Out and About in Normandie, France

We have discovered some amazing places all within a two hours drive, or less, from our home that are all well worth their own blog post. I’ll share the highlights with you today, and fill in the details at a later date. La Fosse Arthour is a beautiful park with sandstone ridges and a geological... Continue Reading →

Sainte Suzanne, Normandie, France

Sainte Suzanne, located not far from the town of Mayenne in Normandie, has the distinction of being one of the few fortresses that William the Conqueror was unsuccessful in overtaking. He and his forces tried in vain for three years to take the town, and eventually gave up; you can read more about that here.... Continue Reading →

Château de Domfront, Normandie, France

Château de Domfront has a turbulent and interesting history that goes back many centuries. From what I was able to find out, it appears that the chateau was built by Henry I Beauclerc, and was standing in 1051 when it was assailed by William the Conquerer, Henry’s father. It passed through many hands during the... Continue Reading →

A Week In Photos

It’s been a hectic and somewhat stressful week, so I’m going to share some photos of what we’ve been up to, and follow up with more details when time allows. Last weekend, we enjoyed a relaxing walk in our neighborhood and a visit to a nearby chateau. Château de Bois Thibault On Tuesday, we drove... Continue Reading →

The Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are truly one of the most beautiful and magical places in the world. You will find rugged, stunning landscapes, numerous inviting lochs, rocky beaches, majestic mountains and an abundance of wildlife. This corner of the globe should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Our Highland adventure included the Backies, a region in... Continue Reading →

Travel Photos of the Loire Valley

The gorgeous Loire Valley of France is known for wine, cheese, amazing architecture, ubiquitous castles, troglodyte dwellings, charming villages, hot air balloon rides over the vineyards finished with a glass of champagne, what more could one want? It was one year ago that theTravelsketcker and I were there, so it seems appropriate to share some... Continue Reading →

Châteaux Français

A few weeks ago I wrote about UK castles, so today I'll continue on that theme and write about castles in France. There are well over 1,000 castles in France in various conditions, from some that are still inhabited to others that are a pile of ruins. They are all interesting to visit and have... Continue Reading →

Reflection Photos

It has been an intense week at work, and as a result I have not had any time to prepare a blog post, so I will share some photos of reflections that I have taken over the years. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart, Australia Near Denali National Park, Alaska Odawara Castle, Hakone, Japan A... Continue Reading →

UK Castles

There are approximately 1,500 castles in the UK, many dating back to the 6th century AD and earlier. You'll find a wide variety of structures in varying conditions; from fairytale castles to others that are a pile of ruins, and everything in between. Visiting these historical locations is high on my bucket list, and I... Continue Reading →

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