Great Expectations

This morning in Mafra, Portugal, it’s 44 F outside. The toasty Iberian sun will warm up things later, but the effects of La Niña promise to deliver a chilly winter in many places in North America and the North Atlantic. That may set some to thinking about a...
Peterhof: Royal Wonderland

Peterhof: Royal Wonderland

Our destination on day three of our Russia/Baltic trip was Peterhof, the grandest of St. Petersburg’s suburban estates. After leaving our hotel on Nevsky Prospekt, we ventured back into the metro (note the pillars and chandeliers in photo below) and then boarded a...

Surprising St. Petersburg

Today begins a new series: From Russia With Love (and a Kiss from the Baltic States). If you missed the one on Ireland in April/May and would like to do some armchair traveling in that neck of the world, please do check out the archives. Days 1 and 2: Travel,...

Day 15: Homeward Bound

We’d had typical weather for Ireland this time of year: partly cloudy, cloudy, mostly cloudy, and rainy. Temperature ranged from only forty to fifty-five degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, I laughed when I saw the “Spring Arrivals” at Ashford Castle when...

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