Faraway Files #83

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Have you caught it? World Cup fever? It is a serious affliction in our house right now. Helps that the local Team Denmark, who play right down the street from our apartment in Copenhagen when not in Russia, are advancing to the next round. We are red, we are white, we are Danish dynamite! While their recent performances may have been more like a sparkler, it has been very fun to watch with crowds of red at the stadium and Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park. I also love the friendly chiding from friends and fellow bloggers supporting their own favorite teams around the world. I’m looking at you fellow Faraway Files host Katy of Untold Morsels. Sorry about your Socceroos. *wink, wink.


 

FAVORITES FROM FARAWAY FILES #82

What a great collection of travel posts our travel blog community offered last week. If you missed, check them out here. It was difficult to choose, so I’m sharing five of my faves this week. Congrats to the following Faraway Files community bloggers:

Huge hats off to Kathleen from Kat Pegi Mana: Where is Kat Going? blog for this beautiful post about positive impact travel in Nepal. Getting off the beaten path and immersing in village life at a homestay empowers local women and creates lasting connections for the traveler. This is what the UN’s Tourism for Development Goals are all about. Travel. Enjoy. Respect.

Homestay in Nepali Village | Photo credit: Kat Pegi Mana: Where is Kat Going?

I love how Insider Families was written from the Grandmother’s perspective! Multi-generational travel is a wonderful thing. And the Meow Wolf Art Installation in Santa Fe, New Mexico looks a brilliant and interesting way to get everyone in the family engaged.

Rhonda Albom of Albom Adventures took us on a self-drive exploration of the Great Ocean Road in Australia. If you don’t know anything about the Great Ocean Road in Australia, do yourself a favor and click on the link and lust along this gorgeous drive. Great tips and gratuitous wild koala photos free of charge. Thanks Rhonda!

Highlights of our Great Ocean Road Self Drive in Australia | Photo Credit: Albom Adventures

Like a Game of Thrones legend wrapped up in roses, I loved the look of beautiful Valsaintes Abbey in France shared by Provence local Vaucluse Dreamer. With dragons asleep in the stones, fertility rituals and winter solstice sunbeams in the chapel, this place has some seriously good juju. And is beautiful to boot.

The Incredible Gardens at Valsaintes Abbey | Photo credit: Vaucluse Dreamer

Women Who Wander is a wonderful ongoing blog series by Chiera of Young and Undecided. This past week she shared the story of fellow traveler, Cherene who hiked the whole Inca Trail in her 40’s. Inspiring and funny, it is clear that this path is not all sunshine and rainbows. But at least one rainbow. AND Machu Picchu.

Women Who Wander: Hiking the Inca Trail in my 40’s | Young and Undecided, Photo Credit: Wandering Redhead

This week I’m sharing a unique art experience myself. Step down inside the old water reservoir atop the Frederiksberg neighborhood of Copenhagen. The Cisterns offer an interactive art installation that invites viewers to engage and help change the art. Now it’s your turn. We’d love you to link up and lead us somewhere new. Where to this week? Link up open now!


FARAWAY FILES TRAVEL BLOG COMMUNITY LINKUP #83
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Jump in! The water is fine! Faraway Files is a creative community of travel bloggers who inspire, engage and share each other’s posts. All participating hosts will read and comment on every post that participates in the spirit of the link up. We will also share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favorite posts and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

HOW IT WORKS:
  • Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge onto the post or your blog (code below) or link back to the hosts.
  • The link-up will go live every Thursday at 8 am UK time (9 am, CET) until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Fifi + Hop, Hilary Style, Oregon Girl Around the World, Suitcases and Sandcastles, and Untold Morsels. Check Twitter #FarawayFiles to confirm who is hosting each week.
  • Link ups work best if everyone engages so please comment on each of the hosts’ posts and at least two others that take your fancy.

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Faraway Files #82

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SHARING TRAVEL STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

I was deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of one my favorite travel personalities, Anthony Bourdain. His approach to food, travel and experiencing a place spoke to me and inspired me. We watched his 100th episode of “No Reservations” all about Paris in anticipation of my 40th birthday week-long trip to the City of Lights. Tracking down one of his recommendations, we found the most amazing French cheese shop I have ever seen. It was a memory of a lifetime. With my limited French and the cheese-mongers limited English, together we determined if I wanted cow’s milk cheese or goat cheese and then if I like it strong or soft. Her pressing ever so gently to see if it was ready to eat tonight or if we needed it to last longer for enjoying tomorrow. Who in their right mind could keep French cheese longer than that? If you are ever in Paris. Don’t miss Fromager Marie-Anne Cantin.

To be treated well in places where you don’t expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you thought previously you had very, very little in common with, well that can’t be a bad thing.”

