The Sand & Chi Blog


This blog is devoted to sharing my incredible journey traveling to many parts of the world & cultivating a successful design career.

Along the way, I have gained some fun insights into cultures
and have some interesting stories to tell.

Travel & More

13 Countries    |    35 US States    |    5 Outlying Territories

(and counting)

Check out my Travel Section for loads of photos, itineraries, and great tips for your next fabulous getaway!

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Snippets & Itineraries

Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Montmartre

Also known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, this fabulous church is set high on the hills on Montmartre in Paris. If you can stop and tour inside, it is well worth the time. The interior is stunning and the massive pipe organ is unreal. Take a moment to stop and enjoy the views from the hilltop overlooking the city of lights. Fantastic! 

a photo of a ruin at altun ha in belize

The Ruins at Altun Ha - Belize

From areas of abject poverty and colonies of rickety wooden houses to the incredibly scenic areas of the rainforests, Belize is a country worth seeing. We took a day to head over to the ancient Mayan ruins at Altun Ha. What a trek! In the humid heat of the hot summer day, we encountered hills that were unexpected. The really cool thing about this site was that we were completely free to roam around and climb to the top of these ancient wonders! I thought they would all be fenced off, but nope! We found some stunning views from the peaks.  Fabulous day! 

Ellen Phillips

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