I absolutely love spring in the Brandywine Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. At this time of year I don’t need to travel because I am surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens in the country. Starting in March and continuing nonstop through May, the gardens that were formerly part of DuPont family estates glow in a riot of vibrant colors as a succession of blooms brighten the landscape and my spirits with them.
You can read my article about spring in the historic Brandywine Valley in the most recent issue of Travel World International magazine.
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2018 was an especially good year for travel. I was fortunate to be able to travel somewhere fun almost every month, both in the US and overseas. Many of the locations were new to me, including a new continent-Africa. I also revisited some of my favorite cities-London, Istanbul and Washington D.C. I have written about my experiences for many of these destinations-but some are still sitting in my draft que, waiting to be finished (one of the resolutions for 2019 before I start traveling again).
Continue reading “Reflections From 2018”
Like my treasured Christmas ornaments, my Christmas quilt comes out once a year. When it finally hangs on my family room wall, then I know that the Christmas season has finally begun. And like many of my quilts, I made the back interesting so that I can display it also.
Continue reading ““My Merry Christmas Quilt” – Original Quilt Design”
I love taking reflection photos. There is something about the symmetry of a perfect mirror image that never gets old for me. Or the juxtaposition of the inside and the outside of a window reflection. As a result I am always drawn to photographing reflections. Sometimes the reflections make up the whole photo and sometimes they are just a small element, but with each trip, I always come back with a few more.
Here are my favorites from 2017, at the same time, chronicling my travels for this year.
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This past summer, a good friend and I went away for a girls weekend in Hershey, Pennsylvania. We found an abundance of activities in the town that calls itself “The Sweetest Place on Earth”, along with a great quilt show to boot.
Continue reading “A Girl’s Sweet Getaway Weekend in Hershey, PA”
The Great Pumpkin Carve is THE anticipated event of the fall season in the Brandywine Valley of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Set aside any preconceived notion you may have of jack-o-lanterns with triangle eyes and a saw tooth smile. The 400 pound vegetable specimens serve as a canvas for artists, sculptors, and anyone up for the challenge of creating an artistic pumpkin masterpiece.
Continue reading ““It’s the Great Pumpkin Carve, Charlie Brown””
If you like waterfalls, 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.
Continue reading “Ricketts Glen – Pennsylvania’s Prettiest State Park”
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 treatments at the world renowned Hotel Hershey Spa. Continue reading “Chocolate for the Mind, Body and Soul – A day at the Hotel Hershey Spa”
On the second weekend of every September, the Brandywine Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania-northern Delaware hosts three major festivals that are a huge draw for visitors to an area that is already rich in historic and cultural attractions. Continue reading “Mushrooms, Muskets and Funnel Cakes – A Festival Weekend in the Brandywine Valley”