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200th Post: A Celebration of CG’s Posts

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While recently reading a favorite blogger of mine, Travelsewhere, it dawned on me, I was just a few posts away from writing my 200th post on California Globetrotter!!

I definitely can’t believe I’ve written so many posts and shared so much of my life with strangers who have become loyal readers and cyber-friends! What started out as a simple journal on Facebook (I know, who does that anymore!?) turned into an unhealthy obsession.

So I’d like to take the time to say thank you to my readers, my family and friends (Hi Mom! Stephanie? Pam? Cheri? Are you out there?) who keep me motivated to share our travels, tips and secrets to some of the best places in Europe which I’d like to share my FAVORITES with you again in celebration! Continue reading

Where to Find Nashville's Street Art, Tennessee - California Globetrotter


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Easy Wall Murals to Find in Nashville

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Not only is Nashville home to Country Music and is nicknamed “Music City”, but it’s also home to A LOT of amazing Wall Murals / Street Art.

We recently visited Nashville, on the day before Christmas Eve, a Friday night and discovered it was a pretty sleepy town before the holidays. The bars weren’t quite hopping as one would expect and the next day, Christmas Eve, turns out all the touristy locations are closed! Who’da known!? So, we decided to make an afternoon out of it and find as many wall murals as we could!

Prior to discovering the wall murals in Nashville, I had read a lot of posts about amazing street art popping up all over the world. Some of it I really enjoyed and other bits, I couldn’t see what the big deal was.

Creative and innovative artists are taking to the streets to express themselves and transform an empty, plain side of a building into a masterpiece and people are flocking around the world to find these amazing murals. I have to say, I have quickly become OBSESSED and now search for street art everywhere I go! Plus, the make for the perfect Instagram moment! Continue reading

Why Everyone SHOULD Visit Old Friends Farm, Georgetown, Kentucky - California Globetrotter


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Why EVERYONE Should Visit Old Friends Farm

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Tucked away out in the lush countryside between Lexington and Louisville is a sanctuary where horses can frolic happily through the fields till the end of their days. But before this safe haven was created, a gruesome incident shocked the horse community which helped to kick start this amazing non-profit organization that has grown exponentially since its founding. Continue reading

8 Quick Things to do in Lexington, Kentucky - California Globetrotter


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8 Quick Things to Do in Lexington

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Many people have mentioned that they had never even considered visiting Kentucky before as they wouldn’t know what to do there. Is there anything to DO in Kentucky?

Until recently I also was under the same impression. The only thing I knew about Kentucky prior to visiting was that the Kentucky Derby and KFC originate from, of all things… Kentucky! Beyond that, I had no idea what there was to see or do.

Well then why on earth did I go to Kentucky?

My parents like to move. A lot. And in 2016, they moved to Kentucky and we managed to make it home for Christmas. So I searched and searched on Pinterest for things to do in Kentucky. And Lexington came up.

Lexington is not the capital of Kentucky, as one might think. Nor is Louisville. Actually, that title goes to Frankfort. But as Kentucky’s second largest city, we thought we would give it a go!

Turns out Lexington is nicknamed both “The Thoroughbred City” and “The Horse Capital of the World” and is best known for its horse racing.  Continue reading

Where to find Street Art in Louisville, KY - California Globetrotter


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Where to Find Louisville’s Street Art

Where to find Street Art in Louisville, KY

While recently visiting family for the holidays in Kentucky, we often visited Louisville (Luha-ville) and each time we drove through town, there was a new and exciting piece of Street Art on the side of a building. New for me, mind you.

Most of the street art I discovered while visiting Louisville I felt was more “art” than graffiti and was actually quite interesting to look at and interpret, or simply admire.

What exactly is “Street Art”?

Artists take to the streets to fill empty spaces on the sides of buildings and other public spaces that are either plain or rundown, and turn them into a artsy masterpiece. Walls become an open canvas for creative, colorful, unique pieces of artwork to be displayed. Continue reading

An INTENSIVE Beginner's Guide to Louisville, Kentucky - California Globetrotter


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An Intensive Beginner’s Guide to Louisville, Kentucky

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Prior to visiting family in Louisville, I searched endlessly for a travel guide on Pinterest for things to do in Louisville as it would be our first visit. My parents had recently moved to Kentucky and we would be exploring all that the state had to offer together. But to be honest, I couldn’t really find many conclusive posts and the things I found were scattered through my pin board, making it quite frustrating when wanting to go back and check a resource. I was also quite disappointed to find that my faithful DK Travel Guide also didn’t have a book for Kentucky.

