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Open House at The Village Pantry, Poland, Ohio

Open House at The Village Pantry, Poland, Ohio
Story by Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Milli Thornton. ~ . ~ . ~ . ~ . ~ First published five Christmases ago, this story is being republished by popular demand. The Village Pantry still holds open house every year, and this year it was again held on December 3. ~ . ~ . ~ . ~ . ~ SINCE 2003, in...
December 30th, 2016 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, Historic/Museums, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS | Read More

Corvin Castle, otherwise known as Vajdahunyadi Vár

Corvin Castle, otherwise known as Vajdahunyadi Vár
Text & Photos Copyright © Estrella Azul ONE MORNING LAST DECEMBER, when two bank holidays had us enjoy a long weekend off from work, my boyfriend and I decided to go on a road trip to Hunedoara (Hungarian: Vajdahunyad) and see one of the seven wonders of Romania, Corvin Castle (Hungarian: Vajdahunyadi...
December 16th, 2016 | STAFF, EUROPE, Historic/Museums | Read More

Jenkins Arboretum and Longwood Gardens in Eastern Pennsylvania

Jenkins Arboretum and Longwood Gardens in Eastern Pennsylvania
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols WHAT I ORIGINALLY THOUGHT OF as a one-time, frivolous trip to the East Coast has become a necessary part of my year. The trees in all their colorful glory call my name. By the time October rolls around, the whispers become shouts, and I find myself packing my suitcase...
December 2nd, 2016 | STAFF, GARDENS & PARKS | Read More

Hotel Castel Dracula in the village of Piatra Fântânele

Hotel Castel Dracula in the village of Piatra Fântânele
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul AT THE END OF OCTOBER our firm took us on a haunted castle-themed, weekend team building trip to Piatra Fântânele in Tihuța Pass. Tihuța is a high mountain pass in the Romanian Bârgău Mountains (Eastern Carpathian Mountains) connecting Transylvania...
November 18th, 2016 | LODGING, ACTIVITIES, STAFF, EUROPE, Skiing, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Nitobe Memorial Garden, Vancouver, Canada

Nitobe Memorial Garden, Vancouver, Canada
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols Imagine a place where it’s bumper-to-bumper traffic for the better part of most days and evenings in the summer. The tourists have descended on your city and there’s nowhere to escape. It takes you 30 minutes to get anywhere (at a minimum), and you just want...
November 4th, 2016 | STAFF, GARDENS & PARKS, BRITISH COLUMBIA | Read More

Kingston Upon Thames: escape the hustle and bustle of London

Kingston Upon Thames: escape the hustle and bustle of London
Text & photos © Estrella Azul. AS YOU MAY KNOW from my previous travel article, How to not over-pack luggage when traveling for both work and fun, I visited London for the first time last year. The company I am outsourced to since I started working as a technical writer is based in the small town...
October 21st, 2016 | STAFF, EUROPE, Interesting Towns, THE UK | Read More

The green therapy of Wildwood Recreation Site, Welches, Oregon

The green therapy of Wildwood Recreation Site, Welches, Oregon
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols “Where’s a good place to hike around here?” I asked the local waitress. “Just up the street about a mile at Wildwood Recreation Site,” she replied with a huge smile. How can you tell you’re in a great place where the majority of the people are happy?...
October 7th, 2016 | MIND&HEART, STAFF, GARDENS & PARKS, WALKING/HIKING | Read More