Paris Hatcher World Tour

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I had the opportunity to speak on Angie’s podcast about all things travel.

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In the meantime listen to the podcast. It’s fairly lengthy but it’s very informative and fun! Let me know what you think afterward!

 

Paris Takes Belize

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Belize was a much, much-needed girls trip. I realized how much I need that trip the night before as I was packing. We went in May 2017 to celebrate my friend’s B-day. During that time, my aunt was in the hospital on life support and I was doing my best to balance work and personal life. I spoke with my dad during my layover when I made it to Miami’s airport and he gave me some great advice that I’d never forget. Afterward, I hopped on the flight but before I did, I Facetime my cousin to check on my aunt. She was responsive and was able to recognize me. I immediately started crying my eyes out and at that moment, I started questioning why I was sad and the power I was giving up over my life by being sad. I thought about how much time I was wasting on something negative and started to think positive. I started to be grateful at that moment for the little things and how life isn’t promised to us. There’s no guarantee that I’ll see this day ever again. I started to put a smile on my face as I thought about my life. I thought about how blessed I am to be able to have the money and time to go on a girl’s trip. Sometimes, we take things for granted and I had to realize that I am blessed to have all the small and big things covered. I had to tell myself that in all actuality, I didn’t have stress or a worry in the world except the things that I emphasis on I allowed to get to me. As soon as the plane took off, so did my sadness. I let it go on the runway and embraced the next 5 days feeling very blessed and excited about life. See what I meant when I said, Belize was much, much-needed trip!

Although my dad (2018) and aunt (2017) are no longer on earth, they both taught me two great lessons that day. No matter what you’re going through, there’s always a reason to smile.

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Belize was so much fun. The first few days we stayed in San Pedro near the ocean in a villa and then after 3 days there, we booked rooms in the city to experience more of the culture. We went cave tubing, club hopping, went to an art museum, climbed the Mayan Ruins and of course, we shopped.

Enjoy our pics!

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Belize was lots of fun! The best part about the trip was climbing the Mayan Ruins and of course being able to relax near the ocean. I have plans to visit again, really soon!

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Paris Takes Dubai

DUBAI!!!!!!

Was Everything!!!

I am definitely going back to visit for at least two weeks or more. We went on an excursion to see the must-see places in Dubai such as Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa & The Dubai Mall. Check out the pictures and video below.

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Here’s a raw video of me the Standing in front of the world’s tallest building, Burji Khalifa which is a 160 story-skyscraper.

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Look how beautiful the Jumeirah Mosque.

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Next, we took a camel ride which was the main highlight for me. Riding a camel was something I’ve always wanted to do! If you ever get the opportunity to visit Dubai, YOU MUST RIDE A CAMEL! LIKE MUST!!!!

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But the highlight for me was going to the desert! When we first arrived there our tour guide took us on a desert safari drive where the car speeds up and goes really fast on the dunes that are really high. The wind was blowing hard over the sand tops and it’s so much fun.

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Afterward, I sat down to get a henna tattoo and have dinner while enjoying a fire show and belly dancing show. This was exactly how I wanted to spend my 30th birthday, out of the country doing new and different things and what better place to end my world tour than Dubai!!!!

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Originally, Dubai was our last stop, but before we hopped on the 13-hour flight back home,  we decided to take a ride to Abu Dhabi and to see the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and I am so happy we did!!

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Paris Takes Salalah, Oman

Salalah, Oman. I must admit, at first I wasn’t thrilled about getting off the ship and going where there’s not much to do. I decided that morning, that I would go on land and make the best of it and I’m glad I did.

 

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Salalah was a cool place. Women had to be fully covered there and I didn’t mind, as long as I could add my own style to it.

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We did some shopping in a tourist area much more like a flea market where they sold lots of scarves you can wear as head wraps, perfumes, women’s dress, and incense sticks.

 

Here are some raw videos while touring Salalah.

We also took a walk on Mughsail Beach which was very beautiful.

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Although there wasn’t much to do in Salalah, I was happy to experience a new place therefore, I’m glad I decided to get off the ship.

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Our tour guide.

After we left Salalah, we sailed for 2 days from sun up until sun down and finally, we arrived in Dubai!!

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Paris Takes Egypt

DSC_0331-2599683822-1536469047203.jpgNext place on the Paris Hatcher World Tour was the Suez Canal which is a passage in Egypt that connects The Meditteranean Sea to the Red Sea.

