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  The Outer Banks in North Carolina. My family has been vacationing at the beaches of North Carolina for over 30 years. More recently we have been staying in the Outer Banks. Full of charming beaches, boutique shops, Duck Donuts!, Coconut Crunch Coffee at Duck’s Cottage. 

It has always been a place for family to decompress and reconnect. Swim in the pool, walk on the beach, play games, and eat. Constantly eat. Always eating…

We are so fortunate to have had these experiences over the years. The warm summer nights, the talks under the stars, the memories.

   
   
   
   
  

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Buck

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Buck is a documentary that came out in 2011. It’s a portrait of Buck Brannaman, the real life horse whisperer. His story is unique and inspiring. Raised by an abusive father who taught his 2 boys rodeo tricks for small town performances. Buck transforms his troubled upbringing into compassion for horses, as well as a way of living towards one another. He was the consultant for the film The Horse Whisperer as well as inspiring the character in the film. Moving, thought provoking, heartfelt, and memorable.

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http://buckthefilm.com/

Greece

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Disclaimer: (This post is being written while my parents are visiting Greece).

Yes, my parents are currently visiting Greece and they are sharing videos and photos daily. Oh the envy. What’s completely amazing is how even from their iphones you can see Greece is extraordinarily beautiful. The images shown here suggest photoshop and amazing lighting, and a professional’s touch. However, Greece appears to be, utterly incredible.

Yes, they are having a financial crisis. And we hope that resolves soon for all of it’s citizens. But it’s also clear that Greece is a country who’s asset is the sheer beauty of the landscape.

Traveling to Greece is on our bucket list.

Cheers to you, Mom and Dad, for making it happen. Enjoy your time and please bring us home some really great gifts.

Ελπίδα έχετε μια υπέροχη φορά στην Ελλάδα !

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And as a bonus, a clip from Mamma Mia, which was filmed in Greece!

And Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.

And one of my favorites, The Big Blue (Le Grand Bleu)

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Google Translate App

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We live in such incredible times, it’s tough to keep up with how fast technology is moving. Simply amazing things are happening all the time and are newsworthy, but hardly get the recognition they deserve. Google translate app is one of those incredible developments. Basically, the app allows you to hold up your camera to text/signs around the world and have them immediately translated. It’s the stuff of magic and dreams.

It could have come in handy for me when I was traveling in China. The written language offers no clues as to what it is, but with this app, I would have been able to make my way more confidently, halfway across the world.

So, this is 2015, and technology is already doing stuff like this! What’s next?

Extraordinary.

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