Nature & Outdoors

Sea of Bluebells at Hucking Estate

Bluebells flower each spring, dotting the ground with indigo blossoms – which, at the height of their beauty – spread out and blanket the ground in a sea of soft...

A Very Thirsty Florida Manatee

The gentle giant Florida manatee, also referred to as a sea cow, floats around in sea water all day, but loves to drink fresh water when available.  This curious fellow...

The Roof Gardens: London

The perfect summer get-away spot lays right in the heart of the city, at the London Roof Gardens, 6 stories above the hustle and bustle of the city. The flowering...

White Cliffs of Dover and Samphire Hoe

A few weeks ago my ears perked up to the dreamy “We’ll Meet Again” tune, a number one hit in 1940, and Dame Vera Lynn appeared on the TV, recounting...

Warm Sanibel Welcome: Bridge Drive Time-Lapse

A semi-dazed and joyful expression illuminates my mom’s face as she opens her arms in a welcoming gesture. Eyes twinkling and head shaking subconsciously, she is at a loss for...

Fort Myers Beach Sand Sculpting Championship

The Fort Myers Beach Sand Sculpting Championship held in Fort Myers Beach, Florida is essentially an oceanside art exhibit with live demonstrations. The 28th Annual American Sand Sculpting competition included...

Mayfield Lavender Fields in England

On my first full day in London, J surprised me with a picnic at the lovely lavender fields in Mayfield. From afar the abundance of tiny purple flecks at Mayfield Lavender...

Breaking Rules and Giving Bribes to Beat Sundown in Bali

We broke the rules twice (and paid cash bribes twice) to catch sunset at Dreamland Beach in Bali.  Thanks to the determination of my Indonesian friend, Stefani, and her innocent face,...

Beitou Public Hot Springs

The public Beitou hot springs in Taiwan, now referred to as Millennium Hot Springs, offer visitors a few hours to soak in terraced outdoor pools surrounded by vibrant gardens for only $1.25...