✈ Travel Tuesday ✈

Instagram’s Favorite Street! 🇫🇷

With its candy-coated pastel houses and weathered cobblestones, it’s easy to see why Rue Crémieux is a HUGE hit on Instagram. This car-free backstreet is the most Instagramable street in Paris, much to the annoyance of the locals. 

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While the picturesque street in the 12th arrondissement is garnering a lot of attention, tourists also have to be mindful of the residents.

BACK STORY

The one-block pedestrian street was originally built as workers’ housing in 1857. From 1865-1898, it was known as Rue Millaud. It was renamed for Adolphe Crémieux, a French lawyer and politician. During the catastrophic Crue de la Seine de 1910 (1910 Great Flood of Paris), water from the Seine reached as high as 1.75 meters on one of the buildings. In 1993, the street was closed to vehicles.

TODAY

We live in a self-absorbed world. With the hashtag #ruecremieux now linking to over 31,000 images on Instagram, Rue Crémieux might be a paradise for Instagrammers, but they’ve taken away the residents’ privacy. They used to be able to take their tables outside to have lunch, but now, they can’t do so with yoga aficionados, dance sessions, and fashion shoots blocking their doorways. The residents are okay with people taking photos, but they’ve demanded that the city of Paris to protect their privacy by closing the street to visitors on evenings and weekends which is fair enough. Imagine looking out your window and seeing this:

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Dimanche 💃 #paris #ballet #streetdance

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Or this:

And this:

And even this:

It’s a beautiful street, but it’s rude to disturb the peace and snatch away privacy. Some even go as far as recording residents leaving their homes. People are sheep, literally, and when they see something goes viral online, they want to do it, too. You travel to experience, not to take pretentious photos of yourself.

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✈ Travel Tuesday ✈, Trinidad & Tobago 💙

Maracas, Trinidad (part deux): postcardesque!

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

Two of my favorite snapshots from my Maracas trip! I think they’re very postcardesque! 

Pretty soon, I’ll post about the entire trip so stay tuned! 😀

✈ Travel Tuesday ✈, Trinidad & Tobago 💙

Maracas Lookout, Trinidad

Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.

John 1:3

For both locals and visitors, the lookout before heading down the north coast road is a popular stop. The view is magnificent on either side of the lookout. I even managed to capture this beauty…

…it was a late evening and the sun was just right, I assure you that I did not tamper with the photo in any form for God’s splendid creation needs no filter. In a future upcoming Travel Tuesday episode, I’ll share more photos from this trip.

Blog Related

Follow Friday!

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And welcome back to my blog! 😄I trust that you’re having a great Friday! As I write this post, I am currently listening to unsolved mysteries… yeah, not a good combination… I know… but I could also go for ice cream… vanilla to be precise…

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Anyways, today, I have 3 blogs that I want to put in the spotlight. 

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TriniMemes

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It’s always nice to bump into another Trini on the blogosphere for not many locals here have the time to start up and maintain a blog. I could be wrong, but I haven’t been exactly bumping into Trinis on a regular basis since I started blogging. 

This meme blog is dedicated to our local ways and pronouncing things/places such as…

Pop in for a visit and get familiar with some of our ways.

A Dash Of Jaquasia

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Jaquasia hails from New York and she currently provides services for young mothers and children. She documents the ins and outs of Mental Health & Mental Illnesses and blogs about other topics including bullying. She is semi-new to the blogging community, but she’ll like to get her blog out there so pop in and support her. 

Laughter Love & Travel

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Caz is new to the blogging world. She loves traveling and life in general. She blogs about fitness, family, and of course, travel! Pop in sometime and make her feel at home.

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Behind the lens! 📸, Trinidad & Tobago 💙

Scenes from Mayaro! 🇹🇹

Hello Friends! 😄

I love discovering my island and I had the pleasure of visiting Mayaro via an excursion trip. It’s a pretty long drive according to which part of the country one is coming from, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. 

I took these while in the back seat of my family friend’s moving car (note the dancing poui tree on the right!):

  

When we arrived in Sangre Grande almost everyone breathed in a sigh of relief, but there were so many more miles to go! We got out to use restrooms and buy refreshments. 

This photo was also taken while driving.

Breaking down the etymology of the origin of the name ‘Mayaro’: ‘maya’ was an Arawakan plant that grew in abundance in the area and ‘ro’ is the Arawak term meaning “the place of”. “The place of maya” or “Mayaro”. But of course, what’s Trinidadian history without the French involvement? 

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French planters settled in Mayaro in the 18th century after they were granted land by the Spanish Governor, Don José María Chacón. At this time, there were no roads leading to Mayaro and the sea was the only way people could get in and out. A census report showed that only 408 people were residents at the time, but it didn’t stop them from having coffee and sugar cane plantations and even cotton estates. In the late 19th century, Mayaro was accessible by a steamer. 

