Lusterville and Lobsters

A Collection of Travels, Musings, and Literature.


How to Afford Travel

People often ask how we have the funds to travel all the time (which I wouldn’t recommend just asking people this willy-nilly since it’s somewhat rude and invasive, but we always answer honestly.) But if you are curious…

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Proposal in Paris

In honor of 100 days until our wedding, please enjoy.

Paris, France — We arrived in Paris about mid-afternoon. The city spread out before us with old buildings and architecture and beauty. We couldn’t check into our AirBnB quite yet, a cute little apartment in the heart of the city, so we decided to explore. Our bags were left with the cleaning lady, and we hopped on the metro, Paris’ subway system.

I was set on finding a famous bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, and once we found it, I happily scoured the shelves. I left clutching two books with a stamp of the Shakespeare and Company logo inside. If you are a book-lover, this place is a must-see!


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The Florida Panhandle

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The Florida Panhandle is by far my favorite part of Florida. For my third visit (I wasn’t kidding about this being my favorite!), me, my fiance, sister, her friend, and one puppy took a spur-of-the-moment trip to see my brother, who is stationed down there at Eglin Air Force Base.

Spring break 2016!

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Tiger Cave Temple: Wat Tham Suea

Want to see a spectacular view from the top of a mountain next to a giant, gold Buddha? Then visit the Tiger Cave Temple. It is lovely from the top. I felt like I could see the ocean on all three sides of the peninsula. Fields stretched out before me, a familiar scene for this girl from the Iowa farmlands, but unlike Iowa, where fields are corn and soybeans, these were palm trees for harvesting coconuts and other plants that I didn’t even know. The patchwork quilt of vegetation farming offered a familiar sight, but with an exotic twist. The fields extended into the jungle and the ocean in the distance.

Behind me, the golden Buddha gleamed in the sun.


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There Are No Rules

Welcome to Phi Phi Island (pronounced pea pea). Beauty is abundant in the daytime, while the nightlife thrives once the sun sets. The movie The Beach was filmed there. And it’s a great place to snorkel in the ocean to see Dori and Nemo and many other lively colored fish. When I say there are no rules, I’m taking it lightly. Of course, there are rules and laws in Thailand. However, the beach parties on Phi Phi Island are more epic than anything I’ve ever seen at PCB.

*Disclaimer: Moms with teens/college kids should not read further. Instead, enjoy this post about the orchids in Thailand.


The beauty of the islands and waters around Phi Phi Island

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Thai Food Makes Taste-buds Pop

Food in Thailand is wonderful. Everything is sold in little markets where people set up early in the mornings to sell their goods. The size and quality of the vegetables amazed us. Everything is made fresh. There’s not nearly as much processed food as America. It’s fresh and lovely and makes me want a garden to eat like this everyday. I loved that about Thailand.


Produce at an early morning market outside of Chiang Mai

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