Crichton Castle and Castle Douglas

After a lovely stay with our friends in the beautiful Backies area of Northern Scotland, we drove to Edinburgh where we met up with some friends who had just arrived from the US. From there we drove to Castle Douglas, and made a stop at Crichton Castle along the way. This 14th century castle sits…

The Backies

The Backies is a region in the Highlands of Scotland where you will find charming villages, castles, distilleries and the crazy, fickle weather that is typical of Scotland. A colleague said to me “people don’t go to Scotland for the weather!” The locals say, “just wait 10 minutes, and the weather will change.” We certainly…

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, also referred to as RTBG, is located in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia and was a highlight of my time there. The Red Decker Sightseeing bus tour includes a stop at the gardens. This is the second oldest garden in Australia and dates to the early 1800s. The gardens include 35 acres…

Moustiers-Saint-Marie

Moustiers-Saint-Marie, also referred to as Moustiers, has the distinction of being one of the most beautiful villages in France. Les Plus Beaux Villages de France is an independent association founded in the early 1980s to promote tourism in rural France. They determined the 100 most beautiful villages in France, and Moustiers, located in southeastern France,…

Galiano Island

Last week I wrote about a recent trip we had taken to Orcas Island, this week I will continue on that theme and write about Galiano Island, which is one of the Gulf Islands located at the southern end of the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia, Canada. This…

Kangaroos!

My husband took many business trips to Australia over a fifteen year period before the opportunity finally arose for me to meet him there, and it was well worth the wait. The people are amazingly friendly and helpful, the country is varied with breathtaking beauty, and the animals are incredibly interesting! I fell in love…