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London Icons

Wednesday afternoon wasn’t quite as successful as the morning trip to Kew Gardens, but it wasn’t a disaster either and it could be a bit of poor planning on my part. But that’s where good travel stories come from, right? After returning to London, I […]

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Kew Gardens

Oh dear, I haven’t done a very good job of writing about my trip, have I? The fact of the matter is, by the time I’d get back to the hotel I was pretty knackered (tired) and overwhelmed and dire need of a shower and […]

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Under the Lovely London Sky

Oh hey. Hi there.  I’m in London this week if you’d care to follow along, arriving on Tuesday and heading home again on Monday. There is a long list of what I’d like to see and do while I’m here, but I don’t expect to […]

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Black Friday 2018

                      Following (my own) tradition of avoiding malls and stores on Black Friday, I spent the day in Cape Charles, Virginia with my brothers. It was cold (for this part of Virginia) and blustery, but the beach had an austere, […]

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Fete du Muguet

  Happy May 1! Today is a national holiday in France and much like a Federal holiday in the US, government offices are closed as well as the museums, most stores and many cafes. It is France’s version of Labor Day, so there will likely be […]


Ann’s Best Travel Tips (So Far)

If you’re an avid traveler you’ve probably seen – and read – lots of articles about how to get the most out of your trip. They’re usually pretty similar, stuff you’ve heard over and over – pack light, watch out for pickpockets, where to buy […]

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Allen Centennial Garden

This past weekend I made my annual Spring Trip to Madison, Wisconsin to visit my friend Carol. I’ve been going for several years now and Carol and I have a list of favorite places – restaurants, coffee shops, plant nurseries, gardens. The list is so […]


Dank u Amsterdam

Some final bits and pieces about my trip to Amsterdam.  Hotel. I stayed at the Max Brown Hotel located in the canal district (they also have one near the major museums), a fun and somewhat funky hotel. Situated on the Herengracht canal, the Max Brown […]


City of Bikes

For those of you who have never been to Amsterdam, here’s a little exercise to help you invision the number of bikes in the city. Think about the largest gathering of bikes you’ve ever seen – maybe you’ve attended a local bike race, or watched […]


Last Day Hightlights

I am home again from my latest adventure, enjoying our spring weather and my own modest (but still beautiful) tulip display. However, Amsterdam is still on my mind and I have a few more stories to share starting with a little more about what I […]


Variety Show

Were you worried that I had run out of pictures of tulips? Ha! As if.     My last day in Amsterdam was a study in contrasts as I visited a wide range of sites. A day like this reveals just a hint of the variety […]