Indian Point Blagden Preserve

The scent of balsam fir, and the flute sounds of the Swainson’s thrush grace my footsteps as I walk down the trail in Indian Point Blagden Preserve on Mount Desert Island, Maine. This moss-filled forest that leads to Western Bay was donated to the Nature Conservancy in 1968 by Donald and Zelina Blagden. The 110…

My Stars in Acadia National Park

With the growth of industrialization and human population over the planet, the ability to find a dark sky is becoming even harder and harder. To think that many children are now growing up and aren’t able to see the night sky filled with stars and planets like some of us that had the privilege to…

Cranberry Cove Ferry

The coastal towns of Maine are dependent on life on the water. With many small islands dotted close to each other, the daily commute involves not a car but a boat. Traveling from Southwest Harbor the Cranberry Cove Ferry is one of the ways one can travel to and fro to the Cranberry Islands. Starting…

Beech Cliffs Ladder Trail

The trails in Acadia National Park are numerous and offer a variety of settings and challenges for the day hiker. One of these features I had heard about are the Ladder Trails. The more popular ones are the Precipice and the Bee Hive trails, but there are also two more, Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail and…

Lower Hadlock Pond Trail

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been on the trail, and most certainly when I can take my time instead of the power walking, long distance hiking that my 70 year old friend likes to take me on. While I still have plenty of wonderful Parisian experiences to share, we’re going to travel to…

The Lovely Louvre Museum

Iconic of Paris is the grandious Louvre Museum that not only holds beautiful art treasures throughout the centuries, the building itself is a historic relic. Beginning as a fortress built in 1190 by King Phillip II Augustus, the Louvre’s foundation in the lower Sully wing is one of its hidden secrets that thousands of tourists…

I’ve Got the Paris Blues

It’s been several weeks from my last post, and for that I must apologize. I’ve left you stranded in Paris with no map and I needed to return to guide you through Paris from my eyes. For those that have followed me all along and know my horse Remy Martin and I, perhaps you read…

Let’s Get Creepy at the Paris Catacombs

Beneath the elegance of Paris is a deep dark secret that many visitors miss. Little do they know they could be literally walking over someone’s grave. The Paris Catacombs is known for their seemingly endless tunnels that hold the remains of millions of reinterred Parisians long passed. In fact, the Catacombs run for over 200…

Meandering in Paris

Perhaps one of my most favorite past times while visiting Paris was walking the streets in the early morning. Starting from the fourth floor flat, I looked over the courtyard to surrounding rooftops. Neighbor’s windows right across the way reminding me of the Alfred Hitchcock movie “Rear Window.” There was a heavenly boulangerie at the…