The Wonder of the Northern Lights

She's So Bright - The Wonder of the Northern Lights

When planning our trip to Iceland, I wanted to have the best possible chance to see the Northern Lights. You’re never guaranteed a show, but Jon thought by visiting at the most active time for the lights – the vernal equinox – we would have a good chance. During the …

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Into the Ice Caves of Vatnajökull

She's So Bright - Into the Ice Caves of Vatnajökull

Vatnajökull glacier is the largest icecap in Iceland, spanning nearly eight percent of the entire island. While driving southeast along the ring road you simply cannot miss the sightings of the huge glacier fingers, called outlet glaciers, of which there are more than 30. They are slowly carving out the …

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Among the Wildflowers of Gordes

She's So Bright - Among the Wildflowers of Gordes

I wish I could spend most every day in the south of France, but since I can’t, I’ll have to just enjoy it when I can. The town of Gordes, nestled quite nicely in the Provence region of southeast France, is a stunning hilltop of stone buildings and rocky outcrops. …

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The 3 Best Hipster Coffee Shops in Paris

She's So Bright - Hipster Coffee Shops in Paris

I love Parisian cafés. The marble table tops, rimmed in brass, with elaborate cast-iron feet; the colorful awnings with French scrawl; chic wicker seats braided in a perfect, repeating pattern. I can even appreciate the waiters who don’t really want to serve you. But as much as I love traditional …

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Paris is Always a Good Idea for Thanksgiving

She's So Bright - Thanksgiving in Paris

There’s a scene from the wonderfully cheesy, Drew Barrymore movie Ever After that has stuck with me. Angelica Houston’s evil stepmother relishes the thought that her daughter just won over the prince. She brags, “Paris at Christmas, can you imagine?” Yes, Angelica, I can. It may not have been Christmas …

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