Travel, Morocco

The Jardin Majorelle

A twelve-acre oasis awaits you in Marrakech, the Majorelle Garden is botanical and artist's landscape garden in Marrakech, Morocco. It was designed by the expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s, during the colonial period when Morocco was a protectorate of France. We visited this during our first day in this lively city.… Continue reading The Jardin Majorelle

North Carolina, Travel

Spanish Mustangs of Corolla

A recent extended weekend gave us time to explore a part of North Carolina we miss. The OuterBanks of NC offers a variety of things to do such as exploring the coastline, eating delicious seafood, fishing, and learning about the history of this beautiful coast of NC. We were wanting to finally see the Spanish… Continue reading Spanish Mustangs of Corolla

Sicily, Travel

Exploring Noto Sicily

Noto is an interesting town with its share of beautiful palazzos, excellent restaurants, gorgeous cathedrals, and municipal buildings. The city appeared rather quiet during our time visiting. According to our tour guide, the city is a contrast between wealth and poor. Tourist revenue is major for the city and it's definitely hurting with this pandemic.… Continue reading Exploring Noto Sicily

Sicily, Travel

A Roman Villa in Sicily

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage, the Villa Romana del Casale is worth the short trip from the town of Piazza Armerina, Sicily (~ 3km). This ancient Roman villa or palace is known for its 40 beautiful mosaic floors. One could spend hours here exploring these decorative mosaics. This open-air museum differently should be part… Continue reading A Roman Villa in Sicily

Sicily, Travel

Caltagirone, Sicily

Garden of Caltagirone -Ceramic Image Sitting on the east slopes of Mount Etna, you will find Caltagirone, a picturesque city that is known for his ceramics. Located about 68 kilometers (about 42 miles) from Catania, Caltagirone is about 600 meters (~1900 feet) about sea level. Santa Maria del Monte Stair The Santa Maria del Monte… Continue reading Caltagirone, Sicily

South Africa, Travel

The Big Five – Africa

We are planning our next visit to Africa. This would be our 4th time. Great pictures here. Thanks for sharing. Checking out the Big 5 Five by 100 Country Trek.

100 Country Trek

In Africa, the Big Five game animals are, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhinoceros and Cape Buffalo. We saw many of these in countries where we have travelled including, Zambia,Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa.

Young Male Lion – Kenya

Leopard – Sabi Sands ( Private Game Reserve) – Kruger

Kruger -Elephant walking towards us – We should have stayed in the Jeep.

White Rhino – Tanzania

Cape Buffalo – Kruger

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Travel

Lens-Artists #198: Light and Shadow

Some excellent photos, great ideas, and hints from a fellow blogger. Check them out!

100 Country Trek

Here are my entries for Patti’s of the Lens-Artists Photo A Week Challenge.

SHADOW Tunnel in Cartagena, Colombia.

She is happy holding with a tray of Fruit and loves being in the SHADOWS!

She is so happy enjoying her lunch with sun is so BRIGHT !

The Taj Mahal is so BRIGHT with ivory-white marble in the Indian city of Agra.

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Sicily, Travel

A Winery In Marsala, Sicily

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com One could argue that Sicily is the main wine region of Italy. The island leads Tuscany and Piemonte in wine manufacturing and avoids stereotypes about southern wine. This microcosm of Italy is real. The weather of Sicilian combined with its regional differences from sea level to the elevations seen with… Continue reading A Winery In Marsala, Sicily

Sicily, Travel

Marsala Sicily

Entrance to the Town of Marsala As the fifth largest town in Sicily, Marsala is often attributed to its wonderful wines. Few realize that the town of Marsala is worthy of a visit. The gleaming marble covered streets of this charming town along with its stately baroque style buildings makes a friendly passeggiati (evening stroll)… Continue reading Marsala Sicily

Sicily, Travel

Salt Pans of Stagnone Reserve and Mozia Island

During our time in Palermo, we decided to take a day trip to the Salt Pans in the Stagnone Reserve and the Mozia Island. We booked this tour via Viator. Our guide Michael was both a great driver and an informal guide. Salt Pans in the Stagnone Reserve Salt Pans of Stagnone Lagoon The Salt… Continue reading Salt Pans of Stagnone Reserve and Mozia Island

Sicily, Travel

A Visit to Palermo, Sicily

We are back again at visiting Europe. This time it is Sicily beginning in Palermo where we stayed in the city centre. Our first tour was of the famous opera house. We booked via GetYourGuide and then, added the backstage tour that includes going up to the rooftop. I highly recommend doing this additional tour… Continue reading A Visit to Palermo, Sicily

France, Travel

A Visit to Lyon, France

Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) Our viking river cruises ended in Lyon, France. One of my favorite parts of this city was the Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), which is located at the foot of Fourvière Hill. This part of the city has colorful cascades, pedestrian streets, and the Les Traboules. The les Traboules are secret passageways… Continue reading A Visit to Lyon, France

France, Travel

A Visit to Medieval Avignon

Avignon, France a city conveniently situated along the Rhône river is another must see city during a trip to Provence. The city center is located within the ancient medieval stone ramparts. Once inside these medieval walls, you will find narrow passageways, and charming town squares. The famous Palais des Papes, and Pont d’Avignon, along with many other interesting… Continue reading A Visit to Medieval Avignon

France

Quarries of Light

A 2,000-year-old limestone quarry in the rugged Alpilles hills near Les Bau-de-Provence might not seem like a destination for artist, but think again. The original quarry closed in 1935 and has been used for such films as the 1960's “Testament of Orpheus”. In 1975 a man named Albert Plécy had the clever idea to use… Continue reading Quarries of Light