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During this cruise time, just about everyone hung out on the dock to capture the beautiful passage.

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I have lots of videos and spent that entire day in a swimsuit eating ice cream and soaking up the sun while reading a good book by Matthew Kelly called The Rhythm of Life.

Here’s how I spent my time cruising through the Suez Canal.

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It was very relaxing.

Paris Wears:


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Paris Takes Jerusalem

The very next day we went on a tour of Jerusalem. This was a short tour filled with lots of beautiful places. This is what I was able to experience.

The very next day we went on a tour of Jerusalem. This was a short tour filled with lots of beautiful places. This is what I was able to experience:

Standing outside Church of the Nativity.

Excursion detail: Embark on a half-day tour of Bethlehem, considered the birthplace of Jesus, and tour its beloved Church of the Nativity, where he was born. Roam Bethlehem’s ancient pathways, where Christian pilgrims continue to gather after several millennia. Visit the sacred Church of the Nativity and its underground grotto, which is believed to be where Mary gave birth to Jesus of Nazareth. Enjoy panoramic views of Jerusalem’s Old City while traveling via coach back to port.

Here’s a video overlooking Jerusalem while on the tour bus headed to the next destination on the excursion.

 

Overlooking Jerusalem.

Here’s a raw video from the cruise ship overlooking Jerusalem.

 

While in Jerusalem it rained for a little while and it was really windy (hence my sweater blowing) but overall it was very beautiful. Just being able to walk around where Jesus was born and where he performed miracles was really a mindset shift for me. After the tour that night I read my bible and was actually able to visualize the exact locations.

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Paris Takes Israel

After cruising from Greece, the next stop on the Paris Hatcher World Tour was Haifa, Israel. We booked an early morning excursion by the name of “In the land of Jesus” this is where the real fun started for me. 

After cruising from Greece, the next stop on the Paris Hatcher World Tour was Haifa, Israel. We booked an early morning excursion by the name of “In the land of Jesus” this is where the real fun started for me.  It was an eight-hour tour and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I was in such amazement with Israel & I didn’t care that it started raining cats and dogs towards the end of our tour, I was just so happy to be in the land of Jesus creating memories.

Us standing in front the Sea of Galilee.

The Sea of Galilee where Jesus gave more than half of His parables and performed most of his miracles.

Here’s a raw video from the Sea Of Galilee

Excursion description: Learn about Haifa’s rich spiritual heritage as you tour Galilee’s sacred sites, roam around Tabgha’s famous church, and visit Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus. Ascend the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his famous sermon and stroll past the site of his baptism in the River Jordan. Hear the story of Christ’s miracle feeding while perusing the Church of the Multiplication. Explore Nazareth, where the archangel appeared to Jesus’ mother, Mary, before his birth

Inside the church of multiplication praying and lighting a candle. Matt.14:13-21

 

Shay and I were blessed with the opportunity to get baptized in The Jordan River (the same river where John The Baptist baptized Jesus Christ).

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The late and beautiful Whitney Houston getting ready to get baptized in the Jordan River.

This was one of my main goals and I was going to try my best to make sure it happens. While on the tour, we were told by the guide that there weren’t any baptisms going on (I immediately was sad) and once we walked in, the staff greeted us and I asked, “Are there any baptisms taking place on today?” I was told, “Yes” but you have to purchase your gown and towel. No problem, I came prepared. I had already bought my baptism gown from New Orleans and took it with me on this excursion. Since we were on a strict time frame, I needed to check with the tour guide to see if I’d have time to get baptized. After going back and forth in my head about how I was going to pull this off, I finally decided to ask our tour guide if I had enough time to change and get baptized before heading to our next destination.  She was hesitant for the sake of time and decided to contact the bus driver. He said he would open the bus for me to get my gown (I was excited again). Only thing was, I needed to change on the bus too and the driver didn’t speak much English so I ran to the back of the bus and signaled to him that I was about to change right back there (pointing to the back of the bus). He exited the bus and I quickly changed into my baptism gown. I also grabbed Shay’s robe because although she was on the fence about getting baptized for the sake of time, I knew if she saw me dressed while holding her robe she would quickly change her mind and so she did.  Along with us, there were two large groups getting baptized, but we managed to do it and make it back to the bus on time. Talk about completing a mission, immediately after the baptism I felt great knowing I didn’t allow anything to stop me from accomplishing my dream of getting baptized in The Jordan River. Honestly, for a brief minute, I thought it wouldn’t happen but I said a silent prayer and believed that it would and it did! FAITH 😉

Rushing back to our towels. The water was SO cold but this was such a wonderful experience.