France and Trinidad have a 200-year-old bilateral relationship and I’ll love to explore why the French left the most powerful influence on our culture in another post altogether. Before I get carried away, let me return to the trip.

The tall swaying palm trees are a familiar sight in the country. It’s almost as if they’re following you. 😆

Mayaro is one of our most popular holiday destinations. It got…

All the photos in this collage belong to me. 

When we finally got to the pristine beach a lot of people were frolicking in the warm waves (MILES of clear blue water), walking on the soft, soft fluffy sand and just enjoying the atmosphere. I managed to take a few pictures:

  

  

The sand is cushiony, soft, fluffy and velvety, so it’s better to walk barefooted and I found an abandoned sandcastle.

  

After saving a flopping fish in the sand, I came across a Portuguese Man O War!

Mayaro is also associated with the production of oil and natural gas, but nature will always come out on top for both local and foreign tourists. If you’re planning a trip to Trinidad, make sure you come to Mayaro for the sun, salt, and sand. 

Thursday Ten

Thursday Ten: top 10 destinations

My travel plans always seem to fall through at the last minute, and I am beginning to dislike making them, but I wanted to do something fun today. 😄

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I love exploring my country, reading about travel adventures, and watching astonishing videos/pictures of many countries. Sadly, I am yet to fulfill my travel dreams. 😞 But that doesn’t mean that I can’t share my top 10 travel destinations at the moment! 

1. France

I’ve been wanting to visit France ever since I was a child when I discovered The Three Musketeers and became an immediate Francophile. With 89 million visitors (how do they even count these things?) in 2017, France retains its crown as the world’s most visited country. Paris alone sees more than 30 million visitors a year making it the most visited city in the world. France has everything and something for everyone. 

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2. Iceland

This travel destination became quite popular over the last two years thanks to Iceland’s participation in Euro 2016, but I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time. I’ll love to experience the Northern Lights during full dark nights (September to mid-April are said to be the best season) and to visit the Crystal Ice Cave in Vatnajökull. Iceland is magnificently beautiful and it’s like an ode to nature.

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3. Los Angeles

This place is more than just glitz and glam. There’s the Santa Monica Pier, Grand Central Market, Griffith Observatory, OUE Skyspace LA etc. Angelenos will delightfully tell you that their city twinkles brightly when night falls. 

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4. Nantucket

This isolated island off Cape Cod will be my perfect getaway! Just think about the lighthouses, the beaches, the museums, the mill, and not to mention, the bike paths! This is island living at its best! I also enjoy reading books that feature this beautiful escape. 

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5. India

Beauty at its best. She is rich in culture and sits upon layers of history, and she fascinates me. She is the land of spices, a land of rich culture and one of heritage. And her attractions are top class: Morning boat rides in Varanasi, Dhuandhar Falls, the Himalayas, the wildlife etc. She is also home to Darjeeling, the world’s best tea. 

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6. Peru

I’m not going to lie, whenever someone says ‘Peru’ I think of the cute alpacas! 😄 Anyway, Peru is home to Cusco which was once the capital of the Inca Empire, the beautiful Lake Titicaca and of course, Machu Picchu.

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7. Mexico

Whenever I think of Mexico, I think of civilizations of thousands of years! There is so much to see and do in this gorgeous place! I’ll love to visit the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal and see Puuc architecture up close. Cancun is always a good idea, too. 

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8. French Polynesia

PARADISE! Consisting of beautiful islands such as Tahiti, Papeete, Bora Bora, and 115 more dispersed islands, I can live out the rest of my life here. 

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9. Greece

Opa! Greece has more than 1400 islands and perfect climate conditions. It is completely surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and so much history! Delphi off the coast of Mykonos is covered with Ancient Greek ruins so you know where you’ll find me.

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10. Romania

Home to the world’s heaviest building (Palace of the Parliament) and the world’s most beautiful road (the Transfagarasan highway), Romania is rich in history and beautiful sights. Everything about Romania is spectacular!

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Over to you now: Where was your favorite destination to visit? If you’re yet to travel like me, where would you like to go?

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Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff

Share your world for the week of May 07th

Back again to participate in the ever fun Cee’s Share Your World Challenge!

If you were given $22 million tax free dollars (any currency), what is the first thing you would do? 

Although this question is fun, I tend to not answer it anymore with enthusiasm. I’ll say one thing I’ll love to do is travel the world and carry out missions so I’ll be fulfilling this aspect with part of the 22 mil.

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In what do you find the simplest of joys?

Reading/studying God’s Word, seeing the smiles on the faces of the ones I love, new books, sunrises, sunsets, playing with my pets, steaming coffee, nature, you wonderful bloggers! etc. because life is too short to worry about things and every waking day should be a celebration of life itself. 

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What would be your ideal birthday present, and why?

I make no big deal about my birthday although I do appreciate turning one year older. Being in the presence of my loved ones is enough for me. 

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What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? 

This past week was not a good one where it concerned a colleague who passed away, but the memories he left behind was more than enough to bring a smile to my face.

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