a few more hidden faces , but I thought these to be the most interesting. The last picture, I’ve circled the Faces of Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael to point them out to ya. I will also include a link explaining the painting and the hidden faces in the comments
The Colosseum!! Part 2 of 2
***A video of the interior***
The Colosseum! Part 1 of 2
A few fun facts:
1. The earthquake of 1349 destroyed the outer two layers of archways just like the ones all the way around the structure. It’s hard to think it was two more layers deep!
2. Some of the damaged pieces are still lying around in the bottom archways (I took pics of those too❤️)
3. You will notice rectangular holes throughout the structure. Those are where the iron/lead/brass pins were to stabilize the structure when it was built. They were taken or striped out on the orders of one of the emperors for a conflict/war situation to be melted down to make artillery. (I wasn’t listening when he said what emperor , what war, and what year😂. I’m sorry. I saw something shiny 🥴🎯 and got distracted)
4. It had a canvas roof to help shade the sun
5. The amphitheater floor was made of wood and covered in sand. The Latin word for sand is
The Roman Forum ! It was built at the end of the 7th century. It was used for political, religious, economical, as well as judicial purposes. It was the nucleus of the city. Take a minute to blow up some of the pics to see the different building materials used (types of brick, marble, plaster) and also see how it has weathered over the centuries. There will be a building with a green door close to the top of the building. This is a church and shows how far they had to excavate down to get to the forum ruins. Approximately 60 feet. The Tiber River is right over the hill and was notorious for flooding the area until in 1875 they started construction on embankment walls which were completed in 1910. I will include a few pics of the walls as they look today around the river. I will also include a pic of what our guide showed us today as to how The Forum would’ve looked way back then.
On this very spot in 44 B.C , Mark Antony gave the iconic speech “Friends, Romans, Countrymen- Lend me your ears! I came to bury Julius Caesar, Not to praise him… (Inside The Roman Forum, Rome Italy)
To say I was ecstatic is an understatement 🎯😎❤️
Tuscany! We did a wine tour that was fabulous! Leslie took one for the team and drank my wine Bc I didn’t like it. None of the many ones they brought out (but I’m not a drinker) The food they brought to pair it with was fantastic! (i didn’t give the food away 😂) And the company of the others in our group made it so much fun! We got to stop off in San Gimignano and Sienna as well! They are like mid evil towns that time hasn’t much touched. It was really special. It was actually just like those romantic movies like Under The Tuscan Sun! ❤️
The Medici tombs were incredible! Michelangelo sculpted the statues on each one! One represents Dusk and Dawn, the other Night and Day , stark opposition to each other/side. The food was fantastic! The street art was amazing! And we “poked” a little fun at the statue in San Lorenzo square! Florence is known for it’s leather and there was plenty of it. It smelled amazing… but in that city, I decided to just put my phone in my purse and soak it all in. The art and the history were breathtaking.
Venice! Even after seeing it I still don’t believe it! We saw so many wonderful things! We found a bookstore that was so cool! The first floor of each building floods inside Venice during high tides and storms… not to mention its sinking 🥴. Check out how they save some of the books, and what they do with the ruined ones from the floods! The Rialto Bridge is just as fantastic as everyone says it is… we also got to see the Bridge of Sighs. It’s the bridge that was used throughout the centuries to transfer recently convicted criminals to the prison after sentencing. It got its name from the prisoners letting out a ”sigh” as they crossed over after losing their freedom… We also had a relaxing evening sipping coffee in St Mark’s Square (it was my Rick Steves Moment🥰) I also found some really cool masks! (It’s where New Orleans borrowed the tradition from) I hope that you enjoy the beauty Venice showed me today as much as I did. ❤️
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You just can not imagine the infinite detail in this church! The paintings/frescoes and carvings in stone and marble and wood… the opulence. It’s truly indescribable! Take a look for yourself! (I will post videos in the comments. It’s still a working church and they were even holding a service inside one of the smaller chapels today
This was a special moment❤️ In 2015, Moody took us, as a family, to Disney World . I was so excited to go to Epcot and see the World Showcase and all 12 countries they have there because I never thought I would ever get to see any of those places in person. I hadn’t even ever been on an airplane or even have a passport at that time. I even made nerdy signs for each country and had my picture taken in front of all 12! Today… I got to see the real one from Italy. The Doges Palace in Venice. I have to admit, my eyes welled up with tears. It really is a dream come true. I’m living proof that you never ever ever give up on your dreams. Sometimes, they really do happen ❤️
The Gondola Ride! We got to see the houses of Marco Polo and Casanova!!❤️ And the gondolier looked like a young Johnny Depp and his singing voice … Ooohhhh La La!😍😍videos posted in the comments. (Please don’t miss his singing 😍)
Venice is an island… built on stilts (so to speak, it’s way more complicated than that but that’s the best I can do right now 😂. I will post a link on how it was made in the comments for anyone interested)
Anywho!!!!!! There are absolutely no cars allowed. No buses, taxis, delivery trucks, nothing. 100% pedestrian. Boats travel all of the canals and take the place of cars. They even have their own hospital… and an ambulance bay full of boats! I was shocked! I don’t guess I have much thought to what would happen if you had an emergency … check this out! I thought this was just too cool.