Here’s a raw video of the Jordan River

It still feels surreal 😉

Immediately after getting on the bus, it started raining. I was grateful and would like to believe that God held up the rain just for us. Next part of the tour was Nazareth, which was very cold and rainy but nevertheless, very beautiful.

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Paris Takes Greece

The next stop on Paris Hatcher World Tour was Athens, Greece. We made it here after sailing for two days.  We previously booked an excursion with the cruise line to see the amazing sights of Athens

The next stop on the Paris Hatcher World Tour was Athens, Greece. We made it here after sailing for two days.  We previously booked an excursion with the cruise line to see the amazing sights of Athens. Our first stop was to the Temple of Zeus. We paid three euros to enter the museum and take pictures. 

Greece was extremely cold and waiting for the hop on and hop off bus to come around every 20 minutes was a lot while standing in the cold so we decided to cut the tour short and grab lunch which was included in the tour.

Us waiting for the hop on hop off bus. We’re so cold but still trying to give a little pose, LOL

For lunch, I had lamb with veggies wrapped in pita bread & a sweet tea. Afterward, we went into the flea market to purchase souvenirs. Walking around Greece was exciting just to be there was a blessing! After leaving the flea market, I was excited to hop on the bus and head back to the cruise ship, by this time it started raining so I was just over it, a little!

One of the best things about the hop on hop off bus was, it had Wifi!!! So I was finally able to check my emails and social media.

Next time I visit Greece, I’ll do more research in advance on more must-see monuments.

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After touring Greece we enjoyed our first formal dinner night on the cruise ship.

When two became three! Shay and I met Be on the cruise ship he was with another group associated with our group and immediately became our right hand! Majority of the amazing pictures and videos he captured for us. So grateful for him!

Greece! I’ll definitely be back!!

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Paris Takes Italy

Thanksgiving morning was the beginning of Paris Hatcher World Tour. I flew to New York from New Orleans and then had a layover in Moscow, Russia. Afterwards, we flew to Venice, Italy and took a water taxi to our hotel. The water taxi was so much fun as we rode passed the beautiful homes in Venice, Italy.

Thanksgiving morning was the beginning of Paris Hatcher World Tour. I flew to New York from New Orleans and then had a layover in Moscow, Russia. Afterward, we flew to Venice, Italy and took a water taxi to our hotel. The water taxi was so much fun as we rode past the beautiful homes in Venice, Italy.

Once we checked into our hotel, we took a walk to Piazza San Marco Venezia to enjoy medium size personal pizza’s and wine because of course, you can’t visit Italy without having wine and pizza!

The weather was cold but not unbearable along with a little drizzle. As we walked back to the hotel I stared in amazement at the beautiful city of Venice.

I wore a hot pink jacket that was just right for the weather and paired it with a black one-piece jumpsuit, a denim top and added a leopard scarf for a pop of print along with white converse for traveling and then changed into leopard booties for dinner.

 

The next morning we had breakfast at the hotel which consisted of just about everything breakfast wise you could imagine. After breakfast, we went outside to capture a few more photos before getting back on the water taxi and sailing to our cruise ship.

Italy was beautiful, I definitely see myself visiting again and staying longer.

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Paris Takes NOLA: P-Day In Jackson Square!!

♥ On December 12, 2013 I turned 27 & I wanted to celebrate by embracing all things beautiful & positive by stepping outside my comfort zone. So, I headed downtown to Jackson Square in my hometown, New Orleans and captured the beautiful scenery.  The weather was perfect and the love I received from so many tourists was breathtaking. I couldn’t believe how many people pulled out their phones to join in with my photographer to take personal pictures of me on my special day (let’s not be too surprised if you see me on the cover of a foreign magazine, lol) I embraced it all and kept a smile on my face the whole time because I felt so loved, so beautiful and so carefree. Here’s to 27 being the year of embracing and stepping outside of my comfort zone, even more!

♥ Dress-Classy Closet. Booties-Charlotte Russe. Earrings-Vintage. Ring-Charming Charlie. Lipstick-MAC, Ruby Woo.