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Michelle
Florida
I am a retired high school teacher and am happily married. I have an absolutely beautiful daughter named Marissa.
Interests: Traveling, photography, vegetarianism, my pets, reading, painting, sports, computers, traveling, decorating, and the beach!, Helping animals in any way I can.
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*Another post from memory only using a point and shoot camera. I truly loved northern Maui so I wanted to write about it. I would love to go back and fly into Hana. The photo of me below is at a fruit stand in the "photo booth" on my way... Continue reading
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Warning: I barely knew how to use my camera and nothing about editing my photos when I went on this trip around Thanksgiving 2013. The following photo is a "selfie": When I went to San Francisco I expected to be roaming around the city and visiting museums. However, I was... Continue reading
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Skansen was created in 1891 and is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden to show what life was like before the industrial era. The name Skansen has also been used as a noun to refer to other open-air museums in Europe and the United States. Skansen's buildings and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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The above photo was taken at Skansen which I will discuss in my next post because there is so much I want to say about this wonderful place! Old Town also known as Gamla Stan is the original center of Stockholm. Gamla Stan consists of buildings dating back to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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"I've seen quite a bit of the world, but I really like Sweden and feel like I could live there some day." ~Juliana Hatfield I've visited 34 countries now and can only envison myself living in a handful of them. Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden are really the only three... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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"Besides love, independence of thought is the greatest gift an adult can give a child.” ~ Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One While in Tanzania when I was traveling with "The Giving Lens", our group visited a vocational school in Moshi that was established by a former Home Economics teacher... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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If I'm offered a good case in Florida or a good case somewhere else, South Florida will win every time. ~F. Lee Bailey Note: I hope no one is offended my the quote, but it's my attempt at humor : While visiting my father in Southern Florida for his birthday... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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Below is a panoramic view from my balcony: Austria is a very beautiful country. It is just as beautiful as I thought it would be and as pretty as the pictures/postcards I had always seen. It is a great place for nature lovers as well as sports enthusiasts to visit.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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Ruth and Idgie were named after the characters in the popular movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" Ruth is a partially paralyzed cat, but can still get around (a little slowly) to eat and use her litter box. Here is their new... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Michelle's Menagerie
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The Above photo is Oia around sunset I mispronounced Oia the first few days I was there. It was not until the last couple of days of my visit that I learned the correct way to say it. Oia is pronounced E-ah not Oy-a as I pronounced it my first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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“You can judge a man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” ― Paul McCartney It did my heart good to see how well cats are treated on the island of Santorini in Greece. While I was there I visited a restaurant several times where there were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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“You can judge a man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” ― Paul McCartney It did my heart good to see how well cats are treated on the island of Santorini in Greece. While I was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Michelle's Menagerie
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To know life, one must love many things.” —Vincent van Gogh I wish I could buy a ticket to heaven for my next trip. Heaven gained a new angel while I was in Europe last week. Our Black Lab Shadow... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Michelle's Menagerie
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To know life, one must love many things.” —Vincent van Gogh I wish I could buy a ticket to heaven for my next trip. Heaven gained a new angel while I was in Europe last week. Our Black Lab Shadow went to the Rainbow bridge on July 20th, 2014. Shadow... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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People kept telling me that the sunsets in Santorini, Greece would be spectacular so my anticipation was high! While walking around the beautiful streets of Oia, I could have sworn that I had been magically transported to a Detroit deteriorated city like area! This was not far at all from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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In July 2014, while in Austria I visited the gorge called Liechtensteinklamm. This gorge is in a small town about 45 minutes drive from Salzburg called St. Johann. It was by far one of the best experiences I've had traveling in a long time - and definitely while in Austria... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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I think everyone likes or actually loves receiving awards. I recently received my first award as a travel blog writer. It was very much an honor and certainly helped motivate me to keep blogging! I am extremely grateful and want to say a big thank you to Anda who blogs... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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"When I was in high school I moved from the big city to a tiny village of 500 people in Vermont. It was like The Waltons!" ~Daphne Zuniga I lived in Vermont until I finished my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education. I left when I was 24 years old... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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The above photo was taken of a totem pole in a garden area called "Whale Park" in Ketchikan. "It's not like Alaska isn't wilderness - it mostly is. But most Alaskans don't live in the wild. They live on the edge of the wild in towns with schools and cable... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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"To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world." ~John Muir (OK we all know Alaska is a state not a country, but it may have been when this quote was written) Visiting the Tracy Arm Passage was definitely one of the highlights... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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One of my most popular photos, taken in Antarctica, on Panoramio with more than 9000 views: There are many benefits to joining Panoramio for those who like to take photos for any reason. First of all you get free storage space for your photos. They are stored in full-size. Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.” ~ Jeff Valdez I decided I wanted to go on a helicopter ride and see the beautiful Mendenhall Glacier while in Alaska. I also wanted to go dogsledding although this kind of goes against... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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While visiting Bali, Indonesia last spring I decided to travel to Australia for a week. I really wanted to go to Sri Lanka instead, but I chose to go to Australia only to cross off one of my bucket list items of making it to all seven continents. I wasn't... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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Today we went out to a small but busy beach town named Jaco. It is supposed to be one of the best places to surf. I tried to take photos of the waves from the restaurant we ate at while... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Michelle's Menagerie
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I made two very big mistakes when I visited Bali. I had very high expectations and I stayed too long. For some rediculous reason I envisioned Bali being similar to Thailand. Why??? I'm not sure. I guess because they are in the same continent - Asia. I loved everything about... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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