France, Travel

A Visit to Les Baux-de-Provence

Les Baux de Provence was an added half-day excursion on our Lyon to Provence Viking River Cruise. This village is perched high on a hill in the Alpilles between Avignon and Arles. Les Baux de Provence is in a beautiful location and offers some gorgeous views from the top of this village. We wanted to… Continue reading A Visit to Les Baux-de-Provence

Monaco, Travel

A Day Trip To Monaco

Photo by Ty on Pexels.com The Principality of Monaco (Principauté de Monaco) is located about 9 miles (15 km) west of Nice, France. The Italian border is just 5 miles (8km) to the east of Monaco. Monaco is one of the smallest countries in the world, but you will be surprised of all the sites… Continue reading A Day Trip To Monaco

France, Travel

Train De l’Ardeche

Train De L'Ardeche This was a chilly day, but we decided to join the planned excursion offered on our Viking River cruise along the  Rhône River during our stop in Tournon. The Train de l’Ardèche is a steam train that travels along the Doux tributary and the scenery is beautiful, especially during the Autumn. The… Continue reading Train De l’Ardeche

North Carolina, Travel

Reynolda House Museum of American Art

This past weekend we had time to spare and decided to explore the Reynolda House, which is the Museum of America Art located in Winston-Salem, NC. The Reynolda House was part of 27 land acquisition that the wife of Richard Joshua (R.J.) Reynolds, Katharine Reynolda began purchasing in 1906. This made up what was known… Continue reading Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Travel, Virginia

The Jefferson Hotel – Richmond, Va

Since 1895, the Jefferson Hotel has hosted at least 13 U.S. presidents, many international dignities, and a multitude of celebrities. This historic AAA Five Diamond award winning hotel is definitely worth visiting and if you wish, staying a night or more. The Lobby Thomas Jefferson Statue The lobby of the Jefferson Hotel known as the… Continue reading The Jefferson Hotel – Richmond, Va

Washington, D.C.

Hillwood Museum and Gardens, Washington, DC

Hillwood Museum and Gardens The Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens as they are seen today were the vision of Marjorie Merriweather Post. One of the richest women of the 20th Century whose father founded the Postum Cereal Company (a.k.a., Post Cereal) and the company was passed down to her. The intent Marjorie was to leave… Continue reading Hillwood Museum and Gardens, Washington, DC

Georgia, Travel

F. D. R. State Park – Warm Springs

If you are interested in U.S. presidential history, a visit to Warm Springs, Georgia is a good choice. This small town is located about an hour from Atlanta. We visited this town spending one night here during a most recent long weekend drive. Warm Springs is nestled among the rolling hills and the naturally heated… Continue reading F. D. R. State Park – Warm Springs

Holiday, Travel

Should I Book Future Travel Now?

Future of Travel November might just be the perfect time to consider booking travel for 2021 and beyond. Many companies are offering less strict cancelation policies or change in travel policies such as Intrepid Travel and Gate1. It just might be the best time to consider booking your future travel? In fact, many travel deals can be found… Continue reading Should I Book Future Travel Now?

North Carolina, Travel

Waterfalls In North Carolina

The seemly never ending pandemic has allowed us to explore our own state and the beauty offered in the North Carolina mountains. You might be surprised that North Carolina boost some amazing waterfalls and opportunities to hike in the majestic Smokey Mount regions of the Tar Heel state. Some of these waterfalls offer the ability… Continue reading Waterfalls In North Carolina

Greece, North Carolina, South Carolina, Travel

We Will Travel Again…soon

We will travel again soon, but not too soon... Are you planning future trips or waiting for the tide to turn in a positive direction with this crazy pandemic? I too am one of those people who are apprehensive to travel. It is possible to explore the possibilities of future exploration of our wonderful planet.… Continue reading We Will Travel Again…soon

Travel

TSA Changes Coming Soon…..

The Security Checkpoints The future of travel will look differently, especially travel by air. You can expect some significant changes to the security checkpoints. In response to COVID-19, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has unveiled several new procedures for passengers at U.S. airports. As you begin to take to the sky for your next vacation,… Continue reading TSA Changes Coming Soon…..

North Carolina, Travel

Exploring The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks of North Carolina As one of the most popular vacation destinations in North Carolina, The Outer Banks has much to offer. These chain of barrier island stretch some 200-miles offer some charming towns, numerous water sports options, beach activities, and so much more.  A plethora of beaches, shipwreck diving sites and protected state… Continue reading Exploring The Outer Banks

South Carolina, Travel

Mansfield Plantation – A Must Stay

Mansfield Plantation This 1,000 acre old rice plantation sits about 1.8 miles off the main road near the historic downtown of Georgetown, South Carolina. Now, a lovely bed and breakfast, Mansfield Plantation offers luxury comfort in a quiet and beautiful setting.  During the first weekend of February, we visited this historic plantation that dates back to… Continue reading Mansfield Plantation – A Must Stay

Guidelines

Advice In Times of nCoV-19 (COVID-19)

A Brief Change in Focus As both domestic and international travel are essentially at a standstill, I would like to discuss our current pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus-2019 (nCoV-19 or COVID-19). I am sending positive thoughts for everyone to remain safe and healthy during this pandemic. This blog post will assist you in understanding… Continue reading Advice In Times of nCoV-19 (COVID-19)

Spain, Travel

A Visit To Barcelona

 Barcelona Barcelona has something for everyone. This city is steeped in authentic history including the Catalan culture.  You will also find the wildly bizarre here. Each neighborhood in Barcelona has its own personality and plenty of secrets to discover. This is guide includes some of the most popular areas to explore during your time in… Continue reading A Visit To Barcelona