PhotoPOSTcard: Mount Rainier Reflection

Mount Rainier looms over the Seattle horizon, looking as if the peak was close enough to touch, even though the national park is a two hour drive away. Mount Rainier National Park warrants a visit of a few days, but if you are short on time, then it can easily be visited as a day trip from the Seattle area. Like its neighbor to the southwest, Mount St Helens, Mount Rainier is also categorised as an active volcano. At 14,410 feet it is the tallest peak in the northwest’s Cascade mountain range, which also lays claim to having the largest glacier in the lower 48 states. Continue reading “PhotoPOSTcard: Mount Rainier Reflection”

“In Chihuly’s Garden” – Original Quilt Design

 

Detail view of front

Quilt Inspiration – I took inspiration for this quilt from the brightly colored spiky glass shapes Dale Chihuly uses in many of his installations, like his chandeliers.

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On the Trail of Dale Chihuly – a Day in Tacoma, Washington

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

 

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. Continue reading “On the Trail of Dale Chihuly – a Day in Tacoma, Washington”

PhotoPOSTcard: Seattle Skyline at Sunset

All great cities have iconic skylines and Seattle, Washington in the US is no exception. If you are lucky, you can get two icons in one photograph – THE mountain, Mt. Rainier, and the Seattle Spaceneedle.

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“Quilter on the Orient Express” Original Quilt Design

Quilt Inspiration –  I wanted to commemorate our 30th wedding anniversary trip on the Orient Express from Venice to London with a special quilt.  Continue reading ““Quilter on the Orient Express” Original Quilt Design”

Luxury Without Murder on the Orient Express

This post was recognized by the North America Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) in 2017 awards competition with a Bronze award in the Luxury and Resort Travel Online Publication category

 

Exotic destination, quirky sleuths and twisting story lines are all hallmarks of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novels. Her most famous story undoubtedly has to be “Murder on the Orient Express” which takes place on the luxurious and legendary train traveling from Istanbul to London. That same elegant train experience and legendary service can now be experienced again on the fully restored Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Continue reading “Luxury Without Murder on the Orient Express”

A Day with Royals, Romans and Ruins

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. 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”

A Day In 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 died. Continue reading “A Day In Hampton Court Palace – A Taste of Henry XVIII’s Tudor Court”

“Not Your Grandfather’s Herringbone” – Original Quilt Design

Quilt Inspiration – The herringbone pattern may be a traditional tweed pattern used in country gentlemen’s clothing, but bright colors on a light grey background updates the pattern to a modern look.

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Photo Essay: The Colors of London

If you were to ask me to pick a color that describes London, my instinctive response would have been grey –  grey skies, grey streets, grey buildings. But after a recent trip, I learned that London is anything but grey. Continue reading “Photo Essay: The Colors of London”