Sonoma County Wine Tasting

Until COVID put a stop to travel, theTravelsketcher and I would take a yearly trip to Sonoma County to collect wine. We did a lot of entertaining (again, pre-COVID) and enjoyed finding new and interesting wines to share with our guests. We missed our trips to Sonoma during the pandemic, so we were really happy... Continue Reading →

Travel Highlights of 2021

I’m so thankful for the vaccine which has allowed a little normalcy back into our lives. We were fully vaccinated by early April, and as a result, theTravelsketcher and I have taken a good number of trips this past year. Our first adventure was in April when we went to Eastern Washington to do some... Continue Reading →

The Medieval City of Avignon, France

A visit to Avignon is a must for any trip to Provence. It is an ancient, walled city surrounded by medieval stone ramparts, situated by the Rhone River. Once inside, you will find narrow passageways, charming town squares, the famous Palais des Papes, and Pont d’Avignon, along with many other interesting sites. Rooftops of Avignon... Continue Reading →

Tipsy Baked Mussels on the Half Shell

The Pacific Northwest is seafood heaven with a dazzling variety of options, availability and creative methods of preparation. Over the years, I have enjoyed cooking with shellfish and have tried many different techniques. I developed this recipe after finding some inspiration online (thanks to the hundreds of recipes available for stuffed mussels). This delicious dish... Continue Reading →

Orcas Island, WA

The San Juan Islands, located in the Salish Sea in the northwestern part of Washington State, are an ideal get away for anyone looking for a place to enjoy the outdoors. This archipelago consists of over 400 islands with San Juan, Orcas and Lopez being the largest in the chain. The islands offer a wide... Continue Reading →

Travel Photos of Florence, Italy

Located in the heart of Tuscany, Florence has been a popular tourist destination for many centuries. It is the birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci, Florence Nightingale and is considered to be the home of the Renaissance. According to UNESCO, close to one-third of the world's art treasures are found in Florence. And of course, the... Continue Reading →

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