Venice: Piazza San Marco’s 9 Hidden Treasures
Italy / Venice

Venice: Piazza San Marco’s 9 Hidden Treasures

Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, was first created during the 9th century AD as a small square in front of St. Mark’s Basilica.  A canal and dock that initially separated this small space from the palace was filled in 1174, and was bricked over in 1294.  It wasn’t until 1735, nearly one thousand years … Continue reading

10 Inviting Doors of Venice, Italy
Italy / Photo Essays / Venice

10 Inviting Doors of Venice, Italy

Yes, here I am with another post about Doors.  This time I’m sharing photos of some of my favorite Doors of Venice, Italy.  (You can also check out my post on Doors of Paris and Doors of Athens.) It’s a sickness.  An addiction, really.  I take photos of doors as I travel, especially in Europe, … Continue reading

The Travel I Don’t Blog
Travel Writing / USA

The Travel I Don’t Blog

Today is October 7th, and that, my friends, is also Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day.  I bet you didn’t know that.  A few years ago, I would have been right there with you.  The first time I stumbled on the words ‘Trigeminal Neuralgia’ I had to sound them out.  And as I kept reading, my heart … Continue reading

The Place to Eat in Newport, Oregon:  Cafe Mundo
Oregon / Reviews / USA

The Place to Eat in Newport, Oregon: Cafe Mundo

A series of fortunate (or un- depending on your perspective) events in our quest for places to eat in Newport, Oregon this evening led us to a quirky, healthy, and wonderful surprise in the form of dinner at Cafe Mundo.  And, as a result, it became my must-stop restaurant in town! We wanted to go … Continue reading

Heidelberg’s 2nd Most Photographed Site: Historic Hotel Zum Ritter St. Georg
Germany / Heidelberg

Heidelberg’s 2nd Most Photographed Site: Historic Hotel Zum Ritter St. Georg

Did you now you can sleep in the 2nd most photographed site in Heidelberg, Germany?   The Hotel Zum Ritter St. Georg’s incredible architecture and rich history make this hotel a must-see, and when we found the rates were reasonable and competitive, we were sold. Given the choice when traveling, I love finding historic and … Continue reading

4 Top Oregon Coast Family Activities
Oregon / USA

4 Top Oregon Coast Family Activities

Eclipse 2017 brought us to Oregon, but we didn’t just want to turn around and go home after the 2 minutes of totality! (Though it was amazingly cool and you should check out Katie’s awesome photos in This Post).  So… I did my research and found  activities I knew my family would enjoy, and we … Continue reading

Heidelberg  Studentenkarzer: Student Prison
Germany / Heidelberg

Heidelberg Studentenkarzer: Student Prison

A common attitude among students is the oppressive ‘prison’ that is school, usually accompanied by eye rolling, great tortured sighs and the whine of the persecuted when school and its requirements interfere with entertainment activities.  Not that this ever happens with my teens.  That I homeschool.  Nooooo…. In Heidelberg, Germany, however, the students of Heidelberg … Continue reading