Finding Our Founding Fathers

Side view of Monticello in Virginia
Monticello shows its true colors in the spring.

No photos allowed. That instruction is not what the Snapshot Traveler likes to hear as she enters a famed building she’s been itching to see for years.

Those are the rules and I abided. Yes, I'm a rule follower, so you won’t find as many shots in this post. But I hope to have captured enough visuals to encourage your visits to two important homes – Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and James Madison’s Montpelier in Virginia.

Parisian lifestyles of the rich and famous in three museums

Living the good life in Paris can be as simple as lingering in a park with a fresh baguette, assortment of cheeses and inexpensive bottle of côtes du rhône.

If you want to kick it up a notch to experience the good life through the lens of Paris’ rich and famous, three museums paint a vivid image.

Less trafficked and equally, if not more, engaging as the museum biggies, these three give you a much more intimate feel of what it meant to live the high life in Paris centuries ago.

Kick It Up a Notch With Hike on Taggart Lake Trail

Variety is the spice of life. For me, that same philosophy applies to hikes.

I like to cover diverse terrain when choosing a trail. It’s not a decision I take lightly. You never know when you might return to a place and there are usually more hikes than time available.

After hearing my husband and I contemplate our choices with the concierge at Jenny Lake Lodge, another guest directed us to Taggart Lake Trail in Grand Teton National Park. It fit the bill.