We open the drapery in our cabin. Just across the bay is the Lakhta Center, an 87-story skyscraper, the tallest building in Russia. The locals call it the “Corn” building because of its shape. The skyline of St. Petersburg is protected from the construction of modern buildings and the Lakhta Center is just outside the buffer zone. Continue reading St. Petersburg and Peterhof Palace
Our first port is Tallinn, Estonia.
Leave it to me to forget to mention the most brilliant and amazing thing to happen to us. We were offered an upgrade to a penthouse suite and we took it….wouldn’t you? When we were shown to our suite, we met Sonu, our very own butler. He told us his goal was to make us happy and our wish was his command….no kidding….just like the movie “Arthur”. Wow…..this should be good. Continue reading Tallinn, Estonia
Never having been to Stockholm, we’ve arrived two days prior to sailing the Baltic Sea. To my eyes and ears the language isn’t romantic like Italian or French. Could be too many consonants…lots of j’s and g’ linked together. Continue reading Stockholm, Sweden
I get teased about the number of shoes I take on a trip. I love shoes. Especially shoes with a funky twist. They can be open toe, closed toe, heels, flats, platforms, bright colors or subdued tones. I will be wearing the trainers on the flight to Stockholm I’ve picked out for the long hours of wandering the streets and back alleys of the other distant cities. Continue reading Bon Voyage – Summer Travels 2019
While in Page, we took a recommendation from friends in the camera club and booked a tour of Antelope Canyon. Book the photography tour if you want a chance to take your own photos. If you are on the regular tour you can’t bring a tripod and you will have no time alone in any of the areas. We found taking photographs difficult even on the special tour. Continue reading Antelope Canyon
In Mid-November of last year we went to Page, Arizona for the 16th annual hot air balloon regatta and stayed at the Lake Powell Resort at the Wahweap Marina. Continue reading Balloons, The Dam Tour and Toadstools
Late in the afternoon, we left the Natural Bridges behind and headed for Chinle, our base for Canyon de Chelly National Monument. On the way we crossed the San Juan River where “Fall”, in all her glory, was on display. Hundreds of magnificent Fremont cottonwoods lined the river banks. Nature truly is the best artist. Each tree was crowned with leaves painted in every imaginable shade of green, yellow and gold. Continue reading Canyon de Chelly
Canyon de Chelly, our next destination, is 90 miles south of Monument Valley. We decided to take a short detour and explore the Natural Bridges Monument before settling in for the night. Continue reading Natural Bridges
We have lived in Arizona for almost 6 years. I love our life here. However, I’ve had trouble finding beauty in the desert and adjusting to the heat, gravel and cactus. I miss the moderate weather and green trees of California. The practice of photography has given me an opportunity to look at my surroundings differently and stop whining. The southwest is vast, stunning, majestic and unforgiving. If you don’t give Mother Nature the respect she deserves she will slap you hard. Continue reading Monument Valley
Well, we are here on the last stop of our trip. The apartment is a corner unit on the third floor of a neat brick building. Alfred Place is in the Fitzrovia section of London. The British Museum is just around the corner…and I quite like it. Large windows wrap both exterior walls of the flat. The natural light is softened by several beech trees towering up to the fourth floor. Their camouflaged wrapped trunks and dinner plate size leaves peak into almost all the windows. When the breeze blows through these giant canopies we enjoy a soft wind chime concert. It’s a bit like living in a tree house. Continue reading London, Need I Say More?