Best Toddler Moment of our Germany Trip – Affenberg Salem

Feeding the Apes in Affenburg

The weather in Germany, with rain showers daily, hasn’t been ideal for touring. Try standing at a bus station with a soaking wet toddler and explaining that the bus still won’t be here for 20 minutes and you’ll understand. When I saw Affenburg Salem, a trail that leads through the home area of about 200 monkeys, on our schedule, I almost skipped it. I wasn’t sure if the train and bus ride would be worth the zoo-like experience, especially in the heavy rain that we were getting that morning. How naive was I? Affenburg is nothing like a zoo and more like being in the Planet of the Apes. It was the best toddler, and mommy, experience of the trip. Having hands-on opportunities like this one give more meaning to travel and are well-worth a few uncomfortable minutes in the rain.  Continue reading

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Top 10 Favorite Cities Visited – #9 Paris, France

Top 10 Favorite Cities Visited

I’ve experienced some of the most amazing cities that the world has to offer. From great beaches, climate, friendly people, personal interests, world-famous attractions, architecture, history and culture, there are many different factors that make a city great, let alone top ten!

#9 Paris – France

Paris is the most visited city in the world with an estimated 15.6 million visitors a year.  Continue reading

Traveling Gypsy – Adventure & Travel Bucket List

Traveling Gypsy- Bucket List

Featured Writer: Sydney Duarte

Bucket List Publications – Accepting Submissions!

With 279,104 hits and 7,783 followers in less than 6 months, I’ve decided to start outsourcing some of my posts and I’m accepting submissions!

Submit your travel posts and bucket list adventures along with photography to Bucket List Publications at [email protected]. All authors/photographers whose articles are chosen for publication will receive publication at lesleycarter.wordpress.com, a link to their blog, and a link on my Facebook page Lesley Carter –  http://www.facebook.com/LesleyCarterBlog.

lesleycarter.wordpress.com has an average of 80,000 views a month, 7,703 followers, and around 3000 readers a day!

Please submit articles on the following subjects:

Travel Adventures 

Extreme Adventures 

Top Tourist Destinations 

Bucket List Adventures

Articles should include at least 3 pictures and up to 10. Pictures should be sent as jpeg attachments rather than embedded in a word file. Maximum size per email is 10mb so if you’re sending many large photos you can use multiple emails.

Your submissions do not need to be original posts. You can submit already published works as long as they are your own content. I do ask that all submissions are in Microsoft Word format and all photos are sent as jpeg attachments.

Remember to include your name and a link to your blog at the bottom of the text. 

Send submissions to [email protected].

I’ll start posting submissions on Friday, January 20th, 2012 and post regularly.

Thank you and I look forward to reading your Bucket List Publications!


Reasons Why I Love My Mother – Happy Birthday Mom!

My mother has been such an influence on my life that I dedicate today’s post to her. It may not fit under one of my usual categories, but all that I am and all that I desire in my life comes from the passion, love, humor, and dedication that I experienced from her. She taught me how to laugh, have fun, enjoy life, dream big, and show compassion for everyone that I love.

I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine – she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights.  ~Terri Guillemets

These are a few of the reasons why I love my mother… Continue reading

Tis the Season to Celebrate, Rejoice, and Reflect with Pacific Chorale

Last night, an over-flow of powerful emotions was erected inside of me as I entered the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and took part in the Pacific Chorale’s Christmas concert, Tis the Season! Pacific Chorale’s annual Tis the Season! concert features Pacific Chorale, the Southern California Children’s Chorus, and members of Pacific Symphony in the favorite selections from John Alexander’s years of holiday programs. To celebrate this anniversary year, John Alexander has chosen audience favorites from the last 40 years of Christmas concerts he has conducted, making this year’s concert one that evoked emotion and my fondest memories of Christmas. As I sat in the audience, I was transported back to my childhood and engulfed in the visual and auditory beauty that surrounded me. Continue reading

Advantages of the Boba Wrap for Newborns

Choosing the best baby carrier has been extremely confusing and I may not know what works best until my precious baby girl arrives. After substantial research and consideration, I’ve chosen the Boba Wrap for when my little bundle of joy arrives because of its high quality, comfort, durability, and ergonomic design. The Boba Wrap is perfect for my active lifestyle and gives me the time and freedom to create a real and caring bond with my child, while living life to the fullest.

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