.All Trips / Europe / Poland

A Fall Visit to Krakow’s Hala Targowa Market

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I love to visit farmers’ markets!  I enjoy the colors, the friendly people and, of course, the chance to buy some top quality fresh foods.  The entire experience lends itself to photography and exploration.

While in Krakow we visited two markets, both very good but very different in character.  The larger of these, ‘Hala Targowa,’ is considered to be the city’s best outdoor market and is the one we’ll look at today.

During weekdays in the summer and fall,  it’s a typical farmers market.  Our visit was on a Friday in early October and the produce offerings reflected the season.  There were lots of excellent plums, a large variety of monstrous apples, a few pears and lots of root vegetables.  There were some …

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.All Trips / Pacific Northwest / Washington

A fall visit to the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden, Spokane, Washington

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One of the things I enjoy about blogging is sharing less commonly visited but interesting destinations.  The Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden in Spokane, Washington, certainly fits that bill.  A smaller garden, well known to locals but not to many tourists, it has its charms!  When I lived in Spokane I’d commonly stop by as it was midway between the hospital where I worked and the library I frequented.  I enjoy the calm nature and beauty of Japanese gardens.  They are places where nature, tranquility, gardening skills, and art merge.

The Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Garden sits on the site of the old zoo (closed in the 1930s).  The garden was designed by Nagao Sakurai, a master garden architect (who at one time was …

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.All Trips / Czech Republic / Europe

Signs of Prague

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I love to photograph (what I consider) unusual details of the cities I visit, including its architecture, decorations, statues, signs and symbols.  I often find these my favorite souvenirs of that destination, and that my camera’s lens is drawn more and more to these small details.

I’ve noticed over my years as a travel blogger a growing fondness of the signs of a destination.  I find them entertaining and highly informative about the character of a place and its.  I especially enjoyed those of Prague, and hope you do too!


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.All Trips / Central USA / North America / Wyoming

Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park

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I’d first seen the Old Faithful Inn as a youngster about 40 years ago.  It’s hard to miss it if you come to the park to watch the Old Faithful Geyser erupt — it’s been described as the world’s largest log cabin.  I remember wandering into the cavernous 5 story (76 ft high) lobby and being fascinating by its unusual log construction.   This lobby alone is worth seeing when you’re done watching Old Faithful Geyser erupt (which happens about every 90 minutes).

When my wife and I were planning where to go for our 30th wedding anniversary, we both agreed to visiting Yellowstone NP and staying at the Old Faithful Inn.  That’s not as easy at it might sound.  Unless you’re …

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.All Trips / Australia

Rottnest Island, Western Australia

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Australia is a remarkable place to visit, with some of the most interesting flora and fauna anywhere.  From flocks of colorful parrots to troops of kangaroos bouncing around, if you love nature and the out-of-doors, Australia needs to be on your travel bucket-list.

My wife and I were visiting Perth in Western Australia some years ago, a city we really enjoyed.  Not far from Perth is the small port of Freemantle where many prisoner ships from England landed centuries ago and disembarked the ancestors of today’s Aussies.  From here you can catch a ferry (or if you have more cash, a seaplane) to Rottnest Island, home to the charming Quokka.  It makes for a perfect day-trip, but stay longer …

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.All Trips / Central USA / Colorado / North America

The John Denver Sanctuary, Aspen, Colorado


Many of you remember folksy singer, Henry John Deutschendorf, Jrbetter known by his stage name, John Denver.  John was a talented and very successful singer, songwriter and actor who made his home in Aspen, Colorado.  John loved the town of Aspen, the state of Colorado and its Rocky Mountains, and fought to conserve them.

Mr. Denver was know for his “clean” presentation and enthusiasm for his music — and life in general.  You’d recognize many of the songs he wrote and we’ll see the lyrics for his biggest hits shortly.  The Colorado state legislature adopted his song, “Rocky Mountain High” as one of its state songs in 2007.  John was an avid pilot who died tragically in the crash of a …

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.All Trips / Europe / Italy

Cappella Palatina, Palermo

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I’ve visited dozens of wonderful churches in my life, some vaste and grand like St. Peter’s in Rome, or Westminister Abbey in London, others smaller and with a more intimate feel.  As a rule, I’m partially to smaller chapels and churches, and there are two at the top of my list of favorites.  The most beautiful church I’ve ever been in, and because of the nature of it also the most beautiful painting of the Renaissance, is the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.  Seeing the Sistine Chapel for the first time actually made me gasp in awe — a travel first for me!  But another smaller church that caught my eye and amazed me with its beauty is the Palatine …

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.All Trips / Central Canada / Manitoba

Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg, Canada

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The Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg is home to the provincial government of Manitoba — not unlike a USA state capital building.  It’s an imposing structure sitting in the heart of historic Winnipeg on the banks of the Assiniboine River, not far from “The Forks” (junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, the historic heart of the city).  It’s home to the legislative assembly, its committees, and offices for the ministers of all government departments.  Groundbreaking for the building occurred in 1913 but delays in its construction occurred because of material shortages in the First World War, and it was not completed until 1919.  It’s official opening was in 1920 on the 50th anniversary of Manitoba’s founding.

The Legislative building consists …

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