Venice – October 2013

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Venice, Italy – October 2013

On a Friday early morning we first went to have our breakfast at a local cafe. I ordered as all Italian would order – cappuccino (coffee and milk) and one croissant either with cream or Nuttella. After we deeded our tummies we headed to Venice. From Milan took us about 3 hrs by car. We left the car at the parking lot where everyone leaves their cars when entering in Venice and took a feiry boat to Piazza San Marco that was about 25 minutes away.

Venice is very beautiful and so unique and romantic. Even in October it was visited by so many people from all over the world. I love to travel but during off seasons. I like to walk about around the city rather then visiting museums for example. Also, about 80% of the streets in the cities I’ve been in Italy…

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My Big Fat Greek Vacation

The Idiot’s Guide to Thrift Tripping


This is the story of a neurotic New Yorker who decides to spontaneously visit the Greek island of Naxos on her way from Athens to Santorini. Learning from her previous mistakes of booking in advance when the deities that rule Greece clearly have other ideas in mind, she decides to wing it and do what the Greeks do – leave everything up to Apollo and his friends. She disembarks the ferry with everyone else, walks into the nearest hostel, and asks to check in. The hostel owner, a middle-aged woman who seems nice enough and offers the New Yorker fresh squeezed orange juice, tells the New Yorker that the hostel is full but suggests that the New Yorker go to her brother’s hostel down the road. The hostel owner’s seventy-year-old father is supposed to give the New Yorker a lift. The New Yorker does not realize that this involves seventy-year-old…

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The Three European Cities That Are Most Similar to New Orleans

Moonlight and Magnolias

This autumn, I was lucky enough to embark on a backpacking adventure through western Europe (sort of like the “Grand Tour” of Victorian times!). The trek began in Spain and ended in Italy, and I also explored France, England, The Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria.

I’m guilty of comparing every city that I visited to my beloved Big Easy. The top three that, in my opinion, were most like New Orleans:

1. Amsterdam

This should come as no surprise. The European city that parties the hardest made me feel like I was strolling through the Quarter on a late Sunday afternoon.

The sound of guitars strumming and life on the water lent a totally laid-back vibe to the downtown area. Solemn memorials to history are sprinkled in between anti-establishment record shops and museums dedicated totally to beer. Everywhere I turned, people were singing, sipping lattes or smoking cannabis in front…

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NaNoWriMo Roundup: Seasoned Authors Share their Secrets

The Daily Post

At the stroke of midnight tonight, aspiring writers everywhere will take a deep breath. One second later, their blank screens won’t be blank any longer — for quite a while.

November 1st marks the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The annual fiction extravaganza will bring together more than 200,000 writers this year, first-timers and pros alike, each committed to hammer out 50,000 words of sparkling fiction over the course of the month.

Have you signed up but feeling queasy about taking the plunge? Are you still not sure if making the commitment is right for you? Here to give you expert advice are five veteran NaNo authors: they each leveraged their NaNoWriMo project into a published novel (some more than once!), and they all also happen to be active bloggers. You’re in good hands.

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