Articles By: Catherine Nichols

Originally from the East Coast, staff writer Cathie Nichols has spent the last 25 years in San Diego, and stays in the area because of its extraordinary beauty and a lovely lack of humidity. Accused by her three children of looking at too many rocks while visiting Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and the deserts of Nevada, she continues to marvel at the ever-changing southwest landscape. With her upcoming trips to Palm Springs, San Francisco, Turkey and Greece, Cathie hopes to reawaken her desire to see the world, and leave no stone unturned. Cathie tweets as @bloggoneit.

Funky Signs: Cat Crossing

Funky Signs: Cat Crossing
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols The signs in the U.S. are sometimes rather dull in their warnings. So dull, in fact, I rarely notice them—except where a sign warns drivers of cats crossing the road! This is a legitimate sign I discovered walking my mom’s dog through the streets of Corte Madera,...
October 19th, 2018 | FEATURED ARTICLES, FUNKY SIGNS | Read More

Why Reykjavík? Part II

Why Reykjavík? Part II
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols TRAVELING DOWN THE HIGHWAY after our first breakfast in the outskirts of Reykjavík, listening to the tour guide go on and on, I learned that, at last count, Iceland had a total population of 350,000—and that 240,000 of the people live in Reykjavík. I was expecting...
September 8th, 2018 | FEATURED ARTICLES, ISLANDS | Read More

The Dangers of Iceland (a warning all Iceland tourists should heed)

The Dangers of Iceland (a warning all Iceland tourists should heed)
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE MOST about traveling to another country is I get to see just how much Americans are protected from themselves in the United States. We have the most ridiculous warning tags on the most obvious things. Recently, for example, I’ve learned...
August 24th, 2018 | FEATURED ARTICLES, ISLANDS, SAFETY | Read More

Why Reykjavík?

Why Reykjavík?
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols THE NEIGHBOR LADIES and I met up for “Wino Wednesday” at our local watering hole right before the end of the school year. It’s a cozy, classy place in downtown Encinitas, California, with tables set among racks and racks of really good wine. The proprietors...
July 13th, 2018 | FEATURED ARTICLES, STAFF, ISLANDS | Read More

Funky Signs: The Four Dangers at Beaumaris Castle

Funky Signs: The Four Dangers at Beaumaris Castle
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols Over the pond in Wales, U.K., a sign at the Beaumaris Castle reminds us to keep track of our children, the floors are slippery, steps are dangerous, and that seagulls attack! I laughed out loud at this sign because I slipped on a slippery step trying to get away...
May 18th, 2018 | FUNKY SIGNS, THE UK | Read More

Funky Signs: Danger lurks behind the palace door

Funky Signs: Danger lurks behind the palace door
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols I’VE TAKEN PHOTOGRAPHS of some of the funky signs I’ve stumbled across in various countries, and even one in the U.S. The thing I love about the signs in other countries is how visually descriptive they are. During my travels in Scotland, I loved this funky...
February 23rd, 2018 | EUROPE, FUNKY SIGNS | Read More

Funky Signs: The longest town name in the UK

Funky Signs: The longest town name in the UK
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols YOU CAN FIND the town with the longest name on the island of Anglesey in Wales (southwest Great Britain): Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch It’s even in the Guinness Book of World Records. Here’s a sound file of someone pronouncing...
January 19th, 2018 | EUROPE, FUNKY SIGNS, THE UK | Read More