Gijon, Spain And Aviles Tapas/Cider Tour

Exiting the ship in Gijon (pronounced Hee-hawn), there was a local dance troupe and band playing traditional local music. It was amazing to be greeted and welcomed with smiling locals who are happy to have us here! The local military police administered a temperature test and a squirt of hand sanitizer before our walk toContinue reading “Gijon, Spain And Aviles Tapas/Cider Tour”

Happiness is a Garden

Just like a mother, it’s difficult to have “favorites”. Here are a few of my garden babies, blooming in all their glory. I don’t have a very large space to garden in, approximately 250 Square feet in my back “yard”. It’s actually more of a patio with small strips of space to garden in, butContinue reading “Happiness is a Garden”

Chateau Kirwan Vineyard and Dinner with Wine Pairing

It’s been a little over a year (28 September 2021) and this dinner is still on my mind. This was a special wine pairing dinner curated by Oceania and it was absolutely fabulous! Other than a late start time, we left the boat at 7PM, the overall experience was wonderful. For this winemaker, they primarilyContinue reading “Chateau Kirwan Vineyard and Dinner with Wine Pairing”

Travel to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Last year (October 2021) we took an epic family adventure to Europe. Have you heard of Santiago, Spain? It was one of the stops along our Oceania cruise. Xulio (Shu-lee-o) was our tour guide. The locals speak Castilian Spanish and Galletian (mix of Spanish and Portuguese). The most common trees in this area are oakContinue reading “Travel to Santiago de Compostela, Spain”

Dragonfly

Flittering and floating, From flower to shoulder, To the top of my head. As if to tell me, Sometimes we float away from love, And sometimes love floats back to us. I’m struck by her beauty, And a little sad when she leaves. Float back! I silently scream. Come back to me, My shoulder beckonsContinue reading “Dragonfly”

Manina (A restaurant review in Frederick/Urbana, MD)

Dessert is like the cuddle after love-making…

Sweet Submission

Appalachian Trail Mile, 1947.1 8/23/2022 Whack!  Another branch, wails the back of my leg. I whisper under my breath, Thank you Mistress, may I have another? I stumble, slip, and fall…again. The thick mud, made of some sort of clay and A stink I have never smelled before, clings to my ass And the backContinue reading “Sweet Submission”

Two Days Off Trail in Camden, NJ and Philadelphia, PA!

Took a couple of days off the Appalachian Trail to meet up with my daughter in Camden, NJ for a concert and an eating tour of Philly! Philly is SO MUCH more than Rocky 🥊 and the constitution…