Thursday Doors: Rockefeller Mansion

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I have toured mansions before, like that of the Vanderbilts in New York, the Edison Mansion in New Jersey, the Roosevelt Mansion in New York, and the Twain Mansion in Connecticut. Not one of them overwhelmed me with its opulence … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Don’t You Talk to Me, Ever Again!

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True Food Kitchen Experience

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“I am so glad I ordered the pizza Margherita! It’s better than what we had in Italy.” My husband remarked as we left full and very satisfied the True Food Kitchen at the Mosaic District in Fairfax, Virginia.Italians pride themselves … Continue reading

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Ode to Unknown Soldiers, a haiku


“Reduced to numbers.

My heart bleeds, but so grateful

for your sacrifice.”

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The Corner of Rua Santa Caterina and Rua Fernandes Tomas, Porto

Portugal is known for its azulejos, a form of painted tin-glazed ceramic tile work. Some churches in Porto boast of white tiles painted in blue adorning their walls. One of them is Capela Das Almas or Chapel of Souls. Standing at the corner of Rua de Fernandes Tomas and Rua de Santa Canterina, it is an eye-catching sight with its beautiful azulejo walls showing scenes from the lives of saints such as St Francis of Assisi and St Catherine of Alexandria.

Capela Das Almas, ©deetravels

The chapel is the first azulejo-clad building I saw in Porto and I was wowed. It was a treat to see it at a popular shopping street in Porto. At Rua de Santa Caterina, one not only has the opportunity to shop, but also to appreciate classic Portuguese art, and to worship as well.

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Silent Sunday: Kingsland Point Park, Sleepy Hollow NY

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Distracted by Wild Flowers

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Wildflowers.  They are tenacious and adaptable. Their ability to grow everywhere is impressive to some, and an irritation to others. No one tends to them. They come out at their own time, a part of the natural world dictated by … Continue reading

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Photo Challenge: Iceland, an Elemental Experience

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Iceland in winter is an elemental experience. On our Golden Circle Tour, I felt the bite of the wind on my face. I saw landscape unique to Iceland.And stood in marvel at the power of water as it sprung into … Continue reading

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Elemental Persuasion

“Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.” – Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian Writer

Missouri River, Oacoma, South Dakota; ©deetravels

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Memento Monday: Mark Twain Notebook

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What an enlightening weekend I had! Hubby and I, and two of my sisters-in-law did a tour of the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut.The tour did not only give us the opportunity to marvel at the fineness of his … Continue reading

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