Jennifer Lyn King

writer photographer artist world traveler

14 Favorite Quotes on Life and Laughter, Travel, and Daring Greatly

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14 Favorite Quotes on Life and Laughter, Travel, and Daring Greatly

I have always loved inspiring quotes and photographs. In college, I taped cards from Successories to the side of my dresser–photographs of mountains and paths through enchanting forests, of oceans and eagles soaring, all with quotes to remind me that the goal was somehow bigger than the Calculus problem I struggled to finish. Quotes seem to be a lifeline when I’m stuck with a busy...

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Prague: 10 Top Things to Do and See

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Prague: 10 Top Things to Do and See

Over the 4 years I lived in Prague, I used and refined this list many times. It is useful as a tour list, the Top 10 Must-Do Things in Prague. The city is relatively small and easy to navigate and tour, but even more, it is, in my opinion, the most beautiful city in Europe. Prague: 10 Top Things to Do and See Day 1: 1. The Charles Bridge: As early as you can, kick off your jetlag and pick up...

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On Trying to Be Brave

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On Trying to Be Brave

“Some say fate is beyond our command, but I know better. Our destiny is within us. You just have to be brave enough to see it.” - Merida, from the recent (excellent) animated movie, Brave Sometimes life calls us to do big things. Most of the time, all we want to do, naturally, is curl up and be comfortable, to settle and do the norm. I know recently I’ve felt that way, and many...

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St Moritz and Engadin, Switzerland: Stunning Beauty, Incredible Skiing

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St Moritz and Engadin, Switzerland: Stunning Beauty, Incredible Skiing

Skiing is a dance, and the mountain always leads.  -Author Unknown In Winter, there is no better way to spend the dark, bleak, cold days than to hop on a pair of skis and enjoy the snow. Growing up, I skied often at the Purgatory Mountain resort in Durango, Colorado, where my grandmother lived. It was fun, exhilarating, and delightful, but also dangerous beyond belief. I love to ski. When my...

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23 Countries & 5 Seas: My 3 Years in Prague Travel Log

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23 Countries & 5 Seas: My 3 Years in Prague Travel Log

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine of Hippo In the past few years, since my family and I moved to Europe from the US Midwest, I’ve had the opportunity to see and travel to far more places than I ever dreamed. It’s been one incredible adventure. During that time, I’ve written dozens of posts on my travels around Europe, from...

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Autumn Views from the Austrian Alps: a Photojournal

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Autumn Views from the Austrian Alps: a Photojournal

“The Hills are alive …” -The Sound of Music It’s no secret that I love to travel. My favorite places to venture to are always into mountains or to a beach, anywhere. Living in Prague has many advantages for its central location in Europe. My family and I have definitely taken roadtrips, and one of our favorites is to the Austrian Alps, to a region east of Salzburg called...

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Coldplay Lights, Music, and Prague

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Coldplay Lights, Music, and Prague

"See the arrow they shot Trying to tear us apart Take the fire from my belly and the beat from my heart Still I won't let go Still I won't let go" -Coldplay, Hurts Like Heaven, Mylo Xyloto   Almost a year ago, I remember seeing a headline about Coldplay, a band I love, opening their European tour dates and tickets up online. My boys, also music fans, scrambled around me as they finished...

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The Latest from Prague

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The Latest from Prague

“Nothing is worth more than this day.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   If you’ve ever traveled to Prague, you probably flew in and know the airport is outside the city to the west. In recent months, getting from the airport to Prague’s Centrum (Center) is more challenging than it was. Not only is Prague constructing a new subway to the airport, but they’re...

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Sailboats, Shells, and Sunsets: Photos from a Florida Beach

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Sailboats, Shells, and Sunsets: Photos from a Florida Beach

“Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.” -from “The Princess Bride” – Wesley to Buttercup I simply love being at the beach. Sometimes I wonder why or how I can love it so much, but then maybe the key to it is in the b-e-i-n-g. The beach is the perfect place to just BE. My ideal world is a universe of beaches....

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Introducing the Great New Books Book Group

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Introducing the Great New Books Book Group

“Great New Books is all about sharing our favorite books, one week at a time. Our passion is for recommending quality books which keep us turning pages long through the night, great books which have the potential to touch hearts, and lives, and open doors to a better world. We’re so glad you’re joining us. The Great New Books site is run by a team of 6 bloggers who happen to love to read,...

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3 Hours inside Prague Castle: 10 Favorite Sites to See

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3 Hours inside Prague Castle: 10 Favorite Sites to See

“Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws.” – Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist Prague is the most beautiful city on earth, and I think Franz Kafka agreed with me. Even after living in Prague as an expat for three years, I still have not tired of Prague’s beauty. From the steep city hills to the winding Vltava River, to the...

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BackSpace: the Excellent Writers Conference

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BackSpace: the Excellent Writers Conference

“Unquestionably the best of all writers conferences, this two [three]-day annual conference has leaped to the top with its emphasis on quality, not quantity. There are no formal pitch sessions. Instead, you’ll have the opportunity to attend quality workshops and mingle with some of the best editors, agents and other publishing professionals in the industry in a comfortable, non-aggressive...

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Sharpening: The Power of Continuing to Learn

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Sharpening: The Power of Continuing to Learn

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.” – Henry Ford When we were young and in school, we had the wonderful opportunity to learn, to challenge ourselves, to sharpen and stretch and grow, and find out new things about ourselves. But when we cross the threshold from college years to adult responsibilities, something happens. Our focus shifts from learning...

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Italy’s Lost City of Pompeii: A Photojournal

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Italy’s Lost City of Pompeii: A Photojournal

“The city of Pompeii is a partially buried Roman town-city on the southwestern coast of Italy … Pompeii was partially destroyed and buried under nearly 20 ft of ash lava in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Pompeii was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1749.” -on Pompeii, guidebook The day I visited the Lost City of Pompeii was an ominous...

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Italy’s Amalfi Coast: A Photojournal

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Italy’s Amalfi Coast: A Photojournal

“Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” -John Steinbeck, Harper’s Bazaar, 1953 Last week, my family and I traveled farther south in Italy than we had ever visited, to the Amalfi Coast, a region of soaring mountains beside a jewel-toned Sea. We stayed in a village beside Positano,...

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