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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

Three days of exploring Debrecen, Hungary

Three days of exploring Debrecen, Hungary
Text & photos © Estrella Azul. Feature photo: Debrecen University 2010. I AM VERY LUCKY: I can walk down a street once in a strange city and then walk around later like I’m a local. Walking with my friends and admiring the flower floats that participated in the St. Stephen’s Day parade in...
September 23rd, 2016 | STAFF, EUROPE, GARDENS & PARKS | Read More

Funky Signs: Stick Your Gum Here!

Funky Signs: Stick Your Gum Here!
Text & photos © Estrella Azul But, no, not onto your screen when you read this! While walking to lunch one day on my for-work-and-fun trip to Kingston Upon Thames, London, UK I found this “Stick Your Gum Here!” sign to discourage littering. This is such a good idea! Much easier to...
September 2nd, 2016 | EUROPE, FUNKY SIGNS, THE UK | Read More

Places worth visiting in Northern Hungary

Places worth visiting in Northern Hungary
Text & photos © Estrella Azul. Feature photo: Miskolc City at night. I LEFT FOR HUNGARY by bus on a Thursday night in 2010, and the person sitting next to me immediately proved to be quite exhausting. She got annoyed about why I sat in “her” seat, which I’d been assigned randomly...
August 26th, 2016 | STAFF, EUROPE, Historic/Museums, Interesting Towns, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS | Read More

Muir Woods: Hiking Under the Mighty Coastal Redwoods

Muir Woods: Hiking Under the Mighty Coastal Redwoods
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols and Sam Nichols I BELIEVE THERE ARE no coincidences. Let me explain my assertion. On a recent trip to San Francisco, I stayed at an AirBnb with my girls in the quaint, small town of Fairfax in Marin. The hostess sent me a text wanting to know when I was going...
August 13th, 2016 | MIND&HEART, STAFF, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

A 3.2 km Spring walk through Feleacu Village, Romania

A 3.2 km Spring walk through Feleacu Village, Romania
Text & photos © Estrella Azul THE OTHER DAY I needed to take a moment to brag: I walked 6.9 km, and biked 6.4 km, which brought the total to 13.3 km in just one afternoon! This reminded me of the time I was tutoring English while holding down three other jobs, and used to walk to all of them. The...
July 23rd, 2016 | ACTIVITIES, MIND&HEART, EUROPE, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Chanticleer: A pleasure garden 30 minutes from Philadelphia

Chanticleer: A pleasure garden 30 minutes from Philadelphia
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols HEADING OFF INTO THE SUNSET on Route 76 after leaving the Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia in the rear-view mirror, I never imagined I would go back. I closed the door on Philly and thought I had thrown the key so far into the weeds that I would never see it...
July 7th, 2016 | MIND&HEART, GARDENS & PARKS | Read More