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So Much To See…So Little Time

Notre-Dame Cathedral

The Notre-Dame Cathedral is a wonderful place to view artwork, admire architecture, or to spend some quality time reflecting and meditating.  I visited the  Cathedral a few times over the years; however, during my last visit, I wanted to get there early and snap some photos without throngs of tourists.  I suppose many others shared my idea because I arrived to find the entrance at the west façade filled with tourists; after all, this was Paris in July. Oh well, with my original plan squashed, I decided it was just another reason to return to this fabulous city. View Full Article


Castles in the Sky

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A visit to Bavaria would not be complete without seeing the enchanting castles of King Ludwig II.  I visited three of his castles; Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof.  These palatial estates tucked away within the cloud-capped Alps made me recall the fairy tales of my childhood, complete with princesses and knights in shining armor. View Full Article

A Tour of the Musée Rodin Gardens

One of my passions in life is travel, as is recognizable from the name of my blog.  With each new journey comes a new experience; one of which is a new appreciation for art. During my first visit to Europe, I visited Amsterdam and became acquainted with the works of the Dutch Masters.  At that time I knew I wanted more and made a list of the artwork I just had to see. View Full Article

From the Perch of the Swallow’s Nest

Swallow's Nest

The Swallow’s Nest is one of the most visited and photographed sites on the Crimean Peninsula; located in the extreme southern part of Ukraine and jutting out into the Black Sea.  The castle is featured in the film version of Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians.  Many tourists visit the Swallow’s Nest from Yalta, a frequent port of call during Black Sea cruises.  Yalta itself holds historical significance, being the site of the Yalta Conference.  During the conference in 1945, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin met at the “Great White Hall” within the Livadia Palace, to decide the fate of post-war Europe. View Full Article

Love-locked Bridge in Odessa

Odessa is a great city for walking.  From the seaport, the Potemkin Staircase, 192 steps in total, gets you to the central area of Primorsky Boulevard.  This beautifully treed promenade offers a welcome place to sit and relax and escape the heat when visiting Odessa during the summer.  While exploring the city, we stumbled upon the most interesting pedestrian foot bridge; its rails covered with padlocks. View Full Article

A PhotoTour of La Alhambra

Washington Irving (1783-1859) wrote “Tales of the Alhambra.”  The series of essays and short stories published in 1832, depicted his journey from Seville to Granada and chronicled his days at the Alhambra Palace.  In a recent visit to Spain, I traversed the path of Washington Irving through Andalusia from Seville to Granada, in route to the Alhambra. View Full Article

A Guest at the Hearst Castle…Stepping Back In Time

With the opulence and grandeur of a palatial European estate, the Hearst Castle is perched high atop a hill overlooking San Simeon and the Pacific Ocean.  The castle is the creation of newspaper publisher and tycoon, William Randolph Hearst.  Located on Highway 1, half-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the estate combines art, architecture and magnificently manicured gardens.  Its history reads like a sultry romance novel; combining love, hate; wealth and scandal. View Full Article

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