Black Mountain, NC (USA) | Art in Hours

Black Mountain, NC (USA) | Art in Hours

Final stop on our week long journey through southeast Tennessee, northern Georgia and western North Carolina—the tiny town of Black Mountain, North Carolina. We had the better part of an afternoon here, on our way to the Asheville regional airport, where we’d drop our rental car and fly home. We started with a visit to … Continue reading

Asheville, NC (USA) | History Hub to Hops

Asheville, NC (USA) | History Hub to Hops

My roadtrip adventure continues to Asheville, North Carolina. So far, we’d flown to Chattanooga, TN then drove to Blue Ridge, GA on our way to Asheville. I’d never been to the vibrant bohemian artist town with a reputation as ‘Beer City’. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is probably still best known as the … Continue reading

Blue Ridge, GA (USA) | Perfect Mountain Town

Blue Ridge, GA (USA) | Perfect Mountain Town

If you don’t have friends with houses in places you’d like to visit, make some! I’ve hosted loads of visitors in my life, and thankfully, I have friends who reciprocate. I’m always happy to trade lovely housewarming gifts for their hospitality and company. My friend and I flew into Chattanooga, rented a car and drove … Continue reading

Chattanooga, TN (USA) & Beyond

Chattanooga, TN (USA) & Beyond

A short flight from Baltimore, Chattanooga represented another starting place to spread my wings during the heinous Covid-19 pandemic season of thwarted travel. Lucky for me, I have a few friends who are usually up for an adventure, and this road trip with just that. My friend and I flew from Baltimore to Chattanooga, hopped … Continue reading

Morning Ritual | Veggie Soup #1

Morning Ritual | Veggie Soup #1

To all my whole food plant eaters out there and to those who have yet to discover the joy and benefits of eating plants, I give you a new idea. It was new to me anyhow. A few months ago I took my doctor’s advice and read *Chef AJ’s The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss: … Continue reading

GERMANY’s Maritime City of Lübeck

GERMANY’s Maritime City of Lübeck

Just a short time exploring the cobblestone streets of Lübeck, Germany is enough to soak in the culture of this once major trading center founded on the Baltic coast in 1143. One of the thriving medieval cities of the Hanseatic League, a confederation of merchant guilds and market towns which monopolized trade routes in the … Continue reading

NORWAY | Vikings & Farmers & Fjords Oh My!

NORWAY | Vikings & Farmers & Fjords Oh My!

If you’ve never seen the History Channel’s action packed historical drama, Vikings, I recommend checking it out if you are planning a visit to Norway (or not; it’s that good). We visited a few ports of call during a Northern European cruise. While cruising isn’t my preferred way to travel, it was interesting to explore … Continue reading

DENMARK | 4 days in Copenhagen

DENMARK | 4 days in Copenhagen

What kind of European vacation do you take with nine travelers and one dog, spanning ages 13 to 92? A cruise is one way to go. I’d never done an ocean liner cruise before; everything I love about travel is on land. But when faced with this question, our family decided a cruise to see … Continue reading

Boots & Brews | Shenandoah Valley, Virginia USA

Boots & Brews | Shenandoah Valley, Virginia USA

Charlottesville, Virginia isn’t just a university town where you can visit historic Monticello, home to Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and founder of the University of Virginia. The Shenandoah Valley offers some of the best hiking and scenery of the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains in the mid-Atlantic. Be sure to check out … Continue reading