– Anthony Bourdain

But Anthony wouldn’t have wanted you to track down all of his suggestions. He was a proponent of traveling unscheduled. Of finding the “happy accidents.” We found those in Paris as well. Wandering the wonderful curvy back streets and alleys of Montmartre, the ones the tourists don’t do. Behind the hill away from the crowds at Sacre Coeur and painters at Place du Tertre. We were hungry and stepped inside a little café to peek at the menu. Charming enough, we took a table and proceeded to have a wonderful meal with the most delightful waiter we could have imagined. It was Paris in a bottle for me and my favorite meal. Was it five star? No. Was it cutting-edge cuisine? No. It was simple. Well prepared food in a cozy off the beaten track setting. You wouldn’t find it in any guidebooks. It wasn’t on any list. And I’m not going to tell you where it is. Not because I don’t want to share it, but because I want you to find your own. Thank you Anthony for encouraging me to find my own.

I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss, I think, and I’m always trying to push people to allow those things to happen rather than stick to some rigid itinerary.”

– Anthony Bourdain

Now what about you? Are you a happy accident kind of explorer or a plan itineraries out to the minute type of traveler? Sometimes with kids in tow, the ability to wander undirected is a little more challenging. I tend to do both. Have a rough plan and then afford some time for the finding. Of new and amazing and special. Those are some of the best memories. Like that time I got off at the wrong stop on the Latvian train. Ha! I’m on The Thoughtful Travel podcast talking about it, if you don’t remember.

I want to see where you’ve been exploring lately. Time to link up with Faraway Files. I’m hosting this week! But first, a shout out to those who linked up last week. These were Corey’s favorites. To see Hilary’s, go say hej on Clare’s blog Suitcases and Castles, she’s co-hosting today.


 

FAVORITES FROM FARAWAY FILES #81

These are host Corey from Fif + Hop’s favorites from last week’s linkup:


The Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. | Exploring Our World

This week I’m sharing one of my spontaneous stops of discovery. On our recent road trip to Faaborg with my visiting Mother-in-law, I pulled off the road to check out one of the Viking sites that I’ve driven by so many times. A few dusty turns down country roads later and we found an amazing Viking Ring Fortress and village. Unfortunately, the museum was closed as it was Monday, but we made the most of what we could see and learn on site. And it was definitely worth the detour. Where will you share? Time to link up travel peeps.


FARAWAY FILES TRAVEL BLOG COMMUNITY LINKUP #82

WANT TO JOIN IN?

Jump in! The water is fine! Faraway Files is a creative community of travel bloggers who inspire, engage and share each other’s posts. All participating hosts will read and comment on every post that participates in the spirit of the link up. We will also share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favorite posts and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

HOW IT WORKS:
  • Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge onto the post or your blog (code below) or link back to the hosts.
  • The link-up will go live every Thursday at 8 am UK time (9 am, CET) until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Fifi + Hop, Hilary Style, Oregon Girl Around the World, Suitcases and Sandcastles, and Untold Morsels. Check Twitter #FarawayFiles to confirm who is hosting each week.
  • Link ups work best if everyone engages so please comment on each of the hosts’ posts and at least two others that take your fancy.

LINK UP HERE AT OREGON GIRL AROUND THE WORLD TODAY 

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Faraway Files #80

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SHARING TRAVEL STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Hej from Copenhagen travel friends. That’s Danish for hi! Being that it is Thursday, it’s time to talk travel again. Been somewhere? Going somewhere? We’re heading back to one of our favorite little Danish villages this weekend and hope to see a different side of Faaborg on the island of Fyn with the brilliant weather we’ve been having here in Denmark. It has been absolutely delightful. Bluebird skies and lots of sunshine in the sky. When in Denmark, that means getting outside as much as possible and soaking up all that Vitamin D. We’ve got to top up our stores this time of year. I’ll toast to that! But first, a cheers to my favorite posts from the Faraway Files Travel Blog Community who linked up last week.

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Faraway Files #79

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SHARING TRAVEL STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Happy Thursday travel people! Here in Copenhagen, we call it “Lille Fredag.” Or little Friday. With the weather we’ve been having this May, it’s almost like Friday everyday. It has been marvelous, darling. Marvelous. Come to Copenhagen, she said!

Time for some travel talk. Do you have big summer plans? Do tell, do tell! We’re heading to Israel and getting very excited. I can’t wait to taste all the hummus and see all the sites and soak in the Dead Sea. Such a difference from our trip above the Arctic Circle to Northern Norway last summer. While the water will be warmer in Israel, I’m not sure the beaches will compare to the magic mica sparkly beaches up north. I’ll let you know. Today, I’m sharing a bit more from Nordland and why Bodø is the perfect base to explore under the midnight sun. Where will you take us?

Midnight Sun above the Arctic Circle in Bodø, Norway

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