Cemetery Pictures and Burial Practices From Around the World

I have often been fascinated by the wide range of burial customs we have seen while traveling around the world. Each different culture, country or religion has their own way of paying tribute to or memorializing their departed. Here are just some of the cemeteries and sacred sites we have visited over the years.

Sibiu, Romania

Gravestones are built into the walls
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Rim of the World Scenic Drive, Part 2

April 29, 2021 ~ San Bernardino Mountains

Viewpoint in the San Bernardino Mountains

We drove the first half of the scenic drive that I found on the site myscenicdrives.com last week and left off in Running Springs. In case you did not see the last post where we shared the first half of this drive, you can click here to find it.

Running Springs is situated at the junction of SR-18 and SR-330. It is a major gateway to the mountain communities of Lake Arrowhead, Arrowbear, Green Valley Lake, and Big Bear, and is the closest community to Snow Valley Mountain Resort. It lies some 16 miles northeast of the city of Highland, California, up State Route 330, at an elevation of 6,030 feet.” ~ VisitRunningSprings.com

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17 Unusual Doors From Around the World

Sometimes a door is just a door. And sometimes it is a work of art. And sometimes it makes you want to know what is behind it.

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Rim of the World Scenic Byway- Part 1

April 23, 2021 ~ Southern California

Field of California Poppies, near Silverwood Lake

Today Tim was scheduled to finally get his second vaccine shot, and we had half a day before he needed to check in. I had recently posted on our Facebook site, that we had been introduced to a new site called myscenicdrives.com.

The site is easy to use. When you pull it up, you have the option to put in a city, state or your zip code to see what scenic drives are in your area. I quickly found out that there were several within a reasonable drive, and settled on taking the “Rim of the World Scenic Byway” – at least the first half of it anyway.

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Puerto Penasco aka Rocky Point, Mexico

November 1-9, 2020 ~ Mexico

Puerto Penasco (Picture taken from the deck at Lucky’s Cantina)

Six of us had made reservations for Playa Bonita RV Park for the 2020 springtime, but they got cancelled due to COVID-19. Fortunately, we were able to rebook for last November. The other two couples had been there before and raved about the weather, interacting with local venders, beach front location, sitting in the warm sea water, fabulous and fun places to eat, and the shopping on “Rodeo Drive”.

Tim and I were the newbies.

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Whale Watching, Baja, Mexico

February 25, 2020 ~ Ojo de Liebre Lagoon

Laguna Ojo de Liebre at low tide

Laguna Ojo de Liebre lies along the Pacific Ocean, about half way between the U.S.-Mexico border and the southern tip of Baja. The lagoon was formerly known as Scammon’s Lagoon, named after Charles Melville Scammon, a whaling captain who discovered this breeding ground back in 1857.

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Baja Road Trip Continues ~ San Quintin to Guerrero Negro

February 24, 2020 ~ Baja, Mexico

Baja Desert Landscape

Up early, and ready to hit the road for what was to be a picturesque day. But before we departed San Quintin, I snapped a quick shot of the water view.

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Road Trip to Baja ~ Day 1

February 23, 2020 ~ From Huntington Beach, CA to San Quintin, Mexico

Along the coast – Pacific Ocean, Baja

Our travel buddies, Dick and Karen, had been traveling to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mexico to go whale watching for several years. Their stories and photos had made Tim and me envious. We finally decided to join them to see for ourselves why they were so crazy about this trip.

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A Secret to Share…

Tim and Joanne with two 19 month old lions *** Note the hat!

We have been documenting our travel adventures with you for almost 8 years now.

It’s hard to believe that we sold our family home back in 2013, and set off shortly afterwards to travel the world for an indefinite time period. During those years we have traveled around the world and made some amazing friends along the way.

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GOLD BEACH, OREGON ~ Conclusion of our RV trip last August


Gold Beach has a stunning location, sitting right on the shores of where the Rogue River dumps into the Pacific Ocean. Just 40 miles north of the California border, it can be a destination all on it’s own, or a stop while exploring along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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