Monthly Archives: April 2012

Photo Friday: Midnight in Paris

Oh the romance...

The last night of our honeymoon we got to spend a magical evening in Paris thanks to a long layover. For some reason, I have been craving a walk down a Paris street this week. I’m sure this has nothing to do with the fact that we watched Midnight in Paris  last week.

Bonsoir!

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The Boys of Summer

It’s the bottom of the 7th and the Bravos + Brewers are tied. That’s right… today is the Braves home opener. I could not be more excited about this. While I am not a Braves fan (Astros forever), Danimal and I love us some baseball. So much so that we try to go to at least one new ballpark a year. Sporting events are a great way to experience a city, interact with the fans, and drink expensive beer.

Check out the arch...

If you find yourself in St. Louis, be sure the Cards are in town. Located in downtown, Busch Stadium doesn’t have a bad seat in the house. Not to mention a great view of the arch. And I recommend the Hilton-Ballpark for accommodations.

Already Sunburned

One of the best ballpark views has to be AT&T Park… home of the Giants. The park sits prominently on the water and that just happens to be where serious home runs land as well. Given the quirky weather of SF, bring a fleece and wear sunscreen. You will likely need both.

Safeco + Seattle

Safeco Field is integrated into the heart of downtown Seattle. Easily accessible by foot, train or car go see the Mariners play and then head to a Tom Douglas restaurant or Pike Place Market.

Pre-Tornado (Yes, my bangs are doing something strange...)

Coors Field is hands down our most memorable game. The Rockies were playing the Mariners and it began as a perfectly sunny day. Then dark storm clouds slowly replaced the scenic Rocky Mountains. The next thing we know we were being evacuated to the ramps because twisters were dropping.

Just a tornado... No big deal!

And, here is the photo to prove it. 45 minutes later the sun was back out and we watched the rest of the game.

MY Hometown Park

You know I can’t end this post without a pic of the Juice Box. Minute Maid Park is home to my beloved but ever struggling Astros. Astros fans are REAL fans… to really love a team you have to love them even when they are terrible, and for the Astros that is most of the time. Don’t let the team’s success keep you from visiting the park though… it was built for home runs.

When planning your journey to see America’s favorite pastime, check out www.ballparksofbaseball.com. And of course be ready for $8 beer… Play ball!

 

Photo credit: Minute Maid Park – Ball Parks of Baseball

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Easter Across the Globe

Happy Easter! Today marks the most important day of the Christian calendar as 2.2 billion followers across the globe are celebrating Christ’s resurrection. While unified by common beliefs, the places where people will worship today could not be more different. During my travels one of my favorite ways to get a feel for the culture is by exploring their religious institutions.

Downtown Scottsdale

From the opulent to the quaint… from the old to the new… it is a window into people and place. For my Easter gift to you I am including some of my favorite, most unique and/or most beautiful churches I have found.

St. Mark's Cathedral: Venice, Italy

St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice is one of the most visited places in the City. When I went I loved learning that many of the most valuable art pieces were hidden in homes across the countryside during WWII to protect them from the Nazis.

Chapel at Camp Redcloud: Lake City, Colorado

In high school I spent a week each summer going to Camp Redcloud outside of Lake City, Colorado. One of the most isolated and beautiful spots on the mountain was the tiny chapel.

Second Presbyterian Church: Charleston, South Carolina

My super fabulous brother-in-law and sister-in-law (Paul + Jess) married at Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina just over three years ago. An important church in one of the most historic cities in the U.S. has survived three hurricanes and one earthquake.

St. Nikolaos Chapel at Akrotiri: Santorini, Greece

Danimal and I honeymooned in Greece. We spent the majority of our time on the island of Santorini (gorgeous). The contrast of the white orthodox chapels against the blue sky and water is breathtaking. On a hike up to Akrotiri we found this chapel nestled into the mountainside.

Christ Lutheran Church of Elm Creek: New Berlin, Texas

Christ Lutheran Church of Elm Creek has been an integral part of the New Berlin community since 1886. My grandmother was confirmed there and she and my grandfather were married in the chapel when he was home on leave during the war.

On your next trip, take a peak into the religious life of the community you are visiting. Be sure to bring appropriate attire… especially when visiting churches in Europe… most women need to have their shoulders covered at a minimum.

HAPPY EASTER!

 

Photo credits: Chapel @ Redcloud – jeffreyapplegate.com; St. Mark’s Cathedral – dailyventure.com

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