Welcome back to AZE guys! This week I decided to do a post on the places I've traveled, seeing as how many of you enjoy and are curious about the photographs on the site. I love visiting different places and experiencing different cultures, but there's no doubt that some places have made a greater impact on me than others. Below I've listed places I've enjoyed traveling to and would definitely recommend.
Alaska: Juneau & Skagway
One of my favorite trips so far has been a cruise I took with my family to Alaska. With time, I've learned I'm not crazy about cities. I love going to places that have a more relaxed vibe or places that offer beautiful, scenic views. Alaska offered both of these and made this one of the most memorable trips I've ever taken. One early morning on the cruise ship, a voice rang out of the P.A system advising all the passengers to go on the balconies or upper decks to check out the view. At the sound of the announcement, my boyfriend and I rushed over to his parents' room across the hall. When we stepped out into the balcony we were surrounded by snow capped mountains, seals jumping in and out of the water and an immense glacier located right between a set of mountains. I took the image above moments after we stepped onto the balcony. The view was truly captivating.
My sophomore year of college, I traveled to Germany with my godparents. My uncle had trained to run the Berlin marathon and they decided to bring me along. Although the flight there seemed to drag on forever, it was all worth it in the end. We ate delicious food all trip, visited historic sites and monuments and took a great tour of the city. The day before my uncle was due to complete the marathon, my aunt and I decided to visit some areas in the heart of the city. Unfortunately, many of the principle streets had been closed off because of the marathon and there were no taxis that were willing to drive us back to the hotel. My aunt and I had to find our way back ourselves even though we barely understood German. It took us about an hour and a half to walk back to the hotel, and even though we were miserable the whole way there, her and I can't help but laugh about it now. This was truly a trip to remember.
West Virginia: Harpers Ferry
I visited these three cities years ago on a school trip. Despite being 13 when I traveled there, I remember this trip like it was yesterday. This trip remains one of my favorites because we visited so many historic sites and monuments. One of my favorite subjects in school has always been history, and these cities feature most of the important sites of the Civil War and major monuments and museums located in D.C.
Massachussetts: Boston & Jamestown
Rhode Island: Newport
Maine: Old Orchard Beach
Although these cities and towns are all breathtaking, I grouped them together because there is no place I've loved to visit more than New England.
There's no city like Boston. The city doesn't have a crazy New York feel where everything feels hectic and everyone is in a hurry. I absolutely love how much history is still incorporated throughout the city, and how strong the sense of community is. There are so many beautiful spots to enjoy company with family and friends. There are joints for those looking to relax by the water or those who want to have fun in the heart of the city. Whether you're in the mood to hang out at Quincy Market or you'd like to walk along the Freedom Trail, Boston offers great hangout spots all throughout the city.
Newport and Jamestown feature beautiful scenic views on the water. The weather is beautiful almost all year around, despite the winter being quite hard to manage. Also, the food is ridiculously delicious.
Old Orchard Beach, on the other hand, has much more of a small town feel and is definitely a tourist attraction. My best friend and I stayed at an adorable air b&b a couple of minutes from the beach, and we had an amazing time. The food in Old Orchard was absolutely tasty, and the residents of the town were extremely warm and welcoming. This is definitely a place to go if you're craving a little beach getaway.
There's nothing like finding a great, new show to binge watch. Whether you're into dramas, comedies or even crime, I've compiled a list of shows that left me wishing there was just one more season... Many of these shows have ended, but some are still currently on the air. Let me know if you've watched any of these and what were your thoughts! Which were your favorites; which not so much?
There is no denying that Friends is, and will always be, a classic. Even though I've rewatched most episodes at least twice, this show never fails to make me laugh. Even with it's light-hearted humor, this show always emphasized the importance of support, understanding and of course, friendship.
A show to watch whenever you want a good laugh, Cheers, does a great job at making viewers feel like they're truly a part of something bigger.
1. One Tree Hill
OTH makes you wish that you were a part of the cast. And no matter how many seasons they filmed, it was simply not enough.
2. Greys Anatomy
This show is definitely one of my all time favorites, but I must warn you... Once you start watching Greys, you might find yourself binge watching and fully awake at 3 a.m.
3. Vampire Diaries
If you've never heard of The Vampire Diaries, you might be feeling a little apprehensive. But if you have, you know TVD is more than worthy of a spot on this list. If nothing else, you can be sure of one thing, TVD is nothing like Twilight.
4. The Originals
This series is a spinoff of Vampire Diaries and features characters who were originally written for that series. It can be watched without watching Vampire Diaries, but I recommend watching TVD first. Nonetheless, the characters in The Originals are fascinating and the cast did a great job at conveying the essence of New Orleans.
The name of this show says it all. Scandal never fails to deliver shocking plot twists every few episodes. Did I mention that Olivia Pope is a superwoman?
5. Hart of Dixie
If you love the small town feel, this show is the one for you. Hart of Dixie does a great job at providing viewers with light-hearted humor and intriguing love stories. The protagonist and main cast are fun to watch and make you wish you could visit the small town of Mobile.
1. The 100
If you're interested in a show that's unlike any you've seen before, this show is a must watch. The 100 delivers drama, romance and plenty of suspense. One thing is certain, no one is safe.
