Lago di Garda, or Lake Garda, is the largest lake in Italy. Located in the northern part of the country, the lake is just south of the Austrian border and west of Venice. Of course, you’d be hard-pressed to find a region in Italy that isn’t beautiful, but honestly…this area is stunning. Yes, it’s a tourist hot spot and definitely not a destination off the beaten path (which is what I usually look for), but you know what? I loved […]
Earlier this week, west coast of Iceland. I was so glad to be back in this amazing country, marveling at the magnificent views along the coastline despite the non-stop drizzle. I snapped a quick photo with my phone and played around with an HDR app to jazz it up since the light was so poor. I loved the result! The day absolutely felt like this.
Iceland’s Skogafoss is located along the southern part of the Ring Road, the highway that circles the island nation. The beautiful waterfall is ~200 feet high. On the day we visited the wind blew like crazy, and it was hard to even stand upright. I had to venture out of the car to take this photo, though! If the weather had been nice, I suppose there would have been hundreds of visitors here. I would love to return on a […]
Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations. I generally like to stay off the beaten path, but in this case I made an exception. There’s a reason so many travelers stop to marvel at this waterfall: it is simply spectacular. Years ago investors wanted to dam this river to produce electricity, but nothing ever came of it except a persistent urban legend in which the daughter of one of the investors threatens to throw herself into the waters […]
Portugal has some of the most amazing beaches I’ve ever seen. I think I’d like to spend a portion of my retirement years exploring them. Tough to beat that plan, don’t you think? To see great images of seas around the globe, hop on over to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Sea. And you can see more bodies of water that I’ve admired here.
Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Architecture. This is one of my favorite shots from my visit to Dubrovnik last year. You can walk on top of this wall and look out over the city and the Adriatic. I didn’t adjust the color on this image; this is how it looked on the day we visited. Simply magical.
Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Pathways. I love this photo, and there’s a story behind it. Some of you may remember that I broke my foot in 2011, just a few days before leaving Germany for Portugal. I was determined to carry on with my planned vacation, and I made it to Portugal. But sadly, you can’t travel over sand on crutches, and I could only enjoy the amazing beaches from afar. One day we found this boardwalk, and […]
Every week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. Bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday, when Jake announces the next photo theme. Jake’s Sunday Post this week is Entrance, and you can check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here.
On the eastern edge of the Adriatic Sea lies Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, an area rich in history and natural beauty. I visited Dubrovnik last year, lured by tales of Croatia’s Mediterranean climate and lifestyle and budget-friendly accommodations. Although I adored Dubrovnik, I’m more of a nature girl than a city girl, and so on our third day in Croatia I was ready to explore beyond the city walls. By then we had seen dozens of posters and pamphlets advertising boat […]
It’s that time of the year. The holidays are over, but winter is still here and warm weather seems like a long ways off. I’m daydreaming about a warm-weather escape that includes some kind of activity on the water. Ah, Greece comes to mind. I hope you enjoy these photos, especially if you’re also dealing with the winter blues. Anyone planning a warm-weather escape by the water?
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons. See other bloggers’ interpretations here. A view from a window in Schloss (Castle) Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany, 2003. Three seasons in one image!
Every week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. Bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday, when Jake announces the next photo theme. Jake’s Sunday Post this week is Peaceful, and you can check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here. I discovered a peaceful part of the world when I traveled to the west coast of Ireland in 2009. Even the animals seem mellow.
