my name is shalese

welcome

and I've always loved to write things down.
I'm a writer, photographer, wife, and dog mom.
I run a wedding venue in Orange, Virginia, and whenever I have free time and a cheap plane ticket, I'm planning our next trip.

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Florence, Italy Travel Blog — Shalese Danielle Travels

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America needs high speed trains.  Yes, I get that our country is MASSIVE, but we should make travel easier between cities and states!  Imagine how much more of our own country we could explore if we were set up for trains like Italy.  I mean, even if you live in Rome, what’s your excuse to […]

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Venice, Italy Travel Blog — Shalese Danielle Travels

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I do my best to keep up with a journal when I travel, but there’s nothing quite like getting back to blog about it!  If I didn’t blog our trips, I honestly do not believe the photos would ever get organized.  Plus, I love the planning part, so I spend a ton of time researching […]

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carry on travel tips

How to Pack for a Two-Week Trip . . . and Not Forget Anything

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Packing is an overwhelming task.  Even when I pack a simple overnight bag, I ALWAYS forget something.  My de-tangling hairbrush, a phone charger, a book, my moisturizer — there’s always one little thing.  Or more.  😉 When I packed for a week in London/Scotland, I did pretty well.  I remembered the power converter, my toothbrush, […]

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edinburgh travel tips

Shalese Sees the World: My First Trip Abroad, Part Two

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After booking the train and hotel for Edinburgh, I kept going back and forth.  Should I have done that?  Did I just try to do too much?  Will I regret missing out on doing EVERYTHING we could in London?  Did I let my obsession with seeing J.K. Rowling’s writing haunts cloud my travel judgement?!  Yes, […]

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London travel tips

Shalese Sees the World: My First Trip Abroad, Part One

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When I was younger, I read this book roughly one million times.  Actually, I read all kinds of these fictional royal diaries, but Elizabeth’s was my favorite.  Years later, I declared English as my major with a concentration in British literature.  I spent 9am mornings studying Shakespeare and Wordsworth, Keats and Blake, Shelley and Byron.  These […]

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