Classic Stonehenge Photos: Europe’s Most Famous Megalithic Circle

Classic Stonehenge Image

A wonder of the world, the classic Stonehenge image is one I needed to see for myself. Archaeologists believe it was constructed around 3100 BC. It’s an impressive inspiration, an icon of Britain, and is probably Europe’s most famous prehistoric site, although not its oldest (we visited an older megalithic complex in Portugal, an older tomb […]

Photo Tricks: Shattering the Illusion of Broomstick Flying

broomstick flying photo tricks

Several years ago the girls and I took broomstick flying lessons in the same English courtyard that Harry Potter learned to fly. They were timed to fall just after the “On Location” tour of Alnwick Castle, which doubled as portions of Hogwarts. To this day, people still ask me about the day my girls did […]

Haarlem Netherlands – Our First Cruise Port En Route to Norway

Haarlem, Netherlands

After a not too rocky crossing of the English Channel our first stop was the port of Ijmuiden in The Netherlands. Excursion options to Amsterdam were all canceled as we were quite late arriving here due to weather delaying our departure from Southampton. Our only on-shore option was the lovely town of Haarlem, which we […]

Touring Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London

Seeing Shakespeare performed live at London’s Globe Theatre will remain on my bucket list a bit longer. We were last in London in May of 2012, just a few months before the London Olympics were to begin. The Globe was in the middle of a series of 37 performances all from visiting troupes in their […]

Ruins of The Old Abbeys of England ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire, England

I don’t know why, but I am fascinated by the ruins of the old abbeys of England dotted along the countryside.  I couldn’t get enough, although I think the girls and hubby reached their limit.  Here are a few of my favorite shots: Have you seen the ruins of the old abbeys of England? Which […]

I Drank from the Fountain of Youth ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

fountain of youth

The fountain of youth – myth or reality? According to folklore and our extremely youthful looking Norwegian guide, Tvindefossen Falls is it. Located somewhere between Flaam and Voss in Norway, we stopped, climbed and drank, using our hands to cup the water. Did it work? Maybe yes, maybe it’s just silly, but either way, it […]

Exploring the Sherwood Forest In Search of Robin Hood

sherwood forest

Did you know the Sherwood Forest really exists in the Nottinghamshire?  We had to stop there last year whist we were driving through England. There several fun statues greeting us as we headed from the parking lot to the Visitor’s Center (although, I think the building in the background of this photos is actually the […]

Vigeland Sculpture Park – A Must See In Oslo Norway

naked statues

Vigeland Sculpture Park is a must see in Oslo, but for some reason I was surprised to find so many naked statues.  Not that I expect statues to be dressed, just not so many body parts hanging around one park. Vigeland Sculpture Park contains over 150 sculptures by the famed Norwegian sculpture Gustav Vigeland. His various […]

Oslo in a Day: Ski Jump, Sculputers and Vikings Ships

Ski Jump in Oslo

Only one day in Oslo, the capital of Norway, is not the optimal way to see this beautiful city. For us, it is our only current option as it is the final port of our cruise through the Fjords before we head back to the UK.  We all had our wish list, and none of […]

A Bit of On-board Fun on the MSC Opera Heading to Norway

MSC Opera

We had some fun onboard the MSC Opera. Here are some of the highlights: I found this towel dog using my mobile phone one afternoon. Another day we had a turtle. Such a nice pool for such a cold climate. There was one afternoon that seemed warm enough to swim, but they fill it each […]

Stavanger Norway Huge Fjords and Home to the Nobel Peace Prize

Stavanger Norway1

I am loving looking at Norway! (Although, I am still struggling with supporting an economy that serves whale). We are now in the port of Stavanger Norway, and it has finally allowed darkness overnight. (When we were further north, even though the sun set for a few hours, darkness never came.) Today we took a […]

Bergen Norway Offering View from Above and an Historical Village

Bergen Norway

Bergen is stunning, a magical town that caught me by surprise. Not always good surprise, but it kept me on my toes. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway. Arriving via MSC cruise ship, we opted not to do an official excursion from the ship, but rather to do things on our own. Visually, we were in […]

Flam, Norway: Waterfalls and the Fountain of Youth

Flam Norway

As we continued to cruise north along the Norwegian coast towards Flåm the days got longer, until it was never dark outside. The sun did dip just below the horizon for a few hours in the middle of the night, but it remained dusk. For a moment I wished that we had an interior cabin […]

