It’s Never Good Bye

Since Hong Kong is considered international travel leaving Beijing means leaving Ivy. Tonight, to celebrate a fabulous trip we had a farewell dinner with our Tour Manager, Ivy or her Chinese name, Sha Sha. What a special person she is, and what a special tour has been. Russell and I have always talked about coming…

A Tale of Two Chinas

We are only a week into our magnificent trip to China, but we have already seen several things about the Chinese we love. The people are very friendly and very social. There have been several studies lately linking loneliness and premature death. The Chinese seem to have conquered this issue. You don’t see a lot…

Pros and Cons of Group Travel

Yesterday we travelled with our tour group to Suzhou, a city outside Shanghai. With traffic, of which there is a lot, it took about 2 hours via our bus to get there and a little longer to get home. I thought recounting this experience would be a good way to share the pros and cons…

Shanghai Street Food Tour 

Last night Russell and our friends and travel companions, Stephanie and Bruce (pictured above) had dinner with a group of expats – teachers for the English speaking International School in Shanghai. This fun group of 6 included a couple from Ireland, two single women one from from Great Britain and one from Ireland and a…

AND THE YEARS FLY BY…

  BIRTHDAY PARTY Last night we celebrated Russell’s 60th birthday with our children. It’s crazy to imagine Russell is turning sixty. I still remember that young, eager, somewhat rough around the edges 25 year old law student with whom I fell in love. I was very young too – just a rising sophomore in college,…

Advent – You Know that Thing Before Christmas

I love this season. As a kid and even a young mother October 1 marked the beginning of t he build up to Halloween followed by the build up to Thanksgiving and then we could finally start talking about Christmas. I wrote about my love for Fall in a recent blog. What I have noticed,…

Waiting for Surprises

I have never been good at waiting. I am that person who turns to the last few pages of a novel to see how things end even though I have barely read the first chapter.  It is a really silly thing to do actually because after just starting a book skipping to the end usually…

A Little Journey – The Baby Shower

About six years ago right after my daughter got married I went with a group of girlfriends to Paris to celebrate our friend’s 50th birthday. We had a lovely time soaking in all that is Paris from the art to the wine to the cheese to the markets. One particular day while shopping in an outdoor…

A Little Journey – Morocco

This year I bought a real camera. Not the newest version of the iPhone, but a real camera – one with a base and the ability to change lenses depending on the photographic circumstance. One that allows me to adjust the focus and light and shutter speed. It also also has a video function.  I…

Deserted Island & Hungry Tarpon in the Upper Keys

Love this blog and vlog of this couple who until recently travelled the country in an RV and are now travelling the world – or will be soon – via a sailboat.  Great photography and fun story. enjoy! We sail to Indian Key, a deserted, tropical island with a free mooring and dinghy dock. This…