Roussillon, Provence, France

Roussillon is a beautiful gem of a village located in the Luberon area of Provence, in southwest France. The village is blanketed in the ubiquitous ocher, a natural pigment found in the area, and is one of the largest deposits of the mineral in the world. Ocher was mined here for many years, and is…

Just Some Photos

I’m posting just a few photos today of past adventures. I took this while kayaking off San Juan Island, WA. The photo of the fox was also taken on San Juan Island. Near Melbourne, Australia, there is an amazing place called The William Rickets Sanctuary. The photo below was taken there. Above and below, Port…

Sunday Lunch

The French have a tradition of gathering together on Sundays to enjoy a long, leisurely lunch with family and friends. I first read about this tradition in a book by Susan Hermann Loomis called In a French Kitchen. Since my husband and I love food, cooking and France, we adopted this custom for our weekends….

Macro Photography

I learned a few things this past weekend about macro photography from my niece, Terri, who is a professional, and an absolutely amazing photographer. Check out her site here. Once the weather improves, I hope to get outside and practice some of the tips she shared with me. In the meantime, I’ll share a few…

A Milestone Birthday

I celebrated a milestone birthday last week. It’s hard to believe that I have reached this age; where did the time go? I don’t feel old, in fact, sometimes I feel like a kid who doesn’t know what to do when I grow up! I have grey hair, wrinkles, arthritis, aches and pains, but I…

Cross Country Skiing at Mt. Bachelor

Planning on playing in the snow this winter? Consider Mt. Bachelor in Central Oregon. This is a beautiful location that offers skiing, snow boarding, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and 56 km of cross country trails. Located about 30 minutes from Sunriver, and about an hour from Bend, this resort is a perfect get away for couples…

More on Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, is home to 10 million people and in 2015 was rated Asia’s most livable city. It is an interesting mix of old and new with modern skyscrapers built around ancient Hanok villages, Buddhist temples and shrines. My husband and I visited in November, and although Seoul was never…

Yamhill County Restaurants

Planning a trip to do some wine tasting in beautiful Oregon? If so, you may want to find some good restaurants to try. Not to worry, there are many fantastic restaurants are in the area. I prefer independent restaurants that support the local farmers and offer fresh ingredients over chain restaurants, and this area is…

Happy Holidays!

It has been a busy month of holiday related activities for theTravelersketcher (my husband) and me, and the fun continues with many more functions and parties in the days ahead. We’ll be in Oregon to visit family there, then back to Washington to celebrate with family and friends here. If you count your riches in…