All Things Are Possible

All Things Are Possible

What a lovely surprise to finally arrive in what was to be our little neck of the woods while in Maine, head out to explore for the first time and see one of my favorite personal mantras lining the streets of our new neighborhood. ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. I say these exact words to myself almost daily and I couldn’t help but stop to think about how the simple fact the I was standing there on that street, doing what I was doing, was in and of itself proof of just how true these words really are.

 

Massachusetts - Exploring the North Shore

Massachusetts - Exploring the North Shore

The last two weeks of our month in Massachusetts were not exactly what I expected, but they were none the less quite memorable and turned out to be right up my alley. I had originally planned to spend them exploring what’s known as the North Shore with my gal pal from California, but when life’s unexpected twists and turns prevented her from coming and I suddenly found myself in the dentist chair after loosing 2 dental crowns in 2 days, the itinerary I had envisioned quite suddenly evaporated into thin air...

The Orchard in Ipswich

The Orchard in Ipswich

There’s a little town on the north coast of Massachusetts about 15 miles north of Salem in Essex county called Ipswich, originally named Agawam by the aboriginal Indians that lived there before we did. If you drive out old Argilla Road towards Crane Beach and look to your left, you will see what remains of an apple orchard and a little summer cottage perched up on the hill overlooking the marsh with just a glimpse of the ocean behind it...

P-Town and Truro and Bears, oh my!

P-Town and Truro and Bears, oh my!

If your looking for a fun place to see and some local color while on Cape Cod Provincetown, or P Town as the locals call it, is the place to go. It is situated a the very tip of the peninsula where the Atlantic Ocean and the bay side come together and is quite a change of pace from the rest of the Cape. It would be easy to spend the better part of a day just people watching if you’re so inclined,...

A Magical Morning in Mystic

A Magical Morning in Mystic

I don’t know why exactly I chose to go to Mystic. I actually knew very little about it nor did I know anyone who had ever been there, but I am so glad I decided to go. I noticed it on a map while trying to figure out my next move and I thought, what the heck? Sounds like fun! I had three full days until I needed to pick Richard up in Providence and I was really looking forward to exploring this little seaport town that I knew almost nothing about, except, that a little movie called Mystic Pizza was filmed there back in the 80’s ....

Asheville and the Spoon Lady

Asheville and the Spoon Lady

My trip to Asheville was short but sweet. I had originally planned to spend several days there with my long time friend Susan who lives in Charlotte, but when some business she needed to attend to suddenly took her to California, it was time to make a new plan and I decided to head on up for a quick overnight by myself leaving even Lulu behind. I was looking forward to checking out this city and enjoying some of the greenery and cooler climates in the hills of North Carolina..

Atlanta - Free at Last!

Atlanta - Free at Last!

Diving into Atlanta I had to laugh at myself a bit as I realized that part of me was actually expecting a scene from Gone with the Wind to unfold before me as I made my way through the city streets for the first time. Silly me. I was even feeling a bit disappointed at first when what I experienced instead was an extremely clean, modern, and vibrant urban city...

New Orleans - Making Peace With The Big Easy

New Orleans - Making Peace With The Big Easy

People ask me all the time what my favorite city that I’ve traveled to is and I always answer the same way - which ever city I am in of course! I absolutely fall in love with each new city as it reveals it self to me declaring it to be my new favorite, that is at least until my recent trip to New Orleans ...

New Adventures, Old Friends

New Adventures, Old Friends

I’ve wanted to take a road trip across the United States for just about as long as I can remember. When I was in high school my friend Janet and I had a plan to pack up her little blue Volkswagen fastback and hit the road as soon as we graduated, heading anywhere and everywhere our imaginations and that little car of hers could take us ...

Istanbul – The City Where East Meets West

Istanbul – The City Where East Meets West

Did you know that Istanbul is the only city in the world that spans two separate continents, Europe and Asia? Who knew? Not me until I began researching for my trip last November and was thrilled to discover this fact and know that my feet would soon be standing once again on Asian soil …

The Whirling Dervishes of Istanbul ~ What Makes Them Whirl?

The Whirling Dervishes of Istanbul ~ What Makes Them Whirl?

I remember when I was a very little girl seeing the Whirling Dervishes on television and being completely mesmerized. For days on end I asked my mother questions about them ad nauseam but as I recall, she had very few answers for me. It wasn’t until many years later that I would learn in a class on World Religions that the whirling men in white robes that had fascinated me so when I was young, were actually Sufi’s performing an ancient meditative ritual known as the Sema ...

A Call to Prayer – The Magnificent Mosques of Istanbul

A Call to Prayer – The Magnificent Mosques of Istanbul

Istanbul’s Mosques are truly magnificent, each one stunningly beautiful in its own way and almost beyond description. I can’t imagine any comprehensive list of amazing places in the world to visit being complete without mentioning at least one of them. Below is one of my favorite photos captured at sunset, looking out of a window from within the Hagia Sophia towards the Blue Mosque...

Surviving the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market of Istanbul

Surviving the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market of Istanbul

The local marketplace is always high on my list of things to do in any city I am visiting as this is often where I find that I have a deeper experience of the people and their culture. The Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market were of course high on my list of things to do in Istanbul but were to coin my husband’s phrase, a mixed thing for me ...

5 Reason Istanbul is My New Favorite City

5 Reason Istanbul is My New Favorite City

I realized recently that whatever city I am currently in is my favorite city and Istanbul was no exception. During my time there and for a while thereafter it is my favorite and I find that I carry a piece of it with me for ever after, tucked away in a special place in my heart that I have created just for it. A familiar smell, an image or perhaps even a particular sound and I am immediately transported back and I fall in love with it all over again...

 

Urban Knit Bombing – The New Graffiti for the Peaceful Warrior

Urban Knit Bombing – The New Graffiti for the Peaceful Warrior

There is something about the graffiti here in Europe that I have found myself drawn to from the time of my arrival. I even wrote about it in one of my very first blogs and how I found it to be beautiful and intriguing, and for the most part expressive rather than destructive in nature. If you haven’t yet heard of urban knit bombing ...