Category: Travel

Craters of the Moon National Monument

Craters of the Moon

We finally made a visit to Craters of the Moon National Monument–and I can’t believe it took us so long! It’s only about 2 hours away from us, and it’s part of the National Parks system which we love. But since it’s a monument, it’s smaller than say, Yellowstone. Also, it’s lesser-known and less crowded.  This place is its own kind of cool. Craters of the Moon is located about halfway between Idaho Falls, Idaho and Sun Valley.  We have passed…
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Our Northern California Adventure

Trees

Have you ever experienced something that felt like it was straight from the twilight zone? That’s our first trip to Northern California was like. It was strange, with a side of freaky. A friend of ours was getting married in Yreka, and we had a pair of standby tickets to use, compliments of a friend who works for the airline. It seemed like a winning combo, even though it took us all stinking day to get from Dallas to Sacramento. When you’re…
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Speak Your Dreams Out Loud + Make Them Happen

bike share

Speak Your Dreams Out Loud You guys. We have to talk about the most bonkers thing that’s ever happened to me. BONKERS. Those of you who’ve been reading Petit Elefant for a long time might remember that 6 years ago, my family traveled to Eastern Europe for a month. My husband’s parents still have an apartment in Warsaw, Poland (where they’re from) and travel home every year to stay for a few months. I really wanted my kids to have…
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Super Brilliant Easy Travel Beauty Hack

Super Brilliant Easy Travel Beauty Hack

Beauty hack for travel. You guys, I accidentally stumbled on the best ever beauty hack for travel when I flew to Washington D.C. a couple of weeks ago. I needed 5 days worth of my everyday facial moisturizer, but I was out of room in my T.S.A. approved travel toiletry case, (I have very strong, very adverse feelings about the T.S.A.) so I had to improvise. I couldn’t get rid of any of the toiletries I had already packed, but…
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Ants Are The Worst

Ant

Ants are the worst. Anyone who knows me knows that I loathe ants. They bring out the crazy in me. I despise them in all their tiny creepy-crawly scavenging ways. And gosh, why are there always so many? Perhaps it all started in my childhood. I grew up in the Dallas suburbs and discovered at a young age that relaxing on the lawn on a warm Summer’s day was not a good idea. While the cool grass was enticing, the…
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Africa’s Not Sad, Y’all

Africa

Africa is a big continent. People talk about it like it’s one country, one place. It’s actually made up of 54 countries that are unique in their own ways. Today, though, I’m talking about it as one place, and I’m here to say, “Africa’s not sad, y’all.” I live in Southern Africa, and I’ve traveled to Northern and Eastern Africa. I still need to step foot in the Western and Central regions, but I don’t need to go there to…
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Choosing Souvenirs

Choosing Souvenirs

When I go to a new place, especially a new country, I’m fascinated by all the trinkets and souvenirs that my eyes behold. It’s like a little piece of culture that grabs my attention, because it’s usually different and unique to the place I’m visiting. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of souvenir shopping and then get home, open your suitcase, and realize you brought home a whole lot of useless “stuff.” Over the years, I’ve refined…
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Do We Speak English Here?

Do We Speak English Here?

I live in a foreign country but my language skills are, well, I actually don’t have any. I’m not one of those people who are blessed with the ability to pick up a foreign language easily. South Africa has 11 national languages. English is one of them, so I lucked out. However, after nearly 7 years of living outside my home country, I’ve learned that English word choices from one land to another can vary as much as the weather….
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Boutique Hotel Gone Wrong

Experience

Do you ever have those experiences that just go terribly wrong? Just so wrong? It’s in those moments that the choice lies whether to laugh and chalk it up to memories, or let it ruin the whole kit and caboodle. We had a boutique hotel  experience a couple of years ago that went terribly wrong, and that left us laughing until our sides hurt. The experience went something like this… It was a beautiful Spring day in October when my…
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