Whether at a work conference or on vacation, I always have my “good” camera with me. After finishing up a historical walking tour in Seattle, I hadn’t planned on taking any more pictures. So I began to walk back to my downtown hotel. As I was heading up 1st Avenue I could see the sky looked pretty, but most of it was hidden behind tall buildings. It wasn’t until I got up… Read More
In late January I was visiting Seattle for a work conference. This wasn’t my first time. I had been out a couple years prior to our Alaskan cruise. I had also been to visit family–and another time for a work. I had done the usual things like the Space Needle. It was time to do something different. With sunset approaching, I walked from the my downtown hotel over to Columbia Center, the… Read More
For those picture perfect postcard views of Florence, you need to go up! There are two vistas and two (wait, make that three!) towers/domes you will want to climb. So put on your sneakers and do some calf exercises, because you are about to feel the burn! 1. Piazzale Michelangelo Those famous shots of Florence, with the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio? Those are usually taken from Piazzale Michelangelo. What is a… Read More
A perfect ending to a perfect day in Florence is capturing the sunset. Piazzale Michalangelo, located in the Oltrarno (“beyond the Arno”) neighborhood of Florence – is the prime viewing spot. Located on a hill south of the historic center of Florence, you can take a taxi or drive up to Piazzale Michelangelo. However, the better way is to hike up! Start along the Arno River. You can walk from either Piazza Giuseppe… Read More
The birthplace of the Renaissance in one day? I’m going to be honest here…this premise is crazy. I had three weeks to savor Florence. It at least deserves an overnight. But hey, I did Venice in one day, which now seems laughable. So, maybe this is your only option. So, do it right! Here are some suggestions for Florence in a day. Tip #1: Narrow it Down to Two Major Tourist Sites… Read More
Visited my mom back in Indiana over the Christmas holiday. Indiana is where I’m from…but it ceased being “home” a long time ago. I grew up in a small town. All everyone wants to do is escape it. Can’t blame them. Not a lot of good jobs. Not a lot of stuff to do. The “big city” was (and is) Fort Wayne and that’s where a lot of people end up. In… Read More
I could spend forever in Key West–that’s how much I liked it. But alas, all we had were three days. We flew from home, connected in Atlanta, and then on to Key West. I’m glad the pilot warned us that the landing at the Key West airport would be abrupt. The runway isn’t that long. After exiting the aircraft, you are welcomed to the “Conch Republic“! From the airport, it was a… Read More
Brrr! It was a cold sunset at Cana Island Light in Door County, Wisconsin. A stiff breeze was coming in off of Lake Michigan, but it was so worth it. Beautiful!