Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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Last week we took a 4 hour road trip through the Columbia River Highway which took us by the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The more I stay in Oregon, the more I realize how big and beautiful this state is. It keeps surprising me. The landscapes that this river and this canyon provide are stunning. We were so mesmerized by the changing colors and landscapes provided in combination with the sky, the sun, the trees and the river. Continue reading

This Week’s Small Pleasures #42


I was away last weekend so I wasn’t able to share my small pleasures of that week but I will include some from last weekend and this week. Continue reading

Wood Around The World


I just love looking at wood. I love interiors that are highly decorated with beautiful woods, I love fireplaces, and wooden objects. There is just something about wood that I am really attracted to. It might be part because I am an Earth sign, who knows.

With that said, here is a series of photos of woods I’ve captured across my travels. Continue reading

[Guest Post] Konark Sun Temple: The Black Pagoda

The Konark Sun Temple, built in the 13th century, in India takes its name from the Sanskrit words, Kona (corner) and Arka (sun) in dedication to the Sun god Surya. The monument was called the Black Pagoda by European sailors in contrast to the Jagannath Temple in Puri which was called the White Pagoda. Both temples served as important landmarks for the sailors.

I find it astounding how we are able to visits places from such historic dates. The Traveloholic had the privilege to visit this temple and he is happy to share his experience with us. All the photos and the following words were provided by Somnath, the traveloholic Continue reading

4 Ingredient Green Superfood Smoothie + GIVEAWAY!

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How would you like to make a delicious tasting smoothie that provides powerful antioxidants, immune support, and the nutrition of several servings of green leafy foods with just 4 ingredients? Well, believe me, it’s possible.  Continue reading

21 Fun Facts About Europe

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Europe is my favorite continent and for some reason, I love random facts; they tickle my fancy. So when Jess from Tripelio offered me an infographic based on her knowledge and travels of Europe, I was excited. Plus, 21 is a good number, don’t you think?

If you want to find out how many estimated Europeans are conceived in an IKEA bed, how to unblock Netflix in Europe, and one random action that could land you in jail in France, then please read on.

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Turquoise Around The World

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The turquoise dolphin waters at Xel Ha, Cancun

I just love the color turquoise which is a combination of green and blue and takes its name from the turquoise gem. I don’t have a favorite color but this one is definitely a contender.

I love that peaceful characteristic that comes from green and blue and together become a bright and cheerful color. I have captured the color turquoise around the world from Mexican waters to Indian walls but none in Turkey which is where the color name comes from as the gem was originally imported from Turkey, and turquoise is French for Turkish.  Continue reading