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Children of Guatemala

Children of Guatemala

Dear friends,

As many of you know who have followed our blog for any time, Tim and I are passionate about our beloved Guatemala. We have become involved with several NGO’s who are doing amazing work to help those who have not had the privilege of being born into a 1st world country.

It is with great pride that I am about to introduce you to a family that I am very impressed with. I was only introduced to their work a few short months ago. I so sincerely hope that you will take the time to watch this video that gives you an idea into what kind of work they are doing.  Continue reading

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Kimberly Crest House and Gardens ~ Redlands, California

Kimberly Crest Mansion

Kimberly Crest Mansion

Kimberly Crest House and Gardens ~ Located in Redlands, California along Interstate 10 between Los Angeles and Palm Springs. The property is a registered California Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Stroll through the Italian style gardens, view the statuary and koi ponds, tour the grand mansion and the Carriage House Museum. It is also a popular wedding venue. Continue reading

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LA Arboretum ~ Arcadia, California

How magnificent is nature?

How magnificent is nature?

It has been a few years since we visited the LA Arboretum and we are due for a return. One of the many things that stood out for me was seeing the peacocks proudly display their brilliant plumage.

“… 127 acres of plants, natural landscapes, wildlife and historic buildings. You will discover plants and trees from all over the world as you wander along paths and learn about California history on your journey through the garden.” ~

Click here for hours, location and admission fee information. Continue reading

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Memorial Day remembrance from Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery, France

American Cemetery which overlooks Omaha Beach

American Cemetery which overlooks Omaha Beach

Last year we visited Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery in France coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing. We were humbled, thankful, teary eyed and deeply saddened all at the same time. I thought it only fitting to repost our visit to this historic site while we here in the USA are celebrating Memorial Day. Continue reading

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Picture of the Day ~ Morača Monastery in Montenegro

12th century Morača Monastery in Montenegro

13th century Morača Monastery in Montenegro

One of the best known monuments in Montenegro is the medieval Morača Monastery. The name in Serbian is Манастир Морача. Located in the valley of the Morača River in Kolašin, central Montenegro it was founded by Stefan Vukanović in 1252.   Continue reading

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Picture of the Day ~ Blarney Castle, Ireland

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

The first thing that usually comes to mind when ever Blarney Castle is mentioned is kissing the Blarney Stone to receive the gift of gab. But there is much more to see and do here in addition, such as exploring the castle, stroll through the gardens (don’t miss the poison garden), see the Dungeon, the Court and Badger’s Cave or check out the Wishing Steps and the Witch’s Kitchen.  Continue reading

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Picture of the Day ~ Wat Pho Thailand

Wat Pho, Thailand

Wat Pho, Thailand

Located in Bangkok, Thailand, Wat Pho is home to one of many giant reclining Buddhas. It is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

“Adjacent to the building housing the Reclining Buddha is a small raised garden, the centrepiece being a bodhi tree which is believed to have been propagated from the original tree in India where Buddha sat while awaiting enlightenment.” ~ Wikipedia

Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful to be able to relive fond memories of previous trips through my vast collection of pictures.

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Bowers Museum ~ Special exhibits are fleeting, don’t miss them.

Bowers Museum Entrance

Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California ~ Entrance

“The Bowers Museum holds in its collection more than 120,000 works of art. These works were donated from 1935 to the present and represent many regions and cultures of the world. The museum’s largest collections are in the areas of Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Asian art, art of the Pacific, art of Africa and Orange County history.” ~

I felt like we only got a morsel of all the Bowers Museum had to offer. Arriving just one hour before they closed, we knew we would be rushed to try to cover everything, so decided instead to primarily concentrate on the special exhibits.

Just past the ticket desk is an entire room devoted to Qi Baishi, considered a Master, the Picasso of China, and widely regarded as the most well-known and influential Chinese modern artist. This is the first time this work had been exhibited outside of China and will be shown here until July 11th.   Continue reading

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Fullerton Arboretum ~ Color, Shape, Form and Texture

Taken at Fullerton Arboretum

Taken at Fullerton Arboretum

I saw some wonderful pictures a friend’s daughter had posted on her Facebook page a few weeks back that were taken at the Fullerton Arboretum. She was very enthusiastic about the 26 acre gardens, so when the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to get my camera out and do some random shooting.

It is located on the campus of California State Fullerton and open daily from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person which can be dropped into a box at the entrance.  Continue reading

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To walk or not to walk?

The Camino de Santiago route

The Camino de Santiago route

Almost two years ago I posted about my desire to walk “The Camino de Santiago“, a 500 mile trek that starts at St-Jean-Pied-a-Port, France, continues across northern Spain and culminates at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

I had been following a wonderful blog written by Kim, at as she hiked, and day-by-day shared pictures and the highs and lows of her journey. About the time she completed her “Camino”, a documentary movie was released, Walking the CaminoContinue reading

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