Holiday Travel for the Soul

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Have you ever thought of holiday travel as therapy? Your answer may be a quick and resounding, “NO!”. And I understand. I get it. Your version of holiday travel is probably as stressful as the scene in "Home Alone” where everyone wakes up late and runs around the house in complete and total chaos. If you … Continue reading Holiday Travel for the Soul

Always Learning

I recently replied to a tweet that asked bloggers to share their first blog post. Before posting the link to it, I took the time to read my first article. It was amazing to see how much I had grown as a blogger since starting “All Things Beautiful” almost a year ago. Blogging is a constant … Continue reading Always Learning

History In Plain Sight

(Re)Discover Your City chronicled my visit to New Orleans where I enjoyed the city with the enthusiasm of a first-time visitor. On this trip, I took my first streetcar ride, which was something I always wanted to do. The experience was so enjoyable that it left me wanting to visit again to enjoy a day-long excursion … Continue reading History In Plain Sight

Preparing for a Disney Cruise

A Disney Cruise is an experience that you will always remember, and preparing to sail an Eastern or Western Caribbean itinerary with Disney Cruise Line is in some ways similar to preparing for other cruises, yet not like any other cruise you will prepare for. This post will help you get ready for 7-night cruises … Continue reading Preparing for a Disney Cruise

(Re)Discover Your City

It has been a long time since I visited New Orleans. I’ve been in the city many times, but I’ve never visited New Orleans. We travel with our kids several times a year, and I often wondered how the city of New Orleans could translate into a family-friendly travel experience. I planned a few activities … Continue reading (Re)Discover Your City

Plans and Patience

At this moment in my life, I am in a holding pattern. /‘hōldiNG ‘padern/ noun  the flight path maintained by an aircraft awaiting permission to land I find it ironic that my life is in a place that I am familiar with, and probably have more tolerance for, when I am traveling. It’s the second definition of … Continue reading Plans and Patience

An Introduction to Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Lake Louise, Alberta is a beautiful place. The accommodations at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise made my stay even more enjoyable. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is surrounded by a setting that is so spectacular that when I first saw photos of the hotel nestled in the heart of majestic mountains I thought, “This cannot be … Continue reading An Introduction to Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Winter Wonderland: Wardrobe and Wellness

  In February 2018, I had the privilege of spending five days at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Much to my surprise, I enjoyed every moment of my visit to the winter wonderland of Alberta.If you like to plan your travels in advance, now is the time to start thinking about a stay at this … Continue reading Winter Wonderland: Wardrobe and Wellness

Happy New Happiness

A few years ago, a friend of mine from Russia taught me how to say, "Happy New Year" in Russian. Well, not in Russian, but rather how the new year greeting shared among Russians translates to English. I really liked the translation of "Happy New Year" into "Happy New Happiness". "New Happiness" describes the feeling … Continue reading Happy New Happiness

How A Visit to Banff Started A Love Affair with Soap

A vacation that will forever stay on my mind is the one I took to Banff National Park and Lake Louise, Alberta in February. Honesty is the best policy, and when it comes to vacation destinations, my preference always leans towards tropical climates. I mean, how easy is it to pack swimsuits, shorts and sunglasses? … Continue reading How A Visit to Banff Started A Love Affair with Soap