April 9, 2017

Fields Full of Poppies at Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve

Walking along a field full of poppies is an amazing way to start off spring break. We stopped at the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve in southern California on the way to Death Valley. This super bloom year was astounding. There were poppies everywhere in glorious bright orange, swaying in the breeze. I could have stayed for the entire afternoon - but the wild west was calling!

January 2, 2017

A Walk Along the Cliffs of Moher

Thanks to Paddywagon Tours, we were able to drive across Ireland from Dublin to the west coast and back in a single day to fit in the Cliffs of Moher before we ended our UK trip. We were lucky to have a bright sunny day with brilliant views along the coast and countryside. I couldn't imagine trekking all the way out here to greet fog atop 700 foot cliffs, and was thankful our visibility was crystal clear. Or, should I say "emerald" clear?

December 29, 2016

Exploring Castles in South Wales

A sunny day in south Wales (which is rare) delighted us with castle views near the Gower Peninsula.  We found horses, dragons, bridges and moats. Maps of the area have plenty of castles to explore, but check times on the web before heading out. Opening times during the seasons may vary. Pictured here are Ogmore castle, Caerphilly Castle, and Castell Coch. And let's not forget Dave the Falcon from Perriswood Farms. 

December 28, 2016

London Lights Up At Night

From Oxford Street to Bond Street to Big Ben and Covent Garden, London shines during Christmas time. During our last trip to the U.K. we stayed in London over the Christmas holiday. We were lucky to see London in all of her decorated glory. I'm not sure when I will be back in winter, but these memories London at night will most certainly last. 

December 24, 2016

The Magical World of Harry Potter at Warner Brothers Studios London

Fancy a trip to Hogwarts, anyone? Fans around the world excitedly awaited entry to the Harry Potter Studio tour outside London. We caught a tour bus from Victoria Station, drove about 45 minutes to Watford, and entered this magical world for a day in mid-January. Dressed up for winter, the studio tour delighted every single member of our family. We were undone. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so my description is simply this: if you have the opportunity - just GO!