Tapas in Barcelona!

Finally, I have had time to download my pictures from our vacation in October! This year we flew into Barcelona and took the train to Montpellier, FR. We had a few hours to wait for the train, so we went to the train station and put our luggage in the lockers at the train station. We found a restaurant that had tapas and sangria. This was some of the best sangria we had the whole trip! I have no clue the name of the restaurant, I was jet lagged and didn’t take my usual picture of the front of the restaurant.

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La Girafe- Montpellier, FR

For those of you that have been reading my blog, you know that once a year I take a vacation with my sister. October 2014 was our fourth annual trip. We traveled to Barcelona (I know, I missed Paris) and took the train to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. We used Montpellier as our base and did day trips from there. Our first day was planes, trains and automobiles. We rented an AirBNB apartment and it was perfect. It was great to have a two bedroom apartment for the three of us. We had a friend join us on our adventures this year. The mother of the person we rented from brought us to this AWESOME restaurant! We were grateful for her showing us around, because we would have never found anything. The pics below aren’t in order, but you get the idea of the GREAT meal we had at La Girafe! It was the perfect way to start off the trip.

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Walk around the French Quarter!

Earlier this week, I was in New Orleans for work. Before my meetings started, I was able to walk around the French Quarter. Love the balconies and food in NOLA. I am not a fan of Bourbon Street and never even stepped foot on it!

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Why I started my blog!

It is hard for me to believe that I started “Travel with Laughter” in March of 2012. As a road warrior, I realized we all need more love, laughter and joy in our world! It is hard for me to believe that this will be my 598th blog. Over the past year, I haven’t been as consistent with my blogs, as I was in the beginning. Recently, I was in DC for the DECA Power Trip Conference. I am blessed that my job with Vector Marketing allows me to travel.  While I was there, I slowed down while going from one place to place. I looked around and took a few pictures. I know some people “live” through taking pictures. I take pictures to slow down and enjoy what is around me.  Here are a few of the shots that I took during my trip and over the past week.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass- Seattle, WA

Recently, I was in Seattle for the first time. It was a great trip for work and had a little bit of time to explore. A few years ago I saw a Chihuly exhibit in Park City, UT. There is a permanent exhibit at the base of the space needle and I knew I wanted to go. WOW! It was awesome. I highly recommend visiting the exhibit. Didn’t think I would be able to bring my camera, so these pictures were with my iPhone. Bring your camera, you can take pictures!

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I love cooking!

For my friends who knew me in my 20s and early 30s, they probably can’t believe this statement: I love cooking! In my 20s, my idea of cooking was frozen dinners. There is nothing wrong with them and they fit my lifestyle at the time. However in 2001, I started a job that required travel and I realized when I was home I wanted home cooked meals. As I started learning more about food, I realized I wanted to know where it came from and what were the ingredients in the food. I started reading recipes and experimenting. I generally cook whole foods and let the natural flavor come out. I am sad when our local farmers market comes to an end in November, but happy there is a local food co-op now in Doylestown. One of my favorite things to make is soup, especially as the weather is getting cooler. It also is great to use my Cutco Cutlery to dice and chop!

I posted a picture of a chicken, kale and quinoa soup a few weeks ago on Facebook and some asked for the recipe. Here is the thing, the way I cook, I don’t follow recipes. I made the soup again today, so I thought I pass the “recipe” here. This time I changed it and put Gluten free pasta.

Ingredients:

8 chicken legs
1 onion
handful of kale
3-4 carrots
2 parsnips
2 containers of chicken broth
box of quinoa or pasta

Place chicken in a crock pot. Cook till done. Slice and dice carrot, onion, and parsnips. Tear kale into small pieces. Place in large pot. Take chicken from crock pot and take off the bone. Place in pot. Add quinoa or pasta. Add chicken broth from crock pot and store-bought. Cook on low till done. Flavor to taste!

It’s easy and I love using local ingredients. The soup I made today has kale from a friends garden. Food is good for the soul! I get so much joy from sharing my creations with others. Happy Sunday!

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Law of Attraction

We are on our yearly sister vacation. During this trip to the Languduac region we have noticed a couple of things there are very few taxis or elevators in the train stations. Both make for fun times when carrying heavy suitcases in train stations. Yesterday we were leaving our apartment in Montpillier and not looking forward to the 20 minute walk with our luggage. My intentions were set we would get a taxi. I turn around on the small street and see a yellow taxi, which I have never seen in France. We attract what we need at the perfect time!

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Trip to Frontignan!

This morning we took a train to the seaside coastal town of Séte. It was fun to walk around. We enjoyed a lunch of local seafood.

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After lunch we decided to visit some tasting rooms in Frontignan. We got the local bus to head there. We thought that we would see a sign that said Frontignan on one of the stops. Nope. Mental note: take a picture of the bus route with stops. We realized too late that we passed our stop. So, we got off at the next stop. It was in the middle of no where. We were laughing and as soon as we got off the bus it started raining. We got on another bus and headed back to Montpillier! It was a fun adventure. You will see my sister using her scarf as an “umbrella” and us standing under a tree.

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Barcelona Sants

Our 4th Annual Sister’s vacation has begun! We are changing things up this year and using Barcelona as our airport. I miss Paris! We are traveling to the wine region of Languedoc Roussillon. We had about five hours in Barcelona yesterday waiting for our train. I had read that the train station had lockers! You put your bags through a scanner and our bags were safe. We were excited about not having to carry our bags around Barcelona!

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Enjoying the beauty of Doylestown!

We are having a little heat wave in Doylestown. Tonight I went for a walk to enjoy the beauty and low humidity. The sun was setting at one of my favorite spots. Enjoy!

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