St. Augustine, My Favorite Place in Florida

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One of them at least…

Confession time: I’m not really a beach person.

I grew up in Florida, surrounded by water and beaches. How can this be?

I’m not entirely sure, maybe it’s all the sand in places it shouldn’t be, the bright sun (night owl here!), or the self confidence issues that come with wearing bathing suits. I can appreciate a good beach every once in a while though. I’m just not as into them as other people seem to be…

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Behind The Photo: Amsterdam Sinking

Why so crooked__

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Amsterdam Sinking

Amsterdam is a beautiful city, but if you spend any amount of time looking at the buildings, something seems, well… off. Now, I’m not saying that the builders were partaking in the local, let’s say delicacies, but I’m not saying they weren’t either. In all seriousness though, Amsterdam and pretty much most, if not all of the Netherlands, has been fighting an ongoing battle with Poseidon for centuries. The buildings in Amsterdam were actually built on thousands of wooden poles so that they didn’t sink down into the soft soil. But, like most things, it isn’t perfect and some buildings settled, or sunk a little bit, giving the city a charming, off kilter look.

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Aiuto, sono stato derubato!

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Mamma Mia!

Or “The time I was robbed in Italy” ← Not a literal translation!

Ah, Italy, the land of ancient ruins, heavenly food, and rich culture. And unfortunately a pickpocket’s haven. I had made it about 3/4 of the way through my European trip without incident, but it was when I was in Rome that bad luck finally struck. Admittedly, I had been provoking fate the entire time with an especially prone bag and a sort of naiveté that would put Bambi to shame, but it still hurt none-the-less. No one likes being stolen from. And even now, a few years after the fact, it still irks me!

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Behind The Photo: Hameau de la Reine

Don't let it fool you!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Hameau de la Reine

Today’s subject is the Hameau de la Reine at the Palace of Versailles in France. When I visited a couple years ago, I had no idea this even existed. I’d heard of the palace’s extensive gardens, but not this! If you are not on the up and up like I was, the Hameau de la Reine, or the Queen’s Hamlet, is a fake medieval village constructed by the famous Queen Marie Antoinette as a way to escape the daily rigors of royal life. (If only that was my only problem!) Her little getaway was populated with hired peasants and farmers and the Queen even dressed down to blend in. It was a simpler life, for her anyway. Of course it would be simpler if you didn’t actually have to deal with being poor, but I digress… Multiple cottages were built to look rustic, but the interiors definitely didn’t match the outsides, many just as fancy as the palace itself. As you can probably guess, this didn’t go over well with the actual peasants of the time. And well, I think we all know what became of Marie Antoinette…

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My Favorite Food Holes

My Favorite Food Holes

One of the things I like most about traveling is stuffing my face with the local cuisine. These are some of my favorite places:

New Orleans

I can’t say enough good things about the food in New Orleans. One of my favorite, if not top places to fill my food hole. One of the best places to find Creole and Cajun cooking, the perfect blend of heat and spice, but not too overpowering to the point you are crying or can’t taste the rest of your food. Shrimp and grits: yes. Etouffee: check. Gumbo: yes please! If that’s not your thing— I get it I guess, but truly you are missing out!— New Orleans also serves up a diverse seafood menu as well. However, the small crustacean, crayfish, reigns supreme. They’re everywhere and for good reason. They are delicious. Though I wasn’t brave enough to eat the whole thing like most people told me to. And if you have as big a sweet tooth as me, then New Orleans has you covered there as well. Beignets will surely make you gain a few pounds. Why? Because you will be eating so many of them they are so good. The Famous Café du Monde is open 24 hours a day so you can eat them for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner. Also pralines are so ubiquitous they gave them away at my hotel.

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The part-time Free Spirit

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Dare to know more!

Hello blog readers! In order to give you all a little background I’ll start with how each of us knows each other. Penny is my wonderful, difficult, pessimistic younger “twin” sister and I have known Casey since way back when in Kindergarten! Casey and I have traveled to London, Amsterdam, Paris, Athens, and Kavala together and she is commonly mistaken as the third sister.

Part Hippie

I call myself the part-time free spirit because I love travelling, but with school and life and a dog and responsibilities, it’s hard to commit to the full time free spirit gig. So, on the weekends, once a month, or once a year depending on how my life is partitioned at the moment, I get to call myself a free spirit and wander new places and taste yummy foods and see new people and hear new languages and all that wonderful and exciting stuff.

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The Other Weird One

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You sure you want to know more?

Also the nerdy one. We’re all nerdy in our own ways, but I think my room is the only one decorated with action figures and owns three generations of PlayStations. But that’s a topic for another time…

Florida Native

I grew up in Florida, AKA Moist heat flat land, and spent most of my youth aboard boats and on the water and beaches. It was also then that I caught the travel bug and have been doing so ever since. I’ve been around (get your head out of the gutter!) but I have many more places to explore. And photograph.

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Getting Funky with Penny

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Know us better… at your own risk!

It’s bio time again ya’ll! Hello to all our readers from Devil’s Mistresses #2. I hope that this blog gives you a good laugh, helps you see things from a different perspective, and gets you excited to try something new. I’m not afraid to tell it like it is and talk about things that might make you uncomfortable, so you’ve been warned. Penny should be synonymous with ‘it’s a TMI train wreck that you can’t look away from’.

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