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Think safety on Thanksgiving
November 24th, 2022

My memories of Thanksgiving include family trips to Cashmere, Washington, to my great aunt Mable Kenyon’s home for a fabulous meal, how to go to both parents’ homes for the celebration after I was married, and my mom enjoying the Thanksgiving dinners I cooked after she was no longer able to make them. Several times, I put a big turkey in a cooler to take it over the mountains to Wenatchee when I cooked for my mom. I finally figured out I could just go to the supermarket when I got there and see what it had the day before Thanksgiving: turkey, duck, or goose. One time I was making cranberries... Continue Reading

November 24th, 2022
The BBC Comes to the Colorado Rockies to Film ‘Trailblazers’ — And Linda Ballou is ‘Saddled Up’ as Their Isabella Bird Expert
November 14th, 2022

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Linda Ballou’s book, ‘Embrace of the Wild,’ flanked by two books by Isabella Bird. Isabella Bird was a Victorian-age explorer whose time has come again! The best-loved travel writer of her day wrote effusively about her travels in Estes Park in A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains. Three books about her were published in 2021, including my historical novel Embrace of the Wild. In April I was honored to be selected as the “Isabella Bird Expert” for the upcoming BBC documentary “Trailblazers,” a series spotlighting heroic... Continue Reading

November 14th, 2022
Italy Day 13 — Monreale, Sicily and Milan
November 2nd, 2022

Today was our final day in Italy before returning home to the States. Our mid-afternoon flight to Milan gave us time to do a little exploration, so we were up and out early. Leaving wasn’t as painful as it might have been because the sky was a leaden gray with no sun predicted. Monreale, a UNESCO world heritage site, is near Palermo and only a little off the route to the airport. On my last trip… Source Originally Published on https://karengershowitz.com/ Continue Reading

November 2nd, 2022
Italy Day 12 — Cefalu and Castelbuono
November 2nd, 2022

This morning the sky was nearly identical to Crayola’s version of sky blue. The temperature was warm, and we had no plans. It became our morning to go swimming. The pool at the Hapimag resort looks out over the sea. The contrast of the turquoise pool, deep blue sea and sky blue seemed like a painting or fantasy, not reality. But it was very real. I know this because when I dipped a toe into the… Source Originally Published on https://karengershowitz.com/ Continue Reading

November 2nd, 2022
Italy Day 11 – Termini Imerse and Campofelice di Roccella
November 2nd, 2022

Our big activity for the day was scheduled for 5 PM. With a full day ahead of us we headed to Termini Imerse, a city within Palermo. Much of it is industrial, but there’s also an old section that has Roman ruins and what is described as a fantastic museum. The first segment of the way there was a tranquil drive along the water. As we neared the city Ditzy (the GPS) started getting confused. Source Originally Published on https://karengershowitz.com/ Continue Reading

November 2nd, 2022
Italy Day 10 – Cefalu
November 2nd, 2022

Weather.com forecast rain for today. But what they didn’t say was whether it would be a drizzle or a downpour. I woke up to a slate gray sky and fine mist. That wouldn’t stop us from our plan to tour Palermo. While sipping my morning coffee the rain began, first gentle then steadily increasing to epic proportions. Okay, today would be washout. A day to catch up on laundry, emails and the like. Source Originally Published on https://karengershowitz.com/ Continue Reading

November 2nd, 2022
Italy Day 9 – Santo Stefano di Camastra and Pollina
November 2nd, 2022

On my previous trip to Sicily, I happened upon the town of Santo Sefano di Camastra. It was difficult to miss, it was on the main road heading towards Palermo and along every street in town there were dozens of shops selling locally made ceramics. Today we returned. As we exited the new autostrada, I saw a building surrounded by gigantic pots. I pulled into the parking lot. Kathy and I spent time… Source Originally Published on https://karengershowitz.com/ Continue Reading

November 2nd, 2022
Italy Day 8 – Cefalu, Sicily
November 2nd, 2022

We were up and out early this morning, largely because we didn’t trust Ditzy, the GPS. We were scheduled for a food and walking tour of Cefalu. Giving ourselves a lot of time was a good decision because Ditzy misdirected us several times. We finally found a parking lot on our own. Ambra, our guide, is a lovely young local woman. She met us and the only other tour participant, an Australian woman… Source Originally Published on https://karengershowitz.com/ Continue Reading

November 2nd, 2022
Italy Day 7 – Cefalu, Sicily
November 2nd, 2022

Kathy and I were both awake for the sunrise show—the sky morphed from pale blue to deep pink to orange. After that, we had a lazy morning–breakfast on our terrace, laundry, drawing (Kathy), writing (me) and both of us reading intermixed with short periods of dozing off. We set off through the resort property towards the beach. Along the way there were prickly pear cacti, palm trees, hibiscus… Source Originally Published on https://karengershowitz.com/ Continue Reading

November 2nd, 2022
Italy Day 6 – Travel to Cefalu, Sicily
November 2nd, 2022

Taxi to train station, scurry to buy tickets and find seats while toting luggage, make our way through Malpensa Airport which required taking a bus to the plane, finally climbing the stairs (with luggage) onto our flight and departing Milan. This was the first gray morning we had, so perfect for relocating to a sunnier location. I was hoping to take photos of Milan from the air… Source Originally Published on https://karengershowitz.com/ Continue Reading

November 2nd, 2022
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