On my first night in Addis Ababa, I was introduced to the main staple of Ethiopian food: Injera. Injera is a sponge-like, sourdough bread made from teff that looks like a giant textured pancake and is used to scoop up different types of usually spicy Ethiopian stews called wat. Although I have dined at Ethiopian restaurants before in the States, I was truly looking forward to the real thing in Ethiopia. I find that generally ethnic food is best and spiciest when you […]
“Adventure is worthwhile in itself”. – Amelia Earhart Summer is my favorite season in Minnesota. The weather is usually perfect with brilliant blue skies, bright sunshine, low humidity and sunsets well past ten at its peak. This summer has not been as red hot as usual. We have experienced a lot of rain and the temperatures have been a bit cooler. But that hasn’t stopped me or my family from spending as much time as humanly possible outdoors. Summer is payback […]
Categories: Blogging, CULTURE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Photography, TRAVEL, United States, Weekly Photo Challenge • Tags: CULTURE, family, life, Minneapolis, Minnesota, postaday, Seasons, Summer, thirdeyemom, Travel
“Real riches are the riches possessed inside”. – B.C. Forbes There is something absolutely captivating about French containers. Containers of flowers, plants, fruit, vegetables, spice and other fantastically French masterpieces line the streets and marketplaces for the hungry eyes to see. I could spend years photographing all the beautiful things in France. Here are a few of my favorite containers.
Tucked away in the heart of the Piazza, the old Italian district of Addis Ababa, lies the enchanting St. George Cathedral, one of Addis’ most beloved treasures. The St. George Cathedral was commissioned by Emperor Menelik II to commemorate his extraordinary defeat of the Italians who fought to take over Ethiopia in 1896. The victory marked a huge success for Ethiopia. The nation was able to retain their sovereignty and today remains one of the few countries in Africa that has never […]
Categories: Addis Ababa, Blogging, CULTURE, Ethiopia, International Reporting Project, Photography, Social Good Events and Trips, TRAVEL, Travel by Country, Weekly Photo Challenge • Tags: Architecture, CULTURE, Ethiopia, Photography, postaday, relics, St. George Cathedral, thirdeyemom, Travel
Marseille. The oldest city in all of France renown for le Vieux Port and its fisherman has recently become the culture capital of Europe and it shows. Restaurants and cafes dot the Vieux Port affording gorgeous views of the Notre Dame de la Garde that overlooks the city. Our hotel, the Residence du Vieux Port was the perfect place to base ourselves for our stay in Marseille. Strategically located along the Vieux Port, we were walking distance to restaurants, nightlife and shopping […]
Sometimes it is true that a picture can paint a thousand words. This week’s photo challenge: A Split-Second Story, inspired me to dig deep throughout my vast archive of photographs, each one telling a story of a certain place and time. In my opinion, there is no place on earth that a simple photo can tell so much about a place than India. India, one of the most populous countries on the earth, is full of color, contradiction, glory and […]
Categories: ADVOCACY AND SOCIAL GOOD, Blogging, CULTURE, Delhi, India, India Social Good trip, NGOs, Poverty, Social Good Events and Trips, Social Good Moms in India, TRAVEL, Travel by Country, Water and Sanitation, WaterAid, Weekly Photo Challenge • Tags: CULTURE, Delhi, India, postaday, Poverty, thirdeyemom, Travel, water, WaterAid
When I saw our itinerary for our “people-to-people” cultural tour of Cuba (one of the only legal ways to visit Cuba as an American), the one event out of all that I was the least excited about was the visit to a cemetery. To me, visiting cemeteries are rather morbid and oftentimes depressing. Unless of course you are at the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, who wants to see a bunch of grave stones while you are happily enjoying a vacation? […]
Categories: Blogging, Cuba, CULTURE, Havana, Photography, TRAVEL, Travel by Country, Weekly Photo Challenge • Tags: Architecture, art, Colon Cemetery, Cuba, CULTURE, Havana, postaday, thirdeyemom, Travel
The first thing everyone notices immediately when they land in Havana are the vintage, pre-revolutionary American cars. 1950s Chevys, Fords and Oldsmobiles are everywhere. In fact, there is an estimated 60,000 vintage cars in Cuba. But seeing them everywhere in Havana felt like stepping into a scene of “Midnight in Paris”. It was surreal. It was like stepping back in time. In its heyday before the Cuban revolution, Cuba was a huge importer of American cars. All this came to an end […]
This week’s Photo Challenge is to celebrate Spring in photos. Sadly, here in Minnesota we have had the wettest April in 130 years and our Spring is very far behind. We don’t even have leaves on the trees yet nor do we have our gorgeous spring flowers. Instead of lamenting on how awful the last six months of weather has been here in the nordic Midwest, I thought I’d share some beautiful photos from our Spring break trip in early […]
Categories: Arizona, Blogging, CULTURE, Nature, Photography, TRAVEL, Travel by Country, Tucson, United States, Weekly Photo Challenge • Tags: Arizona, CULTURE, postaday, Seasons, Spring, Travel, Tucson
This week’s photo challenge is letters. I honestly don’t take a lot of photos of letters however I do like to snap pictures of interesting signs or logos I see when I’m traveling. Sometimes the signs are humorous and other times they give you a better understanding of another place and culture. Here is a collection of signs and logos that I’ve found interesting from my travels. Hope you enjoy!