Belem, Portugal and Pasteis de Belem

Belem…another essential destination to visit when in Lisbon – for more reasons than one. One great reason is the beauty. The setting was unbelievable. First up – Belém Tower, one of Portugal’s iconic treasures, dating back hundreds of years to the early 1500s. The original purpose for the Tower was to serve as a fort, protecting the people against raids along the Tagus River. The Tower of Belem sits majestically by the edge of the water, surrounded by soft sand and smooth rocks. When the tide came in, the reflections were gorgeous…. Read More

Portugal Coast, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais

A few highlights we enjoyed on our way back to Lisbon from Sintra. First off, Cabo da Roca. Cabo da Roca is the rugged, wild, windswept stretch of coastline that boasts the status of being the western most point of continental Europe. It was once thought to be the end of the world. This area has a lot of raw, untamed beauty, with craggy cliffs plunging into the ocean, rocks and wild grass swaying in the wind, and incredibly beautiful views in all directions. This is for sure a nature lover’s paradise!… Read More

Sintra, Portugal

When in Lisbon, you will want to visit beautiful, charming Sintra, which sits in the shadow of the grand Pena Palace. It is an easy train ride or drive away from Lisbon. After visiting ourselves, however, I would venture to say it would be worth adding one to two nights in this area as well. While Sintra itself is quite small, and does not offer the same kind of night life that Lisbon does, there is still so much to see and do. If you have the time, go for it! There… Read More

Pena Palace, Portugal

Pena Palace, one of Portugal’s 7 Wonders!

Wine Tasting in the 1000 Islands

The 1000 Islands Seaway Wine Trail was established in 2007, offering unique, one of a kind wines due to their hardy grape wines, perfect growing climate, and creative collaborations with wine growers in other parts of the country. The wine trail winds along 78 scenic miles and includes eight different family-owned wineries. While we would have loved to visit them all, here are two of the ones we did enjoy. Our first stop was White Caps Winery in Chaumont, NY. The owner is a fifth generation descendant of Nathaniel Warner, a soldier… Read More

Sackets Harbor, New York

All summer, we have continued to explore unique and interesting destinations within the United States. This week, we decided to meander through the quaint towns of Upstate New York and the 1000 Islands. Our first stop…the small historical town of Sackets Harbor, NY. Sackets Harbor is a humble village set on the shores of Lake Ontario that carries a lot of historical significance. You can reflect on its revolutionary past at Military Cemeteries, the Madison Barracks, and the War of 1812 Burial Ground. Sackets Harbor is quaint, quiet, and offers colorful boutique… Read More

Lake Champlain and Burlington

We have always wanted to visit Vermont as a couple, but it is quite a distance from Chicago, so we’d put that idea on hold. This summer, however, our oldest daughter was offered a wonderful position at a camp in Upper State New York. We had to drive her there for the summer, and originally had considered crossing the border into Canada for a few days. Given that the border was currently closed due to Covid, however, we realized this was the perfect opportunity to finally explore Vermont! First stop, Speculator, NY…. Read More

New York City and Demonstrators

This week, I’m sharing a few NYC moments we experienced with our daughter in celebration of her 21st birthday, both enjoyable and somber. New York City…the Big Apple. Every time we visit, it’s like discovering a brand new destination. There is so much to see and do, we could spend weeks here and still not run out of things to do. A few snapshots as we roamed around this infamous city for a few days. It was evident that Covid restrictions were slowly being lifted. People were out in force, savoring the… Read More

Outer Banks, NC Photoblog

Visiting the Outer Banks (OBX) was a practical decision this year, based on all of the Covid restrictions preventing us from traveling internationally in addition to the precautions many retirement communities have in place to protect their residents. It became the perfect destination to visit with my parents, whom we had not seen in over two years due to both Covid and previous illness preventing us from getting together. Here are a few photos we snapped from our travel to and time in the Outer Banks. First, photos from the Williamsburg area…. Read More

Williamsburg, VA – A Photoblog

Say the word “Williamsburg” and you may automatically think of historical treasures, museums, and “Colonial Williamsburg”.  It is all of this and much more.  That said, today I am only highlighting the college town of Williamsburg, given we just dropped off my oldest son there for his first year of college. The beautiful College of William and Mary makes Williamsburg its home.  It was chartered on February 8, 1693, by King William III and Queen Mary II of England.  It is the second oldest institution of higher learning in the United States,… Read More