Secrets, Castles, Caves and Magic

April 25, 2018 So yesterday, once I discovered the train station here in Lisbon, Portugal and knew that I could buy a ticket to get to a popular destination and a place of country pride- Sintra, that’s exactly what I did. Previously I had been researching tours and found that they were all quite expensive…

Spanish winery plants flag in Washington

I am 100% sharing word for word an article from the Washington Wine Report.  I am doing so to highlight this fabulous news for those of us who live here, and also to bring attention to this development for other wine lovers!   Honestly as well, I am sharing this article as support for thoughts…

“Ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible”

October 1, 2018 Well, today was a travel day. We had another scrumptious breakfast at Burrowing Owl and hit the road for our six hour drive home – over sepia colored hills and hypnotic dales under the weak October sun. Yo – it’s October!! It’s October 1st today!!! Eventually we encountered rain on Stevens Pass…

F – O – G – Festival Of The Grape

September 30, 2018 Since our three agenda items for the day were not on tap until noon, we had our fabulous Burrowing Owl breakfast and went for a drive. The expansive vistas here are seemingly around every corner!! We drove east out of Osoyoos and the road climbed, and climbed and climbed until we were…

Saturday in British Columbia

September 29, 2018 This is our fourth autumn trip to this visually sparkling gem of a destination that stimulates one’s other senses as well and which seems a bit of a secret. At the southernmost point in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Osoyoos sits in Canada’s only desert, on the shores of its warmest lake. The…

Osoyoos, BC

September 28, 2018 On the road again!!  We had enough time after arriving home from Europe yesterday to accomplish laundry chores, have a light dinner, enjoy a gorgeous sunset and watch the Exciting Thursday Night Football game!  This morning our packing for British Columbia, Canada is a bit different from the 80+ degree temperatures we…

Homeward Bound

September 27, 2018 Wow! It’s here – my last travel day!! I am saying “Fare Thee Well” to Europe this morning – or is it, “Until Next Time”? As the “end” of anything can be bittersweet, particularly an adventure, so it is with this return to my home turf. I have been across the world…

Bye Bye Barcelona

September 26, 2018 Being American was kind of rare on the Camino, and somewhat so in Barcelona. Many people do however speak English. This can serve to make one lazy in regards to speaking the local language, yet Bill and I truly try – and actually fare quite well.  Lindsey studied Spanish throughout her junior…

Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família – Sagrada Familia

September 25, 2018 “When the foundation stone of the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família was laid in 1882, it’s unlikely that anyone involved anticipated that the construction of this church would take well over a century to complete. But when Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, now famous for his unique take on the…

The Catalan Festival of La Mercè

    September 24, 2018 La Mercè is the annual Catalan festival of Barcelona, Spain, and has been an official city holiday since 1871 when the local government first organized a program of special activities to observe the Roman Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy, La Mare de Déu de la Mercè in…

Festival Time In Barcelona!

September 23, 2018 And it’s on to our next Spanish city, Barcelona. This will be my third visit and Bill’s second – all after Caminos. This one will again be special as Lindsey had another wedding shoot in France and will be joining us there. Or I should say that we will be joining HER…