Category Archives: Travel

Lessons learned on my first trip to Mexico

I’m in Baja, Mexico for an EcoTour camp and Wellness Retreat to see whales. This is my first time visiting any country in Central or South America, so I feel some trepidation mixed with excitement. Every opportunity to travel provides … Continue reading

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Wishing for island fever on Murano

This photo of Murano children feeding pigeons reminds me how different their lives are from other kids. They live on a very small island, and are contained by it. They don’t jump in a car to go anywhere, and their … Continue reading

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The Murano most tourists don’t see

I promised myself that I’d live more spontaneously on this trip to Italy. In fact, I didn’t even have an itinerary planned out. My daughter was busy writing two papers, so I had the luxury of spending time on my … Continue reading

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Murano Italy – at first glance it’s all about the glass

My daughter and I enjoyed the night we spent in Venice, but now it was time to move to our home base, Murano, famous for the glass that’s been hand-crafted there for centuries. Many Venice visitors don’t make it out … Continue reading

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Venice – night eye candy

My daughter and I arrived in Venice in late afternoon. We quickly checked into our hotel and then set out to see Her as the chilly dusk approached. A quick right out the hotel door brought us to our first … Continue reading

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Trying spontaneity in Murano, Italy

Normally I carefully plan my travel. I make an itinerary with color-coded boxes for air travel (pink), land travel (orange), accommodations (green), things to do (blue) and important notices (bright yellow). Sometimes I add things like expected temperatures or the … Continue reading

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Chartres Cathedral – feeling like a pilgrim

Chartres France is synonymous with its great Gothic cathedral built in 1194-1220. I was astonished to learn that this magnificent building is the new church, built upon the ruins of four other churches, the oldest from the 4th century. It … Continue reading

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Blois – a French market feast

It’s typical to visit castles and chateaus while in France, but give me a food market any day. Blois had one of the best. So first thing Saturday morning, we went there to figure out our menus for the next … Continue reading

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Loire River Valley – chateaus and cave dwellings

We spent 10 days in the Loire Valley. It’s close enough to Paris that in centuries past, nobility built summer chateaus here to escape the city. Before that, French royalty ruled from Blois and elsewhere in the valley. More than … Continue reading

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Saumur – living it up in a villa and houseboat

We have finally left the region of Brittany and are now in the Loire River Valley staying in Saumur. We picked up Marilyn, the third member of our party, from the train station, and headed over to our digs at … Continue reading

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