Passageways

There is something inviting about passageways; they seem to beckon and call us to explore where they lead, what surprises they hold, or adventures await once we have passed through. Mayenne, Normandie, France Passageways can be human made, or found in nature. They have many different names; alley, tunnel, gate, aisle, walkway, corridor, path, portal,... Continue Reading →

Château de Valmer, Loire Valley

The Loire Valley has over 300 châteaux including some that are in excellent condition and still inhabited, to those that are ruins, but they are all interesting places to visit. The structures range in size and function; some were built as fortified fortresses, others were used as hunting lodges, and still more were built as... Continue Reading →

Getting Settled in France

We arrived in France on Monday, March 14th, and have settled into our rustic, little cottage near Torchamp in Normandie. Torchamp is pretty much a wide spot in the road. We wanted to escape the hectic pace of the city to find some peace and quiet, and we have done just that. Here are a... Continue Reading →

Seattle, The Emerald City

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Mukilteo, WA, where theTravelsketcher and I have lived for the past six years. Mukilteo is a beautiful little town about 25 miles north of Seattle. However, I was born and raised in the Seattle area, and have spent the majority of my life in and around the region.... 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 sites here including Bath Abbey, the famous Royal... 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 →

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