Jennifer Lyn King

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Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs

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Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs

“… But unless the child in you is entirely dead, it is snow, too, that can make the heart beat faster when it catches you by surprise that way, before your defenses are up. It is snow that can awaken memories of things more wonderful than anything you ever knew or dreamed.” ― Frederick Buechner   Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs I love Europe in the winter....

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Epidaurus, the Theater from Ancient Greece: A Photojournal

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Epidaurus, the Theater from Ancient Greece: A Photojournal

“The Theater at Epidaurus is considered one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture and dates from the 4th century. The vast site, with its temples and hospital buildings devoted to its healing gods, provides valuable insight into the healing cults of Greek and Roman times.” – Epidaurus, Greece brochure From all of my travels in Europe over the past years, ancient...

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10 Favorite Places to Visit in Italy

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10 Favorite Places to Visit in Italy

“From the dome of St. Peter’s one can see every notable object in Rome… He can see a panorama that is varied, extensive, beautiful to the eye, and more illustrious in history than any other in Europe.” -Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, 1869   The Great Love Affair with Italy Out of the twenty-six countries I traveled in Europe, one country in particular captured my...

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Switzerland, the Greatest Drive in Europe: A Photojournal

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Switzerland, the Greatest Drive in Europe: A Photojournal

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy The Greatest Drive in Europe: Switzerland When my family and I lived in Europe, we drove everywhere. Not only was Prague (our home) a central location for most of Europe, but for 5 people (3 children), hopping in the...

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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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12 Favorite Photos from Pompeii and Italy’s Amalfi Coast

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12 Favorite Photos from Pompeii and Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson Now that I’m back in the US after 4 years abroad in Europe, I’ve noticed thousands of photos I’ve haven’t gone through from my travels there. So, each third week of the month, I’ll be posting favorite photos from the travel archives…...

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Reflections of Prague Castle at Night

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Reflections of Prague Castle at Night

 “History teaches everything including the future.” -Lamartine When I stand in Prague along the Vltava River and see this view, I can hardly imagine the hundreds of years of stories and history tucked into the walls and crevices of the buildings: Prague Castle (the long, horizontal building that stretches across much of this photograph) was founded around the year 880 and is made up...

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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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Prague, Charles Bridge, and Sunrise in Fog

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Prague, Charles Bridge, and Sunrise in Fog

“Under the thinning fog the surf curled and creamed, almost without sound, like a thought trying to form inself on the edge of consciousness.” – Raymond Chandler, from The Big Sleep If there would be one scene that defines Prague for me, it is the serpentine Vltava River winding through the city. Bridges cross the river at regular intervals, artistic in their arches, their Gothic...

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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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Nelahozeves Castle: the Finest Bohemian Renaissance Castle

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Nelahozeves Castle: the Finest Bohemian Renaissance Castle

“The monumental Nelahozeves Castle, one of Bohemia’s finest Renaissance castles, is situated on a gentle slope overlooking the Vltava River in the village of Nelahozeves (birthplace of the great Czech composer Antonín Dvořák), approximately 35 km north of Prague.” -from the website (Lobkowicz.cz) of the former Czech royal family, the Lobkowiczes   Music has always been an...

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10 Tips for Traveling Europe on a Budget

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10 Tips for Traveling Europe on a Budget

The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience.  The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him.  He goes “sight-seeing.”  ~Daniel J. Boorstin It’s no secret that I love to travel. For the past three years, as my family and I have lived in Prague as expats, my love for travel has only grown. We have seen and...

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Prague’s Spires and Magical Golden Lane: A Photojournal

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Prague’s Spires and Magical Golden Lane: A Photojournal

“Known as the “golden city of 100 spires” and a “symphony in stone”, Prague boasts architectural styles ranging from the Renaissance and Baroque right up to the art nouveau and cubist styles of the 20th Century.” -Prague Guidebook To walk around Prague for a day is to walk through time. From the cobblestone streets to the hundreds of spires stretching skyward,...

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The Alps: A Photojournal

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The Alps: A Photojournal

Captain von Trapp: It’s the dress. You’ll have to put on another one before you meet the children. Maria: But I don’t have another one. When we entered the abbey our worldly clothes were given to the poor. Captain von Trapp: What about this one? Maria: The poor didn’t want this one.  ~ The Sound of Music The Austrian Alps have many meanings. To some, they mean great...

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7 Days in Tuscany: A Photojournal

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7 Days in Tuscany: A Photojournal

A tavola non si invecchia. – Italian proverb. Translation: At the table with good friends and family you do not become old.   I love Italy. There is so much to love, especially for enjoying the values of good food and wine, and the wealth of family. Last week, my husband and I and our three sons spent ten days in Italy. Since we live in Prague as expats, we could drive in and through...

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