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…

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…

Travel Photos of France

According to a recent New York Times article, the European Union may allow fully vaccinated American tourists into EU countries as soon as this summer. I can’t get this thought out of my mind, and find myself dreaming of France and reminiscing of past vacations there. It’s been just over one year since their borders…

Bath Spa, UK

The picturesque and charming town of Bath Spa, 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 many other fascinating sites in Bath including Bath Abbey, the famous…

Travel Photos of Australia

Australia is known for its vast, diverse and ruggedly beautiful landscapes, beaches, deserts, strange and beautiful animals, spiders, snakes and don’t forget Vegemite! I was fortunate to have captured photos of a few of these amazing sites ten years ago this month on my one trip down under, which I will share today. Port Phillip…

Travel Photos of Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is Japan’s third largest city and is the cultural capital of Japan. Founded in 794, it is one of Japan’s oldest cities. It is the home of temples, shrines, parks, great restaurants, and all that comes with the polite helpfulness that the Japanese are known for. theTravelsketcher and I visited in July, 2016 and…

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…