Laval, Normandie, France

Earlier this week, theTravelsketcher and I had to take a trip to Laval to get our COVID boosters, so we decided to make a day of it and see some of the sites in this historic city. Laval, about one hour from our home, is the capitol the Department of Mayenne, and is located about... Continue Reading →

Les Jardin des Plantes, Paris

At this time last week, we had just arrived in Paris and were looking forward to spending a few days exploring this iconic city. Our first stop was Les Jardin des Plantes, and due to a heatwave, we got an early start. This 68 acre park reminds me of one of my favorite places, Balboa... Continue Reading →

Balboa Park, San Diego

It’s hard to beat sunny San Diego as a vacation destination with its brilliant blue shores, inviting, sandy beaches, lively neighborhoods, and temperate weather, but in my humble opinion, Balboa Park is the city’s crowning jewel. Originally known as “City Park” this gem has an interesting history dating back to the mid 1800s and offers... Continue Reading →

Bath Spa, UK

The picturesque and charming town of Bath Spa, just a 90 minute train ride from London, is filled with a rich and interesting history dating back to 60 AD when the Romans built the famous baths here. Situated on the River Avon, you will find other fascinating points of interest here including Bath Abbey, the... Continue Reading →

Leach Botanical Gardens, Portland, OR

Portland has some beautiful botanical gardens including Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens and Elk Rock Gardens, but my favorite is Leach Botanical Gardens. This beautiful, sixteen acre property was originally the home of John and Lilla Leach, who purchased a portion of the plot in the early 1930s. Their original home, a charming stone cottage, still... Continue Reading →

The Colors of Autumn

Autumn is a glorious time of year with the vast array of colors found in nature. With brilliant shades of red, yellow, gold and orange, an artist has an endless supply of scenes to paint. I love traveling in October when the colors are at their finest, and I have many photos from my autumn... Continue Reading →

Memories of Tokyo and Seoul

I don’t usually post blogs more than once a week, but it was two years ago this weekend that we arrived home after a fantastic trip to Tokyo and Seoul, and I want to share some photos of this memorable vacation. While there, we took a side trip to Seoul to visit our niece and... Continue Reading →

Images in Red

I continue to be inspired by Jess at I’ve Been Travelling Blog, who recently posted several features focusing on a particular color. This week I will continue on that theme and focus on red. Red can invoke a gamut of emotions including anger, passion, danger, energy, excitement and power. Here are a few great quotes... Continue Reading →

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, Portland, OR

Spring is the perfect time of year to visit Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens located in the Eastmoreland neighborhood of Portland. This beautiful, nine acre garden is currently bursting with rhododendron and azalea blossoms in a variety of brilliant colors. The tranquility of the garden provides a lovely place to stroll and take photos, do a... Continue Reading →

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