Sintra, Portugal is a magically beautiful place nestled in the mountains not far from Lisbon. The forests, groves, grottos, astronomical observation towers, and much more, will make you feel like you have somehow found your way into a magical forest or fairytale. Home to at least five palaces tucked in the hillsides, and on the... Continue Reading →
We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. Katie Thurmes Botanical Gardens, Madiera, Portugal
Portugal has been on our bucket list for many years. In fact, it was one of the first places we ever talked about visiting when we first got together over 35 years ago. So we were very excited about finally getting to visit this beautiful country. It certainly took us a long time to get... Continue Reading →
I followed my heart and it led me to the airport. Unknown Mt. Rainier, aka Tahoma, as seen from an Alaska Airlines flight.
I have to admit, it feels quite surreal to live fairly close to Paris, and to visit whenever we want. So many people dream of visiting this iconic city, and get to experience it perhaps only once in their lifetime. We feel quite lucky and humbled to be able to visit pretty much whenever we... Continue Reading →
We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Chief Si’ahl (Seattle) San Juan Island, WA State, USA
To highlight the potential hazards of using English around the world, George Bernard Shaw said “England and America are two countries separated by a common language”. Our little expat community in France that we now call home, includes mostly residents from the UK. No problem for us we thought since theTravelsketcher made many business trips... Continue Reading →
Thanks to my retirement in early January, theTravelsketcher and I have enjoyed a year chockablock with travel! After 35 years working as a project manager in medical research, plus additional time prior to that working as a nutritional counselor, I was ready to retire. We achieved our retirement dream of moving to France to enjoy... Continue Reading →