Glorious Days and Magical Nights in Marrakech - Part Two

When I travel, the greatest gratification is when a hotel gets the first impression right. It's all about the arrival. When a handsome man in a tailored hotel uniform opens your car door, with two others standing behind him, and the first thing you hear is: "Welcome to Amanjena, Mrs. Thiessen!" – you know you're in for a real treat. They make you feel special, as though they've been waiting for months for you to arrive. 'It's me! I'm here!' I wanted to yell out. (Of course, with a little self-control, I kept it all inside – but really, this was how I felt.)

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Glorious Days and Magical Nights in Marrakech - Part One

Welcome to the Royal Mansour Marrakech – "where dreams live and emotions are born."

I'd say!

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Sleeping in the Trees

It may safely be said that just about every child's dream is to have a treehouse. Honestly, what could possibly be more fun than having your own little private place up in the trees during your younger years? A place where your Barbies can make out in peace (teehee!) and where your Hello Kitty diary is kept safe? Perhaps even the spot where you stash the candy you purchased with the coins you "borrowed" from mom's purse while she wasn't looking?

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How is it August Already?

What do you do when the summer just hasn't been quite hot enough? (Sarcasm!)

Why, you book a trip to a destination that's even hotter, of course! Yikes! And, with the late summer deals and all, my beautiful hotels were calling.

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My Beautiful Mexico City

Dear Mexico City,

How pretty are you!? I really had no idea. 

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Pinch Me!

Have you ever had a "pinch me" moment? When you just couldn't believe something was really happening?

One of my greatest pinch me moments involves Coco Chanel, and the time I was invited to visit her original apartment in Paris.

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My Beautiful Paris E-boutique

Despite the fact that I'm no trendsetter, I am constantly asked where I've purchased this and that. Do I have a favourite pair of comfy flats, a favourite travel bag, cosmetic bag, or, yes, even a favourite coffee mug? And what am I currently reading? I have been pulled aside many times and asked where I bought my coat, my scarf or my bag, and so forth.

Because of these constant queries, I decided it was time to open an e-boutique!

Drum roll please!

Ta-dahhhhh ­– I am excited to introduce to you the My Beautiful Paris E-boutique at!

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Postcards from Côte d'Azur

"A picture is worth a thousand words." Right!?

I hope you enjoy Postcards from Côte d'Azur. 

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Amo Milano


I am currently in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (more on this beautiful place later!) but want to share the most wonderful time I have just had in Milan. It was my second visit. The first time was a quick 24-hour stopover, so I didn't remember too much of the city. 

When I told a few friends where I was traveling to the question was, why Milan when there's Rome, Venice and Florence. Well! Here's why... 

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Passport to Self Discovery

In January 2017, I met with a life coach. One of her first assignments was for me to write down a list of ten goals. Considering my state of confusion and uncertainty at the time, I was surprised that the list only took me about five minutes to compile. When you're really ready to grab a hold of yourself and make some changes, it is amazing how clear your vision can become with a little guidance. 

One goal, however, was a little (lot!) far-fetched. I'm actually surprised I threw it on the list, as I didn't want to be reckless. It was important for me to keep the list realistic. 

I wanted to be published. 

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