Paris, France

I have written many blog posts about France, but I have put off writing about Paris because…well, what can I say about Paris that hasn’t already been said? There are many large cities in France that are equally inviting and as beautiful as Paris, including Nice and Lyon; however, no travel site is complete without…

Flowers

Just a short blog post today since I have a full day planned, so I am sharing some photos of flowers I have taken while walking in my neighborhood. Like many neighborhoods, we have an abundance of gorgeous flowers, lilacs, pansies, rhododendrons, tulips, roses and daisies. All for us to enjoy. Be sure to take…

Photos From Scotland

It has been a few years since I visited Scotland, and since travel is so restricted right now, it may be a while before I get back. Until then, I will enjoy my photos and memories of this ruggedly, beautiful country. Stone steps leading to Loch Ness. Crossroads. Loch Brora above. Below are the remains…

Truffle Tuesday

It’s difficult to keep a travel blog going at the moment, when travel is so restricted, so today I am doing something a little different and sharing a short story that I wrote. One of the dishes I mention in the story was inspired by a delicious dish I had at the Oyster Bar on…

The Junco Nest

There is a Junco nest in the planter by our front door. Today the babies are nine days old and are very active, so they may fledge at any moment. It has been interesting and entertaining to watch the activity from start to finish. The activity began about three weeks ago when I noticed a…

York, England

The medieval city of York located in Northern England, is a fascinating place to explore. You will find cathedrals, museums, city walks, ghost tours, outdoor activities and The Shambles; York is a great location for families, couples, and solo travelers. York Minster, completed in 1472 after hundreds of years of construction, is one of the…

Silver and Gold

Kyoto, Japan is an amazing and historical place to visit. I have been there only once; in July when the weather was absolutely sweltering; not the best time of year to visit. There are many sites to see in Kyoto, but the highlight for me was Ginkakuji also known as the Silver Temple. This temple…

Big Gulch Trail

A hike in a serene, forested area is a great way to recharge when the stress of life builds up. And it’s an added bonus when the trail is in an urban area, preventing the need for a long drive to a distant trailhead. One such place is Big Gulch Trail, a hidden gem in…

Picnic Point Park

Like most parks around the country, Picnic Point Park, located in Snohomish County, WA was closed for several months due to COVID-19. However, it is open now and we enjoyed a long walk there last weekend. Situated on the shores of Puget Sound with a nice view of Whidbey Island, there is much to do…