Where Did the Year Go?

I like looking back over the year to see what all I have done and what I have accomplished. This year I did a lot! The older you get the more you want to enjoy every minute! So what did the blogs do this year?  Blogs you ask? I officially have two blogs; the one…

T’was the Day Before Christmas and All Thru the House………….

Everyone is too busy to stir……………..but we are all decorated and ready for Santa! With a view from this way ………. and that………….. The animals talk at Christmas you know………. And the table is almost set…………we just have to add two more place settings! This year, it is Santa and two reindeer on display……… And…

T’Was Days Before Christmas and in the Fourth Ward……

I can’t think of anything I like better to do than to go on a Christmas Walk and Home Tour during the Holidays. We have a favorite spot in Charlotte in the Fourth Ward. What began as a neighborhood potluck dinner crawl for neighbors over 41 years ago, has evolved into a vibrant, festive celebration…

T’Was the Week Before Christmas at The Biltmore Estate, Part Two

We’re back for our last viewing of the Biltmore House before we move on to more Christmas outings……..now let’s see where did we leave off? Oh yes, George Vanderbilt was moving into his new home which included 250 rooms with 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65  fireplaces,  and 3 kitchens. There also was the ultra modern…

T’Was the Week Before Christmas at The Biltmore Estate

After a short visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains, George Washington Vanderbilt II, found the perfect location for his COUNTRY HOME! Biltmore Estate is a large (6,950 acres or 11 square miles), private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Chateau-style mansion built between 1889 and 1895 and is…

WeekendCoffeeShare at Biltmore House, Asheville, NC

Today, for the WeekendCoffeeShare, I am sharing my photos from Asheville, NC, at the famous Biltmore Estate, built for George Washington Vanderbilt.  As a grandson of famed industrialist and philanthropist, Cornelius Vanderbilt, George came from one of America’s best-known families. In the 1880s, at the height of the Gilded Age (a time of rapid economic growth),…

Six on Saturday at Biltmore House, Asheville, NC

We have had a few “outings” this month. One, was to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. I always wanted to see the house and grounds at Christmas when everything would be decked out for the holidays. Buying our tickets six months in advance, you deal with the weather you get that day! Fortunately,  we…

Thursday Doors in Montenegro

Today our ship is in port in Montenegro and I thought I would share some doors from Budva, on the Adriatic Riviera, one of our first stops in Montenegro.  Budva is about 28 miles south of Kotor and is a big tourist attraction because of the beautiful beaches, night life, restaurants and the preserved Old…

Montenegro? Where Exactly Is That?

We have left Positano, Italy and are on our way to Kotor, Montenegro. I have to say, the only thing I knew about Montenegro is that they have a team in the Olympics and I would see them march in on that first day, when the teams are introduced to the world. I was not…

#TimeSquare in Budva, Montenegro

I am a few days behind, but better late than never to the December theme for Becky’s Square Challenge! TIME!  Maybe some time can be found near the Magic Stone in old town Budva, Montenegro! There is only one rule for Becky’s Square Challenge.……your photograph must be square! I’m on the lookout for more time! Have you…

A Walk Along in Positano, Italy

We have arrived in Positano on a hot Sunday afternoon and what is everybody doing? They are at the beach! I can’t believe how blue the water is! People are trying to cool off! And some are under the very colorful umbrellas…………. No shampoo or soap allowed at the shower! This is the only “fat”…

A Walk In Amalfi, Italy

We will soon be heading out of Amalfi, but before we go, take a look at the village on the sheer cliffs! Just walking around here gives you goosebumps! It is just so Italian and everything one imagines Italy should be! As you are probably aware, this year, we decided not to lug cameras or…

Saint Andrew Cathedral, Amalfi, Italy

Today, we are still anchored off the coast of Amalfi, Italy. We are tendered to shore in those orange roofed life boats. Looking at the coast, this is the splendid view this morning! See that tall building in the center of the photo? That is our first stop.  We will be visiting the Saint Andrew…

Thursday Doors: Amalfi, Italy

We are hot……….it is early morning and it is hot………….but we have looked forward to getting to Amalfi and it should be hot in the middle of the summer right? But, still I am really hot! As I look out from our balcony on the ship I think there should be lots of doors here….

Saying Goodbye to Our Last Port on Elba Island: Portoferraio, Italy

We’re leaving Elba Island today from Portoferraio, the capital of Elba Island, during Napoleon’s time. This island is the perfect getaway whether you are coming for the beaches or wanting to get some solitude! So, one last look and back out to sea for us! And photos from the ship…………. Sailing, sailing, sailing away! Where…