Travel Tips for the UK and Ireland Visitors

York Castle

We just spent a month driving around the UK and Ireland with a teen and a tween. We learned a lot, made many mistakes and discovered some great secrets. Here are my best travel tips for the UK and Ireland: See London but save most of your time for the rest of country.  Go Slowly […]

Exploring the Port of Southampton in the Rain


We arrived a day early to explore the lovely town of  Southampton before we board a cruise bound for the Norwegian Fjords.  The fact that this is the same port that the Titanic disembarked seems to be one of it’s largest claims to fame. We are cruising on the MSC Opera, a ship and line we […]

My Photo with the Queen – Having a Bit of Fun in Bath England

Rhonda and the Queen

Diamond jubilee weekend and I couldn’t resist posing with a silly cardboard of her majesty, just so I could say I had my photo with the Queen. I think it is every little girl’s fantasy, to have their photo with the queen. Since it’s not likely ever going to be a reality for me, I […]

Roman Baths and Stonehenge: History and Wonderment in England

Roman Baths

After a very long travel day, which is not the way I would do it if I were traveling this way again, and a good night sleep we had a fantastic day of history and wonderment.  What could be better than a morning at the Roman Baths, followed by an afternoon at Stonehenge. Bath, England […]

Eloquence or Gift of Gab? We Kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland

Blarney castle

I have the been given the gift of gab! Today we kissed the Blarney stone, so we have goodly speech now 😉 Okay, now you’re probably wondering, what is the Blarney stone? (unless you already know of course) The Blarney stone is this special stone that, if you kiss, gives you eloquence. We think it gives […]

Dingle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry: Driving Ireland’s South Coast

Ring of Kerry

We headed South for two days in what many consider to be the three most beautiful spots in Ireland: Dingle, Killarney, and the Ring of Kerry. After spending time in Dublin, seeing the 5000 year old tomb at Newgrange and then stumbling upon the adorable town of Adare, or exceptions were quite high. First the […]

I Adore Adare – A Stunning Town in Ireland

castle and swan

We were told we would fall in love with some of the small towns in Ireland just by driving through and we did, as soon as we entered Adare. Nicknamed Ireland’s Prettiest Village, we know we are not the first people to decide add a night in this town. It’s an adorable village in County Limerick, […]

Inside Newgrange: A Neolithic Tomb in Ireland

Newgrange tomb in Dublin

First discovered in the 17th century Newgrange is one of three large passage tombs located near the River Boyne in Ireland. To date, 37 smaller tombs have also been discovered in the region. Newgrange is an over 5,000 year old passage tomb built in 3200BC. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site that is older either the great Pyramids of […]

Discovering Dublin Ireland on a Free City Walking Tour

One of our first stops, Dublin Castle, which doesn't look much like a castle from the entrance.  What is unique is that lady justice has her eyes open.

Dublin is such a fun city filled with history, mystery and legend. We are big fans of walking tours, and were delighted to find another Sandeman’s Free City Tours here in the capital city of .  For today it was Dublin.  Our guide Kiel was knowledgeable, interesting and funny. Are you a fan of city walking tours? Have […]

Leprechauns for a Day – Shrunk At Dublin’s Leprechaun Museum


We were leprechauns – just for a little while for a day! Actually, it was half a day as we spent the morning at a tour of the Guinness factory. I promise, the beer had nothing to do with our belief in leprechauns. Too bad it was only an illusion.  Either way, we had a […]

Bushmills and Guinness: Whiskey and Stout Tours in Ireland

Guinness Storehouse

Tours of Bushmills and Guinness are both interesting, but quite different from each other. One is the countries oldest continuously licensed distillery in the world and the other is . . . Guinness. Here are the highlights: Bushmills Distillery Licensed to distill by King James in 1608, Bushmills Distillery is the oldest continuously licensed distillery in […]

Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, Dunluce Castle-N. Ireland

Giants Causeway

We heard about Giants Causeway, the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge and Dunluce Castle, but nothing could prepare us for actually seeing them. After an uneventful ferry crossing into Northern Ireland we headed straight up to the North Coast.  Here we found the Giants Causeway, a destroyed bridge built by giant Finn McCool to walk to Scotland.  […]