Whidbey Island, WA

Whidbey Island, located in Puget Sound about 30 miles north of Seattle is the largest island in Washington State. It was named for Joseph Whidbey, one of the explorers on Captain George Vancouver’s team who, along with Peter Puget, mapped the island in the late 1700s. It is home to several state parks, including my…

San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

San Gimignano is a walled village in Tuscany that is famous for its medieval architecture and tower houses, which are stunningly evident in the skyline. It was three years ago this week when we visited this beautiful village and we were instantly charmed by its unique character and warmth. There are many things to do…

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…

San Juan Island, WA

Located in Washington State, near the Canadian border is a group of islands called the San Juan Islands. Clustered in the Salish Sea, the largest of these islands include San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw along with well over 150 smaller islands. The islands offer a wide variety of activities including hiking, beach combing, canoeing,…

Mont Saint Michel, France

The medieval village of Mont Saint Michel has a rich and interesting history that dates back to 708 when the Archangel Michael appeared to Saint-Aubert, the Bishop of Avranches. His request was that the Bishop build a sanctuary in his name. The first church was built in 966, by a group of Benedictine Monks. Construction…

Loch Ness

Scotland has over 30,000 lochs, and Loch Ness is probably the most famous due to the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, affectionally known as Nessie. Our first stop on our five week European adventure was a beautiful bed and breakfast on the shores of Loch Ness, before heading north to visit our friends in…