Murano! The famous glass! We met the most wonderful little lady that was making the little trinkets inside her shop! The eyeball is wicked! And I got a Santa on a gondola too! I can’t believe that places like this actually exist! The tranquility and vibe is indescribable. ❤️ I’m so glad I had the opportunity to visit!
Burano! This little island is gorgeous! It’s mostly pictures of the houses and shops, but I was completely smitten with this place and it’s people! It was literally like walking in a movie or a dream! They are known for making lace by hand… I found a little old lady that makes and sells lace working on a new piece! It’s a very slow and meticulous process. Truly impressive.
We had the pleasure to tour a few of the Venetian islands today! This is on Burano. It’s a 16th century Catholic Church. It’s one of those amazing things you just happen to walk up on, unassuming that anything special is inside. It’s not marked or promoted, but we happened to take a peak inside. It was gorgeous. Chiesa Di Martino Vescovo (Church of Saint Martin Bishop) (video of the inside is posted in the comments ❤️
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Hi everyone! It’s almost Christmas!❤️ I have a very special fella to introduce you all to! His name is Tamarion Burnett and he is currently a junior at Covington High School! He has showed interest in going on our next student educational tour next summer to England and France! His parents believed in him enough to sign him up and Mr Tamarion has a part time job saving up money for this trip! I believe that this is a wonderful opportunity for him. He will get to see and learn about things that most of us only get to read about! Just to name a few, Stonehenge, Shakespeare’s house, The Tower of London, he will get to visit the Lovre in Paris and actually gaze upon the Mona Lisa! … I believe in him. And I also believe that we can all help him reach his goal to go on this trip of a lifetime! I’ve included the link to his donation page. This page goes directly to his EF Tours account and any funds sent are directly added to his account. So every single Penny that we raise gets him closer to an educational experience most kids only get to dream about. If you are able, please help me in helping him reach his goal. We have $4.265.00 to go… but once this fella gets on the plane in Memphis, everything is taken care of. He’s a great kid. And he could be doing a lot of other things with his free time instead of working to save up for an educational trip abroad… did I mention that he will also get a high school and college humanities credit for this trip? What a great head start to his college career!
In the comments below, I will include the download of the essay I asked him to write as to what this trip would mean to him. I will also post in the comments a letter of recommendation from one of his teachers as to why he could benefit greatly from this trip. Give it a read and I’m sure you will see how deserving he is of this. Thank you all so very much!
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I don’t know about you, but I’m seriously ready for a new adventure! I have a few coming up in 2021, and this is one of them!
Italy!! Venice, Florence, and Rome with an extension to Pompeii, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast! Click the link and check out the details! Traveling has become my most favorite passion. If you’re up for a new adventure, come on along!
Venice, Florence & Rome with Audra Max Try as you may, it’s impossible to choose a favorite among Venice, Florence, and Rome. Each city is unique in its own right, with distinctive flavors,…
Last morning coffee on the beach for this trip.
Click the original link and check out the comments to see pictures from when we were there!❤️
Oxford Virtual Tour A virtual wander around Oxford - its student secrets, beautiful buildings, and eclectic past!
If you’ve ever wanted to travel to England, but have never gotten the opportunity, here’s your chance! The same tour director we had last summer, Amber Tallon of Rambling London, is hosting a virtual tour of Oxford! This place is amazing and full of history! You will get to tour this historic college and town just as though you were actually there!
While we were there, we also did a scavenger hunt! We broke off into groups and ran all around the historic campus and city looking for certain buildings and artifacts! We even video interviewed students attending this very college!
*Calling all Harry Potter fans*
You will actually get to see parts of the campus that they filmed some of the movies from!!
(Side note: you won’t believe the formal dining room for the students! It looks like something off of a fancy movie!!)