The highlight of my trip to Croatia was visiting Mljet (pronounced Mee-yet) National Park, located on a stunningly beautiful island in the Adriatic off the Dalmatian Coast. The ancient Greek poet Homer mentions this island in the Odyssey, and according to legend Odysseus was marooned here for 7 years. The locals smile and say, “But of course, why would he want to leave?” Indeed. This is the view as we approach the island after a 2-hour boat ride from Dubrovnik. […]
Every week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. Bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday, when Jake announces the next photo theme. Jake’s Sunday Post this week is Black & White (check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here). Last year I experimented with an online tutorial describing how to change a color photo to black and white. I used this photo of a cat that I took in the Algarve region of southern Portugal, and I liked […]
The Aran Islands are a group of three islands located off the west coast of Ireland. When I travel, I always try to find an “authentic” experience, and while researching our trip to Ireland I read somewhere that families in Dublin send their children to these islands during the summer to learn about Irish culture. And so I became fascinated with the prospect of visiting the Aran Islands to experience authentic Ireland. We planned our vacation around this activity, making […]
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Wrong. As in, there’s something wrong here. Share a picture that means WRONG to you! At first glance, this looks like a nice scene: vacation homes overlooking the island of Spinalonga, which features some old buildings that probably have historic significance. Tour boats and yachts dock there. The water is a gorgeous azure color. Lovely! But the island was home to, among other things, a leper colony as recently as 1957. It seems wrong (and […]
Every week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. Bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday, when Jake announces the next photo theme. Jake’s Sunday Post this week is Road (check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here). I looked at the map, and driving along the southern coast of Crete looked totally doable. After the village of Mirtos, the main road turns into a secondary road, and after Tertsa, the secondary road becomes a dirt road. This dirt […]
While visiting Crete, I stayed in this fabulous little apartment complex at the top of a hill overlooking Mirabello Bay. The views were amazing, and the hike up the hill from the village after dinner alleviated any guilt about splurging on extravagant dinners! My stay coincided with a full moon, and I loved going out after the sun went down to watch the moon reflecting on the water. I also saw bats flying over the olive trees and skimming the […]
This week Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack asks, “Where’s your secret place?” Although the Great Sand Dunes have been designated a National Park, their remote location means few people make the trip to see them. I’ve been visiting this amazing place for more than 20 years, and I love this area so much that I eventually moved here. People are slowly discovering this location, but as you can see in this photo from last April, it still feels like a […]
Every week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. Bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday, when Jake announces the next photo theme. Jake’s Sunday Post this week is Water (check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here).
I’ve been to Houston several times, but it’s usually related to business travel and I have limited time to see fun things in the area. A few years ago, however, I had the opportunity to take a road trip out of the city and visit Brazos Bend State Park. I was REALLY excited to see alligators in the wild, but unfortunately they were all hiding from tourists on the day I visited. I did see a very cool alligator skeleton […]
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Share a picture that is BLUE! Before I visited Lake Tahoe I was aware of an environmental campaign called Keep Tahoe Blue, so of course I expected the lake to be blue. But I’ll never forget catching my first glimpse of it. This lake is REALLY blue. Amazingly so. Add “See blue Lake Tahoe” to your bucket lists. Learn more about this week’s WordPress theme and check out other bloggers’ interpretations here.
During my 2007 trip to Munich to see my family, my cousin and I planned a trip to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area. I love this region in southern Germany. The scenery is absolutely stunning, and we always find great shops and restaurants. It was unusually hot, so my cousin suggested also hiking through the Partnachklamm, or Partnach Gorge. Excellent idea! I’ll post some pics of the area in the near future, but today I want to show you the gorge and […]
Utah is one of my favorite places on the planet. I love the desert, the wide-open vistas with no signs of development, the dark night skies, and the sound of silence so loud that you can hear your ears ring. I love driving on deserted highways. I love sleeping in a tent and waking up to coyotes howling in the distance. (However, our dogs never enjoyed that. They trembled under their sleeping bags.) Fortunately Terry loves desert vacations as much […]
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Share a picture with TWO SUBJECTS! Our two beloved dogs, Misty and Rex. They are both gone now, and this is one of my favorite photos of them. Swimming was one of Rex’s favorite hobbies. Misty preferred staying closer to shore. You can see other bloggers’ interpretations of this week’s theme here.
On the southern coast of Crete you’ll find the delightful, tiny town of Tersa and Tavern Sophokles. We placed our order at the beach cabana bar, and then the proprietors dashed down the street to prepare our meal in their home kitchen (!). We dined on the lounge chairs you can see in the background while enjoying the view of the Libyan Sea. After delicious Greek salads for lunch,we were served shots of raki, alcohol made from fermented grape skins. […]