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“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”
‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭16-18‬

We love to travel and certainly wish that we had more time to do so.  We thought it would be fun to briefly visit a few of our favorite places!  Hope you will grab a cup of coffee or a glass of iced sweet tea and join us behind the camera lens as we zoom in on some fascinating places around the globe!  You can read more on our Travel page!  Paris is a favorite city of mine!  The architecture, art, culture, and cuisine is legendary.  From Montmartre to the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris is a feast for the eyes.  The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognizable structures in the world. tra7 We enjoyed a dinner cruise on the Seine with the illuminated Eiffel Tower as the highlight!
 Arc de Triomphe in Paris is located at the center of 12 radiating avenues!  Traffic scare for me! tra3 The Champs-élysées in Paris is the world’s most famous boulevard!  Butch climbed the 280 steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe to capture the tree-lined Champs-élysées! tra4 Gardens at the Palace of Versailles outside of Paris!  I have visited the palace two times and its opulence, especially the Hall of Mirrors does not disappoint! The Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames and has become an iconic symbol of London!  We will return to London this summer!tra5One of our best trips ever was a train trip through the Canadian Rockies…breathtaking scenery! tra6 The Grand Canal in Venice, also a favorite city of mine! After our first visit I was hopeful that we might return and we did in 2013! IMG_3403The famous gondolas of Venice!  You can read more here: La Dolce Vita!  The Colosseum in Rome was completed in 80 AD.  It could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators!  What an amazing sight to see!  Rome is a must see city for its architecture and history!   Cinque Terre is a string of 5 villages on the rugged Italian Riviera!  The colorful houses and ancient vineyards cling to steep hillsides!  We would like to return and hike all 5 villages…we better hurry, age is creeping up!  Tallinn, Estonia is a charming city on the Baltic Sea!  The cathedral in the Old Town has five onion domes with gilded iron crosses.  Butch and I thoroughly enjoyed the cobblestoned and walled Old Town with its cafes and shops! Ancient ruins in Ephesus, Turkey which was an important center for early Christianity.  Paul lived in Ephesus and organized missionary activity into other areas!  Ephesus is one of the seven churches cited in the Book of Revelation!  The ruins were fascinating and it made the book of Ephesians and Acts come alive! This harbor in Rhodes, Greece is thought to be near where the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, once stood! The ancient ruins in Philippi, Greece where the Apostle Paul preached the Gospel! We spent a day touring these ruins- so much to learn! Sunset over the Mediterranean Sea from the captivating island of Crete! The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture.  It was constructed between 532 and 537 as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral!  Istanbul was a fascinating city to visit with its location straddling both Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait! The grand and ornate Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia was completed in 1756 and was the summer residence of the Russian tsars! You can see more here: The Catherine Palace The winding Bay of Kotor in the Adriatic Sea was once called Europe’s southernmost fjord!  Kotor is located in Montenegro.  Butch and I were surprised at its beauty!  Santorini, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, is one of the most photographed spots in the world!  After visiting, we understand why!  You can read more here: It’s All Greek To Me!  Overlooking the tile roofs of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia!  We walked the intact  city walls and had incredible views of the Adriatic Sea!  You can see more here: Discovering A Pearl   A view of Jerusalem at sunset from the Mount of Olives!  You can read all about our trip to The Holy Land here:  Walking Where He Walked Part One and Part Two.The ruins from ancient Caesarea on the Mediterranean Sea!  King Herod built it into one of the largest cities in the Roman world! The iconic Golden Gate Bridge!  We have seen this construction wonder several times and it is still amazing!

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  1. Kim says:

    Wow, y’all have done some really good travelling. We have been to many of the same places, but not as many as you and it’s been a long time since we did any good trips. Super photos!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Oh Pam…. I am in awe of all the places you have been and the beauty you have seen – what a blessing for you and Butch! And you get to go back to London this summer? You lucky girl, you! :) Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with us at Roses of Inspiration. Enjoy your week! Hugs!

  3. Marigene says:

    Even before I even saw the list of dishes/makers, I said to myself, those are Tracy Porter salad plates! The canning jar vases go so beautifully with the gorgeous AC tablecloth. This is one of the best tables you have put together, Pam!

  4. Nellie says:

    Really enjoyed seeing all your lovely pics………and wow, yall have traveled a lot………….that is great.
    We have lived in Germany in the early years of our marriage and did get to go to Paris, and loved
    every minute of it…….pinch me moments when seeing the eiffel tower and the arch of triumph and
    that traffic circle is horrifying. Once we got to our hotel we parked the car and walked every where
    we went…………didn’t think we would make it out alive………lol

    So enjoyed your adventures and such gorgeous photos, thanks so much for sharing them, and
    have a great time when you go to London………….

    Blessings, Nellie

  5. How fun! My husband and I have been to many of the places you shared and hope to return when our toddler gets a bit older to see many more. I might just have to do this type of a post sometime when I’m wistfully dreaming about travel…I would love to write more about it, but am just in a different stage of life right now. Do you have any trips planned?

    • Lisa, thank you for your sweet comments! We have only been able to travel the last 12 – 13 years! I understand fully the stage of life you are in and having a small child is a blessing, so enjoy! We are going to Scotland and Ireland in July! Have a joy-filled weekend! Pam

  6. How fun! My husband and I have been to many of the places you shared and hope to return when our toddler gets a bit older to see many more. I might just have to do this type of a post sometime when I’m wistfully dreaming about travel…I would love to write more about it, but am just in a different stage of life right now. Do you have any trips planned?

  7. Wow…your pictures are making me jealous! I’ve been to some of those places (Venice & Cinque Terra are also favorites of ours) but many others are on our bucket list! Visiting from Bouquet of Talent.

  8. Found you from Feathered Nest Friday and discovered a fellow Alabamian. I am a new follower and although I have been pretty much unplugged the last few months I am glad to find your blog. Love your travel photos. My husband and I love to travel also but have not traveled quite as much as you.

    • Bonnie, it is my pleasure to meet a fellow Alabamian! So great to hear from you! Thank you for following and for your sweet comments! As a fellow traveler, where is your favorite place that you have been? Have a lovely week! Blessings, Pam

  9. Gorgeous pictures! What fun trips you’ve taken. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we’re looking forward to what you have to share next week. :)

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