The real name of Josephine was Marie Josephe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie. Josephine Bonaparte came from Martinique in the West Indies and had an independent mind. Her first husband was Alexandre de Beauharnais, and they had two children a son and a daughter. They were separated, and she had to live on her own so, during the French revolution in 1789, Josephine went back to her island of Martinique, to help her family financially. She moved back to France in 1791 because her husband had a promising military career. 1793 and 1794, known as the years of terror, Josephine’s first husband Alexander Beauharnais was one of the best officers in the French Revolution. He was considered to have betrayed the ideals of the French Revolution, so he was sent jail. At that time the wife needs to follow the husband in prison, so Marie Josephe Rose went to jail with her husband.
Rouen, France also called Roman Town, is a traditional French city that has retained all its history as it has grown. The city offers many historical sites as well as magnificent cathedrals and cafés and shopping for everyone’s taste. The old city center has many half-timbered houses that date back centuries.
The quaint 14-century old seaside village of Honfleur is about an hour from Caudebec-En-Caux in the Haute-Normandy region for France. When you travel through the small villages, you see many thatched roof cottages. These homes have the thatched roofs many with iris growing along the roof line. There are only three craftsmen in the region that build and maintain these roofs. They do not teach this craftsmanship in school, so the men need to have an apprentice to keep up with the trade.
Spring and Summer vacations are just around the corner--What are your vacation plans? One of the best trips in the States is to visit one of our many national parks. There are currently 58 National Parks in 29 states from Alaska to the US Virgin Islands.
Sometimes when families travel, all of the family members do not always go together. Maybe the wife wants to take a vacation, and the husband has to stay home to work.
We all have our special holiday traditions, but as my kids get older, the memories are becoming more important than all of the “stuff” we give as gifts at the holidays. Many clients and their families are opting for the gift of travel over the holidays. Depending on the size of your family, how close your family is and how far they live from you, taking a trip during this time may or may not be well received. The best option is to get the entire family involved. Here are my thoughts for some fun holiday travel traditions.
One of my favorite places in the United States to go is Montana. There is a unique resort there about 90 miles south of Missoula in the town of Darby. This resort is Triple Creek Ranch. Years ago I stumbled upon this resort when I was looking online, and the link stated “Mountain Hideaway with Hot Tubs.” Well, I clicked on it, and I couldn’t believe it was in a town named after me. So I check out their site at www.triplecreekranch.com, and I was hooked.
What does it take to plan the perfect vacation for an entire family? I had the pleasure as a Travel Specialist to help several clients plan lifelong dream vacations. One client in particular wanted her and her husband to take a vacation with all three of their children and two grandchildren. To quote her daughter, this is where the idea began: “Our family planned to take a celebration trip for years, but where? Each time I talked to my Mom, she told me about her current virtual vacation. In her mind and through others’ suggestions, she traveled to Provence, Maine and the western part of the US. I thought we’d never come to a decision. The weekend my Mom ’traveled’ to Italy, my Dad got invited to go there and made the final decision for us. ’Italy?’ I said mentally checking my bucket list and confirming that, ‘No, Italy was not on the list. Italy…’.
Traveling for most people is fun, but for some, the hassle of the airport makes it, not the best experience. A way to make the airport process easier is to have enrolled in TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry. Both of these programs offer a faster airport check-in.
When was the last time you looked at your passport? For many clients, their passport is kept in a safe place until they decide to go on a vacation out of the country. If you do not travel out of the country very often, it could be that the last time you looked at your passport was years ago. You do not want to be in the situation that your passport has expired or is about to expire and you are planning a great vacation. It is always a good idea to check on your passport every year or so, first to remember where you keep it and second to know when the expiration dates are.
Are you thinking of traveling this winter and have saved for months and years for your dream trip? Did you think of buying Travel Insurance to cover your investment? A majority of people do not believe the cost of travel insurance is worth paying for it. Do you know anyone who had to cancel a trip and lost all of their hard earned money since they did not have travel insurance?
The Cayman Islands in the Caribbean have some of the best sand castle making beaches around. The main beach on Grand Cayman is Seven Mile Beach. The white, soft sand, loaded with coral, stretches as the name implies for seven long miles caressing tranquil turquoise waters. Along the beach, there are many resorts, shops, and restaurants featuring local as well as international fare.
This summer we went on an adventure to Charlotte, North Carolina. It had been a while since we had driven down to the south, so we were excited about seeing the countryside south of New England.
A visit back in time to June 6, 1944 - D-Day Landings on the Norman coastline (Cote de Nacre), France. To see the memorials here is to recall and pay tribute to the heroic deeds that helped shape the world as we know it today.
We arrived early on this Sunday morning to Claude Monet's home and gardens. The sky was crystal clear blue, a perfect day to walk among Monet's beautiful gardens. We were fortunate to be the first to arrive and we were able to enjoy the gardens with all of the peace and serenity they offer with very few people around. The colors captured here show the gift of nature that God has given us. A walk through Claude Monet's gardens......
Bamboo garden by the pond
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