Hiking Mount Mitake – Where Nature and Religion Meet

Mount Mitake in  Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park is a green and peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby Tokyo. Only 90 minutes away, it is easily accessible and provides a non touristy cultural experience as you hike with the locals past shrines, waterfalls and a natural moss covered rock garden.

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Hiking Ricketts Glen in Pennsylvania’s Prettiest State Park

If you love waterfalls like I do, then Pennsylvania’s Ricketts Glen State Park should be at the top of your hiking list. With 21 named waterfalls along Kitchen Creek, you won’t find a more gratifying hike in the state, especially in the fall when the leaves start changing color. Hiking Ricketts Glen is my choice for the best state park in PA experience.

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Chocolate for the Mind, Body and Soul – A Fabulous Day at the Chocolate Hotel

I have never been to a spa. So this summer, when a girlfriend and I were planning a weekend in Hershey, PA, we decided to indulge ourselves to a day of chocolate spa treatments at the chocolate hotel, or as it is better known, the world renowned Hotel Hershey Spa. Continue reading “Chocolate for the Mind, Body and Soul – A Fabulous Day at the Chocolate Hotel”

A Scenic Day In Waterton Lakes National Park – Where the Prairie Meets the Mountains

“The best care killing scenery on the continent” is what naturalist John Muir wrote about Glacier National Park in the US and the adjoining Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. A visit to Waterton Lakes National Park is an easy day trip from the US side and provides a different perspective on the mountain scenery and lakes that straddle the border between the two countries. Continue reading “A Scenic Day In Waterton Lakes National Park – Where the Prairie Meets the Mountains”

On the Trail of Dale Chihuly in Tacoma, Washington

Take a day to explore the works of Dale Chihuly in Tacoma on the Chihuly Glass Walking Tour and you wont be disappointed.

Most visitors to Seattle, Washington who want to see works by master glass artist Dale Chihuly would most likely visit the Chihuly Gardens at the base of the Space Needle. But just 30 minutes to the south in Tacoma, Washington, you can also see a diverse series of his permanent art glass installations set in a variety of very distinct environments.

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This story won Finalist  – Destination Travel, Online Publication category in the 2017 North America Travel Journalists Association competition.

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A Day with Royals, Romans and Ruins – Visiting Historic Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor

On a recent visit to London, my husband and I took a whirlwind tour through time, experiencing 5000 years of British Isles history in one day as we went to Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor. Our tour took us to the prehistoric ruins of Stonehenge, the Roman baths in Bath, and the (relatively) modern royal residence of Windsor Castle. Continue reading “A Day with Royals, Romans and Ruins – Visiting Historic Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor”

A Day Trip to Hampton Court Palace – A Taste of Henry XVIII’s Tudor Court

History remembers England’s King Henry XVIII for his notorious excesses – excess wives, excesses in food and drink and excessing the Catholic church. At Hampton Court, Henry XVIII’s favorite residence, you can still see where he lived, loved and die. Continue reading “A Day Trip to Hampton Court Palace – A Taste of Henry XVIII’s Tudor Court”

Have only one day in London? Make It a Perfectly English Day!

I enjoy visiting London, and try to schedule a long stopover in between flights to other points in Europe if I can. Earlier this summer, I had one day in London as I was heading to central France to participate in a Crafty Retreats class.  For me, it was a perfectly English day in London.

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A Paris to Chartres Day Trip – Exploring One of France’s Greatest Cathedrals

If you are not “churched” out after a visit to Paris, then take a Paris to Chartres day trip, to see one of the greatest Gothic churches still in existence. The Chartres Cathedral is considered the pinnacle of high Gothic architecture and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. As one of the best preserved Gothic churches, it is still adorned with most of the original sculptures and numerous beautifully detailed stained glass windows.

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A Day in Versailles-A Golden Palace Designed to Impress

For King Louis XIV of France, size mattered. There is nothing small about the Palace of Versailles and its gardens. Along with size, there is also lots of bling. He built it purposely to impress and overwhelm, feelings that are as much a pat of a visit today as they were 350 years ago when the palace was built. Spend a day in Versailles and and let yourself be awed by the experience. Continue reading “A Day in Versailles-A Golden Palace Designed to Impress”