Sand Mandala Creation in Doylestown by Tibetan Buddhist Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery

Three years ago, when I started my blog, one of my first blogs was about the sand mandala creation. To me, it is one of the coolest things to see created. It takes millions of grains of sand and many hours to create the Sand Mandala. I saw the monks find a couple of grains of sand out-of-place and correct it before they continued. The patience it takes to create the Sand Mandala is indescribable. After the construction of the sand mandala, it is dismantled in a ceremony. Those that are in attendance receive some of the sand and the rest is usually released into a river to help heal the world. The first time I saw this, I was in awe. The monks created this and then dismantled their creation. It showed me that nothing is permanent and not to be tied to material items.

The Monks are creating this Sand Mandala at Sun Dog Yoga Studio in Doylestown. You can check out the schedule on their website.

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Domaine Thibert Père & Fils- Fuisse, FR

My favorite day on our trip to France in November was the when we went wine tasting with Olivier from Kanpai tours.  One of the things we love doing on our trips to France is to explore the wine regions.  This year we explored the Beaujolais region of Burgundy.  Before my trip to Beaujolais, I thought of this region only for the Beaujolais Nouveau released in November.  I was mistaken and it is so much more than that.  Since visiting the area, I have fallen in love with the white wines from the region.  Our first visit was to Domaine Thibert Pere & Fils.  We had a great visit with owner of the winery.  One of the advantages of doing private wine tours is they know the owners and winemakers in the are you are visiting, so you get personalized tours of the vineyard and wineries.  They had delicious wines and we wish we were able to bring more back.  Thank you Domaine Thibert Pere & Fils for a great visit!

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Ooka Restaurants helping Central Bucks West Band!

I love seeing community supporting community! A few weeks ago, I blogged about how Triage had a jazz concert to support CB West Jazz band buying a new instrument.  It’s not just any instrument, it’s a NEW Seaboard. CB West will be the first high school in the country to have the Seaboard!

Ooka Restaurant is helping them purchase the Seaboard by having a “CB West Roll” at their three stores. The proceeds for the roll, till the end of April, will be donated to the band. I went to try it and it was delish!!!!  It’s great that they have a gluten-free version.  Since I was there during happy hour, I had some of my favorites- sushi tasting and baked mussels!

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White House at Night!

This week I was in Washington, DC for a meeting.  After dinner a friend and I went for a little walk.  We passed by the White House and the US Treasury.  It was cool to see the buildings lit at night.  I just wish it was a little warmer!  When is spring coming?  The cherry blossoms won’t we be in bloom for a little bit yet!

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Extraordinary Desserts- Little Italy, San Diego

After dinner in the Gaslamp District area in San Diego, we walked to Extraordinary Desserts! It was a perfect walk to burn a few calories before we indulged in these awesome desserts. I was excited that there were four delish gluten free choices! I had an awesome flour less chocolate cake. The desserts here are works of art. It was packed, so we got our desserts and ate them outside. For most of us we were escaping the cold winter, so it felt great to be outside. For the Californians it was “chilly.” Thank you Amanda for the recommendation!

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Coronado Island, CA

I am representing Vector Marketing at a social media conference in San Diego. One of the things that I love about working with Vector Marketing is that we invest in learning more. Thank you!

It doesn’t hurt that the conference is in San Diego, which is warmer than Doylestown right now. It really is funny how temperature is all relative and what you are used to. It was 60 degrees when I went for a walk yesterday and I thought it was a perfect for a walk. I did find it comical that I saw many people wearing winter jackets! I loved seeing the flowers in bloom!

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Lyon, FR at Night!

We all had a great day exploring Lyon and after trek to the Basilica we explored the old city.  It was filled with great restaurants and bars.  I would love to go back to Lyon and explore the city.  The people of Lyon are so warm and friendly.  We met great people everywhere we went.  We were invited for an authentic Lyonnaise meal at a restaurant, but we weren’t going to be in town the next night.  Lyonnaise potatoes were delish!  I am going to find a recipe and make them.  After our visits to a couple of pubs, we made out way across the bridge to dinner.  I was able to snap some pictures of the city at night!

 

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Travel with Laughter is 3 Years Old Today!

It is hard to believe that Travel with Laughter is 3 Years Old Today!  It was fun to look at some of my first posts today.  It is crazy to look at how my style has evolved.  For those that regularly read my blog, know that it is mainly focused around my photography.  It is how I express myself and some of you reading this would totally re-write my posts.  :)  Over the past three years, I have realized that I want to progress my photography business and that has been my focus.  I have started Travel with Laughter Photos and in July of 2013 I had my first photography show!  Thank you to everyone who visited the show.  It has been an exciting year for my photography and I am looking forward to what 2014 will bring for my photography.  It is exciting to see the fun stuff I already have lined up!

Thank you all for taking the time to read and comment on my little blog.  I still am amazed when people comment and let me know how they enjoy reading about my travels.  I am just a girl with a camera and love for life.  The goal is to bring more joy and laughter in the world!  As of today, I am over 52,000 views.  It is crazy to see how other forms of social media impact my blog.  I have had numerous people tell me they want to come visit Doylestown because of my photos and blog.  My friends and family that share a meal with me know that I need to snap a photo of the food prior to eating.  It is funny to watch and I love sharing my love for life and food with others.  My most viewed blog is about the Love Lock Bridge in Paris and that is because of Pinterest.  My favorite blog is about Jack Burke.  He is a nine-year old hero and so inspiring!  It is great memories to look over past blogs.

Cheers to more LOVE and LAUGHTER!!!!  I am excited to take you on my journey in 2014!

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Primatiale Saint-Jean-Baptiste- Lyon, France

After our visit to Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière,  we walked through the square and there was another beautiful church.  What is funny we thought the Basilica was the close one.  Haha, it was the one further away and this one was close!   I didn’t visit the inside of Primatiale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, but I took pics of the outside.  It was a gorgeous exterior!

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St. Mary’s College of California

As part of my job, I have the opportunity to visit many campuses. St. Mary’s is one of the most beautiful campuses I have visited. These pictures don’t do it justice!

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