This beautiful city, nestled near the southern Carpathian Mountains, was founded by the Teutonic Knights in AD 1211. Romania was once part of the Roman Empire and the town's Roman name was Corona (Crown). That part of history is still evident from the crown that is on the town's coat of arms today. It was once an … Continue reading Romania – Brasov
This is one of my favorite castles!! (Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany is my favorite!) I love this castle because it is what I imagine a castle to be with the secret passageways, towers and turrets. Bran Castle, which is better known as Dracula's Castle, is located in the town of Bran. It is a 45-minute … Continue reading Romania – Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle)
Another day trip that we did from Brasov, was to the Unesco World Heritage site of Sighisoara (Sig-he-swore-a). It is an ancient, medieval village that was founded as far back as the 12th century when the King of Hungary, who ruled the Transylvania region, invited German craftsmen and merchants to settle and defend the region. … Continue reading Romania – Sighisoara
My sweet, dear Ralphie, What a glorious five months we have had together! How do I begin to thank you for helping me "step out of my comfort box" this winter? How do I begin to thank you for all of the laughter you brought into my life? Do you realize what a gift … Continue reading A love letter to Ralphie
After several months of staying home in Maine, I am traveling again! Yay! Funny, when I arrived home last May from my last trip, I was so happy not to be traveling for awhile. Little did I know that "awhile" would turn out to be 7 months. Traveling is in my husband's and my blood. … Continue reading Spain – Madrid!
Toledo is a great day trip from Madrid but I would recommend staying overnight to enjoy the city at night. It is easy to catch the train from the Atocha train station. The high-speed AVE train makes it a quick 30 minute trip from Madrid to Toledo. There are approximately 8 trains that leave … Continue reading Spain – Toledo
Avila is an hour and forty minute train ride from the Chamartin train station in Madrid. Upon arrival to Avila, it is about a 20-minute walk through the newer part of town to the walled city. The wall around the old city was built in 1100 on top of ancient ruins of the previous wall. … Continue reading Spain – Avila
Willimantic is such a lovely little town that is off the "beaten track." If you are traveling to Moosehead Lake region, I encourage you to take time for a detour to explore this beautiful area.
there are still good people in this world. As I share this story of goodness with you, the Golden Rule comes to mind - "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." My husband David enjoys the sport of hunting in November. Last year, he had started a new project in … Continue reading In the midst of all the negative news…..
As the temperatures get cooler, the sun is setting sooner and the leaves start their transformation from lush green to colorful red, orange and yellow, I reflect on yet another passing summer in Maine. I know I have said it before but when it comes to summer, there is no other place I would rather … Continue reading Summer/Fall Memories of 2017
I feel as though I have written best sellers! I have written two children’s books, Brave Nellie and Lizzie’s Lesson. Brave Nellie’s message is - new things may be scary but if you are willing to try, good things can happen. Lizzie’s message is - to always look for the positive in all situations. … Continue reading MY BOOKS MAY NOT BE ON THE BEST SELLER’S LIST BUT…..
The last trip that David and I had was this past May, 2017. Throughout the summer, I have been working on my blog post to share beautiful Barcelona with you. I was so sadden when I heard the news of the terrorist attack on the pedestrian walkway, La Rambla this past August. To hear the … Continue reading Barcelona…..
Barcelona, the capital of the Catalan region of Spain, is a beautiful city. In 2014, I had the pleasure of visiting Barcelona but it was only for 4 days. This visit was for two glorious weeks! This city has so much to offer - beaches along the ocean, nearby mountains, history dating back to the Roman empire, … Continue reading Barcelona, Spain – May, 2017
When I was in Barcelona, briefly, four years ago, I fell in love with Gaudi - one of the leading architects of the modernism movement and modernism architecture. Honestly, if I had been introduced to Gaudi's works when I was in high school, I believe that I would be an architect today. This trip, I … Continue reading Barcelona is famous for Modernism Architecture
High in the Montserrat Mountains, of the Catalonia region in Spain, is the the Montserrat Monastery for Benedictine monks. It has a remarkable history dating back to 880 when a group of shepherd children saw a brilliant light descending from the heavens along with beautiful singing. They thought it was the voices of angels. The … Continue reading Montserrat – A Great Day Trip from Barcelona
After a four hour flight from Nepal, I was the city of Dubai which is in the country of the United Arab Emirates. As my friend Joan said, "talk about cultural whiplash!" I went from crowded congested roads like this: To organized roads like this: I went from a city like this in a developing … Continue reading United Arab Emirates – Dubai!
In this final post of Nepal, I just wanted to share with you photos and thoughts that I had throughout my journey that really didn't fit anywhere else. So, here goes..... Impressions of the journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu This was our final road trip in Nepal. Again, I don't know which is the "lesser of … Continue reading Nepal – Odds and Ends
Phewa Lake in the Pokhara ValleyPokhara means "valley of lakes." In this region, there are 7 popular lakes. We stayed next to Phewa (pronounced fee-wa) Lake, the largest lake in the Pokhara Valley and the second largest lake in Nepal. I love the Pokhara region! Before, in Kathmandu and Chitwan, I just wasn't enamored with … Continue reading Nepal – Pokhara the Lake Region
To continue on our tour of the Pokhara region, our next stop was: Devi's Falls It wasn't very impressive this time of year but in the next couple of months, this fall will be gushing down. I doubt if people will even be able to stand in the viewing area to the right. Ram shared … Continue reading Nepal – Pokhara Region (Part 2)
This region of approximately 580 sq miles, has been a national park since 1973 and since 1984, a Unesco World Heritage site. Prior to 1973, it was protected as a hunting reserve by King Mahendra. According to Lonely Planet, this hunting reserve status protected more animals than were actually killed. In the holy Hindu dialect … Continue reading Nepal – Chitwan National Park
On the weekend of Sept 13, 2014, I traveled to Antrim, NH for an all-class college reunion. In 1976, I graduated from a small private college, Nathaniel Hawthorne that no longer exist which is very sad. I have some great memories from my time spent there! My former classmates and I planned to meet at … Continue reading Nathaniel Hawthorne College Reunion
We spent two weeks in Romania. One week was in Bucharest, which to many travelers we met, was too much time. I disagree. There is quite a bit to see and such a contrast throughout the city - Beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings to the severe communist structures, lush green parks to streets with dilapidated buildings. One … Continue reading Romania – Bucharest