February 29, 2008

Ostrich Burger?

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February 28, 2008

February 27, 2008

Monkeys in South Africa!

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My dear friend and roving photographer is back from her monthly excursion. Let's catch up with her travels, shall we?

February 26, 2008

February 25, 2008

February 24, 2008

Venice, Italy

What an amazing place. I would go back in a heartbeat.

February 22, 2008

Above Lake Como

A fun funicular ride above the town of Como, as well as a great vantage point for viewing the city and waterways. Bella!

February 21, 2008

James Bond Style in Venice

We loved taking a taxi in Venice. It felt very Casino Royale...Definitely worth it!!!

February 20, 2008

Piazza San Marco, Venice

As you can see from my shot, this is the only way to get a picture without dozens of people lurking about.

I loved Venice very much and would go back when it is off season and maybe even gray and rainy. Seems like it might be very beautiful, like London can be...

February 19, 2008

Venice Barges Deliver the Yummy Goods

I enjoyed watching the many deliveries along the canals in Venice. Here is what looks like dairy...

February 18, 2008

Cows in Milan

While visiting Milano, we discovered this "roaming" installation art in the city. This one was my favorite.

I sure wish there was more public art in California and in the U.S. Whether permanent displays or temporary, I believe it would be enriching to residents and visitors.

February 17, 2008

Lake Como, Italy

Here is lovely Lake Como in Italia. I took this photo of one of the larger boats that travels from Como to Bellagio everyday.

Springtime is a perfect time to go and enjoy the mild temperatures and the beautiful lake towns. If you are there long enough, Switzerland is a rental car drive away.


February 15, 2008

Patterns in Nature: Flowers

The flower of a claret cup cactus glows amid Tonto National Forest in Arizona.

February 14, 2008

A sunflower head

Beads of dew cling to the florets that spiral inside a sunflower head.

February 13, 2008

Patterns in Nature: Flowers

Coleus plants grow across much of South America.

February 12, 2008

Patterns in Nature: Flowers

A water lily thrives in the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

February 11, 2008

February 10, 2008

Patterns in Nature: Flowers

Red tulips fill Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.

February 9, 2008

Patterns in Nature: Flowers

White borders rich purple in these picotee pansies in Gilroy, California

February 8, 2008

Satellite Images

I do love pictures from space. Map reading has always been interesting to me. Looking at this satellite image of Africa brings it all together. Enjoy!

February 7, 2008

Valentine Trip Idea: Monarch Butterflies in Pacific Grove

I wrote about these lovelies back in October when I was reminded that they were arriving north to winter. Now is the time of year when you can see the beautiful Monarch butterflies that have migrated to Pacific Grove, California. 

The city has a sanctuary of trees for these butterflies with lots of rules to keep people from harming them. They fly 2500 miles to come here and stay for the winter. Nice! In February they begin their mating season before leaving again. If you are thinking about Valentine's Day, this would be a very romantic trip.

Pacific Grove and the Monterey Peninsula has lots of places to stay from motels, hotels to Bed and Breakfasts. Email us at everywheretravel@mac.com if you need recommendations or have other questions.

February 6, 2008

Los Zafiros: Music from the Edge of Time

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photo of Los Zafiros: Music from the Edge of Time,
What a great documentary! I just saw this on Netflix and loved the idea of the music and scenery of Cuba. I Iearned about this cool band from the 1950s & 60's called the Sapphires (the Diamonds and the Rubies names were already taken). This band was as popular as the Beatles with a sound and footwork similar to the Platters.

Watch this documentary and you'll consider writing your senator about opening up travel to Cuba. What a lovely island then and now.

February 5, 2008

Possible Pashmina Shortage

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The BBC reports, Tens of thousands of goats that provide the wool for Kashmir's world famous Pashmina shawls are facing death because of unexpectedly cold weather.

I have to admit that my favorite purchase from Hong Kong was my beautiful Pashmina. It really is a luxury good. Light as air. Warm as a heavy wool blanket. One of the best parts of travel is finding a little something to pack into your suitcase. Ahhhhhh, the perfect cover for that flight home.

February 4, 2008

Patterns in Nature: Landscapes

Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona

February 3, 2008

February 2, 2008

Patterns in Nature: Landscapes

A wall of flames from a forest fire
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February 1, 2008

Patterns in Nature: Landscapes

Sulfur, salt, and other minerals color the crater of Ethiopia’s Dallol volcano.
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