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An Egyptian River Cruise

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There are so many beautiful places to visit in Africa and Egypt is definitely no exception.  Taking an Egyptian River Cruise will give you such a different experience than the typical cruises Americans take each year.  Make it your New Year’s resolution to try something new this year for vacation.

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The Giza Pyramids © by Bruno Girin

Land of buried treasure and ancient mystery, Egypt captures the human imagination more than any other location on the planet. To explore, only a magical mode of transport will do, which is why river cruises are so popular. Combining classic hospitality with some of the most stunning scenery on the planet, such cruises hark back to a golden age when Egypt’s ancient treasures were first being uncovered. Here are the highlights of a Nile river cruise, which can all be visited on a two week trip.

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Honeymoon at the Oregon coast

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download-29Will and I got married on the 21st of September in a little clearing in the forest near our home. We had a beautiful, intimate ceremony with no pictures and no guests. Exactly the way we wanted it. Eccentric as it may be, we have never considered throwing a huge party, and so for the reception we only invited a handful of people over: close friends of Will’s family. In all honesty, the only thing that could have made this day more beautiful would have been my parents and brothers attending. However, due to the timing and the immense distance that was unfortunately not possible.

The day after we got married, Will and I packed our stuff (two bags full of clothing, a cooler and half a dozen other bags with first aid stuff, groceries, snacks, a tabletop burner, silverware, a pot and a pan and some other things I cannot remember and which we probably ended up not needing) for our honeymoon and we left. We spent our week long honeymoon at the Oregon coast in Florence and Newport – the same two cities that we visited last year during my first stay in the United States with him. During this trip, I realized a number of things:

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Something to Give Up? I gave up being frustrated with my daughter.

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It’s Lent. I’m Catholic. I had to give something up. You know, because it’s Lent and stuff and that’s what you do. You give something up for forty days and forty nights, and then you go crazy like a glutton on Easter Morning, gorging yourself with everything you gave up on Ash Wednesday.

One year year, I gave up taking career tests, that was my total obsession – I could search the internet for any new quizzes and take them every day. I still love these career and personality quiz but as a mom I have less time to worry about my career just now. Anyway, this year I wanted to give up something even more meaningful.
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Trust & Surrender

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images (15)Frequently during times of transition God will toss me a big beautiful bouquet, just to keep me focused on the world of wonders he reveals when we’re alert and open to guidance from beyond.

Although I don’t really gravitate to the word “obedient,” it really is a matter of recognizing that “where there’s no will, there’s a way.” Stop trying to force my will on the outcome that I believe is THE WAY.

This statement is really a corollary to holding a goal gently in your hands–because if you don’t grip that one specific goal so tightly, there’s room in your hands for the Universe to place far greater miracles than you could ever imagine.

It’s all a matter of knowing how and when to release willfulness and petty little demands, squawking for exactly what you think you want, exactly when you think you want it.

The gospel song tells us, “He’s an on-time God, yes He is!” God definitely shows up on his timetable, not ours.

Excerpted from “Beautiful Bouquet” in  BACK TO THE GARDEN: Getting from Shadow to Joy

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5 reasons Why The Maldives is a Favourite Destination for Honeymooners

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While many Americans honeymoon in the Caribbean, the Maldives is a favorite destination for honeymooners in the UK. Taking holidays to the Maldives has long been one of the most popular options among UK honeymooners – and it’s not hard to see why. Indeed, there are five things that make the Indian Ocean destination particularly special for anyone planning a romantic break.

1.       Spectacular Beaches The first is the beaches. Made up of more than 1,000 separate coral islands, the archipelago sits like glistening jewels within the azure sea. As there are so many islands of different shapes and sizes, there are also plenty of beaches to choose from. Strolling along the soft white sands together and admiring the stunning vista is sure to be among the best moments of your first days of married life. After all the hard work you put into planning your wedding, what could be more relaxing than lying back on the beach and soaking up the sun? (more…)

10 Tips for Vacation Coupon Savings

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newpiggybank_0Luxury should be so cheap… well it can.  Get more ideas here…

Whether you clip coupons with scissors or search for cyber savings on the internet, the effect is the same – special deals and dollars back, but only for those in the know. Here are 10 tips for making the most of what’s on offer.

Look Before You Book There’s nothing more frustrating than finding a great deal after you’ve made your reservations, so give yourself plenty of time to find special offers and still get the bookings you want.

Make an Itinerary Write out your itinerary, including how you’ll travel, what kind of accommodations you’ll need, and attractions you want to visit. Make a note of flexible points – such as travel dates – which could allow you to take advantage of a discount. (more…)

Three fantastic destinations for beginner scuba diving and snorkelling

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Scuba diving and snorkelling are the two best ways of opening up the underwater world and really exploring the tremendously interesting environment that’s waiting under the surface. The chance to meet fish, rays, and even sharks and dolphins in their own comfort zone is very exciting and it can be fantastic fun too. However, not all dive sites are suitable for those who are just starting out. Here are three of the best holiday destinations for those who want to try diving or snorkelling for the first time:

1) The Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  This is not just the biggest tropical reef in the world, but the biggest structure made by living organisms. The Barrier Reef is so huge that it’s visible from space and it’s even more spectacular close up. It’s home to countless different species of fish from tiny, garish clowns to massive groupers, as well as a full complement of rays, smaller sharks, sea turtles, giant clams, and of course corals.
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