Category Archives: Travel

Sunken Garden

Robert Buchart, pioneer in the growing cement industry, opened a limestone quarry in 1904.  As the limestone deposits depleted, Robert’s wife, Jennie, hauled in tons of topsoil from their nearby farm to plant flowers.  She was determined to turn the … Continue reading

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Russian Reflection

There wasn’t much free time to explore St. Petersburg on foot.  But, one time the bus stopped 3-4 blocks from our destination; I felt liberated to see things on my own terms. I caught this beautiful reflection of an old … Continue reading

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Mt. Baker

One exceptionally clear morning I caught Mt. Baker during sunrise.  I was staying in a vacation home on San Juan Island and happened to crawl out of bed in time for this shot. At 10,781′, Mt. Baker is the third … Continue reading

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Lithuanian Farm

Outside a small village near Klaipeda, Lithuania is a working farm that appears to be of a bygone era.  The scene is idyllic, almost make believe, like stepping back in time. A small stream cuts through the low-lying pastures that … Continue reading

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Making Friends

The small town of Tallin, Estonia is a great place to meet and make new friends. The people there are so welcoming and friendly.  Just sit down on any park bench in the Old Town and you will soon be … Continue reading

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Helsinki City Center

Like all European cities, regardless of size, Helsinki’s city center is the hub of daily activities.  The streets are crowded but friendly.   Tourists and locals bumping elbows, communicating as best they can, one seeking adventure the other making a living. … Continue reading

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Black Balsam

A favorite drink of the Latvians is Riga Black Balsam.  The locals drink it to warm up their insides during the long winters, saying it brings on a “warm inner glow”. Made in Riga since 1752, it is a liqueur … Continue reading

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