Why is that!?

Well, after having spent just over two weeks in Kentucky and doing a lot of sight seeing, I discovered that thanks to the recent “Bourbon Boom” that the Bourbon industry is experiencing, it has spread to an increase in tourism as more and more people either want more locally produced goods or they have a general interest in learning more about the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. So, my only conclusion at this point, is that because it’s becoming a new trend to visit Kentucky and there aren’t enough travel guides out there to fulfill the demand. Continue reading

A COMPLETE Guide to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail - California Globetrotter


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A COMPLETE Guide to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

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Kentucky is currently experiencing what has recently become known as the “Bourbon Boom”. The Bourbon industry is experiencing an increase in production and popularity as it has bounced back from the “Bourbon Depression”. As the Bourbon industry has grown, so has tourism. What better way to learn about the Bourbon industry and history in Kentucky than to follow the Bourbon Trail!

What is the Kentucky Bourbon Trail?

The Bourbon Trail is a collection of nine Bourbon distilleries located between Louisville and Lexington, each offering a guided tour of their distilleries and a bourbon tasting. Each tour is unique and offers a different perspective and history of the bourbon industry in Kentucky.

There is no one specific start and end, as you have there option to visit each of the distilleries as you see fit. Visit all nine and get a free Bourbon Trail T-shirt or pick your favorites.

In the two weeks we were in Kentucky, we managed to visit all nine distilleries. Here I’ll guide you through visiting all nine distilleries and which to skip if you’re short on time. Continue reading

2016: A Year in Review - California Globetrotter


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2016: A Year in Review

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2016 has been another wonderful year, unfortunately it flew by so fast I actually felt like I didn’t have time to take it all in, soak up every moment and enjoy every minute. I certainly tried as best as I could to enjoy every single day and to slow down the time, but that is something completely out of my hands.

This year was a big year for us that had PLENTY of happy, joyous moments, many new adventures and lots of opportunities for which we are incredibly lucky to have had. So I want to take the time to show my gratitude to this beautiful life we live that has given us the chance to travel Europe. And I especially want to show my gratitude to my new husband who has been the most wonderful travel partner I could have ever asked for!

With each passing year, I feel that our lives continuously improve and grow and while there is so much more to be done, I know that for now, we should only focus on the here and now, but I can’t help but feel excitement for 2017 that will be filled with many new adventures, laughter, happiness and growth.

While I shouldn’t look to far into the future, I don’t want to look to far back into the past either. There were plenty of ups and downs throughout the year, on and off the camera, but that is no reason to dwell in the past either.

But a recap of our amazing year certainly doesn’t hurt that left us with long lasting impressions that turned us into story tellers and left pieces of our hearts everywhere we went. Continue reading

A Bavarian Thankgiving - Erntedankfest Bad Gögging - California Globetrotter


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A Bavarian “Thanksgiving” – Erntedankfest Bad Gögging

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Another harvest season has come and gone. The hops fields have been cleared, the rows of corn have been harvested, and the fields have begun to be plowed, prepping them for the approach of winter.

When you think about Thanksgiving, you traditionally think of it only as an American holiday celebrated to give thanks for another good harvest year. We carry on this tradition to remember the Pilgrims who gave thanks to the Native Americans for their help through a bitter, harsh winter. However, Thanksgiving isn’t just unique to America. Many countries around the world come together at the end of another successful harvest season to give their thanks in some form or another.

In the small Bavarian farm village of Bad Gögging, located between Regensburg and Ingolstadt, a festival known as “Erntedankfest” has taken place every year since 2006. The festival includes open air folks music with locals dancing to the tunes. Everyone wears their best, most traditional Lederhosen and Dirndl. Families and friends gather to celebrate, peruse the stalls adorned with hops selling traditional Bavarian goods. This one day festival is typically held on the last Sunday of every September.

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CraZy Things Americans Do Europeans Find Weird - California Globetrotter


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CraZy Things Americans Do Europeans Find Weird

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When you still live at home, surrounded by other fellow Americans and you see someone put Ranch on their pizza, apologize too many times or go for a long road trip, you think nothing of it. These are just some of the natural things we do in America. It’s part of our culture.

But when you leave the States?

Everyone else just thinks we’re weird! Then they start calling us Crazy Americans because they can’t possibly imagine how good peanut butter and jelly go together and why we need two parking spots for our massive, fuel guzzling trucks.

Here is what I’ve learned that Germans, and the rest of Europe find weird about Americans:

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