Budapest developed from two Bulgarian military frontier fortresses — Buda and Pest — situated on the two banks of the Danube River.  The Pest side is quite flat while the Buda side is quite hilly.  Once you cross from the Pest side of the Danube to the Buda side of the river, perhaps by walking across the […]

When you live in the middle of country still in love with automobiles, you can’t help but admire all of the things that make the many alternative transportation modes throughout Europe work.  From the Metro to high-speed trains to these bike rails that make it fast and easy for bikers to take their bicycles up and […]

Midwesterners are used to dramatic shifts in temperature, especially in the spring.  After all, it’s those warm fronts and cold fronts jockeying for position that often result in tornado outbreaks.  That said, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced the highs and lows we did last week.  As one of my friends said:  heater, air conditioning, […]

I am absolutely so totally and completely over the snow and winter.  It’s March.  Please can we have spring soon?  I’m doing my part to help by adding fresh, cut tulips to my dining room table.  It may not melt the two feet of snow outside, but it does bring a bit of sunshine inside. […]

Calista and Canyon, although about a year apart, act a lot like littermates.  They pounce on each other, nap together, and occasionally groom each other.  I caught Canyon cleaning Cali’s ears and thought it was worth sharing. You Might Also Enjoy: Other Calista Posts Other Canyon Posts

As a friend recently asked, “What is it about December that brings out the ‘year in review recaps’ and ‘predictions’ in all of us?”  I don’t know the answer, but I do feel myself being sucked in.  Because the “A to Z” series I incorporated into my 365+1 photo blogging project has been so well received, I thought I’d […]

The Chateau Royal de Blois has 75 staircases, but this one, at the centre of the Francois I wing of the chateau is covered with fine bas-relief sculptures. What do you think?  Do you have a favorite below? Staircase Photo #1.   Staircase Photo #2.   Staircase Photo #3.   You Might Also Enjoy: Chateau […]