One of the funnest parts of cruising is all of the fantastic food. The elaborate buffet is quite a site. Every food is cut to a certain design, flower or put together to make a beautiful display. Then it is topped off with an ice sculpture or two, or three! We were able to get a kitchen tour where we watched as someone was carving an ice sculpture, which is a real talent. The buffet line moved slowly as most of us were taking pictures along the way.
The lake looked like a mirror this morning and I could hear a wolf across the lake! As we were walking home, five swans flew overhead. Great start to a crisp fall day in central Minnesota.
Fall in Minnesota is a beautiful time of year and October is my favorite month for a few reasons. First, I love all of the colors, when they are on the trees and when they blanket the ground. The temperature is usually perfect, I like the 50-60 degree range. Some years we can get snow in October, but it’s not typical. Halloween is another fun part of the month, I enjoy going to haunted houses, corn mazes, etc. Fall is also the best time for decorations, hay bails, corn husks, pumpkins, mums and then of course, the Halloween decorations.
My Snapshot Saturdays haven’t been the most consistent, neither has my blogging, but that will be changing! I have combined the images on this post and I was wondering what your thoughts are. Do you prefer just one photo and some information about where it was taken, or do you like the combination?
Wenches, nobles and fairies, oh my! As you walk into the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, you are greeted with singers, fairies, magicians and other characters using Elizabethan words and phrases so you feel like you have been transported back in time. Continue reading
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is located 7 miles south of Mandan, North Dakota. The park was established in 1907 by Theodore Roosevelt and includes Custer’s house, the blockhouses, On-A-Slant Village with the earthlodges and a visitors center. Continue reading
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina had been on my bucket list for a long time. Since my husband and I were “driving by” on our way to Hilton Head Island, this was the perfect opportunity for a visit. The weather was perfect so we were able to see the rolling hills that the mansion sits on nestled in the Appalachian Mountains. Continue reading
The London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe at 443 feet and it was built in 1999. It was officially opened by Tony Blair on December 31, 1999 but didn’t open to the public until March 9, 2000. They have many different options for your experience, from the standard ticket, to a wine tasting experience, Hotel Chocolat tasting experience, champagne experience or you can book an entire capsule for your special event.
I recently spent the weekend at Cannon Beach, Oregon and one of best parts of the trip was all of the food we enjoyed. One of our first meals was at Morris’ Fireside Restaurant, the service was a little slow since it was a very busy weekend with all of the people flooding to the coast for the warm weather, but that was understandable. Continue reading
Lupine are one of my favorite wildflowers and I usually stop to take pictures anytime I find them.
This post will mostly be photos from my last trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon. Cannon Beach is a cute little tourist ocean side town located 80 miles west of Portland. Cannon Beach was incorporated in 1957 and has a population of about 1,700 with 750,000 visitors annually. Continue reading
I was visiting family and friends in Portland, Oregon and my two aunts and I spent a few days at a rental house in Cannon Beach and the weather last week was unusually high, the temperature was in the 80s. There were a lot of people on the rocks and tide pools around Haystack Rock at low tide looking for starfish, sea urchins and sea anemones. They were all out to enjoy the great weather at the beach. Some of them stayed and made fires on the beach to enjoy the sunset.
Winter has stuck around longer than anyone really wanted this year, the migrating birds came home to find the lakes still frozen. Here are two swans that were at a nearby river.
The first chateau here dates back to 1137, and throughout the years, different parts have been added on. Louis Le Vau and André Le Nôtre worked together on The Grand Parterre, the largest formal garden in Europe Continue reading
Vaux le Vicomte is located about 30 miles south/southeast of Paris near Melun. It was built between 1658 and 1661 for the superintendent of finances of Louis XIV, Nicolas Fouquet. Before Fouquet purchased it in 1657, it was a small castle. Continue reading
Tulum is a Pre-Columbian Mayan city in Quintana Roo, Mexico in the Yucatán Peninsula. Tulum was one of our shore excursions on our Carnival cruise in the Caribbean. It is located up on the cliff about 39 feet above the water, which you can go down to and take a dip in the ocean to refresh yourself from the heat.