Archive for the ‘DESTINATIONS’ Category

A Glance at Three of Hampton Court Palace’s World-Famous Gardens

A Glance at Three of Hampton Court Palace’s World-Famous Gardens
Text & photos © Estrella Azul I LIVE AND WORK IN Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The second time I traveled to Kingston Upon Thames for work, I got the chance for a longer stay. One of my colleagues said Hampton Court Palace is a must-see and offered to drop me off there after work one afternoon. A different...
September 15th, 2017 | MIND&HEART, STAFF, EUROPE, GARDENS & PARKS, THE UK | Read More

Funky Signs: Mythbusting at TEDxCluj

Funky Signs: Mythbusting at TEDxCluj
Text & photos © Estrella Azul In February 2016, there was a TEDxCluj event organized at the Florin Piersic cinema in downtown Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The theme was myth-busting. A sign stuck on the washroom door urged people to lock it after going inside. Or they’ll be like a myth—busted! The...
August 25th, 2017 | STAFF, EUROPE, FUNKY SIGNS | Read More

There Once Was a Woman in Limerick . . . on a fairy trail

There Once Was a Woman in Limerick . . . on a fairy trail
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols “Life is full of surprises and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns.” ~Condoleeza Rice On a recent trip to the UK, the tour guide...
August 11th, 2017 | STAFF, EUROPE, QUIRKY PLACES, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Running through the Romulus Vuia Ethnographic Park, Cluj Napoca, Romania

Running through the Romulus Vuia Ethnographic Park, Cluj Napoca, Romania
Text & photos © Estrella Azul The Romulus Vuia Ethnographic Park, opened in 1929 as an outdoor museum, is beautiful. I recall going there on a class trip somewhere around 3rd grade. As opposed to many of my classmates, I didn’t have grandparents or other relatives living on farms in the Romanian...
July 28th, 2017 | ACTIVITIES, STAFF, EUROPE, Forests, Historic/Museums, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

A Quick & Scenic San Diego Hike: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

A Quick & Scenic San Diego Hike: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols Vacationing in San Diego, California is a dream for many people, and I know how lucky I am to be here. During my 30+ years in San Diego I’ve appreciated the climate, the endless assortment of outdoor activities, and the natural beauty that surrounds me every...
June 23rd, 2017 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, Scenic Wonders, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

While in Vancouver, Don’t Blow by the Bloedel

While in Vancouver, Don’t Blow by the Bloedel
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols Never before had I been so stressed on a trip. There we were, stranded in Vancouver in a nightmare Airbnb situation with four kids. Count ’em: four. It was the one time we had decided that two of our daughters could bring two of their friends along on what...
May 19th, 2017 | STAFF, GARDENS & PARKS, BRITISH COLUMBIA | Read More

The Looong Way to Zichy Cave

The Looong Way to Zichy Cave
Text & photos © Estrella Azul For this year, my plan is to go on as many road trips as possible. The first one this spring was to visit a few dripstone caves around Șuncuiuș village, about an hour’s drive from my city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. My boyfriend and I had never been to the Șuncuiuș...
May 5th, 2017 | STAFF, EUROPE, TRAVEL BUMMERS | Read More