The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds, the beautiful English countryside. It conjures up thoughts of lush, green rolling hills, picnics, punting, big floppy hats, beautiful manor houses, sheep, quaint idyllic villages, pubs and so much more. The beauty of the countryside will take your breath away. The Cotswolds is one of the largest areas in England covering 787 square…

Seven Things to do in Sydney, Australia

What do you think of when you imagine Sydney? The opera house may come to mind for some, Sydney Harbour Bridge might come to mind for others. You might also think of restaurants, pubs, street markets and some of the world’s most poisonous snakes and spiders. Thankfully, I did not see any snakes, but I…

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park, located in southern Oregon is a magnificent site to see. The lake was formed over 7,000 years ago during the massive eruption of Mount Mazama. The lake is the deepest in the USA, and one of the deepest in the world. There are no rivers running into the lake, but it…

San Antonio, Texas

Texas has never been high on my list of vacation destinations, but then, as you may have observed from my previous blog posts, there are few places on the planet that I won’t visit. So, Texas; I had heard from friends and family that San Antonio is an interesting place to visit, filled with history,…

The Redwoods – Mighty, Majestic Trees

Sequoia sempervirens, also known as costal redwood and California redwood, are the tallest and largest trees on the planet. They once covered over 2 million acres in Northern California. Sadly, due to over-logging in the mid 1800s to early 1900s, they now cover only 131,983 acres. In 1918, the Save the Redwoods League was formed…

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley, the name doesn’t sound very inviting. In fact, an immediate response to a suggested vacation there might receive an incredulous “why?!?” My husband and I visited a few years ago for our anniversary. Needless to say, we received a lot of teasing for our choice of our anniversary getaway location. However, it truly…

Arms Raised to Joshua Tree National Park

At the convergence of the Colorado and Mojave desserts lies Joshua Tree National Park. Its quiet, surreal beauty will draw you in, and you will find yourself lost in its distinctive landscape. The many hiking trails you’ll find here are an open invitation to roam, wander and experience its rugged terrain. The trails twist and…