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…

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…

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…

Crichton Castle, Scotland

Located in Midlothian, on a bluff overlooking the River Tyne are the ruins of Crichton Castle. Built in the 1300s, it was originally the home of, as the name implies, the Crichtons, but over the years passed through the hands of various families including James Hepburn, the third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. It…

Monet’s Garden

Twenty years ago my husband, daughter and I took a trip to Europe with my sister and her family. We started in Edinburgh, where we strolled along the Royal Mile and visited the castle. We had to stop at a woolen shop to stock up on hats, scarves and gloves since we were all so…

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…

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…

More Loire Valley Sites

We visited many villages in the Loire Valley last month, but two that stand out are Trôo and Lavardin. Trôo has a large collection of Trogolydyte dwellings; we also had a delicious lunch there. Lavardin is famous for some castle ruins, and in the 1100s, the inhabitants thwarted an attack by Richard the Lionheart. Lavardin…

Loire Valley Sites

The beautiful Loire Valley of France is filled with many interesting sites including chateaux, troglodyte dwellings, wineries, charming villages, ruins and much more. We were in the Loire Valley just a few weeks ago, and thankfully arrived home just one day before the travel ban went into place. We started our adventure in the city…