Today is the anniversary of my blog, which occurs at this wondrous time of year, the holidays! It began seven years ago while drafting notes and sketches for seasonal recipes and travel tips. I have always enjoyed reviewing art and wanted to include this topic as well. Looking back on previous post is always great fun and I have selected a few favorites to share.

an evening view of Shanghai and sunset photo from M. Van Opdorp and his FB group.

Thank you so much for your support and sharing your creative ideas!!!


Sunshine Blogger Award

I have been most graciously nominated by Travel and Click for the Sunshine Blogger Award, her “recent post” are listings of a world traveler from one who enjoys solo trips to key things to do while in Istanbul… a most eclectic range of information! Thank you so very much for the nomination!!!

Award’s Rules

  • There are some basic rules to follow if you decide to participate:
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog so everyone can visit.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees by commenting on their blog post.
  • List the rules and display the Award logo on your blog post.

Answers to 11 questions asked by the author of the blog Travel and Click.

  1. Which is the first blog you wrote?
    My first blog was “Beignets & Books”, which I wrote for those who loved to read cookbooks and then test a recipe or two.
  2. Do you get paid to write a blog or it’s a hobby?
    Blogging is most definitely a hobby.
  3. Have you had anyone sponsor your stay or travel?
    Not yet, but may look into the prospect.
  4. How many countries have you visited?
    So, far I have visited 12 countries, and there are several we have visited because we love them so much!!!
  5. Do you like to try out local cuisine each time you travel?
    I absolutely love the  idea of tasting local cuisine when traveling, it is one of the top reasons for traveling.
  6. Have you made local friends while traveling?
    Yes, and these friends have been kind enough to give tips on places to eat {locally}.
  7. Do you prefer tour buses for traveling?
    No, I prefer drafting my own itinerary and love the idea of walking everywhere!
  8. What’s your dream destination?
    Machu Picchu
  9. How many visitors do you get per day on your blog?
    On average.. probably, [5]- five people… and more depending on what I am posting.
  10. Do you reply to all the comments on your blog?
    Most definitely, I enjoy when someone takes the time to leave a thought or two!!!

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done for a blog post?
  2. What inspires you to write?
  3. What are your favorite genres to read?
  4. How much time do you spend in researching and drafting your blog post?
  5. What was the best dish you ever tasted when traveling?
  6. Are photographs an integral part of your blog?
  7. Which social media app gives you the most blog traffic?
  8. What is your favorite style of art?
  9. Do you have a favorite muesuem that you visit regularly?
  10. What is on your travel playlist?
  11. What is your favorite TV show?

My nominees are::

  1. Andrea/ Cooking with a Wallflower
  2. R and B International Travel, Our Travel Blog
  3. Autumn Whewell
  4. Sheryl, A Hundred Years Ago
  6. Leanne Cole
  7. Sportsdiva64, 30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams
  8. french ideas
  9. Lidy, French Garden House
  10. brushes ad papers
  11. joshi daniel, Joshi Daniel Photography

Enjoy the fun of blogging and stay stylish,

Sun-Drenched Greece

img_5653 img_5658Greece is a sun-drenched peninsula off the southern coast of Europe, encased on three sides by the Ionian, Mediterranean and Aegean Seas’ with cloudless blue skies, turquoise blue waters that surround a hilly and rocky terrain. While traveling throughout this scenic country our focus turned to a few islands in Aegean Sea {Mykonos & Rhodes}, and then onto the ancient Greek city of Athens known as the cradle of democracy.img_0650 img_0766{1. Caryatid Porch on the Erechtheum at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Caryatids are sculptures used as architectural elements, such as columns or pillars.
2. The Parthenon and chryselephantine statue were dedicated in 438, although work on the sculptures of its pediment continued until completion in 432 BC}

The symbolic ruins of the majestic Parthenon, which sits high in the center of the city is awe-inspiring. The temples and sculptures of the Acropolis remain some of the finest examples of the ancient world, and the moral debate over ownership of the ruins has become an international issue that still rages. Modern Greeks take great pride in their ancient culture, which has had a profound and lasting imprint on the Western world. As treasures are unearthed they are taken to the Acropolis Museum, which is an archaeological museum focused on the findings at the Acropolis. The entire country is a wondrous trove of historical objects.

Stay tuned,