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 →

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 →

Travel Photos of California

California became a state on September 9, 1850 and is home to the highest (Sierra Nevada Range) and the lowest (Death Valley) points in the contiguous United States. It has nine National Parks, more than any other state and is the birth place of Apple computers and the Barbie doll. There are beaches, mountains, deserts,... Continue Reading →

Let’s Do Lunch!

Seattleites of a certain age may remember the Frederick & Nelson store located on 5th and Pine in downtown Seattle. Frederick's had a large restaurant on one of the upper levels that periodically offered fashion shows. My mom loved going out to lunch and seeing the latest fashions, so we went there often. I have... Continue Reading →

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