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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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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
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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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While visiting my father in Fort Myers Florida, we decided to visit the highly anticipated opening of the Shangri-La Hotel and spa in Bonita Springs. Residents in the area have been anxiously awaiting the reopening of this hotel and spa that has a long history. The cost is only$10 to... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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I have a travel charm bracelet that was a Christmas gift. I collect a special charm on each of my trips to represent the area I visited. This works out well for me because my luggage tends to be overweight, I never have a lot of extra space in my... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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I have to agree with Carmen Electra. I would almost say that it's worth visiting Italy just to sample the food :)! I decided to break my posts on Florence into a few separate postings. It seems everyone likes to hear about and see photos of food so I decided... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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During my visit to Florence Italy last week I took the fast train for a day trip to Venice. This was my first time riding the fast train. I liked it I'm not sure I like it more than flying, but it was nice seeing the scenery the only drawback... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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Visiting Italy and especially Cinque Terre were very near the top of my bucket list and I made it there this week! I visited four out of the five villages. The only village we did not visit was Corniglia because it requires a fairly lengthy hike and climbing many stairs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, a group of travel bloggers and I collaborated to create a post about national parks around the world. There are some really interesting places/photos in this post and my bucket list is even longer now! It truly is amazing what we can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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I knew Bermuda would be nice, but I thought it is one of the most amazingly beautiful place I'd ever visited! The people are so friendly as well. Needless to say I really enjoyed vacationing there! I thought it would be my one and only trip there, but I thought... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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"There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson I visited Costa Rica two times about five years ago, It's definitely a place I would love to return to. I dug up these old photos that I took with a very inexpensive... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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"Hawaii is paradise. It sounds cheesy to say it, but there's music in the air there." Bruno Mars If anyone were to ask me if I like Hawaii I would tell them that I have visited five times in the past three years and stayed there for a total of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order." ~John Burroughs The day before I was supposed to start Trey Ratcliff's New Zealand Photography Adventure, I was feeling a little anxious about meeting a group of new people the next day so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are published under Creative Commons public domain deed CC0. When I started this blog a little more than 3 months ago, it was basically just to chronicle my travels. I planned to only use photos that were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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Last week my husband and I decided to celebrate his birthday by staying at the Sand Pearl Resorton Clearwater Beach for a couple of days. Although this beach is literally in our back yard, Clearwater Beach is one of the most beautiful I've ever visited. It is also close to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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"If life gives you limes, make margaritas." Jimmy Buffett When I visited Key West I had very low expectations, perhaps that is why I loved it. I suppose staying at the beautiful Marriott hotel and being upgraded to the presidential suite with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths with incredible views... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Wandering and Searching Island Girl
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Mar 23, 2014