Favorite Photos: Up In the Clouds

Alps cloudsOnce I saw this week’s #FriFotos theme was clouds, I eagerly volunteered to take it on. I’ve been fascinated with clouds – and the sky, stars, moon, etc – since I was a child. There is something very appealing about clouds. They can be wispy, fluffy, lighter than air. Or dark, threatening, and ominous. Here are a few of my favorite cloud pics. Continue reading


On the Road in Bavaria Day Seven: Exploring the City of Salzburg

This is Part Seven in a multi-post series about the first roadtrip Jess and I took together. We’ll be heading out for a Southwest roadtrip in five weeks, and will be chronicling our adventures from the road!

Day seven of this trip was the day I had been waiting for – the Sound of Music tour! I’ve already recapped in detail our time on the tour (seriously folks, do it!), so I won’t rehash too much here, but needless to say, getting picked up at your B&B by a dude in lederhosen that looked straight out of the movie’s costume department most definitely set the tone for the tour. Continue reading

Boston’s Calf Island: Buggy But Beautiful

Calf Island in Boston HarborIf you know me, you know that I have an extreme dislike of mosquitoes. Okay, no one really enjoys these insects, but I’d go so far as to say that I live in fear. As I’ve gotten older I seem to have developed an allergy to the whiny little suckers: What once were merely annoying bites now balloon into unbearably itchy purple spots the size of silver dollars. As a result, I freak out every time I hear the signature buzz—especially if it’s in my bedroom in the middle of the night.

So you can imagine my distress when Devin and I landed on Calf Island last weekend as part of a private trip with Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands. We’ve visited several other Harbor islands and never had the need for bug spray. Then again, most of those trips took place during sunny summer weather, not right after a fairly large rainstorm. In other words: mosquito heaven. Ready the Benadryl! Continue reading

On the Road in Bavaria Day Six: Putting the Salt in Salzburg

Hallein salt mineThis is Part Six in a multi-post series about the first roadtrip Nicole and I took together. We’ll be heading out for a Southwest roadtrip in less than six weeks, and will be chronicling our adventures from the road!

After a near-perfect day in Innsbruck, it was going to be tough to beat our trip to the top of an Alp. Nevertheless, we picked up a quick breakfast at McDonald’s (I know, I know—but we had to sample the Austrian fast food offerings) and hit the road. The drive to Salzburg was manageable (about two hours) and uneventful, especially compared to our snowy travels days earlier.

We were headed to Salzburg for one big reason: Nicole’s love of the Sound of Music. (I remain ambivalent about the musical, although our visit certainly made me appreciate it a bit more.) With a day-long tour planned for the following day, we figured we would take today easy. In fact, we underestimated the drive and actually had nothing planned for the remainder of the day—a rarity with advance planners like us!

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Favorite Photos: Up Close and Personal

tropical fish at the New England AquariumHow excited am I that today’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is “close ups?” Maybe it goes back to childhood, when I used to love guessing the back page quizzes in 3-2-1 Contact magazine, which featured a series a of super-close-up images. (Okay, now I’m really dating myself.)

As an adult, I enjoy taking photos with my zoom and macro lenses, so it wasn’t difficult to find pictures to share! Here are a few favorites from my travels.

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What to Do in St. Lucia: 3 Ways to Explore This Romantic Island

Pitons in St. LuciaWhat do you want in a tropical island? Sun, sand, surf, and pristine turquoise water? A dense rainforest filled with exotic creatures? The freshest seafood and strongest piña coladas? For me, the answer is “all of the above!” And I found my tropical paradise when Devin and I took a five-day trip to the island of St. Lucia several years ago.

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