2. Stranger Things
This show is truly one of a kind. Stranger Things gives viewers the certainty of friendship, while also delivering the certainty of trouble.
1. Law and Order: Special Victims Units
One of my dad and my favorite crime shows of all time, SVU, features a pair of kickass NYC detectives. Although the show is in it's 19th season, seasons 1-12 are my favorites. If you've never watched this classic, you're definitely missing out!
2. The Blacklist
One of the most original crime shows I've watched up to date has been The Blacklist. If you want to watch a show that's full of surprises and guaranteed to pique your interest, this it it.
3. How to Get Away with Murder
A highly underrated show, How to Get Away with Murder, unveils shocking revelations and captivating storylines every season. Time and time again I've found myself thinking "just one more episode..."
Fairly new series Quantico has only aired two seasons and already receives impressive reviews. This show is filled with drama, suspense and infinite mystery. Season 3 will be airing in April; catch up while you can!
5. White Collar
Starring an FBI agent and an art thief, White Collar is much more than just another crime series. This show blurs the line between right and wrong. By the end of the sixth season, you will be asking yourself "what would I have done?"
6. Manhunt: Unabomber
A miniseries that documents the development of real life events, Manhunt: Unabomber is an amazing series for all crime show enthusiasts!
7. Ten Days in the Valley
A show that captivated me from the start, Ten Days in the Valley, follows the kidnap of a young girl. As the first season develops, viewers are confronted with startling, ugly truths. While the first season has ended, it's unknown whether or not the show will be returning for a second season.
8. The People VS. OJ Simpson
One of my favorite miniseries, The People VS. OJ Simpson, features the story of notorious O.J. Simpson. While some may disagree on the verdict, this series includes an accurate and objective look at the events that took place.
9. Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers
Another intriguing miniseries, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers follows the development of the infamous Menendez murders. For many, this show offers a new perspective of the events that took place.
10. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
A great detective show that stars Essie Davis, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries makes viewers feel like they're watching the work of characters such as Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes. For those who enjoy classic detective work, this show was made for binging.
1. The Sixties
2. The Seventies
3. The Eighties
4. The Nineties
A TV documentary series created by HBO and CNN, each season reveals the major events and developments that shaped each decade in the U.S. If you find yourself fascinated by history, these miniseries will be great for you.
Hello everyone! Below I have created a list of 10 of my favorite books from 2017. These weren't the only novels I read last year, but they were certainly the ones I enjoyed the most...
1. Five Little Pigs
Genre: Mystery/Author: Agatha Christie
It's no surprise that the best book I read last year was written by my favorite author, Agatha Christie. From the first chapter, the storyline had me hooked and I couldn't put it down. My family and I even made friendly bets as to the outcome of the book. This novel is definitely underrated, it's probably one of my favorites up to date. A true must read and #25 in the Hercule Poirot series.
2. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Genre: Mystery/Author: Agatha Christie
Two words: the ending.
#4 in the Hercule Poirot series.
3. Happiness Is...: 500 Things to Be Happy About
Genre: Poetry/Author: Lisa Swerling
I happened to stumble on this little poetry book at a shelf in a Target aisle while Christmas shopping with one of my close friends. This book may be simple, but it certainly gave me a sense of bliss. If I could only pick one of these 10 books to recommend, Happiness Is would be it.
4. Murder on the Orient Express
Genre: Mystery/Author: Agatha Christie
Another Agatha Christie book... but I promise it deserves a spot on the list. My favorite thing about reading this book was trying to figure out the ending as I read every character's account. Despite this, I was a little disappointed with the ending. Slight spoiler: reader has to be very willing to suspend disbelief.
5. The Breakdown
Genre: Mystery, Suspense/Author: B.A. Paris
B.A. Paris did an amazing job at developing an intriguing story. This book had me guessing the whole time, and the ending took me by complete surprise. If you like a good mystery, this is definitely a must read!
6. Dark Matter
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery/Author: Blake Crouch
Dark Matter is the best sci-fi book I've read up to date. If you're interested in art, books or anything that tests your beliefs and limits, this book is a great read. Crouch definitely leaves you thinking about the bounds of "reality."
7. The Woman in Cabin 10
Genre: Thriller, Suspense/Author: Ruth Ware
One of my favorite book covers, and has a pretty good story to go with it.
8. Forget Me Not
Genre: Mystery, Psychological Thriller/Author: Luana Lewis
Although I found it a little hard to get into this one at first, the more I read, the more I was more intrigued. The novel focuses quite heavily on character development, but towards the final chapter, I surely understood why. There is no guessing this ending. If you're in the mood for a good psychological mystery, this is it.
Genre: Mystery/Author: K.L. Slater
I was really eager to pick this book up after reading a couple of reviews, but it wasn't until I was about halfway through it that I began to really enjoy it. The ending of this book was a little expected but at the same time I was completely surprised. If you like a challenge and trying to piece together mysteries, I definitely recommend Blink.
10. Dancing on Broken Glass
Genre: Romance/Author: Ka Hancock
I was really surprised by how fond I was of this book after completing it. Hancock had me on an emotional rollercoaster all 394 pages. This book is definitely much more than just a romance novel.
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