Olana is a Gem in Hudson, NY

Olana is the name of Frederic Church's stunning home in Hudson, NY.  Church was one of the first painters in the "Hudson River School of Art".  The home was lovingly designed by Church, himself.  It is a work of art and incredible to see.  It is a fascinating mix of middle eastern and victorian motifs. … Continue reading Olana is a Gem in Hudson, NY

Kykuit the Rockefeller Estate – great short excursion from NYC

About a one hour's drive north of NYC, up the beautiful Hudson River, is Kykuit.  This mansion was built by the oil baron, John D. Rockefeller in 1913.  The interior of the house is beautiful and the grounds are spectacular.  The nearby town of Sleepy Hollow, NY is also very lovely.  It is full of … Continue reading Kykuit the Rockefeller Estate – great short excursion from NYC

A weekend in Austin, Texas

We decided to take the short drive to Austin from Dallas last weekend. We didn't quite know what to expect from our capital city, being new to Texas and all. We had a really fun time exploring. Here is a list of our favorite things in Austin: 1. Hang out, have a drink and/or dinner … Continue reading A weekend in Austin, Texas

Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, Texas

We decided to visit Austin last weekend, and had a great time. The weather was nice and warm at 70-80 degrees, so we decided to visit the Botanical gardens. Because it is winter, there wasn't a lot of color in the gardens, but it was still very pretty and a great way to take an … Continue reading Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, Texas

A White House Christmas -circa 2004 on exhibit at the George W Bush Library

Now that it is Christmas break time, the husband and I decided to get out and see some sights around our new home in Dallas, TX.  The George W Bush Library is just around the corner, on the campus of SMU in Highland Park.  The Library is a beautiful and shiny new building, with many … Continue reading A White House Christmas -circa 2004 on exhibit at the George W Bush Library

A fun cruise stop over in Tallin (Estonia)

While on our Baltic tour last June, our ship stopped for a half day visit to Tallin, Estonia.  This is a very popular stop on most Baltic cruise itineraries.  The old town was our favorite part of the day's excursion, and my husband Mark and I had a lovely time walking around with our guide … Continue reading A fun cruise stop over in Tallin (Estonia)

Natural Bridge Caverns -An other worldly escape just outside of San Antonio, TX

  Now that we live near Dallas, we have taken to exploring our new state and the region.  After a short trip to San Antonio, TX, we decided to check out the Natural Bridge Caverns located just north of the city.  This cave is one of Texas' largest and is really spectacular. These amazing and … Continue reading Natural Bridge Caverns -An other worldly escape just outside of San Antonio, TX

White Rock overlook – stop by when you are in Santa Fe!

    On the way to Bandelier National Monument, you can take a 5-10 minute detour and see this stunning view!  In order to get to the Bandelier park (which you should DEFINITELY see), most folks park at the White Rock visitors center.  We just went to the overlook because we had some time to … Continue reading White Rock overlook – stop by when you are in Santa Fe!