• Life

    Things To Do While Social Distancing

    Due to the current circumstances with COVID19, a lot of people around the world have been advised to stay inside.  Though this is obviously not ideal, I choose to look at this as an opportunity to do lots of things I don’t normally have time for!   Here are some suggestions for things to do while quarantined/social distancing: Binge Series/Movies Normally, I feel guilty if I spend too much time binge-watching shows/movies, but if there was EVER a time for binge-watching without guilt – that time is now! Whether you’re using Hulu, Netflix, Prime, or something else, there is certainly a lot to watch!  This weekend, my fiance and I watched…

  • Morocco,  Travel

    Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech

    One of the top attractions in Marrakech is Jardin Majorelle – a sanctuary of succulents, cacti, and palms developed over decades. This intricate garden in Marrakech was developed over 40 years by French artist Jacques Majorelle.  Majorelle was a painter with a passion for botany.  He cultivated 135 species of plants in the garden outside of his villa studio, creating a beautiful oasis.   “This garden is a momentous task, to which I give myself entirely. It will take my last years from me and I will fall, exhausted, under its branches, after having given it all my love.” Jacques Majorelle The garden was opened to the public in 1947.  Unfortunately,…

  • Morocco,  Travel

    Place Jemaa el-Fna in Marrakech

    Place Jemaa el-Fna is the large market square in the Marrakech medina (old city). This square features street performers, snake charmers, and vendors all surrounded by a myriad of alleys full of souks. You simply cannot visit Marrakech without experiencing this bustling area.  I’d recommend visiting both at night and during the day, because it is a completely different experience!   Jemaa el-Fna has been a meeting space since the founding of Marrakech in the 11th century.  The square inspired UNESCO’s  “Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” in 2001.  Place Jemaa el-Fnaa features a lot of aspects of Morocco’s heritage, including storytelling and entertainment. – “The…

  • Morocco,  Travel

    Essaouira: Morocco’s Windy City

    Essaouira, formerly Mogador, is called “The Windy City” due to the strong winds coming off the Atlantic.  It’s a very popular beach for windsurfing!  This vibrant coastal city is a must-visit when in Morocco.   Essaouira was Morocco’s main port until the end of the 19th century.  It was a prominent hippie city, attracting artists including Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens!  You still see lots of backpackers, surfers, and artists throughout the city.  Archaeological evidence shows that the city has been inhabited since prehistoric times! Essaouira Medina One of the highlights of this port city is its fortified medina, or old town.  Inside the ramparts and medina walls, the streets are…

  • Europe,  Travel

    When in Rome: Can’t Miss Sites

    Rome is a quintessential tourist destination. The capital of Italy, this city is home to so many iconic places!  From the Colosseum to the Spanish Steps, there are so many things to do and see! Rome wasn’t built in a day. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it certainly cannot be toured in only one day either!!  Below are some of the can’t miss sites in this stunning city: Piazza del Popolo Piazza del Popolo, or the People’s Square, sits just beside Villa Borghese.  This square is super lively with performers and tourists.  The piazza was a place for public executions until 1826!  You can climb the hill at…

  • Life,  Other

    How to Start a Blog

    Thinking about starting a blog?  Here are some easy step-by-step instructions on how to start a successful blog: 1. Pick a Name/Niche What is your blog going to be about? Travel?  Food?  Parenting?  What is your area of expertise?  Think about what you would like to share about or what you would love to write about.  Once you have an idea what your subject area will be, then you can brainstorm blog names. Choosing a name is important because it is essentially your brand!  I chose “Adventures with Shelby” because I knew I would mainly write about traveling.  Ideally, the name should be descriptive but short and simple.  You want…

  • Life,  Other

    New Year’s Resolutions – 2020

    Can you believe we started a new decade!? Amusingly enough, it took me until two days prior to New Year’s Eve to realize we were about to start the new ’20s! A lot of people dislike New Year’s Resolutions because they are so easily forgotten. Personally, I love taking time at the beginning of each year to reprioritize and set goals for myself! These are my goals for 2020: Run my first 10K Last year, I aimed to start running again.  Though I did run more in 2019 than in previous years, I still would like to run more frequently than I did.  My brothers and I agreed to sign…

  • Europe,  France,  Travel

    Marché de Noël de Lille (Lille Christmas Market)

    Every year, Lille hosts a Christmas Market complete with a giant ferris wheel!  From the end of November until New Year’s you can enjoy Christmas lights and decorations throughout the city.  Marché de Noël de Lille is the largest Christmas market in Northern France!  Apparently this tradition is centuries old.   Grand Place A 164ft Ferris Wheel stands in Grand Place during the holiday season, in addition to a Christmas Tree and other decorations.   Riding the Ferris Wheel is absolute must – the views from the top are unreal!  Definitely wrap up if you’re going to ride the Ferris Wheel because it can be quite windy up there!   I rode the…

  • Travel,  United States

    Enchant Christmas – Washington, DC

    Enchant Christmas is apparently the world’s largest light maze and market!  It changes locations each year, and this year it is in Washington DC!  The event takes place in Nationals Park and is available until December 29.   Though tickets are a bit pricey, there are discounts for children, Seniors, Military, students, and family packs.  Be careful when selecting tickets and make sure that you select the correct city!  Enchant is also located in St. Petersburg, FL and Seattle, WA this year. I know the website says it is the world’s largest light maze, but I did not think it would be as large as it is!  It takes up nearly…

  • France,  Travel

    Paris at Christmas Time

    I recently posted about Paris in the fall.  However, Paris is especially magical at Christmas-time.  By mid-November, Paris is completely decked out for the holidays. The city is covered in lights and decorations, everywhere you go!  There is a ton to do in the City of Light near the holidays.  Here are some of my favorites: Galeries Lafayette As if Galeries Lafayettes wasn’t already stunning enough, every year it has a new Christmas Tree design.  The year I spent Christmas in Paris, the tree was made out of recycled paper!  The interactive window displays were all made with the recycled materials theme.  The tree was very intricate, with polar bears…