This is also home to the Oxford Market where, to this day, I was able to find the most mouth watering, delicious, incredible Lemon pepper chicken gyro sandwich! It’s literally the stuff dreams are made of…
In fact, this entire town looks like something out of a dream! The cost of the tickets are around $13 US dollars and Eventbrite takes PayPal!
You seriously don’t want to miss this! Take a look and give it some serious consideration. I promise that you will not be disappointed!!
(Also check the comments for a few pics from our trip there… and my infamous sandwich!!)
Oxford Virtual Tour A virtual wander around Oxford - its student secrets, beautiful buildings, and eclectic past!
It’s been 1 year ago as of this week that I got to see Stonehenge for the first time! It was breathtaking, but my absolute favorite part was as we were exiting the info center/gift shop, there was a field of wild red poppies as far as the eye could see! It looked like something from a movie! I have actually developed a small (and by small I mean unbelievably large) obsession with Red Poppies ever since! I was telling a good friend about it and showed pics of them and she surprised me with this:
(She actually hid a miniature Stonehenge somewhere in the painting!! Can you find it?)
Thank you so much Leslie Parsons Brink!!! Every time I look at this , my heart skips a beat!! ❤️❤️❤️
Any literature fans out there?
Charles Dickens is possibly my favorite all time author, with A Tale ofTwo Cities, being my absolute favorite book of all time!
This is a replay of a live broadcast of the prestigious Blue Badge tour guides talking about his life as well as interviewing his grand daughter! It’s a perfect reminder that you can come from the worst of circumstances and rise to the top!
In this interview, they show pictures of his home as well as tantalizing stories of his life!
I hope that you all enjoy it as much as I did!
* special thanks to Amber Tallon, our very own prestigious Blue Badge tour guide for sharing the link to this a few days ago! Ms Tallon was our Tour Director on the trip to England, Scotland, and France last summer! She is absolutely phenomenal! Also, check out her page titled “Rambling London” for some seriously cool and intriguing facts and art from England!
How cool is this!!
Ever wonder where some of the old sayings that we still use come from? I learned the origin of “Hit the sack” or “Hit the hay” when we were at Shakespeare’s house is Stratford-Upon-Avon! Check out the video and see for yourself!
Can’t get to Paris? No problem!! Have a little peace of Paris right here at home!
The virtual tour is so cool!
The catacombs have been on my bucket list forever!
Take a virtual tour of the Paris catacombs while you wait out the pandemic Tour one of the eeriest places on earth from the comfort of your home.
The Grotesque Stories Behind the Famous Gargoyles of Notre Dame Cathedral Notre Dame Cathedral has towered over Paris since its completion in the 1250s (the flying buttresses were added in the 14th century). It is one of the
Since travel is at a standstill, I wanted to share one of my favorite travel vloggers with you all! They are awesome to watch! And it will really scratch the “travel itch” for the time being! I hope that y’all enjoy them as much as I do!
-If you have a favorite travel vlogger or favorite travel show, please let us know in the comments!
Kara and Nate Hey, y'all! We are a husband and wife from Nashville, Tennessee traveling to 100 countries by 2020. It all started with an idea to take 1 year off before our...
Beware The Ides Of March!!!
In honor of Mr. Julius Caesar himself, here are a few pics of the Roman Forum in Rome, Italy!!
There’s also a pic of the exact spot where Julius Caesar was cremated as well!❤️
Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home
This is a middle school tour that I’ve put together for next spring! Take a look and let me know if this is something your kiddo or family might be interested in!💜
Washington, D.C.: The Capital Tour Visit the Smithsonian museums, Washington Monument and Capitol Hill.
I’m really excited about next year’s trip to Italy!!!… so much so that I’m finally breaking out the pasta I got from a little grocery store inside of Rome! So I’m fixing to have myself some pasta with a fire tomato sauce! I just love the little coliseums and little Pisa’s!❤️
https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2345210AZ Open Enrollment!❤️
This is the next student tour I have set up! England is, by far, my most favorite country that I have had the pleasure to visit so far!
There is a two day extension to Paris that is included as well!
Some of the things we will see:
The Tower of London
Greenwich Onservatory (Prime Meridian Line)
A play in the West End of London ❤️
A Jack The Ripper Tour 😳
Oxford College Tour
Shakespeare’s Home in Stratford-Upon -Avon
The Louvre, home to The Mona Lisa (Paris)
The Eiffel Tower (Paris)
Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris)
-Just to name a few!
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